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    The ultimate guide for street shopping in Delhi

    Delhi may be a legendary land that has stories as old as Tansen engraved on the walls of its historical monuments, but nothing beats it's forever vibrant shopping markets. People come to Delhi from all walks of life and shop until their heart’s content, that too without burning any hole in their pockets. Shopping is such an integral part of the city’s lifestyle that you cannot truly soak in the essence of this place until you have shopped like there is no tomorrow. This capital state residing in the heart of India has the best markets selling a vast array of items including crafts from all over the nation.

    Nothing seems to be unavailable in the bustling streets of the markets in Delhi. The chaos and the noises in Bazaars mainly consisting of the phrases “So ka Do, bees ka teen” is like a melodious feed to the ear.  This is also a reminder that one cannot miss the amazing local and wholesale markets here, which are a perfect amalgamation of authentic food and current fashion trends. The few locations in Delhi popular for delivering best quality stuff at cheapest rates are your treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered today. Make a bus booking with Travelyaari today and set out on a trip to Delhi.

     

    Dilli Haat

    An open-air heaven for food lovers and shopaholics, Delhi Haat, offers an ambience of traditional rural Haat run by the Delhi Tourism Board. It is here where you will find artisans invited from every state of India to sell their products directly to the consumers. Go to spend a few hours browsing for handmade crafts like Naga shawls, Bandhini dupattas and Phulkari thread embroidery in carpets, blankets, etc. Also, end this jaunt with delicious fried Momos at the Sikkim stall, or relish a wholesome Maharashtrian thali. 



    Delhi Hatt

     

     

    Chandni Chowk

    The streets of Chandni Chowk need no introduction as it has been quite often filmed in the Bollywood movies. This part of Delhi is known not only in India but also around the world for all good reasons. Expanding over a large area, this market is packed with visitors on all days of the week and finding a way in its overcrowded streets can be quite challenging. From Lehengas, Churidars and sarees to spices and herbs of all kinds to books, electrical items, junk jewellery and stationery, you will find anything you need here.

     


    Chandni-CHowk

     

    Lajpat Nagar

    There are very limited things that you will NOT find in Lajpat Nagar Market. With plenty options here, hop from one shop to the other until you see the item that best suits your interest. Make sure to stay strict with your budget because chances are that you may end up spending it all buying every pretty thing that comes on your way. 😉

    From furniture and kitchenettes to the toiletries in your washroom, refrigerator covers, table clothes, curtains to the clothes you wear, are all found here. And, if you fancy a bite, get ready to relish different flavours of ice-creams, enjoy an al-carte of momos, street side deep fried green-gram with spicy Chutneys, Golgappas, Golas, and more.

     


    Lajpat-Nagar

     

    Janpath

    Street shopping in Janpath is a religion. And a girl who has purchased something here after a befitting argument while bargaining is the one who knows the amount of satisfaction a good thrift shopping day brings. Janpath is so incredibly diverse that you’re bound to find something interesting, even if you’re barely looking. Tibetan Market, fancy stores, flea markets, Gujarati Market, and the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, all add up to the euphoria surrounding Janpath. Get your bus tickets with Travelyaari for Delhi and reach Janpath.

     

     

    Janpath

     

    Sarojini Nagar

    The Sarojini Nagar Market is every woman’s one-stop solution to all things fashion and chic in New Delhi. You will magically find your determination getting stronger to survive among the thousands of people walking back and forth, as street vendors lined up here sell quality clothes at cheapest deals. Discovering new shops and hidden vendors in tucked away corners creates a whole new shopping fun. Spend a day here and own all the latest trends in fashion at mind-blasting prices!

     

     

    Sarojni-Nagar

    Khan Market

    Khan Market is Delhi's most high-class shopping enclave, where owning a shop is an expensive affair. The elite and expats favour this place most. It is a large U-shaped market with some extensions. Classy and sophisticated, Khan Market is a pick of the diplomatic community. The boutiques here focus on fashion, books, and homewares, and it's also an ideal place for a foodie. You will find here exceptional opticians, tailors, branded showrooms, grocers and lifestyle stores.

     

     

    Khan-Market

     

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    Fashion@Kutch: A lesson in traditional embroideries & designs
    Women of Nirona Village displaying their creations
    Women of Nirona Village displaying their creations

     

     

     

    It’s a striking contradiction that you’ll notice when driving through the arid landscape of Kutch. As I passed through various artisan villages of the indigenous tribes that inhibit the district of Kutch, I found long stretches of freshly dyed yarn in bright colours of yellow, red, orange and blue spread out on either sides of the highway. The fresh colours sparkled in the dizziness of the bright sun; the brilliant hues against the backdrop of a chapped, grim and dusty brown earth. And it’s then you realise…ahhh!! This is the place from where all those amazing chaniya cholis with fabulous embroideries and mirror work come from!!

    And it doesn’t stop at the Chaniya Cholis. Be it the resplendent Bandhini sarees or dupattas or the evergreen Batik prints, it all comes from nowhere else but Kutch. Given this brief, I found myself travelling to the village of Bhujodi (8kms from Bhuj) and other artisan villages that are home to some of the most exquisite textile handicraft production in the world and have inspired generations of fashion designers from India and abroad.

    Note: Most of the artisan village are located in and around Bhuj

    My exploration started at a village called Dhamkada (about 25 kms from Bhachau and 40 kms from Bhuj) where we (Ramji Meraya, my guide and Atul, my travel companion and the photographer) stopped by at the residence cum workshop of Abdulrazzaq Mohammadbhai Khatri whose family has been practising the craft of traditional Ajrakh block printing using natural dyes for over 10 generations!! It was such an engrossing experience to watch artisans make prints on yards of cloth and that too using natural colours. And Abdulrazzaq taught us a few tricks too. Like producing rust colour by mixing some chana dal (split Bengal gram) and gur (jaggery) to the water with a submerged iron block. Ferment it for about three days and there you have your naturally produced rust colour ready!

     

     

    Ajrakh block printing in progress
    Ajrakh block printing in progress

     

     

     From Dhamkada, we reached the famous artisan village of Bhujodi, about 8kms from Bhuj. It is actually this village which is on the tourist map and you’ll see lots of them browsing through the many handicraft shops that have been put up by the local people of the village. It was here that Narayanbhai Seju, a carpet weaver from the ‘Vankar’ community invited us for a cup of tea (It was the milkiest I’ve ever had). Narayanbhai Seju showed us the process of weaving carpets. It was again a first. The whole process of making a carpet thread by thread…there was something poetic about it. And especially sitting by the hand loom!

     

     

    Abdulrazzaq Mohammadbhai Khatri in his warehouse. His family has been practicing the craft of Ajrakh block printing using natural dyes for over 10 centuries!!!
    Abdulrazzaq Mohammadbhai Khatri in his warehouse. His family has been practicing the craft of Ajrakh block printing using natural dyes for over 10 centuries!!!

     

     

     From Dhamkada, we reached the famous artisan village of Bhujodi, about 8kms from Bhuj. It is actually this village which is on the tourist map and you’ll see lots of them browsing through the many handicraft shops that have been put up by the local people of the village. It was here that Narayanbhai Seju, a carpet weaver from the ‘Vankar’ community invited us for a cup of tea (It was the milkiest I’ve ever had). Narayanbhai Seju showed us the process of weaving carpets. It was again a first. The whole process of making a carpet thread by thread…there was something poetic about it. And especially sitting by the hand loom!

     

     

    There are many shops around here where you can let your eyes prowl upon some really original and impressive handicraft; be it the beautiful shawls with extremely delicate embroidery or some really neat book cases or even chapatti rollers with minute wooden carvings. Frankly it’s all worth it and one really feels like letting it go had it not been the stubborn wallet that just refuses to budge.

    Another shop at Bhujodi that I’d like to mention is that of Shamji Bhai. You’ll find the most exquisite shawls here. The embroidery is simply superb!

    Just a few kilometres from Bhujodi is also an artisan village especially created for the dollar paying tourists and run by an NGO called Shrujan. Although the goods here appear overpriced for the domestic tourist (unless your uncle was the one who brokered the Agusta Westland deal with the government:-P), the artisan village is still is worth a visit. Similarly, the Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft Park is a specially created space for the artists to display their wares free of cost to the visitors. Here the goodies on display are affordable and I, too, dabbled in a bit of shopping…But the reason I’d suggest that you visit this park is because it works as a one stop shop where you will find a wide variety of Kutchi art and handicraft under one roof. And it’s just about 2 kms from Bhujodi.

     

     

     

    Exquisite shawls on display at Shamji Bhai’s shop at Bhujodi
    Exquisite shawls on display at Shamji Bhai’s shop at Bhujodi

     

     

     Fine embroideries form the essence of the textile handicraft here and much of it is practiced by the local Rabari, Ari, Ahir, Mutva and Banni communities. It’s a delight to watch the women from these communities appear in front of you and weave magic with their hands. One of the greatest takeaways I witnessed from this trip is the fact that once you meet the real artists whose faces have forever been hidden behind their stupendous designs, your entire perception of that particular art form changes. There is a great deal of respect that creeps in for the artists who toil for months to come up with some very fine designs.

     

    To experience Kutchi craft is a unique experience and I would suggest that you mark at least half a day from your travel itinerary for this rewarding experience. (A full day would be even better!!)

    And if you’re one of those who has it on your fingertips what a Jennifer Lawrence wore on the red carpet at the Oscars this year or precisely how will you differentiate between a Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Ritu Kumar and a Tarun Tahiliani creation then perhaps this is a story for you…Godspeed!!

     

     

     

    A gathering of local artisans from the Rabari community. It’s traditionally an agricultural community with the women engaged in traditional forms of embroidery.
    A gathering of local artisans from the Rabari community. It’s traditionally an agricultural community with the women engaged in traditional forms of embroidery.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Navigator:

    →Most of the villages are with a parameter of 25 kilometers from Bhuj. The most popular and tourist friendly artisan village being Bhujodi.

    →If you wish to explore more, a local guide will be of great help.

    →If you plan to visit the villages from Bhuj then you can plan it as a day trip. Hiring a tourist vehicle will be a good idea. In Bhuj, local operators offer day drips to the nearby artisan villages.

    →Shopping here can be expensive, especially in Bhujodi. But the general prices will be cheaper than the market rates elsewhere.

     

     

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