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In Photos: Riot of Colours in Ranikhet

I am
currently holidaying in the mountains of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and I
spent the weekend in Ranikhet (literally, the Queen’s meadow). And it lives up
to its name! Located in the district of Almora, Ranikhet is a picturesque
military cantonment town. The meadows of Ranikhet are surrounded by soaring
pine and oak forests and afford a panoramic view of the Himalayas (when there
is no cloud cover).

While
the beauty surrounding Ranikhet is breathtaking, its market has its own charm.
The bustling Sadar Bazaar is the main market road, with the Zaroori Bazaar
(literally, the market of necessities) and the Masala Galli (the Masala lane)
branching off it. A walk down these market lanes requires dodging people, cars
and cows! The shops lining the road are filled to the brim and bursting their
contents onto the street, especially now since it is Navratri season. And it’s
a veritable riot of colours! This photo-essay is shot entirely in the markets
of Ranikhet. Take a look and plan a trip soon!
A sweet start with stacks of Mithai & Namkeen

Rows of Mithai ready for the festive season
Shops selling Puja paraphernalia for Navratri

 

 

Colourful Bangles for the ladies!
Er, plastic flowers!
From the festive to the mundane…
Pulses
Spices in Masala Galli

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping warm…

 

Quilts

 

 

Bundles of Wool

And, ten points for guessing what this is!

 

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9 comments

  1. Anonymous 23 October, 2012 at 04:14 Reply

    Nice story-telling thru images – bundled the package well – revived my Uttarakhand memories. Thanks Prachi πŸ™‚
    -Dinesh Chindarkar

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