During recent visit to Amritsar City of Punjab, we spent significant time in exploring old part of Amritsar City which was quite interesting. It's almost similar to some of the oldest cities with some main markets and has lead in some of the important businesses running in North India. Let's have a Street Photo Journey to know more about the Old part of Amritsar City...
After visiting Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh, we thought of visiting Cloth Market of Old Amritsar. Amritsar is a most popular place in North India for Cloth Market. There are lot of cloth factories around the city and most of the cloth in North India is distributed form this place and some of the merchants only deal in export. It was an interesting walk and the lanes inside this market look more like Delhi's Chandni Chowk where lot of businessmen run business of millions in extremely small shops.
Some of the havelis in these street were quite old, but still looking good. At times, it's hard to believe that people live in these streets but most of the times people don't want to leave these streets as they have very strong bonding in the social circle there. Mainly it's found that people in such regions of big cities are more social than the ones live in apartments or newer parts of the cities. Amritsar is situated around 220 kilometres northwest of state capital Chandigarh and is 30 kilometres east of Lahore, Pakistan and therefore very close to India's western border with Pakistan.
Somehow I have some bad stories associated with these streets of Amritsar. Approximately 10 years back I was in Amritsar during Holi time and was passing through these streets. By the time I reached my destination, I was completely drenched in colorful water. Children from high buildings were continuously bombarding balloons filled with colorful water :) ... And it was hard to figure out probable dangerous areas :)... Amritsar is a city in the north-western part of India and situated in Punjab State. It is the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district in the state of Punjab, India. Amritsar is well known as the spiritual center for the Sikh religion.
Some of the houses in these streets looked quite old but still very well maintained and it seems that most of the business families of Cloth Market are still living in these regions and they like the place like anything.
Somehow Cloth Market was closed on 1st day of the year 2012 and only few of the folks were doing some cleaning in there shops. These streets are dedicated to different type of cloth. E.g.- There were some of the streets where only wedding cloths can be found and on the other one only blankets, bedsheets etc. There are few other markets around the cloth market in Amritsar - Jewellery Market, Steel Market etc...
Here is one link which talks about some of the main markets in Amritsar City of Punjab - http://www.traveliteindia.com/content/LocalMarketsAmritsar.aspx
A rickshaw loaded with lot of cloth pieces/bunches.
Here is a wonderful which talks about various eating places for Vegetarian and Non-Veg folks, Sweet Shops, Markets like Dry Fruit Market, Hall Bazar and some basic tips about traveling to Amritsar - http://www.traveltoamritsar.com/travel-guide.html
One of my friend bought lot of steel stuff for his kitchen and he was in full mood of doing shopping in Amritsar. At least he was happy about the fact that his car fully utilized to take the stuff from Amritsar to Chandigarh :)
These were few of the Photographs from Old Amritsar and keep watching this place for more Photo Journeys from Amritsar City of Punjab !