Delhi is a treasure trove of exotic goods and interesting souvenirs for travelers who know where to shop. Goods make their way from all over the country, and you’ll be able to bag them for a fraction of the cost you’d pay at import stores and markets in Western countries. Here are a few of Delhi’s best markets to get you started; and remember to haggle.
The 200 thatched stalls that make up Dilli Haat were meant to look like a weekly rural village market. You’ll have to pay a small entrance fee (less than a dollar), but you’ll be rewarded with goods sold directly by the artisans who created them, as well as plenty of food and live entertainment. Prices tend to be low already, but haggling is accepted if not expected.
If you’re in the market for fine art or antiques, then shop the Sunder Nagar market. It’s also a good place to buy silver, textiles and carpets, and if you get thirsty, stop at one of the many excellent tea houses located in this upscale neighborhood.
For a glimpse into the daily lives of everyday middle class Indians, spend a few hours people watching at the Lagpat Nagar market. The stalls and showrooms of this largely tourist-free market specialize in clothing, bags, accessories and housewares, but you’ll also find henna artists who’ll paint intricate designs on your hands.
The small Khan Market is the place to shop for books, music and DVDs, but more and more boutique designers are popping up all the time. You can also have clothes tailored here or stock up on Ayurvedic food and skin care products. You can certainly try to haggle, but expect it to be harder here than other markets.