|Total Sex and the City moment in Dilli Haat|
Early February I had the opportunity to travel to New Delhi, India, although this was a short trip, one simply can not pass up on an opportunity to travel and escape from the polar vortex.
One of the biggest attractions for me on traveling to India was the shopping! With the U.S dollar doing so well ($1= 60 Rupees) this was definitely an alluring feature. So I hit up any and every possible area to shop in New Delhi, India.
I'll be breaking it down on places to shop and what to expect:
Dilli Haat Market: If you're interested in finding traditional Indian items from cashmere scarves to traditional Indian jewelry this is definitely the place for you to visit.
- Tips - Try going early to the market, this way you're guaranteed better prices when haggling. The rule of thumb is that the vendors tend to give the best prices to their earlier customers so they are guaranteed more sales throughout the day ( a superstitious notion).
- This is definitely an ideal place to shop for tourists, since it's in a enclosed area and although you are asked to pay a small fee when entering, it helps maintain the market and keeps it clean.
- If you're a blogger or wanting to experience that true Indian ambiance, here is the place to visit. A big part of visiting India for me is always haggling and fighting for the best prices. Here you are able to enjoy the inimitable ethnic wares all handcrafted from villages found throughout India. I can also pick up some Indian snacks (don't tell airport security) and perhaps some chachkas items.
- Dilli Haat is not only a market but a showpiece for Indian culture, by hosting various cultural programs and providing delicacies from different regions of the country.
Another great place to pick up traditional Indian garments is Janpath, located in Connaught Place, is one of the oldest markets in Delhi.
- Dozens of stalls are lined up on this main road.
- You'll find the same items as you would in Dilli Haat, and perhaps more since there are over dozens of stalls.
- Here I was able to pick up printed paints which will be great this summer for less than $3...
- There's also a huge section for Tibetan jewelry and art (think Buddhist tapestry and turquoise rings)
- If you're hesitant or uncomfortable with the bargaining or simply just want a one stop place to purchase all your needs then definitely visit Cotton Industry. This place is run by the government and all the prices are set.
Okay so you had your traditional Indian fix and now you want to see where the locals are going and perhaps you're getting a little hungry...shopping is a form of cardio after all so it's time to refuel yourself.
Hauz Khas Village is definitely one of my new favorite places to visit in Delhi - I would describe this place as their version of the Lower East Side in New York or Willimasburg in Brooklyn. What I love about this area is the clashes of old India with their old architect and ancient ruins that now host boutique stores and trendy bars and restaurants.
- Get here early if you can, especially if driving since parking does fill up quickly.
- Visit the old ruins of Hauz Khas Complex, I find Delhi so fascinating on the juxtaposition of old and new found throughout the city.
- This place is filled with fun boutiques and great places to eat at.
|Dare to try the street food?|
|A much needed watermelon with basil juice refreshment|
|Traditional Goan coconut prawn curry|
And one can't forget the legendary Khan Market, located in the section of all the embassies' buildings, what once used to be a market to pick up one's essential needs has now become a popular spot for all the ex-pats. Lines of luxury cars with international flags will be parked outside Khan Market as they chauffeur ambassador's wives and/or husbands around.
- If interested in purchasing high-end products, you most definitely will be able to find them here in Khan Market.
- Khan Market is somewhat similar to the Meatpacking District of New York City, where once buildings that served as servant quarters have been converted into luxury boutiques where you can enjoy paying for overpriced kurtas (tunics) or handcrafted soaps and incense.
- Although luxury boutiques are popping up, there are still some great hidden gems to enjoy - such as Salim's for kababs and kati rolls (a must have and hard to find)
- Because Khan Market is located far from the hustle and bustle you can enjoy dining on rooftops restaurants and overlook Lodhi Garden.
So here is a complete list of places to shop around New Delhi, if shopping isn't your thing I still recommend visiting these areas since they represent a great aspect of Delhi's culture and are all located in aesthetically beautiful historical areas.