Markets in India
When traveling through India, you will find markets or "bazaars" everywhere. Depending on which area you are in you will notice the difference between the products, prices and quality. If you are interested in a guided tour of Delhi's best markets, you can click to view the offered "Guided tour through the markets of Delhi". If you are looking for something special, it is good to ask your travel guide where to find what you are looking for. Locals will know where the best products can be found. Some markets offer many different products such as souvenirs, fabric or antiques however some markets are more specialised in some products such as silk and cashmere. In different parts of India you will also notice the difference of products such as the quality of fabric and tea or spice flavors.
Markets in Delhi
The Dilli Haat market gives you a village-feeling of a market. Here you will find colorful antiques, souvenirs, tea, spices, fabric and many other things. The market is very calm and colorful which gives the shopper a good feeling and a nice shopping experience. Sometimes you will find cultural and musical performances to enjoy during your shopping.
Location: Dilli Haat (opposite INA Market), Sri Aurobindo Marg A Unit of Delhi Tourism, New Delhi
Opening hours: 11.00-22.00 (daily)
The Janpath bazaar is an exciting and action-filled market with a lot of people and shops. Here you will find a wide range of products, from handicrafts and artwork to fabric and souvenirs. Here you will get a chance to use your bargaining skills (read more about bargaining under "Currency and prices").
Location: Janpath Road, New Delhi (next to Lodhi Road and Connaught Place)
Opening hours: 10.00-21.00 (Monday-Saturday), 11.00-20.00 (Sunday, some shops may be closed)
At the Khan market you will find more exclusive small shops where bargaining is not always applicable. Here you can find things such as books, tailored suits, skin care or medicine. You will also find nice cafés and places to relax and try the food while shopping.
Location: Subramanium Bharti Marg, New Delhi
Opening hours: 10.00-20.00 (Monday-Saturday), Sunday is closed
Paharganj Main Bazaar
The Main Bazaar of Paharganj is the ideal place for shoppers looking to make a good deal and bargain. Located in the traveler's area near the railway station, you will find wholesale shops and shops that do import and export. Here you will find a good deal for clothes, jewelry, shoes, textiles and more.
Location: Paharganj Main Bazaar near the New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi
Opening hours: 10.00-21.00 (Tuesday-Sunday), Monday is closed however some shops may be open
This crowded shopping district will you give an authentic atmosphere of ancient Delhi. This district has existed for many hundred years and here you can find anything that you are looking for. Keep in mind that the area is big and if you are looking for something in particular it is good to ask someone and give it time. You will see that the district is divided into different areas of products and you will see a lot of electronics and jewelry. The streets are very narrow and busy so remember to keep yourself and your travel partners safe (you can read more about safety under "Safety in India"). In this area you can also take a break to try some of the best street food in Delhi.
Location: Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Opening hours: 10.00-19.00 (Monday-Saturday), Sunday is closed however some shops may be open
This market, being one of Delhis oldest, will give you an insight to the traditional and cultural Delhi. You can find traditional clothes and accessories as well as the famous "Mehendiwalas" where you can get beautiful henna designs.
Location: Near Ashram Chowk, New Delhi
Opening hours: 10.00-20.00 (Tuesday-Saturday), Monday is closed however some shops may be open
The Sarojini Nagar market is famous for having many designer brands at a cheap price due to being rejected for export or having smaller defects. Here you will therefore find famous, quality brands which might suit your taste. You will see all the clothes spread out and hanging for you to look at and try on.
Location: Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi
Opening hours: 10.00-21.00 (Tuesday-Saturday), Monday is closed however some shops may be open
Markets in other cities
Crawford Market (Mumbai)
The Crawford market shows an original part of old British Bombay and it is also one of the largest markets in Mumbai. Here you will mostly find fresh vegetables and fruit, meat and other ingredients as well as spices and tea. At the market you will also see smaller pets such as singing birds to add to your experience.
Location: Crawford Market or Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai, Mumbai
Opening hours: 10.00-20.00 (Monday-Saturday), 10.00-16.00 (Sunday)
Bara Bazaar/Lewduh Market (Shillong)
Located on the top of the hills, this is the largest market in Meghalaya and known as one of the most authentic markets in north eastern India. Visiting a market like this will show you everything about the Khasi culture and cuisine. Here you will find many exotic ingredients, from fruits to worms, as well as the popular shops with second hand clothes. Many products are imported from Bangladesh and you will find nice souvenirs such as handcrafted plates and cups.
Location: Mallital, Nainital
Opening hours: 10.30-19.30 (Monday-Saturday), Sunday is closed however some shops may be open
New Market (Kolkata)
At this market you are guaranteed to find any product which you might be looking for. Being a huge, chaotic and busy market, you will get the real bazaar experience. Here you will find a big variety of goods, as well as the entertainment of bargaining and getting good deals. Since the market can get quite busy and crowded, be sure to keep yourself near your guide or travel group. This market is also one of the oldest and most famous markets in Kolkata, attracting thousands of people everyday. With more than 2000 stalls and shops, you might feel lost or disoriented, however most goods are categorized together and found near one another.
Location: Lindsay street, Kolkata
Opening hours: 10.00-20.00 (Monday-Friday), 10.00-14.30 (Saturday), Closed (Sunday)
Anjuna Flea Market (Goa)
This popular flea market is held every Wednesday on Anjuna Beach, with people selling handcrafted goods, souvenirs and artwork from all over India. Started in the 1960's by hippies, it has today grown into a fun and entertaining event to witness, with not only goods being sold, but also the possibility to enjoy good food, live music, get a haircut or get a tattoo. This eventful day should not be missed if staying near the Anjuna Beach.
Location: Anjuna Beach, Goa
Opening hours: 08.00-16.00 (Wednesdays), from mid-november until the end of April
Devaraja Market (Mysore)
This amazing, colorful market will bring you back to the roots of India. Here you will find wonderfully scented flowers, colorful spices and kumkum (the powder used for bindis). Other things which you will find here are nice souvenirs such as scented oils, incense and perfume as well as vegetables, fruit and spices. The market is also famous for making handmade incense on the spot. Be ready to use your bargaining skills as well as bringing your camera to take colorful pictures.
Location: Sayyaji Rao Road, Shivarampet, Mysore
Opening hours: 10.00-21.00
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