The festivities of Durga Puja reach the shops much before they reach the pandals. Hence, shopping has now become synonymous with Durga Puja. But this year you don’t need to worry or roam about here and there, clutching your purse. From the gifts you need for your relatives visiting you this year, to the new utensils you need for your kitchen; from the flowers you need for your puja ghar, to the sweets for your guests, we have got you covered.
- Commercial Street
Can any shopping list be ever complete without the mention of Commercial Street? Here, all your clothing worries can be taken care of. Commercial Road is a favourite because it offers a wide range of clothing along with a wide range of prices. Bags, shoes, trinkets are few of the many other things the shops here offer. Tip: Bargain.
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- Brigade Road
Though smaller than Commercial Street, Brigade road is still a good deal, for being close to MG Road metro station, making it easily accessible. It too is known for being a hub of clothing, especially women’s clothing. If you are looking for good quality clothes at a reasonable price, you must check out the top floor of Mota Royal Arcade.
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Known especially for silk sarees, Chickpet is tailor-made for people who can bargain. If you visit Chickpet, don’t miss out on Sudarshan Silks Family Store, known for their good quality (although expensive) sarees.
- Gandhi Bazaar, Basavangudi
Set in the old part of Bangalore, Gandhi Bazaar is for you if you want to take in the hustle-bustle Durga Puja brings in. Fresh flowers and vegetables, household items like utensils at wholesale prices is what Gandhi Bazaar is known for.
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- KR Market (City Market)
It hosts the biggest flower market in Asia. During festivals, flowers fill the entire market with fragrance and colour. Though it gets crowded, you should visit it purely for the experience.
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Market Walk is organised every day, except Mondays, where for Rs 2625 you will be provided with an English-speaking guide who shall pick you up from Bangalore Fort at 7am. The guide will take you on a shopping spree through the hidden alleys of the market, helping you get the best deals at the best price. A vegetarian breakfast is complimentary. Check out for tickets here: insider.in
- Authentic Bengali sweet shops: Banchharam Sweets (Kormangala), KC Das (Church Street), The Sandesh Factory (Bannerghatta)
After all, mithai is the true essence of Durga Puja.
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- Cauvery Handicrafts, MG road|Halasuru
It is an initiative taken by the Government of Karnataka to promote the State’s handicrafts. It is famous for its sandalwood products. These hand-crafted items make good gifts for your relatives and friends visiting from other states or countries.
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- Lotus Vibe, UB City
While UB City is altogether an excellent place to buy branded items, Lotus Vibe requires a special mention. It is known for its aesthetic, hand-made products like bags, pillow cases, pencil pouches, cushion covers, etc. A gift to self from this store isn’t such a bad idea and Durga Puja is the perfect excuse.
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- Special mention: Bengalee Association, Ulsoor organised Durga Puja in Manpho Convention Centre (upto 30th September) is a must-visit too if you want a holistic experience. Along with the pandal and the cultural programs, there is a massive food court and shopping bazaar. Learn more here.