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Bazaars of Delhi (Shopping Tour)

 

Our Shopping Tour helps you shop the way a Delhiwalla does. Based on your requirement, we take you to the authentic places. Most of these places are fixed price shops, rarely visited by tourists. Our guides are patient and have good sense of international fashion to help you pick the right stuff at the best price. Just to let you know, we don't accept commission from any of the shops.

 

Even if you don't plan to buy, you can visit the traditional bazaars in old Delhi to experience a different world altogether.

 

Price: 50 USD per person (minimum 2 people required)

 

Which includes:

 

- A car with driver for eight hours

- entry fee/parking charges to the venue

- A guide for eight hours

- Pick up and drop to the hotel

 

To book a tailor-made shopping tour, click here (Link this contact us page).

 

The following article will give you an idea about what to shop and where to shop in Delhi.

 


 

Delhi is Mecca for shopaholics with millions of shopping opportunities. But, before starting your shopping adventure, you need to be clear what you want to buy and how much time you can commit to shopping.

 

 

Before we move ahead, let's look at the closing days for the shopping complexes in Delhi:

 

  • Sundays: Connaught Place, Janpath, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Jor Bagh, Khan Market, Malcha Marg, Nehru Place, Sunder Nagar, Yashwant Place, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar.
  • Mondays: Defence Colony, INA Market, Jangpura, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension.
  • Tuesdays: Greater Kailash, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Kalkaji, Safdarjung Enclave, Vasant Vihar, Shahdara, Yusuf Sarai.
  • Wednesday: Rajouri Garden.

 

Malls have mushroomed all around the city offering everything from latest perfume to designer brands. Your mall shopping is not going to be different than your home country; rather you may find Delhi more expensive for International labels. Anyway, this isn't what here you are for?

 

Four things you must carry before you venture out for shopping: A water bottle, humour, patience and a fat wallet.

 

Are you on a hunt for artisanal crafts? The best places to start are state emporiums, which are located at Baba Kharag Singh Marg, just off Connaught Place. These fixed price shops are government run and could be the best starting point to have an idea how much things cost in the city. The emporiums charge you 10-20 per cent more than what Delhites buy elsewhere, but still reasonable than getting ripped off at the commission shop through your driver. Expect to see stacks of brass pots, wooden puppets, leather slippers, painted pottery, shawls, silk and other clothing.

 

Shawls are the main attraction of Zoon, the Kashmir emporium, and bronze lamps and icons of Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu emporium. Those interested in exquisite silks should go to Cauvery, the Karnataka emporium. Amrapali, the Bihar emporium, is famous for Madhubani paintings, while Rajasthali, the Rajasthan emporium, and Gurjari, the Gujarat emporium, are popular destinations for printed cottons, miniature paintings and jewellery. You get tea at Manjusha, the West Bengal emporium, and wood carvings at Mrignayani, the Madhya Pradesh emporium. Manjusha is also popular for its silk and cotton saris - Taant, Dhakai, Baatik, Jamdani, Kantha, Baluchari and Swarnachuri. The three - storeyed Tripura emporium called Purbasha is jam-packed with goodies for your home: beautiful stuff made of bamboo and cane.

 

Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan, right next to the emporia complex, houses stores that sell books, paper products, rural handicrafts, etc.

 

Since you are ready with shopping basics, let's explore the other options:

 

Janpath

 

Bang opposite Connaught Place, the stalls of Janpath Market are filled with cheap and fashionable clothes. This is the place where you will find more foreigners than Indians. Long cotton skirts and loose Indian-style tops, tie-dyed or with mirror work are the best things to be picked here. Men's shirts, pants and shorts are also available here.

 

Other shopping bargains at Janpath Market are patchwork handbags and white cotton nightgowns with pretty embroidery, suitable for gift giving. In India, "free size" means "one size fits all."

 

Shoe stores, often air-conditioned, are a good place to stop for a rest while shopping.

 

Besides the stalls, you will find many shops selling attractive crafts, jewellery, leather footwear, Rajasthan paintings, artifacts and carpets. If you're able to bargain well, this is the place to pick some of the best handicrafts.

 

The Central Cottage Emporium in Jawahar Bhavan at Janpath is undoubtedly worth a visit for anything ethnic and chic. It has almost anything that you might desire to buy. From furniture to clothes, to shoes that are typically Indian, to small gift items that could work as souvenirs; the Cottage Emporium has it all.

 

Next to Janpath is the Tibetan Market, known for crafts and jewellery. Tribal Arts, a tiny shop, is loaded with beads, bracelets and glitter. Walls are draped with faux silver necklaces strung with mock coral, turquoise and lapis. Styles range from sleekly elegant to chunky. A few doors down, Satish Fine Arts also sells an exotic blend of earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

 

This is a nice place even just for a walk or window shopping. There are a lot of small cafes and restaurants, if you're tired walking.

 

If you don't want to bargain, make a visit to Fab India at Connaught Place or Khan Market and Anokhi at Khan Market.

 

Connaught Place (aka Rajiv Chowk)

 

CP as it's called by the Delhites, is the heart of Delhi and offers European style experience. It offers all-in-one shopping opportunity. The inner circle is flooded with restaurants, bars, cinema, money changes, ATMs, banks, branded shops and pavement booksellers. The best time to visit Connaught place is during evening when the crowd gathers to enjoy the exquisite evening with the bliss of having a wonderful shopping experience.

 

Connaught Place directory:http://www.connaughtplacemall.com

 

Same bargaining rule applies here too.

 

Chandni Chowk

 

Chandni Chowk's specialty is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. From authentic Indian food, delicacies and sweets of more than 1,000 kinds, to sarees with chikan and zari work. There are lots of narrow lanes with many shops selling books, clothing, shoes and leather goods, electronic and consumer goods and whatnot. The area, even more so than the rest of the city, is very congested. This is also a good place for window shopping.

 

Chandni Chowk has survived for more than three centuries. Strewn richly with historical landmarks, the narrow streets and by lanes offer a plethora of surprises and here, one can get some of the best bargains in India.

 

One of the narrow streets branching off from Chandni Chowk leads to 'Dariba Kalan'. It is known for its beautiful pearl, gold and silver jewelry. One can also buy natural perfumes or 'itra' here. Spices are the specialty of Khari Baoli, while Kinari Bazaar is the best place to look for 'zari' and 'zardozi' trimmings and tinsel. Retaining the old-age charm, these markets provide you the opportunity of witnessing skilled craftsmen at work, while manufacturing items for sale on site.

 

The antique stores behind Jama Masjid, lining the entrance to the Red Fort, have replaced the Meena Bazaar of the yore and offer traditional jewellery, paintings and furniture. The other by lanes of Chandni Chowk that are popular include Katra Neel, the cloth bazaar offering all kinds of fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton and muslin. Bhagirath Palace is Asia's largest market for electrical goods and also offers medical equipment and allopathic medicines. It is also famous as 'Chooriwali ki Haveli' or the Bangle Seller's Palace, amongst locals.

 

Chawri Bazaar

 

Situated at close proximity to the west of Jama Masjid, Chawri Bazaar is one of the most important shopping complexes in New Delhi. Reputed for its huge and rare collection of brass, copper and paper products, this market attracts wholesalers and travellers from all parts of the globe. Again it is also a wholesale market but you will be allowed to purchase a brass or copper idol of Lord Vishnu, Buddha and others. The shops also keep many useful items like jewellery boxes, vases, pots and oil lamps. However, at present Chawri Bazar is more known as the wholesale market of paper products than copper or brass. From beautiful wedding cards to attractive wallpapers to nice greetings to any types of papers required for any use, everything is available here in retail as well as in wholesale.

 

Dilli Haat

 

  • Hours: Daily from 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m., including national holidays.
  • What to Buy: Indian handcrafts and artifacts.

 

A must visit for foreign tourist Dilli Haat is located opposite INA market, developed by Delhi Tourism has on display almost everything that would be very typical to a particular region in India. It has been designed to be an upscale version of a haat (generally a weekly traditional market). Unlike the traditional haat where the market itself is mobile and transient, in this case it is the craftspersons who are ever changing - thus offering a kaleidoscopic view of the richness and diversity of Indian culture and handicrafts.

 

This market is spread over a six acre spread with imaginative traditional rural architecture and provides an ambience for the market. The stone and brickwork paved paths interspersed with grass patches make browsing and ambling fun. The not too large but diverse food court bring the cuisines of different states together.

 

This is a good places to look at or buy handicrafts to do with rosewood and sandalwood carvings, leather wear, fabric, drapery, gems, beads, metal ware, and garments is variety of fabrics.

 

Khan Market

 

This is the place where Who's who of Delhi come to shop from Prime Minister's wife to a popular socialite. This is a fixed price shopping avenue full of western style restaurants, bars and home to many Indian designer boutiques

 

It has a wide variety of stores primarily to cater to the needs of neighbourhood, which include well known brands like Nike, Reebok, Benetton, Good earth and others. Some of the other popular stores are FabIndia, Raj stores, Anokhi, Sanjiv Mehra's, Kriti Creations, Allied Stores etc.

 

The Kitchen, Market Cafe, Cafe Turtle, Albake, Big Chill, Cafe Zaffiro, Barista, McDonalds, Subway are some of the restaurants. If you're fond of Kebabs, try Salim's Kebabs and Khan Chacha's Kebab's and momos.

 

Khan Market is connected by Violet line of Delhi Metro.

 

Hauz Khas

 

This places has acquired the reputation of being "the national capital of ethnic chic". Boutiques and shops set in converted old homes up and down narrow alleys sell handicrafts, curios, old carpets and designer clothing. A Touch of Gold is an antique little shop with saris, salwar kameezes and lehngas from our grandmothers' era. At Dozakh, Isha and Nitin Kartikeya draw in their inspiration from ancient civilizations, making garments that are simple in silhouettes but radical in thought.

 

Ecru, the brainchild of Ankur Batra, concentrates on high-quality clothes that blend ethnic and modern designs. Portraits, which runs mainly on orders, is a quiet yet dependable destination for semi-formal wear. If you are looking for chikankari creations, Prateeksha is just the right destination. Kanika Rungta's Zoya presents a decent collection of silver and fashion jewellery.

 

Sarojini Nagar

 

The most popular shopping market for middle class Delhites hunting value for money.

 

It is famous for export surplus clothes being sold on stalls. Here you will find clothes of leading International brands at a throw away price because they are either export surplus or rejected by the company. Be careful to check the condition of the garment as you may find a button missing or stitch coming out of the garment. Some sellers also mix used garments in the pile.

 

This is also a place to buy footwear, ladies purse, clothing, crockery, fabrics, upholstery, and other household items at reasonable price. You are expected to bargain at most shops, except some popular brand stores.

 

Karol Bagh

 

Overly crowded shopping area which offers almost everything to can imagine. Another very popular among the residents. You can find a variety of Indian clothes, shoes and accessories out here as well as precious jewellery and bridal wear. What's more, this place sells automobiles and related accessories too and is a good place to hire or buy a motorbike.

 

The Karol Bagh market is one of the oldest and the most famous and flourishing shopping centers in Delhi. The market offers variety, not only in the type of goods you buy, but also in the types of shops you visit. From the big air-conditioned showrooms to the small and dainty shops in alleys, you will find everything here. The whole of the market has been sub-divided into various roads, streets and markets, each specializing in a particular field.

 

Before you get overwhelmed limit yourself to Ajmal Khan road and Gaffar Market.

 

Karol Bagh is connected by blue line of Delhi Metro.

 

Rajouri Garden

 

This is the place if you want to see the blend of traditional bazaar and upscale mall shopping. Here, you can see Delhi life at its best and shop more peacefully since most tourists don't visit this place.

 

Rajouri Garden is connected by blue line of Delhi Metro. The malls are located on one side of the metro line and the bazaar is on the other side. The malls include, TDI Mall, TDI Paragon Mall, Shoppers Stop, City Square, West Gate Mall, and Paradise Mall. All of these malls are quite technologically advanced and feature great parking space and a nice ambiance.

 

Ansal Plaza, the first mall to come up in South Delhi, is situated near South Extension. It is built in a circular fashion around an amphitheatre with a stage at the centre. Different cultural events are organized here from time to time. It is a treat to watch the 45-foot-high atrium with a French glass curtain wall. The wall filters out ultraviolet and other harmful radiation. You will find many major brands like Adidas, McDonald's, Shoppers Stop, Levi's, Music World, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Reebok and Club Mahindra here. Complete with an amphitheatre, a shopping complex, twin level parking and best of the brands, this is one place where the entire family can have a shopping spree and enjoy.

 

Off the Beaten Track

 

a.Traditional Bazaar:Every locality in Delhi has a dedicated day for flea shopping. Generally, this is the day usual market is closed. Try Monday Flea Market at Karol Bagh. You'll find high-octane drama among the buyers and sellers. All things of daily use are sold here from fruits and vegetable to clothing to souvenir. These bazaars are more popular among low income group. It's advisable to have a companion as a foreigner female is likely to attract stares among the sea of less educated, low income residents.

 

b.Dariyaganj Book Market: Be it the latest best-seller or an out-of-print book, Delhi is a hot destination for buying books. Stretching for more than a kilometre, the Daryaganj Old Book Market is often referred to as the world's largest weekly book market. It is organised every Sunday.

 

Most of the books available here are used. Besides the throwaway price, the availability of a wide variety and out-of-print, difficult-to-find books draws buyers here. From fiction to medical sciences, architecture to cookery, comics to atlases, classics to magazines, and management to hobbies, name any genre and you can find it here.

 

c.Chor Bazaar:The weekly bazaar takes place every Sunday morning opposite the Red Fort and Lajpat Rai Market, Chor Bazaar literally means 'Thieves' Market'.

 

From the Electronic Items to the Designer Clothes all can be found in this Market, mostly used and without warranty.

 

The place is overwhelming and chaotic. This is the best place to see the negotiation skills of the low income Delhites. Don't ask the price unless you're sure that you've to buy the item.

 

Visit this place only for an experience and not for buying.