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Tulsi Baug
This is the noisiest market area of Pune. Filled with temporary stalls and lined shops, you can find household items as well as cosmetic jewellery here. If you are interested in the traditional wares of the Maharashtrians -- the pearl nose ring and necklace and the nine yard saree -- you will easily get it here.
Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Deccan Gymkhana)
As you leave behind the hustle and bustle of the main city of Pune and cross the river Mutha by using Lakdi Bridge, you enter the triangular area of the Deccan Gymkhana. From the point of view of shopping, the area is so small that you could easily cover it with a 15 minute walk. This compact, triangular area is full of shops with just about everything -- fruit, leather items, gifts, food, shoes, and furniture. There is also a 'Hong- Kong' lane here -- selling trinkets, cosmetic jewellery, cassettes and flowers. One can find many typical sweet shops including Chitale Bandhu known for its sweet pedas, barfis and amrakhanda as welll as spicy bhakar wadis and saurali wadis.

Juna Bazaar

Find a treasure trove in the aptly-named Juna Bazaar or Old Market. Antique coins are casually sold along with mundane accessories like necklaces, screw drivers and door hinges. Many Puneites are unaware that antiques are sold here for a pittance, but umpteen foreigners and amateur coin collectors are familiar with this street. You can find anything here -- worn out trousers, old silk saris and even second hand floppies. Juna Bazaar operates every Wednesday and Sunday on a part of the Vir Santaji Ghorpade Path, near Maldhaka Chowk.

Laxmi Road

A visit to Pune is incomplete if you have not visited Laxmi Road at least once. Laxmi Road is the real heart of Pune -- a fact attested by the crowds and the hustle and bustle on this road as well as on any of the countless narrow side streets that crisscross it. This road is named after the goddess of wealth. Starting at the Alka Talkies Square and running right through the old city, it terminates in the Cantonment area - an overall length of 4 kms. Over 90 percent of its length is literally lined with shops on both sides. It is mainly famous for its garment shops, suitable for all climates and purses. Jewellery shops take a distant second.
Laxmi Road is closed on Mondays and in the afternoons.

Mahatma Gandhi Road

Mahatma Gandhi Road (M G Road) starts where the Moledina Road ends, in the Ambedkar Square. It leads onto East Street at Shankarshet Road, which later becomes the Pune-Sholapur-Hyderabad highway. Mahatma Gandhi Road, like Laxmi Road is also one way. You can only come from the direction of Shankershet Road towards Ambedkar Square. Big stores stand alongside temporary road stalls mostly selling garments. There are plenty of food stalls and ice cream parlours on this road as well as in nearby areas, to satisfy the shopper's hunger and thirst pangs. An evening is well spent here. M G Road is closed on Sundays and in the afternoons.
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