You know you are in Kalimpong when you reach town after getting badly caught in traffic for more than 15 minutes, that’s when you will realize that it’s Wednesday or Saturday-Haat day to be precise.
Now,take a walk down with the crowd to haat bazaar from C.K Chowk, you won’t hesitate to grab a handful of fresh leafy vegetables just arrived from the outskirts of this town with sparkling dews still lingering in it….
From fruits to every type of vegetables, and from crockery’s to foot wears of all sizes, haat bazaar comes with every flavor.
Junks? I bet you love them, are you thinking about fresh steamy momos to spicy alu-thukpas? Oh! This is the right place to see this winter. When people are busy shopping groceries, excuse yourself to munch the fresh street food from here.
What else do you expect for? Do you wanna see the exquisite doko? (handmade huge basket to carry firewood) that’s in the left hand side from the center of Haat, that is if you enter from C.K Chowk, the ethnic craft of the local people won’t fail to surprise you.
And did you say that you are embarrassed to shop vegetables from Haat? Common, you need to grow up, everybody needs to eat to survive and you are lucky for there’s a famous fish market by the entrance.
What mutton? That you get everywhere! 😀 Oh! chickens? yeah! they are waiting for your rescue.
But for every bit of fresh local fruits, you need to shop here, oh! Wait! Oranges are here already.
While you are busy choosing clothes for yourself in another edge of haat, the tattered blue tarpaulin above your head gives you the feel of ‘patches of sunlight’ in the sheltered afternoon, like, oh! What a pleasant day!
Mushrooms, bamboo shoots, or green peas, everything would lie fresh in haat ghar in their respectful seasons. The first selling of squash-root will see hassle there in winters (for iskus ko Jara ra raya ko saag makes the best combination and fortunately both are found in the same season.)
And before leaving haat, don’t forget to drop a coin or two to this guy here.
Lastly, talk about the bee-haat days of haat bazaar, trust me, you’ll find children playing crickets and hopscotch’ everywhere and the edges of this interesting place would be covered with just washed and hung-to-dry sarees.