Another side of Kalimati

Another side of Kalimati

Kalimati is famous for its wholesale vegetable and fruit market. However, the area is not limited to just vegetables or fruits shopping. Like the widespread Kalimati Chowk and its area, the lane of Kalimati from Teku bridge to Kuleshwor bridge is full of varieties for shoppers. With ATMs, stores with parking areas and eateries will surely make your shopping experience delightful.

Around the lane
The lane is wide and the road is pitched. You can see different kinds of stores around this area. From traditional bamboo furniture to modern chic furniture stores, traditional to modern attire stores for all age groups and more, you will get it all at Kalimati.

Mostly the area has stores dealing with grocery items, at wholesale and retail price, then there are furniture and decor stores, shoe stores, cosmetic stores and so on. Along with that you can see that there are a few fitness centres, party palaces, beauty parlours among others. Talking about the lane Sita Giri, a local customer at a clothing store shared, “Kalimati is one of the oldest market areas where you get everything from food items to clothing. You don’t need to go anywhere else as the items here are found at a reasonable price.”

At the stores
As this is the month of Shrawan, many stores here have displayed clothing for men in orange that is worn by devotees of Lord Shiva going on pilgrimage chanting Bol Bam. If you are in search of flashy bright outfits for joining the Bol Bam throng, then Kalimati is theperfect place.

At Dhading Vastralaya you can get traditional attires for ladies. Here you can get sari, kurta salwar, tops and more. According to owner Shiva

Regmi, the most popular item in his store is a cloth piece with chikan work that are found in varieties of colours like pink, red, green, royal blue, white and more.

About the discount and the items in his store Regmi shared, “I bring these items from the local wholesale market where one can get 10 to 20 per cent discount on our items.” Talking about the reason to shop at his store he added, “It’s the customer’s choice where they should or should not shop, but here one can get materials at a reasonable range.” The readymade cotton tops in his store has sizes from small to large.

In this area you can get modern attires for all age groups. A recently opened shoes store owned by Birendra Kumar Chaurasia has yet to get a name. Chaurasia said, “We have shoes and sandals for children to adults and looking at the rainy season we have featured plastic wear. In the near future we are also displaying jeans for men.” The shoes here are from India, China and Nepal where Chaurasia shared, “Indian shoes are durable in comparison to Chinese and Nepali shoes while Chinese shoes have fancy attractive look.” He is giving a discount of 15 per cent on sandals and 20 per cent on shoes.

Though the area is crowded, your choices will not be limited to what you want to buy. For a change try this lane!

Price List

Chaurasia’s shoe store
Sandals: Rs100 to Rs 850
Shoes: Rs 750 to Rs 1250

Dhading Vastralaya
Cotton sari: Rs 350 to Rs 900
Fancy sari: Rs 1,500 to Rs 13,000
Kurta salwar piece: Rs 650 to Rs 2,500
Readymade tops: Rs 650 to Rs 1,400

Source: THT