If there’s one thing that makes Chandigarh affordable to the middle class, it’s Sector 22’s street market. This 22-D market, at a five minutes drive from Hotel Aroma, is a paradise for people who want to shop for the latest trends without the brand names. The market offers a complete shopping experience and that too, at low prices.
Sector 22’s market is stocked with clothes, to fit people of all shapes and sizes, in the latest fashions and styles, ranging from as low as Rs. 50 to the tune of Rs. 1,000 plus. The whole market is a maze of stalls, mostly comprising clothes, shoes, and bags. Here, you can find a pair of chic jeans for a casual college day, as well as a pretty skirt akin to the one worn by Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met. If you crave for traditional sarees and conventional salwar suits at affordable prices, then this is the place you should be at. Sherwanis, men’s wear like jackets, pullovers, shirts, jeans, and kids’ wear like frocks, party dresses, jeans, are also available in plenty.
The trends at the market change with seasons and movies. In winters, there is a wide variety of pullovers, mufflers, caps, jackets and long and short coats. One can find woolen scarves, stoles, and gloves in varied colors and styles, suiting everyone’s taste. The wraparounds, frocks and pyjamas are, though, a hot favorite in all seasons.
Trendy bags and matching footwear are also available here. If you have a liking for artificial jewelry, then the few shops offering you the same will get you all excited. They stock almost everything that a typical Hindu marriage needs for the rituals. In fact, there is a famous shop known as Chotu-Motu ki Dukaan where you can find awesome chudas (bridal bangles), bridal handkerchiefs, sehra (head gear worn by the bridegroom in a Hindu marriage), bridal jewelry and what not.
Bedsheets, bed covers, cushions of many shapes and sizes, cushion covers, handmade mats, embroidered dining and sofa covers are on offer as well.
Tired of shopping? There’s a Verka booth just in the middle of the Parking lot that serves ecstatic flavors of ice-creams, along with lassi and other cold drinks. There is also an old restaurant, Catch-22, just opposite the market, that offers you rest and respite from the scorching sun and the chilling winters.
• Shop well. Don’t buy stuff before you confirm prices at a few other stalls. Compare and then settle down with the one offering lowest price.
• Check out the wares to your satisfaction, because exchange and return facility is rarely available here.
• Bargain, bargain and bargain!
• The market is open from 10 AM to 8 PM and is closed on Mondays.
• Park your vehicle at the parking space available around Verka Booth and then stroll around.
With some 20 odd colleges located in and around Chandigarh, the college crowd gets the maximum share of Sector 22’s goodies. Also, since Chandigarh is the only city located within the reach of the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, the market happens to have patrons from Manali and Shimla as well. Tourists of this cadre can be seen probing the market in groups, especially during the festival seasons, as this market with its affordable prices guarantees something for everyone.
By Neha Chandok