Shopping in Hyderabad is an exhilarating experience.From the world famous pearls to textiles to traditonal arts and crafts,Hyderabad has it all .It is purely a matter of choice.But one thing is certain,you can shop till you drop.

The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundrabad can be divided into three major zone, viz. Southern Zone comprising of Lad Bazaar, Charminar, Patther Gatti.Central Zone comprising Begum Bazar, Mozamjahi Market, Abids, Sultan Bazaar, King Koti and bank street. Northern Zone comprising M.G.Road, General Bazaar, Monda Market, Begumpet & Somajiguda.
Let’s begin with the southern part of the city and the oldest shopping zone. Lad Bazaar known as the “Bridal Bazaar of Hyderabada” is truly a treasure trove for beauty and utility items like Heena (Mehendi), Bridal wear, cosmetics etc. But the real draw here, is the irresistible range of stone-studded lac and glass bangles and if you are looking for pearls, then Abids,Basheerbagh and patther Gatti, which is known for it’s exquisite pearls and semi-precious stones since the early days, is the best place. The price for natural pearls ranges from Rs 20 per gm to Rs 80 depending upon the quality. A good string can cost you from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 and more.
In the northern Zone the most happening places are Somajiguda, Begumpet and the latest entry to this ever growing list is Panjagutta, due to the recently inaugurated Hyderabad-Central. This places boast of swanky malls like Shoppers Stop,Lifestyle,KalaNiketan,Busanapart from other trendy stores with top of the line brands. Centrally air conditioned, all these malls provide you with an international shopping experince. From gift articles to clothes to house hold items to shoes to books, you get everything under one roof. In addition, there are a lot of eateries, pubs and entertainment places here. This a popular hang out for the Gen-X.
Further down the upmarket M.G.Road has several new trendy apparel showrooms, Boutiques and gift emporium. Near by is the Hong-Kong bazaar that exclusively sells foreign goods like watches, cell phones, DVD players, leather bags, foot wear etc. This is a great place for the discerning customer, but please note, bargaining is very rewarding & if you are good at it you could get what you want for half the quoted price!
Abids in the central zone, is another upper end shopping area this is a great place for brand conscious shoppers. And on Sundays book lovers are greeted with a bonanza of books lining the pavements. This side of the town also has a haven for bargaining hunters the bustling Sultan Bazaar comes alive during festivals and the marriage season. You will find everything from quality kids and ladies wear to trinkets, plastic items and furnishings, all let down to earth prices.
Around the corner Bank street is just the place for electronic goods, while King Kothi has automobiles & auto spares ranging from horns to head lights, bumpers to car seats.
Begum Bazaar a major business/commercial area of the city, is a good place to shop for whole sale groceries and brassware.
Last but not least is the fruit market, Mozamjahi market that is a ‘must see’ for all the visitors just as the adjacent flower market is. The juicy farm-fresh fruits and the sight and smell of jasmines, roses and lilies are a breathing taking delight

Shopping tips:

Timings: most shops are open from 10 A.M to 8:30 P.M while some are open even on week ends.

Credit cards: Most establishments accept all major Credit cards. But check on this before hand.

Bargaining: Only the high end establishments have rigidly fixed rates. In all other cases bargaining is certainly possible.

·Before buying consult the proprietor on the possibility of discounts available.
·Always insist on a bill. You might save a bit if u don`t, but it reduces your chances ofeturning/exchanging goods if you find they are defective/damaged.
·When buying big items, check if the warranty/guarantee papers are in order and go over the fine print.
·When in doubt over any big transaction, consult a trusted friend or an expert.

1 Comment so far

  1. Gopal (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

    Good and informative blog.
    Keep up the good work

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