Apart from being the capital of India, Delhi is a fascinating city with pleasant contradictions. Comprising of Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is home to famous tourist destinations like the Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun's Tomb, etc. The markets in Delhi, including the vivacious shopping bazaar of Chandni Chowk, Dilli Haat, Janpath, JanakPuri, etc are also very popular tourist destinations. Some of the major market areas in Delhi are -
One of the oldest and busiest markets in central north Delhi, Chandni Chowk has a variety of authentic Indian food and sarees. In the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk are many shops selling books, clothing, shoes and leather goods, electronic and consumer goods and so on. It is the location of the original Haldiram's.
Dilli Haat has stalls representing each state of India, giving complete variety of tastes available all over India. There are also stalls of crafts showcasing the diversity of handicrafts in store in the rich cultural traditions of India, like camel hide footwear, sophisticated gems, brassware, etc.
At Janpath, there is a Tibetan Market with a wide range of Himalayan arts and crafts. Musical instruments, wall hangings and bead shops are in abundance.
All the blocks of Janakpuri have at least one local market, but the most popular shopping center in West Delhi is the District Center. It boasts of a multiplex, some multi-storied shopping-cum-office complexes, restaurants, bookshops, gift stores, brand outlets, courts, Transport Authority, Telephone Exchange, etc.
It is the biggest market in West Delhi, providing everything from food and clothes to computers and jewelry. You can also avail of cheap cloths and electronic goods at the newly opened Tibetan Market.
This market has a galaxy of shops specializing in clothes, well-known eating places, and motorcycle and automobile parts.
One of the major shopping centers in Delhi, the market is famous for popular brands of fashion apparel and also acts as a popular hangout for college students.
One of the expensive places to shop in New Delhi, Khan Market has an array of stores, including modern showrooms of renowned brands like Nike, Reebok, Benetton, etc, along with delicatessens, bookstores, electronics, kitchenware, and fabric stores.
There are also several fashionable shopping malls in Delhi such as the Pacific Mall at Kaushambi, SAB Mall at Noida, MGF Metropolitan Mall at Gurgaon, East End Mall at Ghaziabad, etc.
How to reach
To visit the markets in Delhi, the nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport located 23 km southwest of Central Delhi and the domestic terminal at Palam is 5 km away from the international terminal. Taxi and coach transfer is available from both International and Domestic Arrivals.