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Want best shopping experience in Delhi ? Read this

Information on great shopping deals, what to buy , where to shop in tourist friendly shopping local areas in Delhi for travelers exploring golden triangle tour covering Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Delhi , Agra and Jaipur is the most popular itinerary in India both with the Indians and the foreigners , this travel circuit offers variety of travel experiences such as history , art , culture , food and shopping,Golden triangle tour package organized by Swan Tours offers free time to the tourists for exploring the city on their own , Swan Tours also offers shopping tips to travelers when they are visiting Delhi ,Jaipur and Agra .Below are the main areas in Delhi for shopping :

Central Delhi

Connaught Place was built as the commercial centre of Lutyen's new city. Nowadays it is full of restaurants, Western sports shops and places trying to lure in tourists. It is probably best to avoid shopping here as the prices are over-inflated, although the bookshops are worth having a browse through. Also avoid the tourist traps in the underground Palika Bazaar. Connaught Place does have a useful 24.hour branch of ANA Grindlays with an ATM (10 E-Block).

The Tibetan Market at the top of Janpath has stalls selling Tibetan curios. Opposite, at Jawahar Vyapur Bhavan, Janpath, is the huge government-run Central Cottage Industries Emporium(10am-7pm  Mon-Sat). The fixed prices and wide variety of goods, spread over 6 floors, make it a good place to start looking. It is a particularly good place to buy fabrics. Also on Janpath is the Survey of India Map Sales Office (2A Janpath Barracks), where you can pick up large-scale maps (NB. any maps over 1:250,000 may not be exported. However, they may be used while you are in the country). Another good place for maps is International Publications (40 Hanuman Lane, Connaught Place).

Baba Kharak Singh Marg, near Connaught Place, is where all State Emporia are found (and the very popular government Coffee Home). A major refurbishment is planned which will include pedestrianisation.

#Old Delhi

Between Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar are the bazaars of Old Delhi. Ghantewale on Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and best sweet shops in Delhi. Running south off Chandni Chowk, just past the Jain Mandir, is Dariba Kalan, the Jeweller's street, famous for its gold but now mostly selling silver. Katra Neel, west of the town hall on Chandni Chowk, is a warren of small shops selling fabrics, particularly silk, by the metre. Check the purity of the silk by burning a strand or two. If the fibres burn away to ash that just crumbles in your fingers then it is pure silk, if there is a residue then the fabric is wholly or partly synthetic.

Nal Sarak, which runs between Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar has bookshops, mostly of educational publications. By the Jama Masjid is the extraordinary spare car-parts bazaar.

#South Delhi

The latest shopping sensation in South Delhi is the swish, air-conditioned Ansal Plaza, on Khel Gaon Marg. A good place to visit to see how the other 5 percent live, it has the Shoppers Stop department store, a branch of Music World with a great range of CDs and a branch of Archies, the Indian gift-shop chain.

The Hauz Khas Village Complex has numerous designer boutiques selling shalwar and lehengas. Try the shop of Nasreen Qureshi (26 Hauz Khas Village) a Pakistani designer from Lahore, now living in Delhi. Neelam Jolly's (12 Hauz Khas Village) has elegant and understated clothes. Expressionist Designs (1A Hauz Khas Village) stock the clothes of Delhi designer Jaspreet, and are soon to expand into interior design. For a large stock, fast turnover (due to a sale or return policy) ensuring clothes are up-to-date, and the work of several Delhi designers go to Marwari's (15 Hauz Khas Village) Next to Marwari's at no. 14 is The Village Gallery which showcases Indian artists working in a variety of media. Exhibitions change every month and back-stock may be viewed on the first floor.

Diplomatic Area

Near this area there is a chic shopping complex called Santushti, run by the Airforce Wives Association. There are branches of the Jaipur-based designers' shop Anokhi, and of Padakkam, which sells fabrics and accessories from South India. Mostly Keralan. Although very popular, the Prime Minister’s office want the complex closed down as it is said to endanger security. South of this and next to Chanakya Cinema. Yashwant Singh Place has several shops selling leather and fur items. Sarojinl Nagar Market. nearby, is another "colony' market selling many goods including vegetables, household items, export surplus clothes and shoes. Khan Market has good bookshops - try the Times Book Gallery - and is a good place to pick up groceries. It also has a branch of Anokhi, an outlet for the Boutique range of ayurvedic skin-care products, and Padakkam, with a pleasant balcony where you can drink coffee.

Other "colony" markets worth visiting are South Extension. Defence ColonyPsychology Articles, Greater Kailash (N and M Block Market). and Lajput Nagar Central Market.

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