(Last Updated on : 29/04/2010)
Kolkata the land of fascinating charm, bewitching heritage buildings and bewildering fiestas has a distinct verve of its own. Laced with its aristocratic oriental charm today`s Kolkata is a remote cry from Jon Charnock`s "Calcutta". With its dream, magic and of course with its colonial legacy Kolkata still stands apart as the icon of taste, intellect and trance.
With the growth of the socio political scenario, shopping centers have become quite an important part in the city`s overall development. There are several markets in kolkata and they offer some excellent shopping destinations to them who want the value for their money. Kolkata city is a shopper`s paradise. Kolkara is dotted with big and small shopping areas and markets. With their bewitching collections Kolkata`s shopping destinations overwhelm the prospective buyer.
A C market:
Situated at the Theatre Rd. A C Market in Kolkata is one of the most important markets, which has charmed the shoppers. This market specializes in clothes, electronic household gadgets, etc. A good merchandise of costume jewelry, shoes, lingerie, audio & videocassettes & CD`s, A C market has redefined the very idea of shopping in Kolkata.
Ballygunge AC Market:
This lately built shopping arcade on Gariahat Road, enjoys the benefit of being located in a primarily residential area. The 3 storied centralized air-conditioned complex comprises mainly of garment stores. A wide variety of styles & makes of both western & eastern wear are available at reasonable, though in fixed prices. Apart from these, there are a few stores selling brassware, novelty items, linen, and accessories. The complex is large and is motionless.
Salt Lake City Centre provides a number of shopping options for the shopping freaks. Nestled at the Salt Lake City, Block-3, Kolkata, City Centre with its ambience, stock and feel has delineated the mall culture in Kolkata. City Center has no boundary wall. Salt Lake City is open for everyone. It includes not only market area but also office complex. Escalator and lifts are available. A number of restaurants are present to pamper the palate with different types of food.
Located at the southern corner of the city, Dakshinapan is an open-air complex that spreads over two floors with a huge courtyard in the centre. Most of the shop in this market are state government outlets selling handloom and handicraft products. There are also a number of Indian ethnic wear and dress materials at reasonable prices. Dakshinapan is indeed the paradise with a variety of sarees like Jaipur silk, Kota, Synthetic, Kora silk, Bandhni, etc and salwar suits for women.
Situated on the Karl Marx Sarani in Kidderpore.It is roughly comprises both the Fancy and 5-Star shopping complexes. It is famous for smuggled goods. A huge collection of electronics, jeans, glassware and perfumes at an affordable price makes Fancy Market the "hub" for ther shoppers. This one roof shopping complex comprises of 3 floors.
The 3 storied centralized air-conditioned complex comprises mainly of garment stores. Though fixed prices, both western & eastern wear are available at a reasonable rate.
The Shreeram Arcade, Kolkata is opposite Lighthouse Cinema. It is spread over three floors. The clothes one can get at the Shreeram Arcade, ranges from purely ethnic, and traditional ghagra-cholis to the trendy western outfits.
New Market, is situated on Lindsay Street. Until World War II new Market`s growth kept pace with the city`s urbanization endeavors. New Market, still carries the inexplicable aura of that colonial fragrance About 2,500 stores under one roof, selling cotton saris, Bankura clay horses, Malda brassware, leather from Shantiniketan, silk from Murshidabad, khadi cloth poultry, cheeses, nuts, New market is indeed the shoppers paradise.
Kolkata has a long tradition in Textiles. Once the country`s manually operated textile machines were amongst the best in the world. West Bengal has traditionally been a key manufacturer of cotton textile and the Handloom House amidst its stocks further affirms this truth.
Khadi Gramadyog Bhavan:
Established in 1958 Khadi Gramadyog Bhavan: is very much famous for it`s different products. Situated in C.R.avenue,kol-24, it is famous for silk items, Tassar, Moga, Motka, Sunndy, Dhoties and Chadars For ladies, they stock a wide variety of Baluchari, Bishnupuri, Sonamukhi, Mirzapuri, Bomkai, Kotki, Kanjeevaram silks and Batik print sarees.