Wandering across various streets when I tour around gives me a raw essence of the place. Even when I don’t purchase anything looking at diverse colours and soaking in the aroma of the food around makes me extremely fortunate. I’d love to encourage helping local communities by making purchases at these stalls whenever possible.
The streets at Haridwar are filled with of sages, dozens of poor people and masses of tourists, but amidst all that commotion it has great street food to offer. It looked so fresh and tempting that even though I didn’t have the time I got a couple of sweets and savories packed.
I visited Badrinath when the weather was cool and pleasant, the streets were calm and colorful; and the vibe was magnetic. There were so many cute accessories and collectibles that I ended up purchasing quite a few for myself and my friends.
When I heard about Sarafa bazaar at Indore, which is basically a vegetarian’s paradise, I was super excited to check it out. It offers a variety of snacks until 2:00 am at night. As a vegetarian, this was something I would never miss. There were so many varieties of lip-smacking delicacies that one day wasn’t sufficient. I wound up stuffing my face with food the next day too.
The streets of Araku have a variety of articles made of wood. It is wonderful to see how they’ve preserved their tribal culture and promoted the sale of local artwork.
The Starfruit and other such local fresh fruits were my saviours after a scuba dive at Andaman. The dive got me pretty tired and dehydrated. Luckily, I was able to gain some quick energy after devouring some fruits seasoned with salt.
The streets of Konark remind me of the riddle: “She sells sea shells on the sea shore.” They were filled with so many hand-crafted articles made of sea shells, although I didn’t purchase any, I couldn’t help admiring them.
Popular temples in general are surrounded by colorfully streets and stalls. They typically sell something that you could offer to the deity, and it changes according to the place you’re at. The above two pictures are from Kalsubai and Omkareshwar respectively.