Delhi is a hub for shopping. If you are a shopping freak then Delhi is a place to be. The place is a one-stop destination to buy clothes, antiques, mementoes, handicrafts and what not. It is said that," it is not Delhi that has many bazaars but it is bazaars that has a Delhi in between". The statement is not at all an exaggeration.
The shopping hub is Old Delhi area. Start with clothes and you have
Karol Bagh, the largest cloth market in the country. You can by any type
of clothes right from a well-dyed Tunic to well-spun cotton. The area is
famous for traditional Indian attires such as Jodhpuri and Sherwani. You
can pick any one of them but keep in mind that these items have heavy
embroidery works on them and are really heavy. You can also shop for
saris here. There are good studios displaying variety of saris, choose
any one of them. Go for Banarsi Silk if you want something exclusive. A
visit to Delhi can't be complete without buying Khadi material. The best
place is the government emporium at the Regal building near Connaught
In antiques, the cheap, best and the authentic shops are situated in
various alleys of the walled city. The best are in Dariba Kalan. You can
buy anything from old statues to silverwares. The Astadhatu statues are
very expensive but are things to keep. If you are short on cash then go
for silver wares and wood antiques. Don't miss to buy 1920 build HMV
Gramophone. Then you have bangles in the Dariba Kalan and embroidered
shoes in Ballimaran. These are a must buy.
For handicrafts, there are many options in your kitty. The best is the
series of shops near the Connaught Place known as state emporiums. These
emporiums have handicrafts items from the respective states. These are
authentic and cheap; moreover the money earned is invested in the
emancipation of the craftsmen. You also have the famous Delhi Haat for
buying handicrafts items. Go there only if you are good at bargaining.