Shopping Experience in Alibag
The small coastal town of Raigad district Alibag, is very commonly referred to as the “Mini Goa.” This is because of the presence of golden sandy beaches and the rows of beautiful coconut and palm trees along with a bouquet of tourist spots. The historical forts along with ancient temples make this place an amazing mix of tradition and culture. All these combined attracts hundreds of tourists to Alibag every year.
With tourism, comes shopping. If you are a shopaholic then Alibag is not the right place to visit. It is a place for the nature lovers and for those who are in love with serenity and mysticism. Alibag is in general a calm and quiet place with very less urbanization. Thanks to the state tourism sector, who have maintained Alibag with its ancient glory. But tourists do not get satisfied till they get to buy some souvenirs from the travel hotspot.
This has led to formation of small market places and shopping streets. These crowded pockets are scattered across the Alibag town, with presence more near the popular beaches, ancient forts and temples. Honestly speaking, there is nothing special to buy in Alibag. People from Mumbai and other big cities can skip the shopping part and invest more time in nature. There are small shops selling variety of items like ready-made trendy garments for men and women, watches, bags, antiques, junk jewellery, leather items and some local wooden furniture.
Vegetables are fresh and can be purchased. People can come across various shops selling admirable Kohlapuri Chappals of many attractive designs. These chappals or traditional sandals are made of hand crafted leather, which are then tanned with vegetable dyes. Although these sandals are originated from Kolhapur in south Maharashtra, but Alibag also has many local residents who are into these sandal making business.
Raigadi Bazaar, which is just about a kilometre from the Alibag beach, is the main market of the region. The place is populated with hundreds of small and medium sized shops with variety of souvenirs in display. During holiday seasons and weekends this bazaar area remains crowded with tourists throughout the evening. The prices of items are also reasonable over here.
The vast ocean on the backdrop of the Raigadi Bazaar makes it a thrilling shopping experience.
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