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.

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On our way to Sukhtara.
On our way to Sukhtara.
The atmosphere of the hat.
The atmosphere of the haat.
Trying on bangles to buy.
Trying on bangles to buy.
This one shop had a massive collection of bangles.
This one shop had a massive collection of bangles.
I was very tempted to buy muri (puffed rice) and fryums!
I was very tempted to buy muri (puffed rice) and fryums!
The stall with sweet and salty snack.
The stall with sweet and salty snacks.
Beautifully made silver hansuli in one of the two jewellery stalls in the haat.
Beautifully made silver hansuli in one of the two jewellery stalls in the haat.
And the jhumkis that I almost bought.
And the jhumkis that I almost bought.
One of the two jewellery stalls in the haat. The jeweller shows me a silver kamar bandh.
The jeweller shows me a silver kamar bandh.

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Have you visited a village haat?

Note: This village visit was made possible by Pugdundee Safaris

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Amrita Das

Amrita is a freelance travel writer and professional travel blogger. She has been contributing to some of the top publications in India and internationally. She propagates female solo travel and shares her experiences from off-beat, culture and adventure travel through her writing.

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9 thoughts on “Photo Story: Sukhtara Haat, Madhya Pradesh

    1. Yup and the local market prices. I really wanted to buy silver jewellery and the bangles. Not in my favour :(

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