On my trip to Bhutan, I missed my flight from Delhi to Bhutan because my Bangalore to Delhi flight was delayed at take-off due to fog. After feeling frustrated for missing my extra day in Bhutan, with no fault of mine, hubby looked at the next flight and booked it. I had a couple of days to spend in Delhi, until I finally got to Bhutan. So, what did I do during my time in Delhi? I discovered some awesome shopping places after admiring a couple of ancient structures after I got out of the airport.
Luckily, I stayed at a friend’s place and enjoyed my time in the city to the fullest. She guided me and sometimes accompanied me to the craziest of places in the city. I’m not a person who loves crowds but when on a holiday without the kids, I become someone else. So after I got back home, I decided to jot down some of the shopping places in Delhi just in case someone else got stranded in the capital city. I mean you could be visiting, too, but, anyway.
Firstly, I’m crazy about jewellery. Janpath Street Market is one of the main roads in Connaught Place, New Delhi. This place is perfect if you want to buy junk jewellery, handicrafts, leather clothes and any ethnic item under the sun. Just remember that this place is closed on Sundays.
Who does not love handlooms? Dili Haat in Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi is the best place for handlooms from different states. Here, you will find handicrafts, too. I loved them.
Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. This place is like a hub where you have everything from food to fabrics. There is a lane with shops dedicated only to fabrics, likewise another one with shops that sell merely silver jewellery and other lanes with diamond jewellery and so on. Khari Baoli is a street within Chandni Chowk that is entirely dedicated to all kinds of spices, dried fruits, nuts, and herbs. Not all outlets are open on Sundays, but in case that is the only day you have, you can enjoy the street food delicacies and perhaps visit the Jain temple, Gurudwara and Shiv temple there.
Sarojini Market, located in South West Delhi, is a great place for cheap stuff from clothes to jewellery to fabric of different kinds. This place is closed on Mondays. Palika Bazaar is an underground market in the middle of Connaught Place. There are more than 300 shops selling a diverse range of items but it is generally dominated by the electronics and clothing stores.
Khan Market, which was ranked as the most expensive retail location in India in 2007, has mix of branded shops, street vendors, eateries and shops selling lighting. Khan Chacha is a landmark whose tikkas and sheekh kebabs are a must try. In the same area, you will find Amrapali Jewels that is also famous for gold and silver jewellery. Most of Khan Market is closed on Sundays except the newly sprung up pubs, restaurants and other eateries.
If you are a person who loves the high end brands, DLF Emporio is the place for you. This luxury fashion house located in Vasant Kunj has various brands in the Louis Vitton and Gucci league. This place is open every day of the week, so in case you have only Sunday and Monday in Delhi, organize yourself to visit at least one market place that’s open on one of those days and then you can go crazy at this air conditioned mall, away from the pollution.
Of course, there are many more places to visit in Delhi, but this is just a short write up of what you can quickly do if you have just a couple of days at your disposal. You may also find things to do and places to visit in Delhi but very few bloggers will actually guide you about what all you get at the places to visit, therefore, hope you have a good idea about what you should do on a short trip to Delhi. Bon Voyage.