This market is perfect for anyone looking for great bargains. In Karol Bagh, you’ll get everything under the sun at affordable prices. But before you grab your shopping basket, just remember that there are myriad lanes in this market and getting lost in these identical bylanes is quite possible. Crawl the market for a whole day without a shopping list. You never know what you may stumble upon!
This is the best time to visit this market. Get down at Karol Bagh Metro station. Since the lanes would be less crowded at this hour, we suggest you take a stroll at Ajmal Khan Road. Have breakfast at Anjlika Pastry Shop. Try the vegetable grilled sandwich for R45 with a glass of cold coffee with ice cream for R50. Next, visit Mohan Lal Sons, the only bookstore in the market and check out their collection of books.
Walk further to reach shops that sell salwar kameez, lehenga and saris. From popular stores, such as Vasari, CTC Plaza and Frontier Bazaar to the regular ones, the market is lined up with sari shops that cater to all.
The market is popular for one more thing – lingerie. You would see shy, young would-be brides flocking lingerie shops with mothers in tow. From the roadside kiosks to flashy stores, there is a wide range of designer lingerie. We suggest you visit Ishwar Das, Kesho Das and Sons if you are planning to buy nightwear. As you walk through the market, look out for the roadside vendors selling colourful belts, towels, lycra leggings, hairclips, bangles, denims and T-shirts.
For a filling lunch, visit Roshan di Kulfi. This eatery has been around for more than 50 years, and is very popular in this area. Always
choc-a-bloc with shoppers, you will have to wait for a while before that steaming chhole bhature, paneer pakora, aloo tikki and shahi raj kachori arrives at your table. We suggest you try their chhole bhature for Rs 60 and kulfi - the dessert, for which the shop is known for. We recommend special Kulfi faluda kesar badam pista for Rs 60.
After the heavy lunch, walk to Gaffar Market, where you can buy ‘phoren’ goods at half their price. Here, there’s one word that sells – imported. From second-hand mobile phones and other gadgets, to branded perfumes, deodorants, garments, mobile phone accessories to crockery, the market has everything that you could ask for. But never ask for authenticity of any of these products.
At Crockery Centre in the Beedan Pura area, you could opt for their printed mugs, priced at Rs 300 for a pack six. The entire line of crockery shops here also sell plastic cutlery, dinner sets and electronic appliances.
Dine at Bikanerwala. Try their tandoori platter for Rs 120. The food here would surely make you feel that it was day well-spent.
Tips to survive in Karol Bagh
Bargaining is the mantra here. Street hawkers may quote three times the original price
Try keeping your vehicle at home, as parking here is a menace
On weekends, the market is over-crowded. So avoid it during these days
Beware of pick-pockets
Carry a water bottle to beat the heat
Nearest Metro station: Karol Bagh