Chowk LucknowChowk in Hindi means market and Chowk market is one of the oldest markets and residential locality in Lucknow. The Chowk market is part of old Lucknow and has quite contracted areas for free driving. This is the place in which you can see the cultural and historical heritage of Lucknow city. The streets has many small business points in which famous Lucknow specials like Chikan clothes, Itra, ornaments, fancy dress materials, and craft items can be bought Chowk boasts rich cultural heritage of old Nawabi splendid architectural works and modern business houses. There are number of things one can purchase from these markets, for example famous ckikan garments which are made in small units.
There are many items that are displayed in the market. On Sunday the market is crowded with people with no space to leave. As a first time visitor to Lucknow you will be bowled over by the large collection of articles. The chowk market is very near to Koneshwar temple and to medical college. It is easily accessible from Lohia Park to Akbari Gate. There are closes to 5000 business establishments that sell chikan garments, gold and silver jewelleries, utensils made from silver and much more. The main business establishments are in Kamala Nehru Road, Kasturba Market, Khun Khun Ji Road, Sarafa Bazar, Gold Darwaja, Chowk Road and Phool Mandi.
Shopping in Chowk Market
Shopping is main point in Chowk market where you can buy handicrafts. There are shops filled in their showrooms with items made out of ivory and bones with motifs of flowers, leaves, trees, birds, creepers and animals. In the gold Darwaja area of chowk market you can see many wonderfully done crafted items like knives, lampshades made in hand, ivory shirt pins and eye catching small toys, flowers made out of Itra, Jardoji clothes and nagra shoes made with hand and chappals. A bird market near Nimbu Park of market attracts people from all over the state on Sundays. It is an important tourist attraction in Lucknow.
Food in Chowk
There are many food stalls and outlets are plenty in Chowk market area. You can get Chinese, North Indian, fast foods, Lucknowi, Mughlai both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Other favorite cuisines in the food outlets are Kababa Paratha of Tunde Kababi and variety of milk products like Kesaria Doodh, Thandai, Makahan Malai, Rabri and more. Some of the sweet stalls are established over 200 years ago. To name a few sweet shop in the Chowk market Ram Asraya Raja KI Thandai, Aryans family Delight and Radhey Lal sweets. These shops are open from 9 am to 11 pm.
Hotels in Chowk market
For tourist to stay they are plenty of hotels to stay and with good facilities for comfortable staying. You can book hotels through online and through travel agents. Lucknow is famous for its Biryani and there are plenty of hotels in chowk market locality to serve the customers. They open from 8 am to 11 pm and cost for two people to eat is about 100 to 200 Indian rupees. Some hotels have fully conditioned with drive-in facility. Some of famous names in the trade are Raheem hotel, Lalla hotel, Idrish Biryani, chef corner and more. They also serve their customers continental, South and North Indian food items.
How to Reach Chowk
There are plenty of autos and Tempos are available for tourists to visit these places. Also state run bus service is there for tourist to use and charges are minimal. From Amausi airport plenty of taxis are available with 24x7 services. The fares are nominal which will not burn your pockets.
Though many places around Lucknow are there for tourists to explore the city without visiting the chowk market the visit is incomplete. Here the tourist can get worth for his travel and with long memories to cherish.