As the name suggests ‘Bara Bazar’ is among the biggest trade centres of North East India. It is also considered to be one of the oldest markets in Meghalaya. It is locally called Lewduh Market which means 'the market of common people' in local parlance, which is justified by the huge presence of natives. The best part in Bara Bazar is most of the shopkeepers are women which usually comes from nearby villages.
From betel nuts and betel leaves (a favorite among the Khasis) , seasonal vegetables, fruits, exotic spices to local handicrafts, you will find it all here. The market falls under the administration of Mylliem's Syiem. Every year in April, the market sees celebrations and becomes alive with the performance of local rituals, under which huge monoliths named 'mawbynnas' are installed and worshipped. These rituals take place at Khlieh Iew, which is the most important and protected area of the market. This ceremony is conducted for pleasing the deity U Blei Shyllong and praying for the betterment of region's trade and economy.
Shillong Bara Bazar
Due to early sunrise and sunset timings this market opens 08:00 AM and closes till 05:30 PM. This can be a different experience for people who look for shopping handicrafts and have interest in local art collection. This place is a heaven for photographers as it provides colorful and charming surroundings of shops selling clothes, handlooms, local jewelry, fruits and vegetables. This place also attracts a lot foreign tourists due to bright, fancy and colorful photogenic phases.
If you visit this market do not forget to buy handmade jewelry, Khasi betel nuts and leaves. Also you can find pure turmeric here along with Sohmynken khnai (local chillies). Muga Shawls are also famous from this market.
If you are in Shillong, Bara Bazar can add flavor to your tour as it gives local essence of this area.