Some of the best bargain shopping in Delhi can be found in Paharganj.
The whole Main Bazaar is lined with shops full to the brim with books, music, jewelry, bags, clothes, shoes, incense, textiles, wooden statues, and handicrafts. Many of the shops in Paharganj deal in wholesale and export to foreign countries, making the Main Bazaar a good place to come and hunt out unique and inexpensive goods to import back home.
What to buy Clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, music, textiles, handicrafts, hookah pipes, incense.
What to pay Depending on your bargaining skills and how many items you buy, you can pick up cushion covers for around $3, bags for around $6, large wall hangings for $12, and bed spreads starting from around $25. Ladies Tops start from $5 and skirts $8.
This huge Delhi market has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, called a haat. Small thatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it great ambiance. The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances.
Opening Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., including national holidays.
What to buy Indian handcrafts and artifacts.
What to pay Depends!
The historic Connaught Place has been named after the 1st Duke of Connaught, Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria and uncle of King George VI.
Connaught Place is one of the largest commercial and business centres in Delhi. It is easily known as CP. Connaught Place is a circular shopping centre surrounded by tall office buildings. The remarkably built shops with tall circular pillars still stand strong and give a touch of classiness. The landmark hasn't changed too much since its construction 1933 but it has become a lot more spacious after the renovation process undertaken before the Commonwealth games in 2010. The shopping area surrounds a park called the Central Park. It is now a place where cultural events are held from time to time. Most recently, Central Park is the exhibition site for 'United Buddy Bears'. It is to be exhibited in 25 places and 5 continents to promote World's peace. The central Park sits on top of Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
After India's Independence, Connaught Place was renamed as Rajiv Chowk after India's Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. But Connaught Place is still more popular and commonly used.
What to buy You can get almost everything from DSLR cameras to laptop at a much cheaper price. The range of goods available here is extravagant.
What to pay It is a hub for cheaper products.
Connaught Place, built in 1931, is one of Delhi's most popular shopping centres. There is nothing that one cannot buy here. all branded company showrroms can be seen here.It also has several eating-houses. The state emporiam buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. The complex, popularly referred to as CP, is an important meeting point for all sections of people and is something. Even tourist don't miss it for nothing else then for its architecture and the humdrum of everyday life
What to buy All branded international companies showrooms are here so you can buy every things in Connaught Place,
From home furnishings to clothing for men, women and children. You get the different sense of style from the moment you see the exterior part of the shop. Two levels of nothing but brilliant items and most importantly, the prices are way reasonable than most fancy shops that I've been to in Delhi. It's even easy to find gifts in this shop. For me, this is a one stop shopping in Delhi. The items are of Indian essence but with a slight touch of English taste. Somewhere in between of Laura Ashley and locally made crafts. Simply beautiful!
The shop was very up market, everything tastefully displayed, and evidently of high quality. Anyone interested in decor would love it, as all the little things that make a house special could be found here , as well as organic herbs and spices.
What to buy I had been looking for certain types of compressed perfume and oils, but didn't find the kind I wanted. I did buy something else though at 150 rupes a small bottle.
What to pay probably more than in a small shop in a less commercail area
Chandni Chowk is Old Delhi's oldest and most popular area for shopping, trading and eating. It is a huge area, always full of people, with thousands of shops. It is undoubtably the largest wholesale market in Asia. It has various sub-markets within, like the shoe market, clothes market, spices market etc. Prices are comparatively cheaper than usual shops. Atleast half the usual price.
The area lies in the historical Shahjahanabad, between the Red Fort and the Fatehpuri Masjid. It is full of historical buildings and narrow lanes.
What to buy Authentic Indian food, thousands of varieties of sweets, indian clothes, shoes, books, leather items, electronic goods and so on. There are also several popular restaurants and sweet shops.
What to pay Half the price in other markets. Atleast much less.
A cottage industry with fixed prices. Sarees, bed covers, readymade garments, paintings, handicrafts, jewellery for sale. Can pay by credit card and change money there.
What to buy Handicrafts
What to pay Slightly higher than the street fixed prices.
A good place with excellent choice of frames, both non-branded and famous brands- and service is
Seventeen Arcade, at M-28-B, M-Block Market, G.K. I (Greater Kailsah I). This is a popular shopping market with Indians, and they are used to dealing with people from abroad.
I even have had them post me a couple of pairs to Europe via DHL, once they have the data and measurements on their files.
Complete spectacles with non-branded excellent quality frame cost me about 42 euros last year, whereas the same type for my son, who has a lot of astigmatism and needs maximum thinning, with all the anti-glare and other extras, came to about 78 euros. Progressive glasses in a frameless titanium frame worked out to about 135 euros.
You may contact them by e-mail at,
or telephone them (they speak excellent english)
00-91-29232457 / 29230017
Service is very quick, especially for standard lenses.
Remember though that different markets in Delhi have different closing days. The M-Block market closes on Tuesdays, so it will be open all day Saturday and Sunday.
Other reputed ones are Lawrence & Mayo in Janpath/ Connaught place, but I haven't been there for a number of years personally.
Hope this helps!
What to pay 35 euros for a normal myopia lense with anti-reflective coating etc and a good-quality fashionable frame.
Palika bazar and Connaught Place, land here for a fab range of things to buy. Clothes, electronics, mob accessories, shoes, jackets and the stuff
What to pay Bargain a lot, a lot. If the shopkeeper quotes 200 buy it for 50, thats a bargain!!
We were dragged to see the kashmiri cooperative by our guide. He said it was his duty to show us the handicrafts as part of the tourist policy.
However, there were few things to see except carpets, clothes and pashminas. The things on sale were very good quality and their service was excellent, offering free shipping to home country etc. But it was hard sell all the way. We had to just glance at an item and it was being pushed down our throats. The Pakistani outfits were expensive, though my maid had asked me to get her one. And the pashminas cost several thousand rupees, but were really nice, sigh!
At least thereafter we declined strongly any attempt to coerce us into a shop.
What to buy In the end we had to give in, and after a hard fight bargaining got a nice rug at a reasonable price. tabs were sewn on it so it could be hung on a wall. Then it was wrapped in sacking and sewn up. We decided to take it with us rather than have it shipped.
A small rug could be got for a couple of thousand rupees, and bargained down even more.
What to pay as much as you like, but bargain fiercely
I thought I will share this with you that there is new blogging site which has shopping experiences and tips and advice. Its at www.shoppingdelhi.com , relatively new site and it will take a while to get speed.
There is also a forum where one can put posts and get answers.