Connaught Place is a big rotunda lined by restaurants (KFC, McDonald's, etc.) and stores that sell clothes (Western and Indian), books, souvenirs, shoes, etc. The prices of merchandise sold around here are fixed but if you wish to buy local items and haggle at the same time, nearby is the Palika Bazaar.
Located along the western side of Janpath from the Imperial Hotel to Connaught Place, the Tibetan Market is a series of little shops selling every possible artefact from all over India. From scarves to delicately painted boxes to kitsch souvenirs, one will find many good quality items to buy. Although considered overpriced, the Tibetan market seems to have better prices than Colaba in Bombay -- and bartering is very possible -- but it is definitely more expensive than Jaipur. This market is a great place to do all of your shopping at once if you're under time constraints.
The heaven for Indian Art lovers. They sell books on : Indian Art ,Archaeology ,Architecture ,Indian History ,Religion and philosophy ,Indian music and dance ,Sanskrit Literature ,Ayuraveda and etc...
Noted that the shop I visitted and address given is a publisher location . They also have a City book shop at 4416 Nai Sarak (Amir Chand Marg), Delhi 110006
Phone : 23911154
Or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to buy: Indian Art and Architecture books.
Located at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. New Delhi. A stretch of two blocks of shops - just off Connaught Place - specializing in regional crafts with government regulated quality and prices. Simply the most convenient way to one-stop shop before your departure. A full day of shopping with a good fast food restaurant on the upper level. 'Challan' at the Delhi State Industries Emporium has a splendid array of fabrics at good price and an excellent tailor. Also look at the Purba Shree Emporium for NE handicrafts and handlooms - particularly the Naga crafts if you're not going to Assam this trip.
What to buy: Everything at Kamala is from top designers commissioned from local artisans. The shop is non-profit being a member of the Crafts Council of India. Much of their stock appears just once and is not repeated. I bought exquisitely carved alabaster vigil lights - the flame behind a carved screen - standing about 6 inches. What they've managed to do is provide quality product with designs suited to western homes - nothing looks too ethnic.
What to pay: Fixed prices - well below market value
Khan Market is not really a market. It is a collection of chic designer boutiques, trendy ayurvedic cosmetic shops, and designer shops - Nike, Adidas and Body Shop were familier to me. This market has been dubiously noted as being the most expensive shopping area in Delhi. It's many shops cater to ex-pats, and I saw many familier products, even from Australia . The Diplomatic Enclave is nearby.
There are, however, also good bookshops, chemist outlets and a host of trendy restuarants and coffee-shops. One is spoiled for choice with food. There is something for every budget and taste-bud. (Big Chill, Subway & Cafe Turtle)
Khan is frequented by ex-pats and well-heeled locals- prices are fixed, so don't even try and bargain. We also noted that there were very professional tailor shops.
We also noted- Hobby Shops, Pet stores, Music stores and Optical Suppliers.
What to buy: Just about everything is available here-
What to pay: Everything has a fixed price, but is always cheaper than "back home"
We stumbled upon this indoor market recently while strolling around Chandi Chowk. It is set in a huge barn like building, just next to Chandi Chowk. The variety of clothing, blankets, shawls and many other products is amazing. What I really loved about it was that it is self-contained- and set away rom the street. Also- there was absolutely NO pressure from the smiling and shy Tibetans that were behind each stall. We actually had to ask for help- a rare occurance in India.
We bought some beautiful soft fuzzy blankets, and I bought a soft silky shawl.
I really recommend this place for hassle-free bargains, and a pleasant shopping experience, especially if you are heading north and need some warm clothing.
What to buy: Blankets, shawls, warm headgear, woolly gloves.
What to pay: I paid R200for a med size soft yak-fur blanket
R150 for a soft shawl
And I did not need to bargain
Sarojini nagar (named after freedom fighter Sarojini naidu) is a huge shopping area in Delhi and is quite crowded all through out the day.
What to buy: Everything you want to. Just look for the right shop.
What to pay: Average. Infact less than in most markets
Connaught Place is one of Delhi's more famous and visited shopping areas. Spread over several blocks of a collonaded series of circled avenues in central New Delhi, you can find almost anything at its wide variety of shops.
One place that we visited and enjoyed was the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, located just opposite the Imperial Hotel. Our city guide, Deepa, had indicated that this was a place where we would find excellent quality items at a fair price. Not cheap, mind you.... but fair. And while we're mentioning prices, you can still negotiate a bit to get a better deal. In fact, THE best negotiation is to probably shrug and just say "I think I'm going to pass today" after you've spend a lot of time looking at a particular item. There's usually one or two better prices in the salesman or woman helping you.
Among the items that we looked over on our visit to the Cottage Industries store were carpets, silver and gold jewelry, various local objects d'art, and fine cloth and clothing. We took the opportunity to let my "fashion model figured" daughter (she's tiny and thin, everything looks good on her) try on a traditional sari. The salesladies at Cottage were very very helpful, and they had Sara in a sari in very short order. Now, the one that she tried on was very very fine silk and was, not surprisingly, pretty expensive. If I remember, it was something like US$350 or so. Sara thought long and hard about buying it, because she looked so beautiful wearing it. BUT, we finally convinced her that it was something she'd NEVER really wear, and that she could probably find more useful items to bring home from India. So, in spite of a couple of better offers, she chose to pass.
Sara did end up buying a very pretty silver ring at Cottage Industries, and she got a very good price on her purchase.
What to buy: fine cloth, silk, etc.
carpets and other woven items
jewelry, including precious stones, gold and silver work
What to pay: It all depends. You can spend tens of thousands of rupees in here, if that be your aim. :)
The Palika Bazaar is an underground market located between the inner and outer circle of Connaught Place. Palika Bazaar has many shops & stalls selling a wide range of items; however, the market is dominated by electronic items and clothing. Palika Bazaar was set up in the late 1970s, but since the 1980s it has seen a decline in customers, in part due to the opening of several new, modern shopping malls all over Delhi. The Bazaar has many entrances-so is easily accessable. Air conditioning works- most of the time.
Palika Bazaar is estimated to have some 15.000 people within its confines at any given time and also attracts many foreign tourists. The prices are low by any standard, and variety of stalls makes it a great place to shop for almost anything. Prices are usually fixed, but its worth trying to bargain.
What to buy: Electronic goods
Perfumed Oils & Toiletries ( I loved the Jasmine Oil)
What to pay: Prices are fixed, but do try and bargain- it usually pays off.
First rule: never buy in emporiums. They have fixed price but in exchange they will charge you at least 3 times the real price. Use them to check prices, divide the price by 3, and go to Pahar Ganj Main Bazaar to get the article at that price.
Balla Pritam Collection is in a small alley branching from Main Bazaar Road, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi.
The shop is well-hidden, small and frequented by a lot of locals. It is a good sign.
It is not an emporium, still they have fixed prices and very cheap. A really good quality custom-made salwar kameez with dupatta costs here around 600.- (stitching included).
They have a good selection of materials from which you choose and they will call their own tailor to do the measuring and they will do the stitching in 24 hours, so you can return in the evening the next day for your ready made garment. Definitely an excellent deal.
By the way, Israelis are not welcome, to say the least.
What to buy: Various Indian style clothing for men and women.
What to pay: Expect to pay around 600.- Rs for a custom made good quality salwar kameez with dupatta incl. stitching.
This is a long chain of shops that are run by different states in india.
It is located on the Baba Kharak Singh Marg (road), there are no crowds in the front of the shops. The security will chase them away. In some of the shops you can walk in and out without them asking you anything! This makes it less authentic but you are safe with what you buy and you can go back.
What to buy: Quality clothes, Local Crafts, ...
What to pay: This is an "official bazaar" where you do not have to bargain. The prices are a little bit higher but you were getting a higher price at other places anyway... Do not hesitate to walk out the store if you don't like it.
connaught place now called rajeev chowk after the slain former indian prome minister.is the central shopping area in delhi the largest financial commercial and business centre.
Robert Tor Russell, chief architect to the Government of India designed Connaught Place in 1932 based upon an outline by W.H. Nichollas (the committee's architect from 1913-1917).
in the map of delhi it looks to be a big circle in centre of the city.
Eight separate roads lead out from Connaught's inner circle, named Parliament Street and Radial Roads 1 through 7. Twelve different roads lead out from Connaught Circus, the outer ring; the most well-known of these is Janpath, the continuation of Radial Road 1.
Connaught Place's obvious Victorian architecture is modeled after the Royal Crescent in Bath, England.
Connaught Place is closed on Sundays
however there are few others which can give this place a competition.example sarojini market for cheap clothes and woolens.chandni chowk for rustic bargains.delhi haat for traditional craftsmanship.
What to buy: nothing in particular good place to windopw shop.
Central cottage emporium is fixed government prices here which means no ripoffs, this place has all the artifacts from painting,lamps,mughal paintings and furniture, traditional clothes,books ,woodcarving, silverware,dargeeling teas and much much more.
no wounder my wife spents all her time in delhi's shopping.i did'nt go inside but my wife superfast burnt credit card here. This shop has the latest womens fashion in traditional indian made garments and other womens stuff.
It is a government owned and operated shop. It is really huge and has craft from all over the country.
Also, if you decide to buy something large or heavy, the shop has special delivery service across the globe :D ....... !!!
What to buy: You shoould give yourself atleast 5-6 hours to see this shop .........not only are you doing shopping but you also get a chance to see the craft from the other parts of India.
Do buy stuff from
- Papier Mache section ....it is cheap, beautiful and also very light ...so doesn't add weight to your baggage.
- Wood Carving section : Buy wall hangings with inlays from here.
What to pay: The best part about the shop is that the prices are fixed, and the quality is guaranteed. You would see many shops just outside this one, but the pproblem is that in other shops the prices are really high, and you need really good bargaining skills.
If you spend time to look through the shop, I am sure you would find a good buy.