The Maati Centre
The Maati Centre is essentially a marketplace where products of independent and young artisans of the area are promoted, in order to spread the reach of the regional art and culture. Sitting in a relatively quiet corner of the bustling city of Guwahati, the Maati Centre has been the most favorite haunt of locals and travelers from everywhere during their trip to North East India.
The diversity of crafts that grace the market is remarkable, spanning over nine districts of West Bengal. It is an encouraging push to the young and budding talents belonging to the rural and backward districts of the state.
Things to buy: Handloom products, jute collections, fragrances, and organic aroma products, glazed pottery crafts, paper made earrings, exquisite handmade paintings and more.
Timings: 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM, every day.
Pragjyoti Assam Emporium
The Pragjyoti Assam Emporium is a handicrafts market in Guwahati that is run and maintained by the government of Assam.
The showroom is home to some of the most beautiful regional arts and crafts, influenced by the cultures of rural districts of Assam.
Things to buy: Tribal artwork, crafts, handmade crafts, bamboo items and handloom crafts.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM, everyday except Sundays.Location: GNB Road, Ambari, Guwahati, Assam 781001
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Silkalay is one of the biggest and most popular haunts for shopping in Guwahati. As the name suggests, Silkalaya specialises in silk sarees of virtually unmatched quality. These sarees bear subtle reflections of the tradition and culture of Assam.
]The other distinguished product is a local dress known as the ‘Mekhala Chadar’, one of the most coveted products in Assam, both by locals as well as travellers. Silkalay is a registered member of the Silk Mark Organisation of India, and crafts products woven with certified, pure silk.
Things to buy: Silk Sarees
Timings: 10:30 AM to 08:30 PM, everyday except Sundays.Location: Kamala Tower, GS Road, Ganeshguri, Guwahati, Assam 781005
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Sitting in close proximity to Fancy Bazar and Paltan Bazar, Pan Bazar is yet another spot famous for shopping in Guwahati. You can find the alleyway lined with various bookshops and street vendors selling novels, academic books, and famous local literature.
There are many shops that sell the local Assamese attire known as Mekhla Chadar, woven with Muga Silk. Right next to Pan Bazar, a quiet refreshing spot called Nehru Park awaits you, if you’re tired of the endless shopping. You can also treat yourself to the local delicacies at the nearby restaurants. Pan Bazar is a real treat for shopaholics, both local and traveling.
Things to buy: Novels, regional literature, academic books, local clothing, silk clothing.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PMLocation: Pan Bazar, Guwahati 781030
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The Mailgaon Market sits quite close to the Kamakhya Railway Station, and is celebrated for products of Bengali origin making it one of the best places to visit in Guwahati. Carrying an endless row of shops selling products steeped in the art and culture of Bengal, there are plenty of places to try the famous Bengali delicacies like mishti dot, rasgulla and hilsa fish. Bengali clothing, artefacts and decor grace the interiors of the market, and make fine souvenirs to take back.
Also, make sure to buy sweets from Maligaon Market, for their taste and make is authentic and unequalled!
Things to buy: Bengali clothing, food and decor, fish, sweets, and famous Bengali delicacies.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PMLocation: Maligaon Market, Dinesh Goswami Road, Between Jalukbari Point and Kamakhya Temple.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of mainstream malls, if you’re looking for an offbeat area for shopping in Guwahati, the NEDFi Haat is the place to be! What began as a government start-up to promote the art and craftwork for the local artisans, turned into a full-fledged exhibition center for handloom products and other handmade clothes.
There are also numerous cultural and traditional items at the gift shop that you can take back at affordable prices. The shopping experience here is a virtual sneak peek into the rich Assamese culture.
Things to buy: Handloom products, local art, and craftworks, traditional clothing.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
It’s unending alleyways and numerous food joints and sweet shops lure in herds and herds of travelers, including those few who have no intention of shopping. There are also some famous Assam Silk shops here, selling the finest quality of clothing.
Things to buy: Handmade artifacts, designer clothes, jewelry, home decor, gamcha (Assamese shawl) accessories, furniture, silk sarees, sweets, dry snacks, and bamboo pickle.
Timings:10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Location: MG Road, Machkhowa, Guwahati 781030
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GS Road is a market place in Guwahati that is famous for selling branded products, designer clothing, home decor, footwear, and electronics. If you’re looking for some serious shopping, the GS Road market is your best bet. It also hosts some of the biggest shopping brands like Pantaloons, Westside, Reliance, Big Bazar.
The hub and Dona Planet Mall. Unsurprisingly, it is the go-to destination for shopping in Guwahati. Whatever you’re looking to buy, rest assured that GS Road has it all.
Things to buy: Branded products, high-end fashion clothes, electronics, furniture, accessories and more.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Location: Guwahati-Shillong Road, Guwahati, Assam
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If home decor and furniture is your calling, then the famed Paltan Bazar is an unmissable destination of shopping in Guwahati. It neighbours the other two markets Fancy Bazar and Pan Bazar.
Paltan Bazar specialises in bamboo crafts, tribal clothes of the Northeastern communities, local furnishing, and a stunning variety of tea leaves. You can also feast on the tantalising delicacies that are served at the nearby restaurants here.
Things to buy: Bamboo products, tribal clothing, home decor and local furnishing, a variety of aromatic tea leaves.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Location: Paltan Bazar, Guwahati 781030
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Dona Planet Multiplex-Mall
The Dona Planet Multiplex Mall is a huge shopping mall and a PVR cinema. It is one of the most frequented movie theatres in Guwahati. The cinema has a wide range of food and drinks in the cafeteria, along with a spacious parking area which is at a 50 meters distance from the main mall.
The mall houses several clothing stores along with a handful of brand stores for silk sarees that Assam is so famous for.
Things to buy: PVR Movie tickets
Timings: 9 A.M to 12 A.M
Location: Dona Planet, GS Rd, Opp Rajiv Bhawan, Guwahati, Assam 781005
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