So because I am a girl and I just NEED to have 3-4 purses and jewelry that I will never wear, I did a lot of shopping in Delhi. Before I talk about the good places to shop, I will start with some advice.
- Beware of shops that have more employees than items sold. It happened twice that I was handed from employee to employee so that I could be shown every single item in a store until I found something I wanted to buy. All of the attention you are given will make you feel as though you should buy something. DON’T DO IT! If you see 20-30 people working in a store with 1-2 customers, walk out immediately.
- The “Star of India” is not a tourist attraction, it is a stone and someone will try to sell it to you if you are in Agra. Beware of drivers that take you to specific stores. They most likely have some connection with that store and will get a cut of the profit if you buy anything.
- While bargaining, remember that you can probably find the same item you want in 5 different shops. If you can’t get a good price at one shop, move to the next one.
There are a lot of places to go shopping in Delhi for different items. Here is a list of markets/malls I visited while I was there and what you can find:
- Sarojini Market: Here you will find lots of Indian clothes for SUPER cheap. A lot of the stores have signs that say fixed price. This guarantees that you will not be ripped off as much but there is still some room for bargaining.
- Dilli Haat Market: This is a really neat little market with all types of handicrafts. You pay a 20 rupee fee to enter, but you will not be pestered by beggars and random people walking around selling sunglasses and other items.
- Khan Market: I was told by a friend before I left that this is where you will find rich Indians. This statement is very true. You will also find a lot of imported items. If you are in India, and missing Mac and Cheese, this is the place to go.
- Hauz Khas Village: This is a really neat place to hang out with a lot of little shops and restaurants. If you are a hippy, I think you will like it here. Also around this area is the Hauz Khas Enclave where you will find Firoz Shah Tuglaq’s Tomb. Don’t know who that is? I didn’t either, but it is a really nice area with a pond and some grass. Great place for a Sunday picnic!
- Saket Select City Walk: This area actually consists of three malls all stuck together. If you want to buy American brands or just see a ridiculous mall, you should definitely come here. Ayaka and I spent the afternoon here to avoid the heat. You can fill your water bottle with filtered water in the food court and the bathrooms have toilet paper and hand soap (you will understand the beauty of this once you visit India). To get to the mall, take the metro to Malviya Nagar and hop on a Green Wheels electric rickshaw for 20 rupees.