The marketplace is the best place to understand the pulse of a city. Especially in a country like India, which has so much to offer, marketplaces bring together and display all the vibrant cultures from across the country. Shopping in Delhi is a fun experience with handicrafts, fabrics, curios, jewelry, Indian and Western outfits, designer wear, carpets, food, books and gifts; there’s something for everyone!
We will take you to some of the best places in the city and make sure you get reliable goods at reasonable prices. We’ve put together a list of places for you to choose from, and be sure to tell us your places of interest. We will design the tour for you accordingly:
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan on Kharak Singh Marg - The Kamala, Hansiba and Tribes are excellent for curios, handicrafts, fabrics and jewelry
N-Block Market –Fab India, Anokhi and designer boutiques have a fabulous selection of ethnic Indian clothing
Khan Market – The perfect one stop shopping place. Neemrana for curios, Amrapali for vintage Indian jewelry, Fab India for Indian clothes, Good Earth for colourful and unique household goods and well-known old bookshops with books about anything under the sun.
The Central Cottage Industries Emporium is a government owned emporium that offers a wide variety of handicrafts, fabrics, pottery, jewelry. These items are sourced from various states of India and prices are fixed.
Santushti Shopping Complex – A set of upscale shops set in a private area. They offer a very nice shopping experience. Shops such as Anokhi with hand block printed clothing and ethnic jewelry, as well as the carpet cellar, are very well known.
Set in Connaught Place, the posh market built in the British era, with colonial style buildings painted white, is an array of state emporiums on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, each showcasing items characteristic to the artisans of their state. Silks from Karnataka, Phulkari from Punjab, or delicate bamboo work from the north east states is a journey through the states of India in a riot of colour and art.
Janpath Street Market – Tibetan refugees set up a thriving set of shops selling curios and handicrafts from all over India. Remember to bargain!
The fabric markets of Chandni Chowk are quite legendary for heavy zardosi work and really lovely salwar-kurta material. Chandni Chowk lives up to the age old tradition of an Indian Bazaar, where the buyers and sellers bargain with time on their hands. The dialogue is a delicate balance between striking a good business deal and traditional Indian hospitality.
When it comes to looking for International brands and Indian brands, Delhi still has a lot to offer. Malls such as DLF Emporio at Vasant Vihar and Crescent Mall near the Qutub area are well spread out and display the latest designer collections to choose from.
Dilli Haat (opposite INA Market) –Craftsmen from different states set up stalls and eliminate middlemen. There are stalls for exquisite hand paintings, toys, beautiful hand woven shawls and pottery. There are also food stalls from different states of India. The shopper needs bargaining skills! If you go back looking for something that you liked last week, chances are the stalls have changed and a new display has replaced the earlier one!
You will not be able to cover everything during the tour, but this list is a good starting point. We will take you on a fun journey through the markets of Delhi, where you will experience Indian hospitality and learn of our diverse cultures.
Please note that it is up to you to take adequate care while shopping, to check goods and be satisfied with the price/quality before you buy them. We are not responsible for billing or other issues at these shops, or at other shops that our guides accompany you to. However, we will try our best to facilitate dialogue if you need to contact shops to resolve any subsequent problems. We will not collect goods on your behalf, courier them, or hold them for subsequent exchange, as this creates situations where the shopkeeper no longer takes accountability for the goods. Each shop has its own return policy which you are subject to. More often than not, there is a “no returns” policy, or at best a verbal assurance of return with no commitments on paper.