Time Required : 3-4 hrs
The Chowk area in the Indian city of Lucknow is one of the oldest markets in the state as well as the whole of North India. Lucknow is an ancient city, and its presence and significance are ubiquitous throughout Indian history. Right from the eras of Badshahs and Nawabs to the rule of the British Lucknow has occupied quite a prominent place. A market area right in the heart of this colourful city will share the same essence. Chowk market is one of those places of the city that are a window into its rich cultural heritage. Beginning from Chikan work to succulent kebabs, one can find it all at the bustling street.
Chowk market has more than 5000 shops spread around the narrow, labyrinthine cobweb of streets on both sides and sometimes taking much of the road itself. In these quaint shops, both bricked shops as well as temporary ones, you will find authentic chikankari and zardozi dresses, traditional handmade jewelleries, handcrafted home décor items from wood, bamboo and ivory, nagara shoes, ittar or perfume made from essence of real flowers, and innumerable other small and big items, in varieties beyond your imagination. Though a modern business hub selling products suitable for the urban, metropolitan tourists, somewhere, it still holds on to the Awadhi ambience of the past and remains true to its roots.
Other than these, to soothe your tingling culinary senses, there are a handful of shops selling authentic Awadhi food - kebabs, biriyanis, paratha with chicken or mutton and milk products as well. A one day trip to the Chowk market means a true exploration of how Lucknow looks, feels and sounds like.
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