Delhi is a paradise for shoppers. Here you can buy almost anything from anywhere in India. Delhi has thousands of good shops tidily grouped together subject wise – antiques, handicrafts, European fashions, leather articles, rugs and carpets, linen & fabrics, silks, jewelry, furniture etc.
One can buy leather items, Carved Stone pieces, Precious Stones, Silk Products, Wood Work, Jewelry from Delhi. Best thing of Delhi is that one gets every thing here which can be sold and purchased under the sun. Delhi has some of the best shopping malls in India where one easily spend the whole day roaming and shopping. These shopping plazas are also places to relax your self in the evening as some of the best eating joints are located in the shopping malls.
was famous for the Fountains and the shops during the Mughal period. Located opposite to the Red fort, the fountains of the Chowk have disappeared but the shops still remain. The attraction of the shops in the region are not the big showrooms but the small shops in the by lanes. Some of these shops offer you better bargain than the big showrooms. The Sadar Bazzar and the Khari Baoli are the largest whole sale markets in the northern region of India. Dariba Kalan is still known for the perfumes and Jewellery. One can not miss the Lajpat Rai market where one gets any kind of electronic item. While going around Chandni Chowk pay special attention on your pockets and beware of touts and the duplicate products.
From Chandni Chowk move to the Paharganj area where the main market has a wide range of perfumes, oils, soaps and incense. Though this market is closed on Monday, it is surprising that some shops are open seven days a week. In recent times Karol Bagh has emerged as one of the good market place sin Delhi. The Gaffar market in Delhi HattKarol Bagh is one the famous grey markets in India. The Ajmal Khan Market in Karol Bagh has some of the best show rooms in Delhi. The readymade garment market at tank road is quite popular for the cheap Denim cloths.
The Delhi Haat
The Delhi Haat in Kidwai Nagar is a nice place to spend the day. The Haat or the market has good eating joints and handicraft shops. Delhi Haat provides you delicacies from all parts of India in its various stalls. From time to time theme fairs and festivals are also organised. The South Extension market and the Lajpat Nagar Central market are places where you can find all the big names in any category. These places are also good for window shopping and for a cool stroll.
In Connaught place or Rajiv Chowk / Indira Chowk there are good departmental stores and Big Showrooms. Commonly known as CP, the place is constructed in a circular shape and the famous underground Palika market is also on in Connaught place. Just opposite CP is the Janpath. Bargaining at the road side shops at Janpath has a pleasure which can not be experienced at any big show room. At Janpath look out for cotton garments and curios, furnitures and decorative pieces.
The small and Cottage Industry Handicraft Emporium on Tolstoy Road is an excellent place to look in good quality handicraft and cottage industry. The State emporiums are all located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg which is at stone throw distance from Connaught Place. One can also get tourist information about the respective states in these emporiums.
For Musical Instruments, Delhi has a good range of specialised shops.
Delhi Musical Stores 1070, Paiwalan, Opposite Jama Masjid, Old Delhi Tel: 3276909
Bina Enterprises 3578, Netaji Subhas Rd. Daryaganj, Old Delhi Tel: 4633075
Rangarsons Music Depot 12 K Block Outer Circle, Connaught Place Tel: 3323831
Adarsh Stores 4, Indian Oil Building, Janpath Bhawan, Janpath Tel: 3322950
Recorded music is sold in a variety, recorded on audio tapes and CD’s.
For Paintings and Sculptures, apart from the State Emporiums and Central Cottage Emporium, there are a number of galleries specialising in this field.
Anamica-Hauz Khas Village (tel: 6967619)
Art Today, A Block, Connaught Place
Kumar Gallery, Sundar Nagar Market, (tel: 4611113)
Village Gallery, Hauz Khas Village (tel: 6853860)
India’s silk is of best quality and is available in wide variety and range. It is found in shops throughout Delhi, in form of Sari ( A Indian costume, which is a length of 5.5 meter fabric) and also available by meter to make dresses. “Paranthe wali gali” has a famous, one of the oldest sari shop known as “Ram Chandra Krishna Chandra” Sari Shop, which has a wide range in colours, patterns, weaves and fabric.
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