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Nestled in the heart of the buzzing Maheshpur town, Godowlia Market is swarming with local traders selling all kinds of stuff at great bargains. Found at a short distance from the nearest railway station, it is labeled as one of the busiest open markets of the city, and quite rightly so. The cramped lanes are packed with stalls selling household essentials, ethnic jewelry, handmade shawls and zari garments, among other intricately designed apparel. Post a tiring shopping spree at Godowlia, one may choose the visit the serene Kashi Temple lying a few blocks ahead.
PDR Mall is yet another of the many malls that have marked the advent of globalization into Varanasi. Locals are proud of the fact that this mall holds 2 cinemas within it which regularly screen the latest Bollywood blockbusters. Centrally air-conditioned and equipped with spacious parking facilities, fast food outlets, a food court, conference halls, MNC designer label shops and high speed elevators, this mall represents the changing face of the city which aggrieves Westerners who wish that capitalism would steer clear from this sacred space. However, the locals don't seem to be complaining!
With more than 20 stores spread in eight different states, this is a leading retail chain in Northern India. The Varanasi outlet, located adjacent to Hotel OK International in Luxa Road has an inviting atmosphere. Apart from trendiest designs for men, women, and kids, the store also has a large collection of sandals, leather products, jewelry, soft toys and crockery. Reasonable pricing and efficient customer service are signature traits of the store which sees a decent crowd all the time. With exciting offers and discounts during festival times this is one popular shopping destination in Varanasi.
Rajan Silk Store serves as a city landmark, having been established a few decades ago. Made famous for its exhaustive collection of traditional Banaras sarees, dress materials, scarves and other fabrics, the store is owned by the country's renowned textile merchant Mr. Rajan Khanna. Be it the right ethnic outfit for a wedding or formal wear, Rajan Silk Store is sure to impress you with its diverse styles and designs.
Indica books, located at the Godowlia Crossing opposite to Sushil Cinema, will enlighten book lovers with an authoritative collection of books about the culture and heritage of India. Indology, the academic name for the study of Indian culture is the most covered area here. A vast collection of resources for researchers, academicians and students are available at this charming store. Do visit this book haven, which lies in proximity to the ghats of Ganges and Kashi Golden Temple.
A local market made famous as a treasure trove of brass products, Thatheri Bazar lies close to the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. A walk through its narrow lanes lets you explore the various kinds of brass ornaments and utensils made by the local smiths. The brass water pot, called 'kamandalam', is a popular item sold here. Additionally, one can also shop for intricate minakari accessories, clay pots, copper bowls and hand-made rugs.