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The Great Bazaars of India

Premier Asia Travel Company Names India’s Best Markets

Boulder, CO, May 29, 2012 – All the perfumes of Arabia may be found in the Middle East, but for everything else look no further than the markets of India, where merchants have been plying their wares for centuries, in bazaars that seem straight out of The Thousand and One Nights.

Asia Transpacific Journeys, the top American operator of tours to Asia offers its list of the best places to wander, haggle, and purchase that priceless piece that you’ll treasure forever.

  • Chandni Chowk, Delhi—Lose yourself in a delightful warren of small alleyways hosting bargains on nearly every conceivable product, including silk, brass and handmade clothing and shoes.
  • Dilli Haat, Delhi—Each distinct area of this great outdoor marketplace represents a state of India and its indigenous crafts, mostly sold by the actual artisan. Truly a bargain shopper's paradise.
  • Colaba Causeway, Mumbai—Located in the vicinity of India Gate and the Taj Palace Hotel, this bazaar is a great resource for local handicrafts, books, jewelry, incense and clothing.
  • Chor Bazaar, Mumbai—Rummage to your heart's content at “Thieves Market,” awash with antiques and vintage items, bronze and an almost endless array of both trash and treasure.
  • Linking Road, Mumbai—East meets West on this street embodying a fusion of modern and traditional India. Shop for brand names as well as traditional Indian clothes, shoes, children's clothing, bags and accessories.
  • Spice Market, Cochin— The best antiques and spice market in the south of India, this market has a colorful 400 years of history as a trading center. The town reflects myriad cultures—it was occupied at various times by British, Dutch, Portuguese and Arab traders.

 

Asia Transpacific Journeys’ founder and president, Marilyn Downing Staff, weighs in with some sound advice for the would-be haggler. “India’s markets are a true delight, with bargains galore. However, caveat emptor applies to every purchase. ‘Antiques’ may have been made yesterday. Jewels might be glass or real rubies. It’s often hard to tell,” says Downing Staff. She notes that, by cultural tradition, most goods purchased are non-returnable and non-refundable. “If an item is very pricey and you unsure of authenticity, err on the side of caution and forego the transaction. But if you just adore that copper pot or set of handmade ceramic cups, by all means start bargaining—it’s half the fun. And you’ll take home a keepsake that will remind you of an amazing journey for years to come.”

 

For those travelers seeking an in-depth India tour that features markets, architecture, ancient monuments, cuisine, religious traditions, inspiring landscapes and stylish palace hotels, visit www.asiatranspacific.com or call (800) 642-2742.