Usually budget isn’t really a concern for those who can afford to splurge at the shopping arcades. For the rest of us, we are mostly seen window shopping and mostly bargaining. Shopping could easily destroy our budget, therefore strategies must be employed to ensure that you make the best purchases for the best price. Say hello to Delhi’s widely known flea shopping centres. Be it footwear, clothes, jewellery or accessories, listed below are places that have on display exquisite pieces of work.
A little tip to get you through: never agree to the quoted rate and you should be good at it.
Janpath and Tibetan Market
If budget shopping is something that speaks to you, head straight to Janpath. Located at the peripherals of one of the city’s most busy zones (Connaught Place), Janpath market houses quaint shops that have on display a wide selection juttis and junk jewellery. Even though it reminds you of the famous Sarojini Nagar market, Janpath has its own charm and you must visit this place to experience the madness.
Stores here sell semi-precious stones, artworks, house decor items such as paintings and wall hangings, trinkets, beads and silver jewellery of all kinds. The trick here is to give your shopping spree a little more time than it deserves. Simply speak with the shop owners and dig through the items they have up on display to find the best piece, something that connects with you and can be bought at a good price. Now with cheap flights to Delhi, what are you even waiting for?
Location: Janpath, just off Connaught Place, in New Delhi.
The place was established in the early 1990s to promote artisans belonging to remote parts of the country. However, recently the hub has found itself mired in controversy, following claims that the stalls that were originally meant for needy craftsmen and have been forcefully taken over by middlemen and traders. The old-world charm of the shopping district may be ebbing away, but there’s still enough juice left in it to draw eager shoppers. Look out for the chikankari salwar kameez pieces, jewellery and crockery sets that come with indigenous designs.
Location: Opposite INA Market, south Delhi
Just a simple glance around Lajpat Nagar is enough to leave you spoilt for choice. The market, dotted with almost everything Indian clothing has to offer, is one of the busiest places in the city. It’s brimming with energy and therefore requires one to leave their timid self behind and put on her/ his aggressive best. After all, what’s shopping without a little bargaining?
Location: South Delhi, near Defense Colony (between Greater Kailash and South Extension)
This one needs little to no introduction. The name of this market has been everywhere- in movie posters to songs to every casual banter about Delhi. Apart from being a foodie’s paradise, this place has more than enough in store for shopaholics as well. The dupatta, border-work and jewellery stores should be on your explorer list. Now with hotels in Delhi plan a trip to this amazing city right now.
Location: Old Delhi
This is heavenly, simply heavenly. But the trick is to know which stores are your best friend because every nook is different from the other, in terms of quality and price. Sarojini is one of the busiest shopping districts of the city and offers a wide variety of Indian and western wear.
Location: South Delhi, near Safdarjung Airport
Do let us know which market was your favourite. Till we meet again, happy travels!