Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Nampally, Mallepally turn out to be new shopping paradise this Ramzan

Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Nampally, and Mallepally are the new shopping hubs as people flock to these new places for Ramzan shopping

By J.S. Ifthekhar  Published on  19 March 2024 2:30 AM GMT
Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Nampally, Mallepally turn out to be new shopping paradise this Ramzan

Hyderabad: Come Ramzan, Hyderabad undergoes a sea change. The city transforms into a bustling hub of activity, especially in the realm of shopping. The already chock-a-block traffic goes haywire with people coming out in droves to shop and eat. Of course, Charminar stands tall as the perennial favorite, drawing in crowds like moths to a flame. But in the last couple of years, alternative spots have emerged, offering a respite from the mindboggling rush that defines the iconic landmark during this festive season.

Areas like Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Nampally, and Mallepally have emerged as the new darlings of shopaholics, offering a different charm and allure to those seeking a unique Ramzan shopping experience. Most restaurants and fabric shops in and around Charminar have now opened their branches in these places. You have Shah Ghouse, Pista House, and Rumaan to tickle your taste buds and big cloth emporiums like Kashish, Karishma, and Sidra to satisfy your sartorial needs here. With the dawn of the month of fasting, these new locations have come alive with colorful stalls adorned with intricate bangles, shimmering fabrics, and aromatic spices. Here, amidst the cheerful chatter of vendors and shoppers, one can find treasures that whisper tales of tradition and culture.

Tolichowki, with its blend of old-world charm and modern flair, beckons those searching for trendy outfits and exquisite jewelry. The streets are lined with shops offering many choices from traditional ethnic wear to contemporary ensembles that reflect the pulse of the youth. The Hakimpet road gives the experience of shopping around Charminar as one finds the same old worldly charm here. As the evening sun casts a golden hue over the bustling streets, Tolichowki transforms into a fashion paradise, where every corner holds the promise of a unique find.

Nampally, synonymous with the iconic Exhibition Grounds, is a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds during Ramzan. The air is thick with the aroma of mouth-watering delicacies, drawing food enthusiasts from far and wide. The lip-smacking haleem of Subhan Bakery is the newest attraction here. Like Osmania biscuits and Dum-ke-Roat, its Ramzan dish is also drawing in crowds. Amidst the tantalizing array of kebabs, biryanis, and sweets, one can also find stalls brimming with colorful fabrics, handmade crafts, and trinkets that make for perfect souvenirs or gifts.

However, it is perhaps Mallepally that has captured the hearts of many seeking a more serene shopping experience amidst the frenzy of the season. A string of cloth stores and readymade garment shops around Dargah Yousfain has emerged as the hot destination. One can get here not just clothes and footwear but also bangles, burqas, cosmetics, and the latest in imitation jewelry. The Khatoon matching center is a big hit with women. The refurbished Yousfain Bazar with its wide range of collections is another major attraction.

Tucked away from the chaos of the city center, Mallepally offers a tranquil haven for those looking to browse through stalls at a leisurely pace. As one woman remarked while selecting a vibrant piece of clothing, "There's not much rush here, and it is cool to shop."

Indeed, amidst the throngs of eager shoppers, Mallepally stands as an oasis of calm, where one can savor the joy of discovering hidden gems without the frantic hustle and bustle. One can find everything here right from the latest in dress wear to the traditional costumes for the entire family. What’s more, vendors here greet you with warm smiles - eager to share the stories behind their wares, adding a personal touch to each purchase.

While Charminar remains the undisputed destination for Ramzan shopping in Hyderabad, these alternative spots have carved a niche for themselves, offering a delightful escape for those seeking a more intimate and relaxed shopping experience. Whether it's the vibrant energy of Mehdipatnam, the trendy allure of Tolichowki, the festive fervor of Nampally or the peaceful charm of Mallepally, the Ramzan shopping frenzy here has something to offer every soul in search of a memorable treasure hunt amidst the city's colorful tapestry of tradition and modernity.

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