Delhi is the one-stop destination for all the shopaholics around the globe. It covers a massive chunk of the city and offers a range that is up to par, making shopping in Delhi one of the top cultural experiences in India. Why cultural you ask? Well, that’s because Delhi markets are a concoction of all the prominent traditional styles that represent the colossal diversity of all Indian states, making it an ethnic luxury.
If you are planning your next holiday in India via the Golden Triangle or Taj Mahal India trip, there is a chance that you will spend some decent amount of time in this city. And, what’s the topmost thing you can get indulged to make the most of your time? Well, shopping, duh!
Oh! Are you new to this city? Don’t know where to start your shopping spree from? Then, let us help out with your ultimate shopping venture in India. Without any further ado, let’s dig right into it, shall we?
1. CHANDNI CHOWK- the treasure trove of ethnic wear
Chandni Chowk’s name is written in gold as one of the most famous places to visit in Delhi. Dolled up in the ethnic colours of India, Chandni Chowk is the ultimate paradise for shopper for anyone with an enormous cultural appetite.
It is probably the first thing you will hear about on any Golden Triangle trip to India. And, why not? The market has the most promising choice and price range enabling you to buy anything and everything (from hairpins to even birds ☺). So, if you are a sucker for Indian traditional outfits, jewelries, and probably anything that screams India then let Chandni Chowk be your muse.
Here, in the cluttered streets and narrow alleyways, you will find the India’s best keeps ranging from as low as 200 INR to as high as 1,00,000 INR.
Be it original designer pieces or knock off celebrity outfits, finding something that matches your vibe isn’t much of a task here.
Pro Tip: Chandni Chowk is crowded, so take care of your valuables. In addition to that, in Chandni Chowk, brokers will pitch to show you around. If you are new to the market and aren’t traveling with any guide, you can take their services. But we personally suggest you to explore the market on your own as the brokers will take you to shops where they earn a good profit.
Secondly, make sure your phone is on optimum charging with a working data pack as Google maps always come in handy in case you are stuck in these maze like lanes.
|Location:||Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi|
|Timings:||10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, except Sunday|
|Nearest Metro Station:||Chandni Chowk (Yellow line) and Red Fort Metro Station (Violet Line)|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||Direct buses to the market can be caught from Daryaganj bus stop.|
|Other attractions:||Street food and mechanical rickshaw ride|
2. SAROJINI NAGAR MARKET- A woman’s best friend
Sarojini Nagar Market is the desi Milan Street. Here, the façade of lush-green trees opens up to a fashion wonderland that can turn your style statement around in seconds.
Keeping your wallets in control in Sarojini Nagar is one hell of a task. And, we probably do not even have to explain why? The market’s range in dresses, tailored pants, tops, footwear and what not is so wide, that getting out of this market without any purchases is almost impossible.
If you love to style on a budget, then Sarojini will be the one true ticket to happiness for you on your Delhi trip.
Just carry your reusable water bottles, a big bag and a lot of cash while you stroll in your most comfortable footwear around this enormous market. Thank us later!
Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out the collection of clothing at the arched corridors. Believe us, you will find the best of clothing items there.
|Location:||Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi|
|Timings:||10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, except Monday.|
|Nearest Metro Station:||INA (Yellow line) and Sarojini Nagar Metro Station (Pink Line)|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||INA|
3. JANPATH MARKET- Taste everything fashion
If you are on a time restraint and still want to go for a pocket-friendly street shopping experience, then say no more. We have for you the perfect place lined up right at our third spot- The Janpath Market.
Flamboyantly showcasing Indian street fashion in a nutshell, Janpath showcases the top trends from every market in Delhi. Although the range here isn’t as wide as that in Sarojini or Chandni Chowk, the items you will find will be inclusive and one of a kind.
The market is set up in a single lane and is not that long.
The right-hand side sells women-centric item and while the side on the left caters to menswear. There are few shops in the beginning too that sell some whimsical home décor items, and if you have you got your eyes locked on anything then only bargaining will be your holy grail. Believe us, expecting a Delhi adventure without bargains will always come as a bummer.
Pro tip: Size up for apparels in Janpath market. Secondly, there are no fixed prices on any item, so, offer less. Shopkeepers do con first-time buyers with an elevated price. So, bargain!
|Location:||Janpath, New Delhi|
|Timings:||10:00AM to 9:00PM (Monday to Saturday), 11:00AM to 8:00PM (on Sundays)|
|Nearest Metro Station:||Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line) and Janpath (Violet Line)|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||Janpath Market Stop|
|Other Attractions:||Connaught Place and India Gate|
4. LAJPAT NAGAR- the leather rumble
Another budget-friendly market coming right up on our shopping in Delhi list! Lajpat Nagar is one of the most prestigious and famous markets in Delhi.
Lajpat Nagar’s sprawling Central Market is a colourful maze of narrow lanes with vibrant stalls and shops. Here you will find a wide range of vibrant saris, embroidered fabrics, kitchenware and herbal cosmetics at reasonable prices.
Besides its super chaotic entourage and yummy-in-my tummy food, there is one thing people enjoy the most here. What is that you ask? Henna Tattoos! Find these henna artists while shopping in Lajpat’s central market.
Lajpat Nagar is a blessing for all middle-class households in New Delhi. You just name the item you wish to buy and you will get it at reasonable rates! Isn’t that just amazing?
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to try the finger-licking food here and bargain at all cost.
|Location:||Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, India|
|Timings of Lajpat Nagar Market:||10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, except Monday|
|Nearest Metro:||Lajpat Nagar Metro Station|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||Lajpat Nagar Stop|
5. PALIKA MARKET- underground treasure
Delhi can be cruel with its scorching heat on your iconic trip to India. Planning a shopping spree in Delhi’s temperature will make you end up in big malls that will definitely drain your pockets.
Do you prefer pocket-friendly shopping instead while still saving yourself from the sun? Then landing on the Palika Market will be one of the best things to do in India.
Palika is an underground market that majorly caters to men. Here you will find clothes, perfumes, accessories, footwear, electronic goods, and other life gadgets at very cheap prices. There are many levels to this air-conditioned market and its spectrum of apparel is just beyond imagination.
Just invest good time searching the corners of this complex market and we assure you, you will be able to find the item you need. There is only one rule: never give up on bargaining.
|Location:||Connaught Place, New Delhi, India|
|Timings:||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (all the days of the week) except Sunday|
|Nearest Metro:||INA (Yellow Line)|
|Nearest Bus Stand:||Janpath Market Stop|
6. KHAN MARKET- the elite market
Want to go all boujee on your North India trip? Then, how about shopping at the most high-end market of Delhi? Believe us when we say that even the street stores in this market can hurt your wallet. Worth a visit, don’t you think?
Khan Market is famous for its international clothing brands, books, Ayurveda items and home décor. Here at this inclusive market, you will find the classiest of items that will give you all the bragging rights. Except for the expensive stores, you will also find beautifully decorated cafés all over the area. So, just shop and relax, this is the luxury you deserve.
Pro Tip: If you are a foreigner and are worried about your limited cash, then ATMs and many money exchange stores are available at the entrance of Khan Market.
|Location:||Humayun Road, New Delhi, India|
|Timings:||10:00 AM to 11:00 PM (all the days of the week) except Sunday|
|Nearest Metro:||Khan Market station (violet line)|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||Khan Market stands|
7. CONNAUGHT PLACE- the pillared beauty
The most famous place to visit in Delhi and the potential competitors for the title of the most amazing places to visit.India is this next market which is famous for its unique aesthetics. With highways in star grid pattern, Connaught place in Delhi is a treat to the eyes as much as it is to every shopper’s heart. Home to many top-notch brands, Connaught offers a perfect mélange of street stalls and expensive stores.
On the streets, you will encounter an avalanche of beautiful jewellery pieces, accessories, and mobile accessories. Still, the real Connaught place shines with the lustre of international stores in its elite market. Connaught Place is one place where you can enjoy the best of both worlds. What is that you ask? Well, here you enjoy the best of food after shopping with all your heart. Isn’t that a deal to steal?
Pro tip: Remember your lane numbers because getting lost in Connaught Place is normal. Rely on Google maps for measurement of distances because one, the market is too big and two, autos will always overcharge you.
|Location:||Connaught Place, New Delhi, India|
|Timings:||All days, till late nights|
|Nearest Metro:||Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line)|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||Janpath Market Stop|
8. PAHARGANJ- budget shopping epicentre
Paharganj is a visual treat and even if you are passing by it on a rickshaw getting amused with the colours and settings here is quite normal. It is a paradise for all those who love street shopping and have a knack for quirky home décor items. Here within the narrow streets of the Old Delhi, you will find a whole new world of apparel, home decor and footwear.
As it is a wholesale market, the probability of finding stunning pieces of almost everything at reasonable prices here is quite high. You just need to wear your smarty pants here in Paharganj. Conquering the prices won’t be that big of a deal. For the shopper who can get down and dirty, Paharganj has ample to accord. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy this bedazzling shopping in Delhi experience on your Delhi Rajasthan tour.
|Location:||Central Delhi, India|
|Timings:||11:00 AM to 9:00 PM (all the days of the week), except Monday|
|Nearest Metro:||Paharganj Metro Station (Blue Line) and Jhandewalan Metro Station (Blue line)|
|Nearest Bus Stop:||Paharganj Gate Stop|
9. KAROL BAGH- the oldest yet the boldest
A typical Indian market and the amazing end to our list, Karol Bas is Zion for shopping in Delhi. The top reason for this is the market’s amazing collection of bridal wear and ethnic Indian wear.
Here, you will find an array of shops offering the vibrant colours of India in a concoction that will make you culturally high. Well, isn’t that something we all want from your India trip?
Besides, cosmetics, books, and shoes Karo Bagh is famous for its amazing collection of electronics.
Pro Tip: Here are some insights on Karol Bagh lanes:
- 1. Explore Ajmal Khan Road for inexpensive readymade.
- 2. Travel to Ghaffar for imported goods and electronic items.
- 3. Visit Arya Samaj Road for second-hand books.
- 4. Take a turn to Bank Street for intricate gold jewellery.
|Location:||Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India|
|Timings:||10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (all the days of the week) except Monday.|
|Nearest Metro:||Metro (Karol Bagh Metro Station)|
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