Delhi can be considered as the perfect hub for shopping for all quintessential festivals which India has to offer based on its amalgamation of cultures celebrated with utmost pomp. Its perfect blend of the modern, contemporary and old world charm makes it the ultimate shopping utopia for all shopping enthusiasts ranging from budget buyers to luxury shoppers.
Spread across classic flea and wholesale markets to the modernized shopping malls, the capital city of India has a lot to offer to meet the paraphernalia of your festivities. Amongst all its shopping destinations, the below five can be considered as a must for all shopaholics:
- Chandni Chowk: Considered as Old Delhi’s one of the most preferred festive shopping destinations, this more than three centuries old market is a shopper’s paradise. Thronged with apparel stores for all occasions, Chandni Chowk provides the best shopping spectacle for an all time retail therapy. The widespread market of Chandni Chowk can be broadly divided into the below sub-markets based on a particular commodity they specialise in :
- Fatehpuri Market
- Mainroad Market
- Meena Bazaar
- Moti bazaar
- Kinaari Bazaar
- Katra Neel
- Dariba Kalan
The tortuous back alleys within the legendary shopping street form the crux of this captivating shopping hub. One does not necessarily have to confine themselves to the lanes and kalans, as the number of clothing stores selling traditional Indian wear in itself form another category. Most of these specialise in bridal and festive wear, with the latest and most modern designs and embroideries to captivate the buyers’ interest.
- Dilli Haat: Located on the opposite side of the INA market, Dilli Haat offers the best regional stalls respresenting the unique specialties of their respective regions including clothings and food. Alongside regional stalls, the market also includes some ethnic shops selling a wide variety of handicrafts, embroidered stoles and dupattas, classic home decor, colourful jewellery, hand painted lampshades in paper mache, khadi and leather items, special saris with Chikankari and kantha work.
Festive seasons such as Diwali, turn the Haat into an uproar of colours and hues. Filled with diyas and rangoli colours along with the best gift items one can think of gifting, Dilli Haat provides an unending list of unique collectibles.
- Karol bagh Market: Also better known as the Punjabi Market, the Karol Bagh market is widely famous for its budget pricing of commodities, especially for products and articles during the festive season. Colourful handmade lanterns, diyas, rangolis, a mix of holi colours, sweets, latest garments and all the necessary items to complete your festive decorations and poojas at home. Considered as one of the best places to shop for weddings, this market is further sub-divided into the below shopping areas:
- Arya Samaj Road
- Ajmal Khan Road
- Gaffar Market
- Bank Road
- Select City Walk – Saket: One of the largest shopping precincts in Delhi, the Select City Walk mall, located in Saket, spreads over an area of 1,300,000 square feet. This chic shopping destination offers a broad selection of brands in terms of exquisite clothings, food and much more. Its spacious outdoor area is always packed with some fun activity or decorated with the lively colours of the occasion. The mall’s ubiquitous spread of retail space meets all the needs of festive shoppers on all occasions as it provides the most latest and trendy offerings of the season.
- Sadar Bazaar: Well known for being the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi, Sadar Bazaar is one of the favourite markets for all shoppers when it comes to festival shopping, especially crackers and colours at unbelievable prices. Constituting of more than 200 shops, the market offers commodities at the best rates based on the buyers’ negotiation skills. During Diwali the market turns into a massive supplier of crackers , electrical lightings and sweets.
So this festive season, get ready to decode the city’s shopping paradise with the above list!