Chandni Chowk is known as the Moonlight Bazaar. Located north of Connaught Place by about 6 kms. This was an ancient Mughal market in the old city, crowded and busy and full of craftsmen, cobblers, rickshaws, fortune-teller and shoppers. Down narrow lanes there are colourful stores of materials and silks and jewellery. These old bazaars still seem to retain a souk-like characteristic.
Another excellent choice by ‘DaDrifter’ .. does this know where women would like to shop or what. From Dilli Haat we zoomed around the streets of Delhi to Greater Kailashi to this store which was the first location of this chain store. Their products are sourced from all over India. They sell everything from traditional Indian clothing to the more modern style, home products, fabrics and accessories. Arun did a great job of fossicking through the racks and shelves to try and find what I like in my size.. mostly I was out of luck though. Such great patience while I also did the ‘trying on’ bit. I did however settle on a fairly plain Kurta in the hope of later finding a more colourful trousers later on. You must choose carefully as they say they do not permit exchanges.
This seems to be the best place to see the widest variety and best of India’s fabulous crafts without having to wander too far. The market is wheelchair friendly which is not that common in India. The market tries to promote India’s handicrafts for reasonable prices amongst its 60 stalls. There are also some 25 stalls offering regional foods. It was a fabulous experience if not a little overwhelming with so much to see and take in and end up dumbfounded at what to buy. Thank you Arun for the great experience and knowledgeable conversation – not to mention laughs.
The name haat means an informal weekend market or bazaar which is held around the country areas in India. Dilli Haat in Delhi is very much a transient market. All the ownership of the handicraft stalls are rotated on a fortnightly basis so you will always find a different array of goods to view and purchase. You will find items such as Pashmina shawls and carpets from Kashmir is enamel meenakari brassware from Rajasthan, beautiful silk from Varanasi to name just a few.
My dear friend VT ‘DaDrifter’ kindly offered to show me a little of his city. I had very limited time unfortunately but he decided this was the place to see some of the amazing crafts of India.. he was right. Dilli Haat is an upmarket styled crafts bazaar whose stalls represent all states of India in crafts.
Open from 1100 hrs. to 2200 hrs 7 days.
The area of Karol Bagh is in west-central Delhi and known more as a shopping area. Centred around Ajmal Khan Road, this district is mainly known for shoes and clothes but also has Cheap Silk Stores, Punjab Sweets and Roshan da Kulfi (supposed to be one of the oldest and best kulfi places in Delhi). There are a few old mosques scattered throughout some of the smaller streets. On Mondays, you will find one of the largest street markets in Delhi although there are stalls around on the pavements during the rest of the week days as well.
Not as big or expensive as Connought Place but not less bizi, Chandni Chowk provides a good combo of shopping and sightseeing. There are numerous temples, and many, many shops. At the end of Chandni Chowk to the right is Khari Baoli, the spices street, which can leave you dazzled with colours and smells of everything from turmeric to tea. The smells are overpowering and you may be overcome by a sudden bout of sneezing.
What to buy: everything you want.
What to pay: i suppose you can bargain your way, but most shops display prices which are pretty much fixed.
Near Connaught Palace there are few interesting markets, i.e. the tibetean market and the Silk market, where you will be able to buy whatever sold and produced in India, (or imported from Nepal and Tibet), sometimes also cheeper then in Nepal too!
The MUST, clearly is to bargain, and a LOT!
Different then the market in Connaught Palace of New Delhi, as that one is the touristic one, the market in Old Delhi in Chandni Chowk, is the real market, with small streets, fullfilled of people (and cows of course!) where you will be able to find all you need from forcs, dishes, shampoo, food and so on.
Is also a pretty amazing axperience!
What to buy:
In most local crafts stores (as they say "tourist traps") where tour guides bring tourists to shop for overpriced souvenirs, there is one GREAT buy that will satisfy even the person with the stiffest upper lip and this is KASHMIR TEA. It's packaged in a small dark green box about 4 inches in height. Inside, along with the tea leaves, you also get almonds and a pack of mixed spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc). You boil them all together and voila..., tea anyone?
What to pay: Around US$10 for a box in the tourist trap store.
The Sunder Nagar neighborhood, in South Delhi very near the Oberoi Hotel, is a great place to do some upscale shopping for art and antiques. The stores surround a central plaza easily accessible from the road that leads from the center of town to Humayun's Tomb. If you get exhausted from spending all that money, take a seat at one of the outdoor cafes for a meal. Or zip into the fantastic bake-shop on the northwest corner of the plaza for a delicious, tooth-destroying Indian sweet.
A busy and chaotic street matket, which is located just off Connaught Place.
Lots of cheap clothes and junk jewellery etc on offer, and bargaining is a norm.
Can be pretty crowded...
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