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Visiting the Anjuna Flea Market

By Allen Tannor Subscribe to RSS | April 19th 2012 | Views:
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If you are a fan of bargains, then visiting the Anjuna Flea Market will truly make you happy. Most tourists with a visa for India head straight to the coastal city of Anjuna, where thrift sells and discounts abound.

After all, Anjuna remains true to its name, which means "Chamber of Commerce" in Arabic. Anjuna, once a trading post between Indians and Arabians, still remains true to its merchant roots by selling inexpensive yet usable goods to residents and Indian visa holders alike at the weekly Anjuna flea market.

Apart from the beautiful sights of the St. Michael Church and the Albuquerque mansion, the most famous thing that attracts Indian visa tourists is the Anjuna Flea Market, which is held every Wednesday. The flea market opens at 8 am, and closes by 7 pm.

The Anjuna flea market started off with broke travelers holding Indian visas as the first merchants. Here, they sold their trinkets and other items in order to earn the money they need to get back to their home countries.

Now, the Anjuna Flea market is not only filled with foreign sellers with a visa for India, but with local Rajasthanis, Kahsmiris, Tibetrans, and Goans as well. Apart from the wide variety of ornaments for sale in the flea market, you can enjoy the bantering of competing stalls and the several Indian songs playing in the air.

How to get to the Anjuna Flea Market

To get to the Anjuna Flea Market, you can take a taxi although you can expect an expensive cab meter. If you want to reach the city inexpensively, ride a bus from Mapusa or Arpora headed to Anjuna. You need to walk for several minutes because the bus will not head forth to the market.

Perhaps the best way to reach the Anjuna flea market, according to many Indian visa holders who have visited the city, is to ride a boat docked at Baga Beach headed to Anjuna.

Tips for Anjuna Flea Market visitors

At the Anjuna Flea market, the best items to purchase include the handicrafts and trinkets handcrafted by the Tibetrans, Goans, and Kahsmiris. Silver jewelry, blankets, rugs, wooden carvings, wall decors, classical music instruments, bed sheets, Indian music CDs and shirts are just some of the many products you will stumble upon at the famed flea market.

Indian visa holders are advised to visit the flea market early in the morning, or before closing to avoid the hot rays of the sun.

Haggling is the way to get a great deal on your coveted item. You can ask a price 30-50% lower than what the seller had told you. The haggling process might take quite some time but it’s worth the wait!

Some sellers can be really aggressive; you might need to yell a firm "no!" to ward away pushy sellers.

Make sure to watch out for your belongings, because foreigners with a visa for India are often considered as fat-targets by thieves.

Visiting the Anjuna Flea Market is an experience you’ll never forget!

Allen Tannor - About Author:
Rapid Visas is located in London, and highly experienced in obtaining Indian visa, be it for short term or long term visits to India.

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