Thursday, 19 December 2013

Pocket-friendly Shoppers’ Stops In Delhi

Women are usually misbranded as shopaholics. Not going into the battle of sexes, let’s accept it, males flock shopping malls and arcades too. Some shop, others help their better halves in carrying shopping bags. I am not an avid shopper, I love one-stop joints where I can get everything under the same roof. Delhi has these amazing open-air shopping places which sell everything under the sun at economical rates.

Dilli Haat: I’ll start with my favorite. Located in south Delhi, this open-air market is haven of handloom and handicrafts. Sprawling over 6 acres, stalls with thatched roofs give you a traditional Indian village feel. I call it a mini India. On the backdrop of rural ambiance, the haat is dotted with kiosks selling handicrafts and cuisine from every Indian state. Dress materials and ready made ethnic garments — salwar kameez, kurtis, saris, skirts, shawls are mostly sold here along with pottery, carpets, mats, cutlery from different regions of the country. I usually buy dupattas and skirts from here, while mom concentrates on saris. The food kiosks sell exclusive dishes typical of every state. . Lovely bangles, earrings, funky neck pieces wristlets and toe rings grace the jewellery stores.I usually stay back to see cultural programme which include folk music and dance from different corners of India. This one’s a must visit for all.

Sarojini Nagar: For western wear, this one’s my choice. Bustling with urban population, this market is dotted with countless small and big kiosks selling designer clothes, footwear, accessories, cosmetics and junkies! Be it ethnic or western wear, you’ll get everything here. Being a no-make up girl, I love good clothes! Thronged by thousands of college goers, this market also sells branded wardrobes rejected due to negligible manufacturing disorders. Tees, capris, skirts, scarfs, short and long dresses are seen in plenty. You just need to make the right pick. Coming to footwear, classy boots to stilettos and slip-ons are a rage here.Babu Market close to it sells delectable sweets, which sees a lot of foodies with sweet tooth!

Chandni Chowk: Soaked in Old Delhi charm, Chandni Chowk close to Red Fort sells electronic goods, gorgeous ethnic wear and silver jewellery. I fall among those boring females who like light colors, hence wardrobe classics here aren’t for me. But, I get to see enormous people including tourists stacking their shopping bags with bright saris and ghagras (ethnic long skirts with bright embroidery) and sherwanis for males. Saris that females in television soaps and films flaunt, are available here at very cheap rates. Tangy chaats, kebabs, paranthas, sweets specially jalebis, kulfi are among the most wanted must eats. Authentic silver ornaments at Dariba Kalan here, are my buys.

Lajpat Nagar: The shops at Lajpat Nagar look like a kaleidoscope of Indian culture. One of the busiest markets in Delhi, kurtis are a hit here. Mehendiwalas get a lot of customers who love applying henna designs on their hand. These skilled artists come up with stunning designs at jet speed.

Quality items at extremely affordable rates can also be spotted in Paharganj, Khan Market and Janpath. I pick up quite a few home decor items from these places. Test your bargaining skills here to avoid overspending. Style is all about carrying yourself well in whatever you’re wearing, be it from an international brand or roadside stall.Brighten up your weekends by picking up your favorite stuffs from these places — Shoplifting at amazingly low cost!

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