While it is difficult to navigate the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, but once you get past that, this marketplace mesmerizes you with its old-world charm and exquisite offerings. The shopping district of Chandni Chowk has been around for hundreds of years and an exploration of its winding, narrow alleyways is certainly an important lesson in history. The lanes of Chandni Chowk are divided into numerous bazaars with different areas of specialization. There are different markets for fabrics, electronics, silver jewelry, wedding clothing for men and women, spices, lamps, books and more. While in Old Delhi, you must also indulge yourself in a hearty meal of parathas, kebabs and more.

Here are the few places in Old Delhi you can shop at to your heart’s content -

Khari Baoli

Asia’s largest wholesale spice market, Khari Baoli is a street in Old Delhi that specializes in both local and exotic spices. The markets sells a variety of chili, nuts, unrefined spices, grains, unrefined pink salt, black salt, pulses, rice, herbs, dry fruits and more. The shopkeepers here are happy to tell you the origin of these spices. Be mesmerized by a rich smell of various spices and dry fruits when you enter the market.

Dariban Kalan

Dariba Kalan, a 350-year old market in the lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, sells exquisite jewels and oil-based perfumes called ‘ittar’. Most shops in this market are at least 200 years old and is most popular for its gorgeous bridal collection that cannot be found anywhere else in Delhi. You can easily book cheap flights to Delhi and visit the gems of Old Delhi. If you want to stay a few days, you can search hotels in New Delhi on ixigo and to book at reasonable rates.

NaiSarak

NaiSarak is a paradise for bibliophiles. It is one of the largest book markets in Delhi that, primarily, sells school and college textbooks, preparation material for entrance exams and stationery products.

Meena Bazaar

An age-old marketplace, Meena Bazaar sells Indian handicrafts, burqas (veils put on by Muslim women), rugs and more. This bazaar was set up in the 1970s that still speak of medieval elegance.

Bhagirath Palace

Asia’s largest wholesale market, Bhagirath Palace is popular for electrical and electronic goods, especially lights and light fixtures. Ornamental lights with mosaics painted on them, lanterns, pendant lights, rope lights, garden lights and more. The best part about these shops is that they are much cheaper than any other commercial light shop.

Kinari Bazaar

A wholesale retail market, Kinari Bazaar specializes in kurtis, sarees, dream catcher latkans and wedding knick-knacks. Here, you can find almost everything for your wedding - from sherwanis to lehengas and turbans.

Ballimaran

Best known as the area where Mirza Ghalib lived, Ballimaranspecialises in sequined slippers and pretty curly-toed ‘jootis’ (traditional slip-on shoes). You can also shop for leather goods and spectacles here.

In case you are behind on your festive shopping or have a wedding coming up or perhaps, you need a makeover for your home, we suggest you take a trip to these markets in Old Delhi.

Published by Edward Martin