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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular items to shop for in Alwar?

Chandralekha Singh DEC 10 2012
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Its an indulgence of choice, not just quality, that makes the markets of Alwar a must shopping destination for tourists and visitors. Hope Circus market, Bazaza bazaar (market), Saraf bazaar, Malakhers bazar, Kedalgang bazar are the main shopping points that you need have on your Alwar itinerary. Traditional wear, ghagara (long skirt) and kanchli (top), exquisitely designed jewellery, marble statues and figurines, carpets, bangles are few of the things you will find the markets spilling with. Known for its high density of jewellery and handicrafts shops, you will be spoilt for choice. Watch the purchase process of a city native and the shopkeeper-it will give you a whole new perspective on shopping-it begins with a detailed study of the item of interest by the buyer picking out its minute flaws, followed by bargaining and haggling with each side sticking steadfastly to their own and then suddenly, before you know it, both agreeing to a price much reduced from the actual. And here you thought shopping was all about liking something and buying it. Silver anklets, silver necklaces, ethnic brass jewellery, imitation jewellery, colourful glass bangle, coconut shell bangles and ornaments made of semi precious stones are some of the high quality jewellery that will have you torn with choice. Antiques to woodcrafts to paper mache items, it is all available and ready to be haggled over.

Take a breather from all the shopping and fuel up on Mawa or Kalakand (Milk cake) available in the local sweet and eatery shops in the markets, for which Alwar is very popular. An incredibly delicious mithai (sweet), it is two bites of divine heaven and will have you stuffing yourself with it.

Do not forget to check out the pottery items in the local handicraft and curio shops and do ask them for kagzi pottery (paper thin pottery). Now a rare form of art, it is unique to Alwar and today only a handful of area artists and potters can make this. Now there are 3 varieties within it-one being simple colored pottery. The other 2 are more elaborate, with intricate patterns and strong, deeply incised, stylized patterns of arabesques. The beautiful patterns are not just there for art, but serve a much important function-they enable circulation of air and will keep the water cool for a long time-very significant in the times before refrigerators made their way in this dry city. Ask the shopkeeper for all three and you can choose the one you want. With so much to shop for and choose, you are likely to come back with hands full of shopping bags and a big, satisfied grin on your face.

Vineet Sharma Oct 16 2013
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Dont forget to buy famous milkcake from Baba Thakur Das and Sons.

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