The Paltan Bazaar of Dehradun, call it a shopper’s delight or a haven of goods, it is a one stop shop for the citizens in Dehradun and also for the all the fashionistas visiting the town. The Paltan Bazaar has been well-known for its diversity of commodities that are been sold here. You will find anything to all the things in this 3 km stretch. Here there are merchants of all categories, be it food stalls, clothes merchants, shoes retailers, utensil shops, decorative goods or a flea market, you name it and Paltan has it. Paltan Bazaar plays a very significant role in bringing commercialisation in Dehradun. You may recognise Paltan because of its rushed lanes, vibrant colours, diverse crowds and a variety of stuff, but today we will give you an insight on the making of The Paltan Bazaar of Dehradun, so to find more read along.
- The Paltan Bazaar has been running shops since the year 1935.
- Paltan Bazaar was given its present name because the Military Men of the British used to visit it on their horses in groups known as Paltan in Hindi, therefore, it was named as Paltan Bazaar since then.
- The very famous Ghosi Gali which has some amazing bakeries like the Sunrise Bakers; is located inside the Paltan Bazaar and was not a commercial area like it is now.
- Ghosi Gali and the Faltu Line that is located near Ghosi Gali itself was amongst those places where the native people of Dehradun used to pet domestic animals like cow, buffaloes, goats and use to sell their milk and earn a livelihood for themselves. .
- Paltan Bazaar had shops in a limited number till 1935, it became a full fledged Bazaar from 1947, after India got independence.
- Paltan Bazaar was more of a residential area which had only 3 or 4 retailing stores, eventually in 1947 after the partition of India and Pakistan when people stepped into Dehradun, commercialisation also kicked in.
- Paltan Bazaar is a collaboration of people from many cultural backgrounds who came from Pakistan. the majority being the Banwal or the Bannu Biradri of Dehradun.
- Paltan Bazaar was the first commercial market of Dehradun, following which the Dhamawala Bazaar, Jhanda Bazaar, Rajpur Road made its name.
- Paltan Bazaar Shops are mainly the shops of Nazul, which means the land belongs to the Government, but the premises is of the shopkeeper and therefore the Gov cannot claim for the any occupancy on these shops, unless its an emergency which is in the favour of the country or the city of Dehradun itself.
Today the Paltan is a totally different picture, today it is commercialised and has traders and shoppers from all over the world strolling the lanes of Paltan day in day out. It has become a heritage to Doon and represents the entire Dehradun at a single spot.
So guys, these were some amongst the very lesser known Facts About the Paltan Market in Dehradun which are lesser known amongst Doonites themselves, if there’s anything that you know of then do let us know and help us share the glorious tales of “Paltan Bazaar-the Bling Bazaar of Dehradun.”
This post was very helpful as there are not so much written about ancient dehradun. I enjoyed the experience of reading it.