There is nothing quite like the sensory experience of a trip to a market. The sights, sounds and smells assault the senses in a way far removed from the comfort of our homes, and it is where visitors are most likely to get a glimpse into how the locals live and interact in everyday life. There are a number of local markets in Dimapur where you can find great local produce, authentic food, and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of laidback Naga life. Which market is best for you depends on which day of the week and what exactly it is you want to find.
A great way to spend Saturdays would be to visit the biggest market in town, the Chumu bazaar (Chumukedima). It offers everything from fresh produce- vegetables and meats, and handicrafts, to second-hand clothing to livestock, Chumu bazaar will surprise you with the mishmash of products. Some highlighted products and goods include apples from Saramati, organic vegetables from Pfutsero, bamboo shoots from Jalukie, and Axone from Zunheboto. It also features as many number of small food stalls dishing out delicious platters of beef masala thalis, spicy pakoras with tea, puri with beef innards curry and the local favorite galho. Houseplants and flowers are also occasionally sold here.
Business at the local markets in Dimapur begin as early as 5 in the morning and go on until 6 or 7 in the evening. With the majority of locals preferring the ‘farm to table’ approach to food, the daily local markets are serious business. These markets serve not only as a way for people to purchase locally grown produce but also a chance for them to connect with others within their communities.
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