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Shopping in Delhi & Agra

For tourists from overseas, shopping in India is a fascinating, if sometimes jarring experience. Western-style shopping malls are rare, and intrepid travellers can find an amazing array of products, particularly if they shop in markets patronised by local residents. The city of Delhi is often viewed by many travellers as a bargain hunter's paradise, with products ranging from custom-made suits to eyeware, which are available at a fraction of what they would normally cost in the West. In Agra, Inlay works, leather works and ornamental works, zari and embroidery work, brass ware, and carpets are the best buys. Whilst Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar and Munro Road are important market places in the region.

Must buys in Agra include miniature sculptures of the Taj Mahal, splendid carpets and rich embroidery works. Popular shopping items in Delhi include world renowned Leather products, beautiful fabric and absolutely stunning art work! Take your pick, the items are surely worth every rupee.

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Shopping Places

Old Delhi Markets

Chandni Chowk and the bazaar inside Lal Qila are good areas to hunt for bargains. On the streets behind the Jama Masjid, many shops sell metalware curios and old utensils, and one street specialises in paper and stationery, some of it handmade and hand-printed. On Dariba Kalan, stalls are filled with silver and gold jewelery. Except for the Lal Qila bazaar, most businesses in Old Delhi shut down on Sunday.

Lal Qila, Delhi

Sarojini Nagar, Delhi

One of the most economical markets in Delhi. Here you will find clothes for all tastes and styles. Primarily set up as a refugee rehabilitation market (for the refugees during India's partition), it has now acquired something of an international flavour. The clothes that are to be found here are generally rejects from the export units all over India. For instance, a shirt that was meant for Arrow or Gap which has a minor defect too small to be noticed, ends up here. The market also boasts some shoe stores where you can buy decent quality shoes at ridculous rates (especially when compared with UK or the US). You can also buy local pottery utensils.

Delhi

Santushti Shopping Arcade, Delhi

Located opposite Samrat Hotel, Santushti has a handful of exclusive shops set in manicured lawns features handmade pottery to fabrics to high fashion garments. Closed on Sundays.

Opposite Samrat Hotel, Delhi

Ambawatta Complex, Delhi

Ambawatta Complex is a high fashion shop, it features furniture and furnishings at the Good Earth shop.

Located at Mehrauli Village, about 15km southwest of Connaught Place.

The State Emporium, Delhi

The State Emporia showcases handicrafts and handlooms of the regional states at reasonable prices. They have good pieces from all over India. (Sundays closed). Timing: 10.00 to 19.00 hrs.

Located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg off Connaught place

Ansal Plaza, Delhi

Ansal Plaza offers department store, numerous clothes shops including a small branch of the UK's Marks and Spencer, toys, music and furniture.

Located in Khel Gaon Marg

011-26261305

Kumar Gallery, Delhi

Specialises in original tribal statues, old dhurries, Tibetan carpets and furniture, miniatures, temple art and contemporary paintings by India's finest artists.

Delhi

Gems 'n' Jewels, Delhi

A small shop in Lal Qila, has good miniature paintings and silver jewellery.

Lal Qila, Delhi

Shivam Zari Palace, Delhi

Offers inexpensive Hindu wedding paraphernalia-turbans, fabric covered boxes, torans and tiny brass gods dressed per your choice.

Delhi

Singh Copper and Brass Palace, Delhi

Has an entire building filled with old and new Indian Brass, copper and wood handicrafts.

Delhi

Sundar Nagar Market, Delhi

Specialises in jewellery and precious gems, tribal and indigenous curios, artifacts and artwork. Closed on Sundays.

Delhi

Khadi Gramadyog Bhavan, Delhi

This shopping center has a fascinating assortment of goodies ranging from handmade paper to khadi cotton.

In Connaught place, in the Regal Building

South Extension, New Delhi

Located on the Ring road, in the south of New Delhi, it is one of the most posh marketplaces promising an international shopping experience. The south Extension has two parts, one in Greater Kailash and the other in Defence Colony. These markets are famous for good quality high priced designer stuff of major Indian and International brands, such as ready to wear garments, jewellery, footwear and other accessories. Formals from Givo, Van Heusen and Louis Phillepe, casuals from Levi's, Pepe and Wrangler, Eye care by Ray Ban, Reebok accessories, Fabrics of renowned brands like Dormeuil, Reid& Taylor, Holland & Sherry, Raymond, Digjam as well as intricately hand embroidered Shervanis, Bandgalas and Jodhpuries are available.

Ring Road, south of New Delhi

Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Delhi

Under one room you will find a spectacular display of Indian handlooms and handicrafts. Prices are fixed and quality is assured.

Located in Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath,

011-2372 5035

Dilli Haat (Food & crafts bazaar), Delhi

The only place in town where traditional handicrafts and food delicacies, representing various states of India is available. More than 60 stalls sell products from different areas of India and 25 stalls offer regional food. Open air cultural performances occur daily mid-afternoon until evening. It is open from 1100 hrs. To 2200 hrs.

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Hauz Khas Village, Delhi

Restaurants, Art Galleries & stylish boutiques abound, and it is possible to shop for everything from antiques to high fashion. Closed on Sundays.

Located southwest of town, about 10km from Connaught Place.

Chandni Chowk, Delhi

The old and the new in Delhi is often represented by the Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Bazaar), the ancient market of the Mughals and the main street of the old city of Delhi. Located 6km north of Connaught place, it is a crowded colourful market bustling with shops, craftsmen's workshops, hotels, mosques, temples and the lanes are filled with all kinds of vehicles, pedestrians, astrologers, sidewalk photographers, shoe menders etc. A maze of fascinating little lanes leads off this avenue and some of its shops deals exclusively in brocades, braids, silver or pearls. Kinari Bazaar deals with all bridal trimmings. One of the beautiful and peaceful lanes here is Naughara gali, which leads to an exquisite Jain temple and lined with havelis. Chandni Chowk, begins from the Red Fort and goes up to the Fatepuri Mosque and then by the Connaught place in New Delhi. Closed on Sundays.

Located 6km north of Connaught place

Connaught Place, Delhi

Connaught Place, an immense shopping complex built by the British, comprises concentric circles containing shops and boutiques that display everything from gold, diamond ornaments to electronic goods, hotels and restaurants, etc. In the centre of the complex, there is a park ornamented with flowering trees and fountains. This is one of the major shopping centers in Delhi and the best place to start browsing are the fixed price Government Emporia of many Indian States located close to this complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. There is also an air-conditioned underground market called Palika Bazaar close by. Closed on Sundays.

Delhi

Taj B. Handicrafts, Agra

A local craft shops in Taj Ganj area. One would need to bargain for a minimum 50% discount but will get good handicraft items.

LOcated in Taj Ganj area, Agra

Rajasthan Style Emporium, Agra

Good but expensive works of arts and crafts.

Located on 45, Taj Road

Sadar Bazar, Agra

One of the best places to buy leather items. Many shops selling similar things.

Agra

New Annis gems, Agra

Good place to buy gold, silver and stone items

Located in Taj Gunj





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