On a warm afternoon, we drove out in a jeep from Pench Tree Lodge towards a nearby village. Sukhtara is a small village in Madhya Pradesh, approximately 17 kilometres from the property. It is the spot for a weekly village market or haat. Residents from neighbouring villages/hamlets come and sell products here. These range from food (vegetables, fruits, sweets) to every day objects like aluminium utensils, jewellery, clothes and footwear.
While we were evidently ‘city-people’, I tried to interact and converse with whomever possible. At the end of the visit, I realised that perhaps many of them hadn’t interacted with travellers previously and hence the resistance.
I was interested in buying a pair of earrings but unfortunately they didn’t fit me. The design and engraving on the silver jewellery were traditional and impressive. Apart from that, I didn’t find anything that caught my eye. Though the experience was worth the visit.
Have you visited a village haat?
Note: This village visit was made possible by Pugdundee Safaris.