The Laad Bazar of Hyderabad

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The sparklingly colourful bridal bazaar (market), as it has also been called has been operating since the days of Qutb Shahis and the Nizams. 

The word ‘Laad’ refers the lacquer which is used to make bangles here that are studded with artificial diamonds.

 

Often referred to as Choodi Bazaar, the kilometre-long road is dotted with shops selling cheap jewellery, clothes, bangles and wedding items at reduced rates. Silverwares, paintings and fabrics are highlights of the market as well. There are more than 150 workshops located here that produce some of the finest bangles called lac bangles. 

 

Laad Bazaar, just adjacent to the popular landmark of Charminar is a famous and historic market known for its shopping souvenirs and most importantly, bangles. It is one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad and sparks up memories of its glittering past.

 

The market is visited by thousands of tourists and shoppers every day. There are numerous other attractions and places of historical importance nearby and being the radiant city Hyderabad is; the prominent landmark has attracted shopaholics and tourists alike for generations. The kilometre-long shopping strip feels like a never-ending fair.

 

Laad Bazaar, being hundreds of years old is one of the numerous historical markets in the area, others being Pathergatti, Kotla Alijah Road and Charminar Road. During its heyday, it is estimated that around 14,000 shops were present in the Charminar markets!

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