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Shopping in Rampur

Indian supermarkets and shopping complexes may be popping up like monsoon frogs, but the old bazaars and their streets with the flavours of spices, fragrance of flowers, colours of garments, craft of dolls and idols, jingles of bangles and crowd of people are still the same as they are.

The beauty of this historic city is glorified by these bazaars or the Ganj as they are commonly called. Lined along this walled city streets these bazaars add more value to the city’s economic and touristic values. From flower garlands to precious jewels, handkerchiefs to gracefully knitted bridal lehengas these markets offer you a variety of choices with varied and innumerable shops. Experience of enjoying the city will not be fulfilled without shopping in these streets. This could be a best option to fill your bags at reasonable cost.

Meston Ganj in Rampur
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Abbas Market, Agas Market, Bazaar of Nasrulah Khan and Shabad Market bedeck the city along with few other markets. Meston Ganj is a famous market that was named after James Meston, who was a Lieutenant governor in the united provinces and visited the city during the Nawabs rule. It was initially a grain market and now populated with all kinds of shops.

Souvenirs in Rampur

Rampur has a rich art and tradition of handicrafts, jewellery, Chaaku knifes, applique works, Zardozi and Zari works and musical instruments with the marks of the city’s signature.

The Chaaku market located in the heart of the city is undoubtedly famous for knives. This city offers you the best and the largest variety of these knives here. These are not just utility items but are also a great cultural symbol and a local handicraft. Though these have become infamous nowadays one can get other metal products like a good betel nut cracker or a brass knuckledusters as souvenirs from these markets.

With a base of red clay, unique glazed pots were designed and coloured with attractive blue and green patterns on white background. Rampur is one of the few cities in the state which have artisans to make these unique handmade pots.

Rampuri Topis
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Rampuri Topi, a rigid black hat made out of velvet is a cultural and religious symbol of Rampur. Muslims from all over the world visit this place to buy these topis for Ramzan and Eid. These Topis are famous worldwide as like Jinnah and Rumi Topis. They can sure be a best souvenir for people of all religion, depicting the cultural significance of this city.

Musical Instruments in Rampur

For musician or music lovers, a visit to Purana Ganj, Rampur will be an eye opener to understand the importance of handmade musical instruments with its efficiency beating the imported ones. But their competitive value in the Indian market is lower, when compared to the Chinese products, which are made in large numbers using hi-tech machines. These instruments made in Rampur are of reasonable price and are best in quality. New Slovakia Musicals, founded by Haseenuddin, is a 50-year business of making wood crafted violins running in this city.

Applique Work and Clothing in Rampur

Zari work of Rampur

This city is the house of finest hand embroidery and quilting works. Nawabs brought in the zardozi tradition to this city. These are distinguished hand works came into to India with the Mughal Empire. With a perfect blend of traditional workmanship and contemporary designs, the Karigaris (skilled workmen) produce a vast range of designer clothes and materials that are made out of finest Indian fabrics and attract all age and group of people. These fancy brocades are more found in the southern side of the city in Abbas Markets.


Lined along the walls of the Jama Masjid and the fort, is the Sarafa market, with hundreds of tiny jewellery shops, rented by the Masjid authorities to the retail business men of the city. One can find some precious diamonds to simple and less precious jewels at varied prices in this market. This market is one of the finest examples of communal harmony that exist between Hindu and Muslim communities in this city.

Kites in Rampur

It is not a fair play to exclude colourful Kites from Rampur’s shopping list. It attracts everyone from kids to elders. Makar Sankranti, a festival of harvest is marked by various games and one of which is Kite flying, it is celebrated all along the state of Uttar Pradesh and kites manufactured in Rampur plays the chief role here. The business booms on this day. The city is now deprived of skilled kite makers except for few, who still continue to carry on the tradition.

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