o you have decided to hit the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and have landed in India. While praying is certainly on the list of any traveler to India, you simply leave Delhi without hitting its fabulous bazaars for all the steals your check in baggage can handle.
For a first time traveler, New Delhi provides a microcosm of India and while it can be slightly intimidating with its loud, crowded roads , thousands of dialects and a plethora of lanes and by lanes to get lost into, but to find your place in Delhi, that’s just what you gotta do. There are hundreds of little treasure troves filled with intricate creations by meticulous artisans and dotted with great places to savour spicy treats. So here’s a list of a few of the best shopping destinations in Delhi and the stuff you should keep your eye out for.
Dilli Haat : A tourist staple but a good place to start. Dilli Haat is situated in convenient South Delhi and is used an exhibition and retailing area for artisans from all over India. Exhibitionists are chosen based on their craft, variety and the Indian state from which the craft originates. One can find everything from textiles, dresses, shawls, footwear, woodwork, jewellery and other odd trinkets and much much more. Alongside the place also houses restaurants carrying indigenous cuisine from each state in India giving you a chance to sample local food in a hygienic environment without losing the street food feel.
Hauz Khas Village: Don’t go by the name, Hauz khas is anything but, situated around the posh residential colony it is the hub for all the Indian designers to showcase their wares.Hauz Khas was one of the first such hubs and has led to many other similar areas dotted in the city.
Khan Market: Frequented by the city’s expatriate population. Khan Market is counted among the priciest real estate in the world and is a mix of eclectic shops, breezy cafes, roadside junk jewellery and great people watching. Savor lunch at the al fresco seating at Café Turtle which serves delightful wholesome vegetarian fare and is housed inside a book shop and watch the world go by.
Greater Kailash 1 : Two little markets a block away from each other and totally different shopping experiences. M block is busy, bustling and filled with local shops and hangouts amongst branded stores. You can find great bags, shoes and real gems and jewellery here and you can hop over to N block for some peace and quiet and great eateries. N block houses numerous stores for home furnishings and also has all the shops you need to get your Indian Kurtas and stoles fix.
Chandani Chowk: Enough of up market stops. Get ready to immerse yourself in the real bazaar! Chandani Chowk is a large area in Old Delhi near the Red Fort which acts as a wholesale market of pretty much anything you can think of. Want cheap textile of any imaginable type? The main street offers millions of options. Want your fill of silver and goldjewellery in designs that’ll blow your mind? Walk past the shop that sells savory treat and into the lane known as ‘jalebi waali gali’and you wouldn’t believe your eyes. Need a fill of books? Stroll up to ‘Nai Sarak’. But be warned this part of Delhi is crowded and needs some agility to meander through so suggest that if possible take a known local but never a guide! Haggle hard, spend time choosing your purchases and most importantly let yourself get immersed in the sights and sounds.
Come to Delhi in the winters when the weather is cool and all the Indian festivals make for a great spectacle. And you’ll never experience anything like it again! Travel Safe!!