If you find the haggling at the local market a bit too mu, a good alternative are the malls, where the prices are fixed and the quality is somewhat more assured. Just south of Delhi, Gurgaon sports a few good malls which offer anything from book to crafts to decoration. See my Gurgaon page for details.
Dilli Haat is the local fair for all things fabric - shawls, scarves, tablecloths, etc. - and decorations for the house. It's enclosed and there is an entrance fee (15 Rps/ person). Be ready to bargain - and bargain hard. You could reduce the price by 3.
What to buy: Scarves/shawls & house decoration (statuettes, paintings, etc.)
What to pay: The asked price of a scarf can be anything from 120 to 1500 ruppees, and of course you can reduce this at least by half. Look carefully at the quality of what's being offered.
At the triangle Sisganj Gurudwara - Red Fort – Jami Masjid you have a very interesting streets full of markets like Chandni Chowk street, Kinari Bazaar, DaribaKalan …
I hope I have had more time for walk along all these streets, not for buy but for watch, smell.
Flowers, clothes, jewels, fruits ...
Here you can find bags, clothes, rings, papers, jewelry, textiles .... everything very cheap. Lots and lots of shops of textiles and gifts and local craft.
Things are not hight quality as at Dilli Haat but here you will find very good prices.
What to buy: I bought spots for the forehead, bags, papers, skirts ... the funny thing that one of the bag I bought there I find it after under my house at Malaga :))))) well ... today is very dificult to find unic things :)))
handicrafts of hight quality. No one disturb you here and is a really nice place with the sky as ceiling.
Entrance 10 R.
Is open every day. Is one of my favorite places for shopping of Delhi, I went there 3 times and if I had been more days I would have gone more days ... everything is so good and of good prices, not as cheap as other markets but is just because the quality is higher.
What to buy: I bought paper figures, scarves, miniatures draws ... everything beautiful
What to pay: The money you take the money you will spend, specially if you are woman, you will find here textiles of wonderful work
Chadni Chowk is a VERY famous shopping bazaar in India. If you are in Delhi, this is a MUST-SEE! When shopping, make sure to check the prices of your chosen item in many stores, or you will definitely buy something for a higher price than you could have!
Bargain AWAY! Make sure to ask 1/2 of the price of what is posted, and then go from there, you will find that you will get many good deals this way.
What to buy: There are gorgeous cloths, pottery, other sandalwood carving, EVERYTHING!
What to pay: Not much, remember, in India 100 rupees is = to 2.5 American Dollars! So keep that in mind when buying!
Sunder Nagar Market, a neighborhood shopping district near the Oberoi hotel and Delhi Zoo, specializes in jewelry, curios, artifacts, and artwork. It's closed Sunday.
What to buy: Artefacts, Curios, Jewellery and clothes
Sarojini Nagar Market is a lively market where middle-class locals shops are around.
It's a good place just to stroll around and take in the chaos, as it has pedestrian-only zones -- a rarity in India. Shopkeepers boisterously hawk their wares while workers unload goods from auto- and cycle-rickshaws, shoppers scurry about, and diners pause over plates of greasy street food.
The back streets of Sarojini are famous for selling rejected export apparel at bargain prices. The market is open from about 10:30 AM to 7 PM and closed Monday.
What to buy: Garments, Gifts & etc.
What to pay: Reasonable prices
Old Delhi Markets offer a variety of goods. Chandni Chowk and the bazaar inside Lal Qila are good areas to hunt for bargains.
On the streets behind the Jama Masjid, many shops sell metalware curios and old utensils, and one street specializes in paper and stationery, some of it handmade and hand-printed.
On Dariba Kalan, stalls are filled with silver and gold jewelry. Except for the Lal Qila bazaar, most businesses in Old Delhi shut down on Sunday.
What to buy: Curios, Jewellery, Clothes & Stationery
What to pay: You Have to Bargain for the best price.
In Hauz Khas Village, boutiques and shops set in converted old homes up and down narrow alleys sell handicrafts, curios, old carpets and kilims, and designer clothing (both Indian and Western). Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 to 7.
What to buy: Clothes & Handicrafts
What to pay: Very reasonable
These stores are located in all major metros of India. They stock the products which are Indian made. They are encouraging the local manufacturers by selling their products. But I can assure you the quality of the product is excellent.
What to buy: Lot of choice in Gifts and Decoratives
For buying Antiques and Art pieces you can visit Natesans:-
13 Sunder Nagar
What to pay: The Prices are fixed and very reasonable.
A huge market place where you can get everything! If you see something you want buy it immediately because you'll get lost looking for that particular shop again.
Must try out the food on the streets! The spicy potatoes we had on leaves was delicious. And of course a trip wouldnt be completed without coconut juice sipped from the coconut itself.
What to buy: We went crazy buying sandals and shoes, they are of the best type and can be tailored to fit you perfectly.
Dilli Hat is an open air handicraft market run by Delhi Tourism - there are craftsmen from every state to sell their products directly - and there's an area reserved to delicious food stalls. Once again, they come from all over India. DIlli Hat is quite quaint - but what I liked about was the idea that there's no middlemen: everyone here sells their own goods - and because it's run by the authorities, the quality of the products is guaranteed. The small drawback is that prices aren't fixed, so that you still have to bargain for everything - I surely would have preferred it differently. But hey, one can't have everything. I also read that every craftsman is permitted to stay there for around 15 days - then someone else moves in in turn
What to buy: fabrics in particular, and dresses - both Indian and Western fashion
What to pay: It depends on your bargaining skills - but India's cheap in general
The Handicrafts Museum in Delhi is one of my absolute favorite places to poke around. The museum itself is well worth a visit, but another main attraction is the gift shop. This store rises well above the usual souvenir-stand level, offering really high-quality crafts, art, and books. The goods on sale are often quite different from the typical fare available in the Government of India regional handicrafts stores. This shop is fairly big and has a huge jumble of items, so be prepared to spend some time if you want to take full advantage.
The Handicrafts Museum also has an outdoor area within the museum itself where artisans demonstrate how their crafts are created, and also sell them at small stalls. These can also be very rewarding to look through.
Delhi is a marvellous place for shoppers. The Connaught Place, the colonnaded shopping area in the centre of town, offers good shopping. An entire range of Indian handicrafts and handlooms from all over the country can be found at the State Emporia on Baba Kharak Singh Marg and at the Central Cottage Industries Emporium on Janpath. Shops along the Janpath offer garments, leather work, curios, fabric and fine jewellery.
The Crafts Museum Complex and the Dilli Haat have an array of bargains ranging from pottery and paintings to shawls, saris and charming rural ambience. The Hauz Khas Village provides an interesting excursion to a village – turned – boutique complex. At Santhusti near Ashok Hotel, interesting boutiques are set in a landscaped garden.
Chandni Chowk the once elegant ‘shopping mall’ of the Mughals is now a frantically busy area, but its little lanes often selling just silks, jewellery, semi precious stones or brassware are fascinating to explore and marvellous for picking up bargains