Indian Streets that speak
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” -Robert Doisneau
It’s the diversity in the people of India that makes this nation so vibrant and culturally rich. However, it’s not just the people that make Indian culture unique it is also its streets. Just like at every custom & tradition that unfolds on this land is unique every street of India also has its own essence and vibe. These roads stand out not only in its landscape beauty but also the stories that revolve around it.
Indian streets are known worldwide for their uniqueness and relevance in history. So it is not only its landscape but also its historical background that make these streets stand out.
Over time, although these streets have changed in appearance, however, their old world charm remains intact. So, let’s know more about some quirky streets of India and why you must explore them at least once.
Commercial Street, Bangalore
One of the busiest markets of Bangalore, this jumble of lanes is one of the most frequented centers for people for all kinds of stuff. This busy market offers some best deals which are often secured after good bargaining. The market boasts of numerous stalls for apparels, antiques, accessories and books, etc.
Located almost a kilometer away from the famous MG road in Bangalore, Commercial Street is most popular amongst the college students while locals and travelers too throng the place for the best stuff at a reasonable price often achieved after thorough haggle.
Moreover, there is a good range of eating joints selling lip-smacking food from Bhutta (Corn Cob) to Bhel Puri and from Pani Puri to Sev Puri. Thus one hardly needs any reason for having a day out at Commercial Street.
Popularly known as ‘Ganj’, Hazratganj got its name in 1842. Hazrtaganj was called ‘The Mall’ during the British Raj, and is now the heart of the city Lucknow. This street is synonymous to the city’s identity of ‘Nawabo ka sheher’.
Called ‘The Mall’ during British Raj, Hazratganj is now a major landmark of the city, synonymous to the city’s identity of ‘Nawabo ka sheher’. When the British took over the city of Lucknow after the first war of Independence in 1857, they modeled Hazratganj after Queen Street in London.
In 2010, after nearly 200 years, this place went through a makeover. The buildings were painted in a uniform color and stone pavements, Victorian-style balustrades and benches were added to improve the architecture.
Mall Road, Shimla
Housing all major government offices till date, Shimla’s Mall Road is still the most popular road of hill-top India. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Shimla, the Mall Road enfolds a range of restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, banks, offices and shops. People can stroll around the mall road to enjoy the scenic views of the naturally beautiful surroundings.
A lot of people gather at the Ridge and Scandal point on Mall road to meet and talk with friends, see the views of the Himalayan range and to do some shopping. The Mall road is connected to the Ridge at the Scandal point, where a statue of the nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai has been erected.
Connaught Place, New Delhi
Famous as Rajiv Chowk or CP, Connaught Place is the place you cannot afford to miss when in Delhi. It is the heart of the city and the former location of the British Raj headquarters. It is counted among top heritage structures in the city. A frenetic business hub, it is centered on a ring of colonnaded Georgian-style buildings of shopping stores, vintage cinemas, Indian restaurants and bars. There you can also garner some moments in peace at the Sikh temple Gurdwara Bangla Sahib – known for its reflecting pool, or pay a visit to Jantar Mantar, a 1700s observatory with huge astronomical instruments.
Park Street, Kolkata
Retaining its old world charm and equally appealing to add to the modern beauty, Park Street in Kolkata is one of the most popular and oldest streets in India. It is also called ‘Food Street’ or ‘Street that never sleeps’. This street has been the main recreation zone in the city for people since the British era. Many clubs, restaurants and hotels are situated there making it a lively street.
Probably the oldest market, Colaba was established in the 16th century by the Portuguese and later taken over by the British. Colaba constitutes The Gateway of India, Leopold Café, Hotel TAJ Mahal and Colaba Causeway. The old-world charm and modern attractions of this place make it a wholesome experience for explorers, especially for architectural lovers.
So if you are looking forward to an extensive tour of India, do not miss out on these culturally rich and vibrant streets.