Raviwar Peth & Bohri Ali
Although Raviwar stands for Sunday in Marathi Language, the market of Raviwar Peth is mostly shut on Sunday! The presence of Someshwar temple, Jumma Majid, Ram Mandir, Laxminarayan Temple, Vitthal Temple, Subhansha Dargaon and Bhohri Jammat Khana makes Raviwar Peth an inter-traditional street. According to the people, it has been this way since the 1700s. Raviwar Peth is runs between Maharana Pratap road and Mirza Galib road located close to Govind Halwai Chowk. It is very well known for its ancient hardware stores. It is basically the wholesale market for hardware items. The reason the entire hardware lane is called Bohri Ali is because most of the shops are owned by the people of Bohra caste. Items like wires, furniture fittings, pop rivet, decorative items, construction tools, locks, packing materials etc are to be found at their cheapest rates here. Stores like Unity Sales, Kings Papers, Asharali, Clock New, Mohsin and Sons etc are one of the oldest ones that exist and known for their supply and public demand. Raviwar Peth has been given different names by the people according to the availability of component. People call it "Lokhand Bazaar" because of its popular reputation in hardware section. Besides hardware, it is also known for its Gold and Silver jewellery stores. The quality is exquisite and the work is finely detailed. The local crowd prefers purchasing jewellery from Ranka Jewellers and Vorsan Jewellers more than anybody else. "Sarraf Katta" is another name given to Raviwar Peth due to its involvement in jewellery industry.
Another famous element of this Peth is Plastic Market. It is situated at a very small corner of the Peth but yet known by the people for its excellent service. They sell plastic products and well as raw plastic material for industrial use. The plastic is rich in quality and exported to various parts of India. The plastic market does not provide the cheapest rates instead charges the perfect amount according to the quality provided. The plastic market at Raviwar Peth was started during the 1900s. Others stores for paint, textile, grocery items, decorative items and household items are also available in this area. These shops are handy for the residential crowd of the locality. There are about 70-80 residential building, all about the same height and very dubiously old. The residents are all typically punekars who have been living in Raviwar Peth since 60 years and more.
Moving on, the part of the locality which is loved not only by the locals but also by the tourists is the food of the area. You will find number of stalls moving around during the week days. The tasty bhel, chaat, bhutta, sandwiches etc tend to have the most amount of crowd around them. Mohan Ice Cream is very much appreciated for its kulfi since almost 20 years. You can see most of the moving crowd dripping kulfi while roaming about in the area. It is just that delicious. There are a few cinema halls like Alpana, Vikas, Prabhat, Shree Krishna & Apollo present in this area. The cinemas are aged and not much known by the people. The means of transportation in the area are buses, rickshaws, cars and two wheelers. The residents are not very fond of the transportation as it creates enormous amount of traffic. Regardless of all the cons, the pros of Raviwar Peth make it the highlight out of all the Peths in Pune.