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Desi shopping zone

entertainment Updated: Apr 27, 2011 02:16 IST
Upama Sinha
Upama Sinha
Hindustan Times
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The Capital boasts of numerous markets — the popular and the not-so-popular ones. In our quest to explore Delhi, we take you to Jwala Heri market, located in the western part of the city. Not known to many, this market has everything under the sun. Take a walk with us to find out more.

Shopping time
Only a 10-minute walk away from the Paschim Vihar Metro station, the market is a mélange of showrooms and street shops. From mehndiwallas to florists, variety is the mantra here. The market unlike other places, doesn’t specialise in any one particular item. But this is its USP. As you walk straight, look to your left. These alleys allow only human beings — no sunlight or rickshaws. You can find trendy T-shirts at Rs 100-600, kurtis (Rs 200-3,000), cups (Rs 50-70), gift items (Rs 250-4,000) among many other things. It also stocks jewelleries and lingeries.

If you loathe haggling with shopkeepers, then this is your perfect shopping destination; most of the shops have fixed prices and do not entertain bargaining.

Time for some food
This market is famous for its street food. Lined up with pao bhaji, panipuri, aloo chaat and pakodas, the market is a delight for those who crave spicy street fare. Our pick is Dip Bombay Special’s Bhelpuri (Rs 25).

The 25-year old stall is at the beginning of the street, open all throughout the week from 11am to 11pm. Shoppers also have various drinking options to cool off in this summer heat. Try shikanji at Raju’s Sikanji, located just at the corner of the road. The drink available at Rs 5 and Rs 10, is served in glass and plastic glasses.

However, if you want to have a complete meal, try Govinda’s non-veg thaali (Rs 150) which offers roti, chawal, mutton, chicken and mix vegetable. The eatery is just opposite to Raju’s Sikanji. And if you are a veggie — hop to the adjoining Amritsar Naan Ki Thaali and try their thali, (Rs 50) which includes daal makhani, kadhai paneer and naan. If you have a sweet tooth, treat yourself at Kumar Sweets or Aggarwal Sweets. Don’t expect any surprises here; just indulge in their decade-old sweet variety.

Nearest metro station: Paschim Vihar East on the Green Line

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