By Saoli

An absolute delight for shopaholics, Delhi is known the world over for its lavish markets. From wholesale markets to crowded bazaars to malls and a wide range of local markets can be found throughout its length and breadth. Being a very important trading centre of north India, the city has attracted traders from across the nation. Be it precious jewelleries or handcrafted items or bags, shoes, and fashion accessories, Delhi markets have it all. The best part about shopping in Delhi is that there is something for all budgets. Baba Kharak Singh Marg near the Parliament Street is a must-visit as the emporiums here sell out a variety of handicrafts from various states of India under a single roof.

Top Shopping Areas of Delhi

Connaught Place: This horseshow-shaped market place brims with innumerable shops. Shop anything from traditional jewellery to colourful handicraft items, you will never get tired. When the market was established, it was the largest of its kind in India. It was believed by the British that the horseshoe-shape will turn out to be lucky for the shoppers as well as the shopkeepers. The market consists of two circles – Inner and Outer. The former contains Blocks A to F. Other than shopping, there are some well-known eateries and restaurants too to keep you refreshed in between shopping.


Chandni Chowk: The most popular market of the city, Chandni Chowk offers a welcome break to budget-class shoppers. This is a wholesale and retail market which is nearly 300 years old. Shop anything from sweets to gorgeous Zari items to shoes, leather goods, clothes, electronic items, and apparels. One of the busiest market place of Delhi, Chandni Chowk will get you almost everything within your affordability. While getting back, do not forget to carry some Jalebis fried in pure ghee.


Sarojini Nagar: And when it comes to branded shopping at economic price, you can think of none other than the bustling Sarojini Nagar Market. You get rejected export clothing and export-surplus garments at throwaway prices in this market. From cheap clothes, bags, jewelleries, shoes, watches to bed sheets and handcrafted items, everything is available in this active shopping area of the city. The Babu Market within this market has some of the best sweet shops. You can try the henna (mehndi) on your hand to look beautiful, done by women sitting on the lane side. The market does not sit on Monday.


Dilli Haat: If you are looking for unique traditional items then Dili Haat is surely the right place. The prime attractions for shopping here are the brass ware, camel leather slippers, and fragrant sandalwood carvings. The wide range of regional products easily catches one's fancy. This market is located near AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences). Open seven days a week, Dilli Haat offers an exclusively 'desi' (Indian) shopping experience.


Karol Bagh Market: A range of gorgeous shops selling superb bridal trousseau, designer outfits, glazed ornaments, and traditional Indian spices can be seen at the Karol Bagh Market. The most popular area here is the Bank Street hemmed with shops selling gold jewellery. Ajmal Khan Road has always been known for cotton and embroidered clothes, and readymade garments. The Arya Samaj Road is known for shops selling second hand books. If you have a knack for imported goods, then the Ghaffar Market is just the right choice.