Attar is the earliest form of perfume, painstakingly made from the finest of essential oils. A long forgotten era in perfumery and yet, has its loyal following of customers, who swear by the fine attars over international perfume brands.
Attar, they say isn’t meant for the masses. It needs a discerning taste to select and buy the ideal one. A true customer will alway have that tiny bottle in their bag say Pune’s old attar sellers.
Pune365 decided to go shopping for fine attars and curated this list of old shops that know their attars and sell them too:
Bharat Perfumery: This Attar shop is one of the oldest in Pune. It was started in 1971 by Mr. Asgarali Attarwala and later in 1998 was taken over by his son. They have many mind-blowing fragrances but among them Oscar which, is a bit sweet and fruity is the favorite of many customers.
Attars vary for winter and summer. Preferred attar in Winter is Musky wood and Summer is Lemony fresh.
Where: Bharat Perfumery, Deccan Gymkhana, Garware Bridge, Pune.
Price: Rs.20 to Rs. 1500.
Gulam Hussain Yayabhai: A 45-year-old store located in the heart of the city. The owner has a keen knowledge of fragrances and their uses. Attars vary with climate as customers prefer light attars in winters and strong and long-lasting attars in summers. They suggest the Khus attar for this summer.
Where: Gulam Hussain Yayabhai, Bhori aali, Raviwar Peth, Pune
Price: Rs. 40 onwards.
Hakimi Perfumes: A 70-year-old perfume outlet in Pune. Making and selling fragrances and is a family legacy. They have a range of attars for summers and winters, though they say, people tend to use only one kind of attar the entire year. Their best fragrances are Zahab, Farhaan, French Fragrance and Arabic Fragrance. Attars are also used for therapy and meditation.
Address: Hakimi Perfumes, Sharbatwala Chowk, Camp, Pune.
Price: Rs.50 to Rs 5000.
Divine Perfumes: The store offers a varied range of fragrances for different people. The owner firmly believes that fragrances are unique and there is a different charm for every perfume. Lavender Jasmine and Mogra are used for meditation.
Address: Divine Perfumes, 1100 Budwar Peth, Next to Shreenath Talkies. Price: Rs 30 to Rs 1500..
Jahagirdar Attarwala: This is one of the oldest Attar shops in Pune and is 113 years old. Started in 1905, they still house and sell unique fragrances in the city. Their best perfumes are Al Hayat, Oud, Khass and Al Badar. They usually make only wood based and natural attars. They are also into wholesale trade.
Address: Jahagirdar Attarwala, Budhwar Peth, Near Dagduseth
Price: Rs. 140 onwards.
#All images and prices are purely for information. Readers are advised to check exact prices and details with the respect outlets.