There is only one word to describe one’s life in Delhi— ‘phenomenon’. The capital of India is a busy place where alongside heritage buildings there are shopping souks that are worth visiting. Delhi is just the place where you can buy almost everything ranging from textiles and handicraft items to jewellery. This post is an all in one basket to know better about the markets that any Delhite would vouch upon.
Delhi Haat: A pedestrian al fresco market apparently looks like a village market — but you will be amazed to see what good buys you can get here. The stalls here run on rotational basis and you can buy dress materials, handicrafts, clocks, kiosks and other home decor items. If you have time, do catch the cultural musical shows that are put up for visitors. Located both in South Delhi (opposite INA market ) and North Delhi( Pitampura) they are open from 11:00am- 10:00 pm. A nominal ticket of Rs.60 for adults and Rs.10 for children (above 5 yrs) is charged as entry fee.
Become skilled at ‘bargaining’: Sarojini nagar, Janpath, Paharganj, Lajpat nagar are places where you can shop till you drop without breaking the bank if you know how to bargain. You can buy clothes, dress materials, home furnishing, books, shoes and other fashion accessories- bags, belts, etc.,
Sarojini Nagar: Located in south-west Delhi near Safardunj airport. Opens daily other than Mondays.Janpath, Tibetan Market, Palika bazaar: Opens daily and located very near to Cannuaght place (CP) and Rajiv Chowk metro station.
Paharganj: Opens daily and positioned just the lane opposite to New Delhi railway station.
Lajpat nagar market: A daily market other than Mondays located in South Delhi near Defence colony.
Shankar Market: Opposite CP— a place where all kinds of fabrics can be bought from simple daily wear to silk brocades– over about 150 stalls where you can buy weaves from other states too. Opens daily from 11:00 am- 8:30 pm except on Sundays.
Chandni Chowk: Pinched pathways and a lane of colours where you can shop for an array of varied items. This is one of the old markets in Delhi and the name of which is referred to in countless Bollywood movies. The market is segregated as per the area of specialization namely Katra Neel for fabric, electronics- Bhagirath Palace, Dariba Kalan for all who love silver, Kinari Bazar for wedding shopping, Khari bowli for spice lovers, Moti bazaar for wraps, shawls and pearls and lastly Tilak bazaar for chemicals. Shopping is a tiresome job and if you get hungry this place has lip-smacking scrumptious street food joints where you can rest your knee and fill your hearts. Situated in old Delhi near to Chandi Chawk metro station. Closed on Sundays.
The U-shaped Khan market: This market gives you all the branded retail outlets with the latest fashion items. A fixed price no-bargain market, this is one of the clique high society shopping places in Delhi. You can walk in to the book stores in here as they have good collection and also you can find cafes to relax and unwind. Close to India Gate, and opens everyday other than Sundays.
Sunder Nagar and Matka Market: If home furnishing is on your mind then this is just the place. Sunder Nagar is a market frequently visited by the elites of Delhi for art and antique shops. Conveniently located in Central Delhi and shops open everyday except Sundays. Tea, silver jewellery, art textiles, carpets and other antiques and artefacts are what this market offers. You can buy Jaipuri pottery, vases, lanterns, wind chimes, Hindu gods and goddesses, bankura horses, and also gardening pots. Situated in South Delhi A.K Roy Marg near to Sarojini Nagar bus stop keeps open daily from 10:00am- 8:00 pm.
Shopping is not just a leisure activity it is a heart fulfilling hobby as well. Delhi is a place where if you know the right places you can get your bags heavy with shopping even if you run on budget. Work on the bargaining skill and you are sorted. Here’s to the love for shopping!!