Found my way to Chikpet/ City Market today after many many years. All this while I have been doing my shopping for light fittings in and around South Bangalore, however for an an ongoing project I have been on the look out for specialty lighting hence thought of checking out what the most touted wholesale lighting market in Bangalore has to offer…all for goodness, was pleasantly surprised
Most of the shops dealing in light fittings are in around BVK Iyengar Road hence the good thing is that it does not take too much googling and navigation skills to explore the market. If you plan a visit just ensure to take Uber/ Ola to get there as there is no way that you will find parking or peace of mind if you are in your own car.
Back to the shopping experience and the good shops. So assuming that you are booking an Ola you should punch in “the junction of BVK Iyengar Road and KG road” as the drop off point (look it up in the map). Why, you may ask … we will get to that in a moment. Also ensure that you are wearing a good pair of walking shoes.
Why the Junction of BVKI & KG Road is important is that it is the only sane place till which the speed of motorized transport is greater than that of human walk. Beyond this point you are in a car (or for that matter even on a scooter) you will be overtaken both in speed and self pride by normal walking humans – hence the importance of good shoes. The second reason is that the junction is close to the main Electrical Market that is some 300 meters away.
In terms of the good shops I would recommend starting your trip with a visit to Aditya Lamps, they have a very wide range and some exclusive pieces that at least I did not find in other shops. In terms of price however Aditya is positioned at the top end of the market and maybe not ideal (economically) for regular & bulk lighting needs. The same lane has some 20 to 30 other shops dealing in light fittings that you should also check out. Further out on BVKI road there is Kingdom of Lights that too has a decent range. If you spend a couple of hours in this area of some three by four hundred meters you would have seen most of “the Lights” that City Market has to offer.
The surprise entry of the visit was the brass-ware collectibles market that is situated at the southern most end of BVKI road. I get a number of questions from readers on this blog on where to buy decor items in Bangalore and to them and especially for brass ware I would strongly recommend City Market for both the range and the price. I came across a couple of Krishna statues in brass that I just fell in love with and am now in the process of finding place for them at home 🙂
That sums up the trip today, if you have any experiences on shopping for Home Interiors in Bangalore then do share in the comments section below for the benefit other readers of this blog
Signing off for now
PS: I am not associated with nor do I endorse any brand or vendor mentioned in any of my blog posts. As a policy I do not blog or write for endorsements or money (thankfully God has been kind enough) as that defeats the entire purpose of what this blog stands for.
© Nandita Manwani – Interior Designer & Founder The Studio Bangalore