Monday, May 28, 2007

Markets/Shopping Centers In Delhi

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in central north Delhi, India. The area is the historically important Shahjahanabad between the Lal Qila (The Red Fort) and Fatehpuri Masjid. With the most famous mosque of Delhi Jama Masjid (Delhi) in the vicinity, along with Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Jain Mandir and a lot of small temples, the place witnesses a genuine cultural harmony.

Chandni Chowk's speciality is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. From authentic Indian food, delicacies and sweets of more than 1000 kinds, to sarees with chikan, zaree work. There are lots of narrow lanes with many shops selling books, clothing, shoes and leather goods, electronic and consumer goods and what not. The area, even more so than the rest of the city, is congested. This is also a good area for window shopping. It is the location of the original Haldiram's. A particular local delicacy are the jalebis, which are fried in pure ghee (clarified butter).

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is a combination food plaza and craft bazaar located in the heart of Delhi. Near All India Institute of Medical Sciences, opposite INA Market Dilli Haat has stalls representing each State of India, giving complete variety of tastes available all over India. There are also stalls of crafts from all over India, from a variety of cultural traditions of India.

Unlike the traditional weekly market, the village Haat, Dilli Haat is permanent. Some shops are permanent but other sellers are rotatated, usually for fifteen days.Products offered may include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. Shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex.

Connaught Place

Connaught Place (officially called Rajeev Chowk, but referred to as C.P. by Delhiites) is a central business district of New Delhi, India. It is instantly recognisable on any map of Delhi, being the big circle in the middle with radial roads spreading out in all directions, like spokes on a wheel. Rajiv Chowk station, located under Connaught Place, is the interchange for the Yellow and Blue lines of the Delhi Metro and one of the largest and busiest stations in the network.

Connaught Place's obvious Victorian architecture is modeled after the Royal Crescent in Bath, England.Eight separate roads lead out from Connaught's inner circle, named Parliament Street and Radial Roads 1 through 7. Twelve different roads lead out from Connaught Circus, the outer ring; the most well-known of these is Janpath, the continuation of Radial Road 1.

Connaught Place is closed on Sundays.

Greater Kailash

Greater Kailash is an area of South Delhi, consisting of several residential colonies and multiple markets with modern retail outlets and designer wear stores. Among the most trendy shops in India, Greater Kailash boasts of housing a large number of these. There are also several night clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants serving many varieties of food.

Greater Kailash-1 is home to one of the busiest markets in New Delhi, called the M-Block market, which has a wide range of products and brands, alongside a very popular eating destination. Greater Kailash is plagued by problems of bad traffic, and often, there is a very huge traffic jam in the market.


Janpath, translated the "People's Path", is one of the main roads in New Delhi. It starts out as Radial Road 1 in Connaught Place, adjacent to Palika Bazaar, and runs North-South perpendicular to, and past Rajpath (the "Rulers' path"). Originally called Queen's Way, it was an important part of Lutyens' design of the city.

The Janpath has an abundance of walking vendors who sell trinkets, such as necklaces, drums, horns and postcards, particularly to foreigners. Most speak good English and are good at bartering.

South of Rajpath is the National Museum, which will take half a day to wander through.

Karol Bagh

Karol Bagh is a mixed residential/commercial neighbourhood in West-Central Delhi. It is primarily known today as a shopping area, originally centered around the main street, called Ajmal Khan Road.

Some of the best-known shops on Ajmal Khan Road include Roopak's,(spice store) Sethi Silk Store (womens apparel showroom) but what the market is mainly known for is Jwellery, clothes and shoes. It has a plethora of shops specializing in clothes Well-known eating places are mostly old-fashioned sweetshops, including Punjab Sweets and Roshan di Kulfi and Bikanervala. . The area between Gurudwara Road and Ajmal Khan Road, at the Pusa Road end, specialises in Car accessories.

Naiwalan area is biggest Wholesale Market for spare part of two wheelers in India. A little further down, where Ajmal Khan Road meets Pusa Road, is a station of the third line of the Delhi Metro, which links it to Connaught Place and West Delhi.

Mondays are given over to one of the largest street markets in the city, though the pavements are full of stalls on all days. Ghaffar Market, a municipal market along a stretch of Ajmal Khan Road, specializes in smuggled electronics and sundry other 'imported' items.

Kamla Nagar

Kamla Nagar is one of the major shopping centres in Delhi, India and is situated next to the North Campus, University of Delhi just opposite to HansRaj College. The market is famous for popular brands of fashion apparel and the spicy street food. The market is a popular hangout for college students, many of whom live in hostels and rented accommodation closeby.

Khan Market

Khan Market is the most upscale and expensive place to shop in New Delhi. It was recently ranked as the costliest retail location in the Country and 24th globally.

It has a wide variety of stores, including modern showrooms of most of well known brands like Nike, Reebok, Benetton, Goodearth and others. Delicatessens, bookstores, electronics, kitchenware, and fabric stores mingle with some of the better restaurants in the city. Some of the stores and eating joints include fabindia, Cooptex, Cafe Turtle, Big Chill, Cafe Zaffiro, Subway, Kriti Creations, Khadi Gramudyog etc. It is also famous for street food including kababs etc from Salim's Kababs, Khan Chacha's kabab's and momos opposite Lok Nayak Bhavan, which houses several government offices.

Nehru Place

Nehru Place is hub for all forms of IT hardware, such as personal computers, servers, networking equipment, software, documentation services, and all allied services. Several manufacturers of computer hardware have their authorized dealerships located here. Several Businesses also build custom-specification personal computers and servers to order on-site, and many businesses are dedicated to hardware servicing. There are also firms that deal exclusively in used and secondhand computer hardware, as well as small, one-room shops that sell software titles. One of the unique features of Nehru Place is the pervading informal atmosphere, akin to a flea market or a bazaar, in a place that deals in high-technology products. Bargaining is widely tolerated, even expected, as a large portion of the trading is done without proper documentation, such as cash receipts and bills, and it is possible to purchase items at a lower price than they are marked with.

Among the problems of the area is the abundance of pirated software available for sale, a problem that has led to legal action against many organizations operating from Nehru Place.

Palika Bazaar

Palika Bazaar is an underground, air-conditioned market located between the inner and outer circle of Connaught Place. Palika Bazaar hosts 390 numbered shops selling a diverse range of items; however, the market is dominated by electronic items and clothing.Palika Bazaar attracts many foreign tourists.

Rajouri Garden

Rajouri Garden is a popular market and residential neighborhood in west Delhi near Raja Garden. The Main Market and Nehru Market are the two key markets.

A very popular mall there is called City Square. It has well over 30 stores, which sell clothing, music, gifts, and many other things. There are also about places to eat in City Square.

Sadar Bazaar

Sadar Bazaar is the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi, India and is located at the western side of Khari Baoli. Like other major markets of Old Delhi, this market also feels very crowded and buzzing with activity. Though it is primarily a wholesale market but it also caters to occasional retail buyers. Due to the sheer volumes that are traded here everyday, a visit to the market can be termed as a sensory overload.

At present, the market not only deals in household goods but also in various other items like toys, imitation jewellery, stationery etc. The market can be termed as chaotic but to experience Delhi in its totality, a visit to the Sadar Bazaar is essential. Sadar Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

New Friends Colony

The New Friends Colony Community Center is located in the south east corner of Delhi, India. It is the closest market to Jamia Milia Islamia university, and as a result a favorite haunt of its students.

The market caters to all kinds of food lovers from Nathu's for the chaat lovers to McDonald's, Nirula's,NATHUS Domino's, Pizza Hut,and various coffee shops like Barista and Cafe Coffee Day for the fast food lovers. In addition the place has many pubs like Nothing Authentic, Moksha, Mistiqe Heights, Pebble Street, Ego's, and Mezz. Also there are Thai and Chinese restaurants that are known to be the best in Delhi. This market has many dhabas serving from kebabs to Lebanese 'Shawarmas' and everything else that fits into a small pocket.

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