Laad Bazaar in Telangana's Hyderabad is a famous historic market known for its exquisite bangles. Situated on one of the four streets branching out from the iconic Charminar, the market's name, Laad refers to the lacquer used to craft these beautiful bangles adorned with artificial diamonds.
Stretching over a kilometre, this bustling shopping lane has a variety of bangles, wedding items, saris, and affordable jewellery. With a rich heritage dating back to the times of the Qutb Shahis and the Nizams, Laad Bazaar's charm lies not only in its vibrant offerings but also in its proximity to renowned landmarks like Charminar, Makkah Masjid and Chowmahalla Palace. Visiting this ancient market allows one to indulge in the city's vibrant culture and craftsmanship.
A Hub Of Lac Bangles
Formerly known as Lord Bazaar, this bustling market is home to over 350 shops renowned for their world-famous lac bangles. With more than 150 workshops, the market produces various bangles skillfully displayed in the shops. These bangles are meticulously crafted over a three-hour-long process. Thin aluminium wires form the rings, followed by a mixture of Belgium and titanium powder, creating the base for the lac. Colours are applied, and stones are carefully encrusted onto the surface, resulting in thousands of bangle patterns. The market experiences a surge in sales during festive occasions. Brass and silver-framed bangles with pearls are among the most bought bangles during weddings. Custom-made bangles are also crafted for various occasions.
Not only do local customers flock to the market, but visitors from the Middle East also buy these exquisite bangles in bulk. Moreover, Hyderabad's bangles gain international recognition, with yearly exhibitions in Oman showcasing them.
Other Accessories To Buy
Besides bangles, the market is known for its wide range of products, including semi-precious stones, pearls, jewellery, paintings, and traditional fabrics like silk, cotton, velvet, and brocade. As you wander through the narrow lanes, the bangle shops housed in old buildings showcase the rich legacy they carry.
Only pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles are now allowed at the Charminar end, as auto rickshaws and cars have been barred from entering. Despite the ban, the shops at Laad Bazaar, which have been here for nearly 200 years, continue to attract buyers.The bangles sold here are irresistible to the hundreds of people, especially women, who visit the market daily.
Location Laad Bazar Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana
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