Delhi has always been a favourite destination of shoppers from all over the world; and Diwali is the time when the city becomes a mecca for shoppers. From swanky malls to lively markets, all come abuzz with colour and excitement, and turn into a glitzy delight during the time of the festival.
Here we’ve compiled the list of five happening markets in Delhi you must explore to get the true feel of festivity and make the most of it:
Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
There is no denying that Chandni Chowk is a very famous and one of the oldest markets in Delhi offering full medieval bazaar experience. Already colourful and lively, the market turns all the more happening and crowded during the time of festivals, especially Diwali month. You should not miss to discover this chaotic shopping street that is lined by hawkers and porters with narrow lanes, and filled with beautiful candles, clay pots, clay lamps and fairy lights all throughout the festive month. Besides, the place is world-renowned for its food scene with its olden restaurants and sweet shops that are crowded with tourists and locals all year round.
Paharganj Market, Delhi
Located just right opposite New Delhi Railway Station, Paharganj is a hidden shopping treasure trove in Delhi renowned for its leather products and cheap silver ornaments. It is one street market in the city which is not so popular but is no less than the famous street markets here. If you happen to visit the market during the time of Diwali, you will get to spot vendors selling intricately-designed diyas, earthen pots, beautiful pieces of lamps and fragrant candles. Those who head out on a shopping spree in the city during Diwali must spare some time to explore this vibrant market.
Tibetan Market, New Delhi
Comprising of a strip of road just before entering the main market of Janpath, Tibetan Market is an ideal place to grab affordable and authentic Tibetan home decor products. Diwali is time when the market is flooded with a wonderful array of earthen diyas, designer lamps, beautiful lights and various other decorative items. Here you can also get your hands on some bohemian clothes, jute bags and artificial jewellery such as earrings, rings, bracelets, anklets and more.
Dilli Haat, New Delhi
Quite popular among locals as well as tourists, Dilli Haat in INA is one happening place to explore in the city. It is just perfect to buy a wide range of handicraft products from different states. While this market is lively all throughout the year, it gets quite colourful and quirky during the festival time, especially Diwali month. You can spend an ideal day here shopping for colourful lamps, a stunning range of beautiful diyas and candles, and various other home decor items. It is a beautiful hub of artists and you would love to spot an assortment of original designs here.
Dariba Kalan, Old Delhi
Dariba Kalan is a 17th century market lane located in Chandni Chowk, close to the old Jama Masjid. The market is popular for comprising a number of silver jewellery shops; some of them are more than 100 years old. It comes alive during the time of Diwali and Dhanteras, and is over crowded with people that visit here to buy silver coins and ornaments. Besides, there are several famous eating lanes close to the market including the Paranthewali Gali and the Old Famous Jalebi Wala foodies cannot afford to miss here.