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Painting the town red

We bring to you the best bargains in Holi goodies available at various markets in the Capital.

entertainment Updated: Mar 18, 2011 00:31 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

It’s time to paint the town red, yet again, quite literally! After all, Holi is here — the grand festival of colours! From pichkaris (water guns), to gulal (pink dry colour) and sweets, the city markets are abuzz with cheerful buyers and enthused shopkeepers.

The biggest wholesale market in the Capital, old Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar, is stacked up with Holi goodies. Buyers are braving the hustle and bustle of this crowded market to fill up their bags with Holi products.

“We start getting customers weeks before the festival begins. We employ extra staff to help us during peak hours,” says Manish of Shyam Rakhi Bhandar in Sadar Bazaar.

Other markets in the city are also flooded with customers. “After UP, Holi is celebrated in Delhi in a grand way. Gulaal and green colours are the best-sellers,” says Jhaengi Laal of Navshakti Store in Paharganj’s Nehru Bazaar.

Another hit this year are the colourful Nehru caps. “They add a traditional Mathura touch,” says Prakash Kurar, a vendor in Sadar Bazaar. The caps, available at R15, are a big hit amongst everyone.

We bring to you some Holi products available at various markets across the city. So, just pick up the pichkari and stuff your pockets with gulal and get going. Holi hai!

Your rate card for Holi goodies
Musical water gun Rs350
Flute water gun Rs150
Five nozzle pichkari Rs450 Dry colours Rs20
Water bombs Rs10
Colour capsules Rs1 each
Holi Milan caps Rs15
Spray colour cans Rs75