Iewduh or Bara Bazar is probably the oldest and the largest wholesale market in Shillong. Here you can quite literally buy anything, if you look hard enough.
As a local of the hill-city, I have been to Bara Bazar only a few times. And each time I have got lost. Late last year, I lost my way in a different manner. Through the labyrinth-like, dark lanes of the bustling hub, I merrily walked through without leaving a trail. Thrice, I went round in circles in the same area. After a few minutes of resetting my internal navigation system, I finally figured my way out.
That’s the fun in Bara Bazar—it is possible to lose yourself. (And a little frightening too.)
Visiting with this animated market every time is a new experience. I tend to compare it with the wholesale bazars of other cities but this one stands out. Perhaps because it appears to be more organised and the lanes are leaner.
Let me warn you that this is not a tourist haven. The open drains, the aggresive crowds and the low-lit path, do not make for an ideal experience. Go here, if you are adamant to explore, in spite of these factors.
Good to know:
-Iewduh is extensive. Plan your travel in advance, especially the entry and exit points.
-Take care of your wallets and bags in this market.
-Wear closed shoes.
Read: The Origins in Shillong
Have you been to any of the bara bazars in India yet?