Encompassing a substantially rich part of India’s history, Delhi has been one of the most important trading centers in Northern India since the medieval period. A number of modern localities like Sheikh Sarai have derived their names from Delhi’s antique trading locations.
What we have in the capital city today are not trading towns, but shopping hubs, complexes, markets and malls, scattered all over the city, buzzing with people from all walks of life.
Mentioned below is the list of some of the best shopping destinations in Delhi that cater to the peculiar needs of unique Delhiites and numerous tourists inundating the city.
1. Dilli Haat
Transporting you straight to the magical world of Indian heritage, Dilli Haat is an open-air craft bazaar and food plaza. A brainchild of Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, it features handloom stalls and cultural activities, among food stalls from all the states of India. You can savour on the local foods from different Indian regions under one roof.
Once inside the complex, you’d come across a shebang of sandalwood and rosewood carvings, camel hide footwear, gems, beads, wool fabrics, exotic fabrics and drapery, etc. It’s a treasure house of Indian culture and much more than just a market place.
Located opposite the famous Connaught Place, Janpath is an amalgamation of local stalls and fixed shops. It’s a fairly old marketplace which was referred to as the ‘Queen’s Way’ until early the 90s. Bedecked with latest fashion accessories and apparels for both men and women, Janpath is the go-to place for all those low on budget and good at bargaining.
You could choose from ethnic dresses, regular clothing, artificial jewellery, silver jewellery, leather footwear, Rajasthani paintings, furniture, decorative, carpets, etc.
3. Palika Bazaar
Located in the same vicinity as Janpath market, Palika Bazaar is an underground, centrally air-conditioned market beneath the inner circle of Connaught Place. Hosting hundreds of shops, the bazaar is particularly famous among the international tourists for electronics and clothing. Known for its fairly low prices and counterfeit products, it would be wise to think twice before cracking a deal here.
4. Khari Baoli
Situated in the old quarters of Delhi, Khari Baoli is a sensory experience of aroma, colour and taste. This is perhaps the biggest wholesale spice market in Asia. At reasonable prices, you would get to lay on your hands on some of the most exotic spices, herbs, nuts, rice and tea leaves in the world.
A four hundred year old market situated close the Red Fort, Khari Baoli is unlike any other market mentioned in the list but well worth a visit.