Shop at Delhi Bazaar
By Rashmi Goyal
Delhi is the main point of arrival for overseas visitors to India. Once you are settled in a hotel of your choice, you can easily spend up to a week or two exploring the monuments, museums and bazaars of this great city. Just as there is a wide range of Delhi hotels to suit every class and taste, Delhi has a huge variety of markets and bazaars catering to the needs of every class and taste. The sky is the limit to Delhi Bazaar Inc! The endless stream of fellow travelers can give you tips and pointers on anything you’re unsure of.
Delhi is a known shopper’s paradise where you can shop till you drop , with thousands of shops selling anything from antiques, ethnic wear, European fashions, rugs and carpets, linen & fabrics, silks, jewelry, furniture to everything else! Delhi has the best buys for leather items, carved stone pieces, precious stones, silk products, wood work, jewelry.
Delhi consists of crowded 17th century Old Delhi with ancient monuments and teeming bazaars and the more spacious New Delhi, with modern neighborhoods, tree-lined boulevards and classy up-markets, including Connaught Place. There are excellent shopping complexes in almost every locality in Delhi but Connaught Place, Karol Bagh
Connaught Place, or ‘CP’, is radically different from the bazaars of Old Delhi, crammed with restaurants, bars, shops, cinemas, banks and airline offices. CP has emporiums full of goods from all over India and also Tibet. Many luxury Delhi hotels have outlets for these wares especially precious stones, jewelry and even exquisite carpets and the like. Connaught Place had good departmental stores and big showrooms as well as the famous underground Palika market. Each of India’s 28 states has its own showroom here with wooden and stone carvings, brassware, textiles, clothing, jewelry, high-grade Darjeeling teas, sandalwood carvings, carpets, shawls etc. Not far is the Karol Bagh Market, that sells everything from cars to clothes. Most of the luxury budget hotels are situated here.
Sarojini Nagar, Khan Market, Greater Kailash, South Extension I and II, Hauz Khas Village are up market shopping precincts. Ansal Plaza is Delhi’s most popular mall. Santushti Shopping Complex is popular among diplomats. Dilli Haat is full of stalls selling crafts from across the country with good eating joints and handicraft shops. The city’s growing nightlife scene boasts designer bars, chic cafés and decent clubs – many at elite Delhi hotels of south Delhi.
Foreigners visiting India can pick up items of international brands like Benetton, Ray-Ban, Adidas, and Pierre Cardin at lower prices. Make sure stock up with souvenirs and presents to take back with you before you fly back home.