Delhi - Cornucopia of the finest silks, brocades, pashminas, carpets to object d' art
If shopping is on the agenda on your next visit to Delhi then you might need to dedicate a few days just for this purpose. Delhi is truly a shopper's haven. Being the capital city of India, Delhi combines the best from the other parts of the country as well.
Pamper yourself in the finest of silks, brocades, pashminas from the emporiums or catch the latest designer label from trendy, hip boutiques. If you are the adventurous kinds then you could even create your own signature style with budget friendly street fashion available in plenty in Delhi.
Big labels and their stores can be found at Connaught Place, South Extension and Greater Kailash Part I and II. For designer stuff a great place to head out to would be the Hauz Khas Village or the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, if wedding bells are ringing then stock up on the latest hot couture, jeweley from the markets at Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk and for street fashion, check out Janpath, Sarojini Nagar etc.
Laid out in the form of concentric circles, this marketplace was built during the time of the Britishers. Here you can find anything from a book to electronic goods, jewelery etc. The government run state emporiums are on Baba Kharak Singh Marg walking distance from the main market. In the centre of Connaught Place is a well laid out garden. The famous underground shopping complex of Palika Bazaar is also here.
Wedding shoppers or if you want to experience the real thrill of shopping amidst sidewalk vendors, photographers, astrologers, honking vehicles, small stores filled with a cornucopia of silks, zari, brocade then head out to this busy marketplace in Old Delhi.
A maze of lanes and bylanes are stocked with stores selling beautiful silks, embroidery, brassware etc. Kinari Bazaar deals with bridal stuff and is famous for its embroidery work using silver and gold threads, called Zardosi. You can even get your hands painted or a henna tattoo from the sidewalk artists.
To take back the best of ethnic India, beautiful arts and craft items, head out to this market opposite to the INA Market in South Delhi. This is one of the first permanent fairground in the country which showcases beautiful tie and dye work, batik prints, terracotta pottery, handwashed dhurries (rugs), imitation jewelery etc.
Hauz Khas Village
This is the place where one can hob knob with Delhi's rich and the famous. This trendy, upmarket shopping area was established as a result of the city's southward expansion. Today, it is a mix of chic stores with designer label clothes and modern furniture showrooms. One can catch a bite at one of the many gourmet restaurants in the area.
With the burgeoning demand for ease and convenience while shopping, many malls have sprung up in and around the city. One of the popular ones is Ansal Plaza. Running several floors, the mall has everything you need to buy all under one roof.