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
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"
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.
A Haat is a shanty market where craftsmen and traders come to display and sell their products. The Delhi Haat is a permanent bazaar for display and sale of arts, crafts and foods from all over India.
The Delhi Haat is located opposite the INA market, near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. This is a great place to buy traditional Indian gifts and souvenirs and also to try some authentic food from the different states of India.
There is always something new happening at the Delhi Haat - the stalls, the crafts and the displays are changed every few weeks and the haat bears a completely new look each time you visit.
The items available on sale are of excellent quality and are reasonably priced.
What to buy: Just about everything ethnic - clothes, pottery, gems, jewellery, leather goods, brassware, paintings, decoratives etc.
What to pay: Good quality and reasonable prices
This huge, criss-crossed maze of shops is deal & discount heaven. It's good fun walking to and fro the little gullies, with kids shouting out why their store's better than the one next door! The shops here cater mainly to women - textiles, clothes, accessories, etc. The prices can get ridiculously cheap at times - sweaters going for 25 bucks (Indian Rupees), shirts for 50 bucks, full length leather overcoats for a 1000 bucks. And then you can bring the price down even further! It's fun spending about an hour in here, jostling your way though the throngs of tourists and college students. Sarojini Market is thrift-shopping at its best.
There's probably no other shopping avenue in the world which comes even close to matching the vibrant, unique encounter which is Connaught Place.
First, there's a really interesting structure which defines this Avenue. Connaught Place (popularly called CP) is a never-ending collection of shops, each located within beautiful, colonial-style buildings... rich in character and stories.
There'll easily be around a thousand shops per 'block', and the blocks are arranged alphabetically. I walked through blocks A-H, and lord knows how many more there are. You do the math!
While writing this down, I've been asked to give a description of the 'shop'. Truth is, it would be impossible to really describe Connaught Place. It's not so much a shopping experience, as it is an experience. Period.
Another VT tip-pointer here is to put down what makes the place so special. Walking down the paved pathways surrounding Connaught Place, eating delicious roasted peanuts bought from a street vendor, you'll be able to answer that pretty easily yourself :)
What to buy: Designer labels/ cheap second-hand goods, American eating chains/ good ol' Delhi dhaabas, vintage book shops/ roadside magazines - take your pick.
What to pay: You could end up buying a shawl from a small shop for about 700 Rupees. You could just as easily pick up a designer stole for anything upwards of 7,000 Rupees. It's that kind of place.
This one's a cute little gem. A government of Delhi undertaking, Dilli Haat is a collage of art and craft from all over India. The place has been set up in a very rustic, charming manner. There are shops lining each side of a lengthy walkway which runs down the center. Dilli Haat opens at 11 in the mornings, and there's a small entrance fee to get in. It's become a favourite haunt of locals and tourists alike, all on the lookout for that special artefact. Happily for me, Dilli Haat also has a collection of another Indian treasure - food! You'll find small restaurants serving up delicious stuff from almost every part of the country!! Dig in :)
What to buy: Woolens, leather jackets and beautiful, ornate pendants from Kashmir. Fascinating religious idols, made of sandalwood and teak... crafted in the South. Gorgeous stoles and khadi kurtas, from all over the country. Each item's special in its own way.
More importantly, there's the atmosphere. A crazy vibe centred around crazy characters - locals, foreigners, businessmen, bargain hunters.
And yet, even within this pandora's box of activities, CP throws up pockets of serenity where you can chill out beneath the shade of a tree and just take it all in.
You should give yourself a minimum of three hours to explore Connaught Place. I'm not suggesting that'll be time enough to explore all that's taking place here - for that you'll need atleast a week! But it'll be enough for you to get acquainted with the flavours of CP.
Since this is the place where the tourist stay, expect to have hundreds of souvenir shops here and as what I have always say, ask for a big discounts!!!
What to buy: 1. sleeping bag (1 pc) - selling price - Rs 600
2. Hindu ornament (1 pc) - selling price - Rs 150
3. key chains (10 pcs.) - selling price - Rs 100
4. long sleeve - selling price - Rs 140
5. black shawl - selling price - Rs 200
6. socks (4 pairs) - selling price - Rs 40
What to pay: (date bought the items - Jan. 23, 2004)
1. sleeping bag (1 pc) - Rs 230
2. Hindu ornament (1 pc) - Rs 80
3. key chains (10 pcs.) - Rs 60
(date bought - Jan. 26, 2004)
4. long sleeve - Rs 100
5. black shawl - Rs 100
6. socks (4 pairs) - Rs 40
This shop is inside the National Handicrafts&Handlooms Museum.They have great collection of interesting souvenirs.
One section for books about India.
Rajasthan dolls are cute,they can be used as wall hanging.....Many items to choose.
Delhi is famous for Leather items,whole of India ,Delhi you will get nice leather items with good prices. Delhi many market &many shops you will get pure leather items.
My favourite visiting shop is at Connaught Place ,Lion Heart ,F block.
What to buy: This shop you will get only Leather items.
Be it ladies handbag,Belt,leather coat,leather travel bags etc.
The price here is very reasonable,and quality is good :)
All credits cards are accepted.l
Ansal Plaza is big fully airconditioned shopping complex at South Delhi.
Here all branded shops,from clothes to electronics shops.
Wanna get Indian music or any music CD etc,one place to shop is "Music world",its big shop over there.Must Must visit shop.
This area is not really a shop but an underground market city... it's unreal and you can get lost easily but it is fun.
Palika Bazaar is air-conditioned and lies below the inner circle of Connaught Place, New_Delhi. you can buy/haggle for a diverse range of items; but the market is dominated by electronic items and clothing.
There are loads of entries to the underground shopping heaven... check out the website with the interactive map too ...
Gates of Palika Bazaar :
Gate no. 1: Main gate. Faces Connaught Place Central Park, with F Block on the right and Palika Underground Parking on the left. Staircase entry.
Gate no. 2: Faces Palika Underground Parking. Handicap ramp entry.
Gate no. 3: Not in use. Faces Palika Underground Parking. Closed to the public.
Gate no. 4: Spiral staircase entry with two doors, one not in use. Door in use faces Parliament Street, Regal Building and Jeevan Bharti building.
Gate no. 5: Spiral staircase entry with two doors. One door faces Janpath, N Block and Jeevan Bharti building, the other faces towards Palika Underground Parking.
Gate no. 6: Staircase entry. Faces N Block and F Block.
Gate no. 7: Handicap ramp entry. Faces F Block.
What to buy: cheap 2GB cards for digital cameras (~ 15£)
fabrics & jewellery (gems) as gifts
NO videos or CD's (a friend warned me they are mostly chinese copies and do not work on our UK systems)
What to pay: Haggle, haggle haggle .. it is fun and almost expected ... and... it's INIDA :)
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. :)