There is no dearth of malls and showrooms in Delhi. However, shopping at the local bazaar has its own charm. Not to mention they are easier on the pocket too. So, whether you are looking to take back a souvenir from the capital city or just shopping for yourself or your loved ones, check out the following bazaars.
Chandni Chowk has gained fame thanks toBollywood movies. In existence since hundreds of years, the small shops and makeshift stalls set in the narrow winding lanes and old buildings are reminiscent of the markets of the yesteryears. The small lanes are divided into different bazaars. The ‘Dariba Kalan’ is known for the silver jewellery, and the ‘Bhagirath Palace’ area offers you a wide range of electronics. You can head to the ‘Khari Baoli’ road for spices, or buy fabrics from ‘Katra Neel’. You must also indulge in the delectable street-fare served by the vendors on carts that line the ChandniChowk streets. New Delhi hotels can arrange for transportation to and from ChandniChowk on request.
SarojiniNagar is the haunt of almost every fashion-conscious lady in Delhi. This market is for those who are looking to buy designer clothes at a bargain. The rejected clothes, clothes with manufacturing defects, and the surplus from reputable brands find their way to the bylanes of Sarojini Nagar. You can buy a Rohit Bal suit or a Sabyasachi gown at prices that can put your local boutique to shame. There are shops selling everything, from dresses, to fashion accessories and jewellery in Sarojini Nagar. You can also explore the Sweet and vegetable market nearby.
Janpath is amongst the main roads of Delhi. Tourists, foreign as well as domestic throng to Janpath for affordable clothes and fashion accessories. Boutiques and stores selling merchandise that is hard to find even in the many fashion chains and showrooms in the city line the road. You can shop for trinkets, jewellery, jootis, postcards, handicrafts and other items from the vendors that dot Janpath. Check out the famous Pashmina shawl, scarves, blankets and other exquisite items from Kashmir on sale here. It is also home to some of the most happening cafes and fast-food restaurants in Delhi. The adjoining Tibetan market offers Himalayan arts and crafts, prayer flags, wall hangings, beads and musical instruments.
Meena Bazaar is located in the passageway that leads to Red Fort. This market has a rich and glorious history. It used to house shops of tailors and merchants in 17th century Delhi. The Mughal artwork and intricate carvings on the ceiling add to the historic feel. The market has shops that sell traditional ladies dresses and other accessories. Browse through the wide variety of offerings on display that include Carpets, Artificial jewellery and Indian Lehengas. New Delhi hotels can arrange a guided tour of the market for you.
Daryaganj book market is one for the bibliophiles. Vendors here have a collection of new and secondhand books on display on the pavement for dirt cheap prices. You can find everything- from DIY guides and self-help books, to fictional and award-winning literature at Daryaganj. There are even shops that offer books by the kilogram. You might get lucky if you are looking for first editions, special editions or even books signed by the author. You just need to keep your bargaining skills at the ready when visiting Daryaganj.
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