The first on the list of top 10 places to visit and shop in Delhi has to be Connaught Place. It is a historic structure, a shopper’s paradise, a foodie’s delight, a culture center, with hundreds of bars and a huge Indian tricolor flag hoisted at the central park. The truth is, Connaught Place, or CP as it is universally known, offers many unique sites to visit like Jantar Mantar, Khadi Shop, Janpath Bazaar, Palika Bazaar, etc many nice experiences all rolled into one.
Khan Market is one of the best markets in New Delhi. One of the more expensive shopping hoods in Delhi, Khan Market has some of the best shopping and eating options in the city. Khan Chacha, The Big Chill, Side Wok, Ritu Kumar, Anokhi, plus hundred of excellent shops present for a local as well as global shopper.
The Lotus temple has 27 marble petals that form a lotus shape. There are nine openings to the temple depicting the nine anatomical openings of a human body. it’s built by people of Baha I Faith, a concept that includes all religions of the world as one. A person of any religion or creed can visit the temple and take part in the rituals. No religious script is allowed inside the temple. No lectures, sermons or spiritual meetings are allowed inside the temple. Musical prayers are conducted in a huge hall where people sit, meditate and get peace of mind. The hall strictly disallows any distraction like a mobile phone, talking loudly or any activity that can be unpleasant for the pin-drop silence inside the temple.
The temple has no statues of any worship form. There is no altar or platform inside the temple. The temple can hold more than 2,400 people at the same time. The surface of the temple is made of white marble imported from Greece.
Nehru Place is a sprawling shopping arcade one of the biggest computer markets in the world. The place is well connected by a metro network. The famous Lotus Temple and ISKON temple just within walking distance from here. It is the top market for computers and computer parts. You can also get cheap CDs for computer games, movies, and software. A lot of street food available and Paneer Rice is very famous many come here to eat it.
Karol Bagh lies in west Delhi a place well connected by Blue Line Metro it is one of the oldest and bustling market famous for wedding shopping. Its a complete deal from high-end Lehengas for bridal wear to bridegroom Sherwanis, Shoes, Indian ethnic wear to Western wear, Normal daily wear clothing, Toys, Gifts, Mobile Shopping, Watches and almost all kind of daily usage products you will find here. But most important is haggling ! if you know this art then you will find the best deals here. 50% is the rule of the game. Delhi is famous for its wholesale markets and Karol Bagh is a fine example of it. Usually, when you go to a market you find an only limited category of items but that’s not the case with Karol Bagh.
Step into an alien world! This market can give you a shock (pleasant or unpleasant) but it will give you life long memories. Located in the Old Delhi it’s also well connected by Metro Line. A saying is ” it has everything selling except the airplane”! Narrow lanes, wholesale markets, street food, book shops, Indian ethnic wear shops are in hundreds. Name a thing you want to buy there is a 99% chance you will get here. Visit our detailed blog on Chandni Chowk.
Hauz Khas Village lies in South Delhi and it’s a must-visit if you are interested in Indian Shopping. It is comprised of old houses converted into air-conditioned cafes, bars, boutiques, book stores, handicraft stores, and antiques. Famous fashion designer Bina Ramani was the first one to have set up a shop here in the 1980s later joined in by a host of known unknown designers which has made this a happening place. It has many good cool bars and has a great nightlife as well. Best place for elite and global shoppers to hang out.
Hauz Khas Village (the royal water-tank) was famously called the national capital of ethnic chic by New York Times correspondent, Barbara Crossette. The mud-plastered shopping kiosks have a 13th- century water-tank, a mosque, a tomb and an Islamic seminary for the backdrop.
DLF CyberHub ‘CyberHub is a unique, one-of-its-kind concept in India – A premium socializing zone that has offices, bars, food & entertainment, shopping almost anything one can think of for spending quality time. India is a land of paradoxes while Chandni Chowk will take you a hundred years back this is just opposite ultra-modern high class, clean place to be in. However, it is the ambiance that makes CyberHub an unparalleled experience and an ideal destination for spending time, media launches, displays, lifestyle shoots, TV programmers. CyberHub is strategically located on the main artery that connects Gurgaon to Delhi, National Highway 8. It is surrounded by areas teeming with the young and the affluent, searching for new experiences. Uniquely designed Spaces, World-class design and structural ambiance with rooftop terrace, amphitheater, exhibit area, and media room allow for stimulating entertainment options.’
This is one that will find a place in any top 10 places to visit in Delhi’s article. Akshardham’ means the divine abode of God. This temple lies in the East part of Delhi well connected by Metro. Swaminarayan Akshardham at New Delhi is a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to peace, devotion, learning, and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture. The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830), the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism.
The last in the top 10 places to visit and shop in Delhi is the famous Qutab Minar. Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. It lies in South Delhi well connected by Delhi Metro. The Qutub Minar is a 73-meter high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. It was built in celebration of the fall of the last Hindu empire. The tower has five distinct stories, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate.
Writer: Ajay Singh Makhloga, founder of myway2india.com