Dhanteras, which falls a day before the festival of light turns the capital city a shopping hub for Delhiites. And the offering of almost every plausible commodity continues to be showcased in the city bazaars till the auspicious occasion of Diwali. Ranging from sweets to dry fruits, idols of Ganesh and Laxmi to decorative lamps, electronic lights, jewellery and crackers, Diwali shopping in the city is something, which is hard to resist for a shopaholic. With arrival of the festival of light, the shopkeepers also become quite expectant to brighten up their wealth. Considering the Diwali requirements and buys, we suggest you the following markets to visit in Delhi for Diwali shopping:
Chandni Chowk is considered to be one of the bustling markets in Delhi. During festival, the vibrant markets around the street of Chandni Chowk turn to a Mecca for all shopping enthusiasts. Starting from colourful clay lamps to clay pots, crackers and candles, the lively bazaars of Chandni Chowk provide every desire of shoppers at festival time. Besides boasting some colourful Diwali commodities, the pace is evenly worth visiting to fill-up one’s gastronomic needs. If you are a hardcore foodie, Paranthe Wali Gali is a must visit.
Located adjacent to old Jama Masjid, Dariba Kalan is eminent for housing a rich variety of jewellery shops. The shops in Dariba Kalan turn more bustling on the eve of Dhanteras and Diwali offering you a diverse range of jewelleries, coins and polka ornaments. Some of the shops here are more than 100 years old. So if you are in quest of ornaments and jewellery buys, look no further than the lane of Dariba Kalan. After bag full of goodies, don’t forget to try some sweet bites in the famous Jalebi Wala.
Your Diwali shopping can’t be completed without stepping into the popular markets of Lajpat Nagar. The market area here is considered as the shopping nirvana for apparels, footwear, bags and accessories. During Diwali, a large number of footfalls can be observed near the stores of Lajpat Nagar Central Market. People flock here from different corners of the city for amazing Diwali shopping experiences. So this Diwali take home some amazing outfits from the market of Lajpat Nagar to gift your buddies.
Dilli Haat in INA brings you for some amazing handicraft products. This place is quite popular for buying variety of colourful lamps, clay pots, decorative gift items and delicious platters. In Delhi there are several Dilli Haats as well but for Diwali stopping, INA is mostly recommended. If you get there for Diwali shopping, don’t forget to apply your bargaining skill, as with festival the prices also scale up here to a large extent.
Looking for some cheap silver ornaments and leather products? The markets in Paharganj have that shopping treasure to meet up your buying desire. In addition, an array of diyas, aromatic candles, ear studs, bracelets and decorative lights can also be purchased from the street vendors in Paharganj. Due to heavy rush in the evening, it is suggested to head out there at day time.
There is no denying of the fact that the festival of Diwali is always incomplete without some fireworks. On that note, you can pick Sadar Bazar as your favourite market location for crackers and fireworks. Starting from phooljhadis, anaars, chakris, akash-tara and all kinds of fireworks and crackers are available here at very affordable prices. However, considering the devastating pollution level in the city, it is always a generous move to say “No” to cracker.
So this Diwali make sure to explore these famous markets in the capital for some amazing shopping experiences. Let this festival of light garner abundance of delight in everyone’s life. Have a blissful Diwaly!
Note: Avoid fireworks to maintain a healthy atmosphere for all living beings.