Shopping In haridwar
Shopping in Haridwar
Shopping in Haridwar is the perfect way of stocking up on souvenirs to remind you of the amazing time you have here. The
city has loads of bazaars, where locals and tourists buy items for daily chores as well as mementos. While walking through
the markets, you can not only buy stuff, but also interact with the people of Haridwar, who are extremely warm and kind.
Read on to find out about the best bazaars in Haridwar and what you can buy here.
Moti Bazaar and Bara Bazaar
Merely 600 metres from Har Ki Pauri, Moti Bazaar is one of the prime shopping hubs in Haridwar. The large number of shops
selling religious paraphernalia will give you an idea of how much the culture of Haridwar is influenced by Hinduism. Here,
you can shop for meticulously carved stone idols of various Hindu gods and goddesses. The intricate detailing on these
statues is a testament to the immense skill of local artisans. People also visit the market to shop for utensils, made
primarily of copper or brass. Colourful bangles is another popular buy at the market that tourists take in large
Cane baskets can be purchased from the shops here to store a variety of objects. Another great thing to shop for is pickles,
especially those of stuffed red chillies that can spice up even the blandest meal. Moti Bazaar is also the place to buy
tasty churans that are traditional Indian digestives that come in sweet, savoury and even tangy varieties. You can also come
here to buy Ayurvedic products, made from organic ingredients obtained from nature. Another good place to purchase these
things is Bara Bazaar, located within walking distance of Har Ki Pauri.
About 3 km south of the city, Kankhal is another popular shopping district. Here too, the bestsellers are things of
religious value, considering the large number of temples and ashrams in the vicinity. The market of Kankhal is renowned for
stores, selling sandalwood that only Brahmans are deemed fit to possess as per tradition. Sandalwood paste is worn by those
of the priestly caste on their forehead as tilak, and applied on statues and images of deities. Rurdraksha, a type of rosary
beads, is another great buy at the shops in Kankhal. Held in high regards by the devotees of Lord Shiva, rudraksha beads are
believed to induce the flow of energy through the body. A traditional rudraksha chain has 108 beads that are used to keep
track while reciting the 108 names of Lord Krishna.
Jwalapur market is an appropriate place for those, who are looking to purchase souvenirs. You can purchase vermilion, the
red powder women apply at their hair parting as a mark of their marriage. Numerous shops in the area sell colourful beads
that you can attach to a thread to make a japa mala or just decorating your house. As with most markets in the city,
Jwalapur has numerous shops, from where you can buy statuettes of Hindu deities. Stores, laden with orange robes, are a
common sight in the area as the colour is strongly associated with Hinduism and worn by saints, gurus and hermits.
When at the market, you can also buy jewellery, studded with a variety of gemstones. Such stones are also important from the
point of astrology, which, in turn, is directly influenced by Hinduism; hence, the number of shops selling these is high. If
you get tired while shopping, then you can have delicious sweets such as kheer, ras malai, peda and rasgulla in
The government-run emporia in Haridwar deals in handicrafts, produced by the skilled locals of Uttarakhand. Here, you can
buy things made of natural fibres like jute folders and files with aipan art. Cotton and woollen clothes, copper utensils
and musical instruments, wooden models of famous temples like Kedarnath and a range of wax products are also available here.
You can visit UP Handloom Emporium to buy traditional fabrics that reflect the culture as well as the history of
Shopping at all these places for local objects will make your Haridwar tour memorable.