Delhi envelops a significant chunk of India’s history in its captivating monuments. This amazing city doesn’t only cherishes the glorious history but also blooms in the charm of the present. While strolling around the city, the local markets are a reminder of the ideal blend of delicious street food, latest fashion trends and people from diverse backgrounds. If you are planning a trip to Delhi, here are 5 most amazing places for “reasonably cheap” shopping:
1. KHARI BAOLI
Shopping in Delhi is not only about purchasing fashion accessories, it has much more to it! Shopping in Delhi can also be a wonderful ‘appealing-to-senses’ kind of experience, full of taste, smell, colors and texture. Khari Baoli is the perfect place to understand Delhi’s cuisine and culture through its spices.
Located around Fatehpuri Masjid, Khari Baoli is world’s biggest spice market, where you can find all sort of spices from local to exotic. Being a wholesale market, you can buy spices at reasonable prices here.
Not just spices, you can also find sweet and dry fruit shops in Khari Baoli, ready to treat your taste buds with unforgettably amazing flavors. This place is also famous for the rare Ayurvedic medicines and herbs, that serve as great remedies for various diseases. The market is closed on Sundays and operates from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm from Monday-Saturday.
Khari Baoli is all about explore and taste!
Situated opposite the popular hangout spot Connaught Place, Janpath market is a wonderful mix of local stalls and small markets. You can spot all sorts of latest fashion clothing and accessories here, emblazing the entire market. Along with this, you can also find items like juttis, purse, handicrafts, embroidered goods and much more here. The best part about this place is, there is no bar on bargaining here. If you have the right bargaining skills, you can take along “more in less”. From foreign tourists to natives, you can find all sorts of people trying their hand at bargaining. You can visit here anytime between 11 am to 7.30 pm. Janpath market is an ideal place to pack a piece of “voguish Delhi” in your bags.
3. DARYAGANJ BOOK MARKET
Daryaganj’s famous book market is one of the oldest book markets in Delhi, known to have started in 1964. The book market spans westward along Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and northward along Bahadur Shah Jafar Road. The market operates only on Sundays from early morning to 6pm. This place is heaven for book lovers, as one can buy second hand books, of all genres, at prices as low as INR 10. While going to Daryaganj, don’t take along a ‘checklist’ of books you wish to buy. Carrying a checklist will not let you enjoy the surprises of this market!
4. SAROJINI NAGAR
Needless to say, Sarojini Nagar has emerged as the ultimate fashion hub of Delhi. Located near Safdarjung Airport in South Delhi, Sarojini Nagar is the best place to buy affordable yet fashionable export-surplus. From Zara to Mango, you can find the rejected export clothing of various major brands here. Even though the market is generally chocked with people, don’t hesitate in exploring this place atleast once, while traveling to Delhi. The market is functional from Tuesday-Sunday from 11am to 7.30pm. (Don’t forget to take your bargaining skills along!)
5. BANGLE BAZAAR, CONNAUGHT PLACE
Set in vicinity of the famous Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place, the bangle bazaar is a great place to buy beautifully decorated bangles in dazzling colors, at reasonable prices. From plastic to lac, from metal to glass, from traditional to funky, from simple to gaudy, you can spot all sorts of bangles here. The bazaar is open everyday from 11am to 6pm.
While in Delhi, don’t forget to explore these markets!