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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Delhi's shopping areas

Delhi, can be considered a shopping paradise. It has shops and establishments catering to all sorts of tastes. The only issue is, Delhi is a very big place, and getting from one of these shopping areas to another of these shopping areas involves going through some high traffic areas. In addition, some of these shopping zones are highly congested areas, and a person not used to a congested area might get surpised mightily. In addition, a visitor from out of Delhi is well adviced to get some local advice before venturing into these markets so as to make the best use of the trip. Some of the more prominent shopping complexes/areas are:

1. Chandni Chowk: Literally meaning 'moonlight bazaar'. Chandni Chowk is the most prominent part of Old Delhi. This market was setup in the time of the Mughals. It is a good place to go to for garments, jewellery, saaris. One of the areas is called Nayi Sadak (New Street) where you can get a range of books. In Chandni Chowk, you will find some excellent eating joints. A bit further ahead is the Lajpat Rai Market for all kinds of electronics.

2. Connaught Place: Not very far from Chandni Chowk is the circular market of Connaught Place. If there is a geographic center of Delhi, this is it. A series of white buildings built in old style with big pillars, this place had gone out of circulation a few years back, but there has been a revival. With the coming of the metro, CP is emerging as a hip shopping center, in addition to the office centre that it already is.

Map located at MapsofIndia location.

3. Karol Bagh: Some distance from Connaught Place is Karol Bagh. This is a fairly big shopping area, but can be very crowded at peak times. Jewellery, clothes, electronics, you name it, you will find it here.

4. Khan Market: This is one of the upmarket shopping places in Delhi. This is not a very big market, but it is known as a very posh shopping area, and shop rentals here are the highest in Delhi. This is located south of CP, in an area known as Lodhi Road.

5. Hauz Khaz: This is essentially a market that has grown up around ancient structures. It is a place for high fashion, designer labels and the like. There are some nice eateries over here as well.

6. South Extension and Lajpat Nagar: Located along Ring Road, these markets are the must go destinations if you are moving around South Delhi. A wide variety of shops, and you get some excellent clothes and personal items in the shops located over here.

7. Greater Kailash: GK 1, 2, and East of Kailash are the main shopping places over here. These are posh colonies, and the shopping centers over here are pretty famous. The M-block market in Greater Kailash is the destination to go to for a large number of people.

8. Dilli Haat: This is a small, yet very culturally rich center located near the INA / AIIMS area. The aim of this market is to get artisans selling products representing various cultures. Periodically, there will be special events showcasing special cultures or interests. Nice place to go, but parking can be a problem on weekends.

9. Malls: Delhi has a wide assortment of malls, spread through the city and in the neighboring areas of Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Some of these are speciality malls specializing in jewellery, and as such, each malls offers a wide variety of items and eating choices.

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Blogger itchingtowrite said...

good selection. thanks for doing it for me.. will keep in mind next time i go there
pls do one for areas around gurgaon. too as that's where i will stay & with my kids it will be difficult to go too far away. or u cud do a separate list for clothes / ethnic/ art stuff ( i hav done one like that for chennai)
and yes of-course - 1 for eateries- the speciality ones like kabab, chinese, chaat, food court...etc- something not v expensive...

1:13 PM, November 23, 2006  
Blogger Ashish said...

Will do, but will take a bit of time to collect this information.

1:58 PM, November 25, 2006  

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