It’s a Mecca for mehndi-lovers. More than a dozen mehndiwallas sit in this area. A traditional mehndi costs Rs 25 (for a small design) and the price goes up, depending on the intricacy of the pattern. Bridal mehndi starts at Rs 1,100 and goes up till Rs 11,000. “The patterns for bridal mehndi need a lot of detailing — it involves a doli, a bridegroom and a bride, and other aspects of a wedding,” says Akbar mehndiwalla. The mehndi artists of this area have started making permanent tattoo; the rate starts at Rs 700, but we are not sure about the hygiene.
Where: Hanuman Mandir, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Rajeev Chowk
The mehndiwallas here take pride in calling themselves ‘mehndi designers’. “We are no less than any artist,” says Ramesh, one of the mehendiwallas in the market. Regardless of the season, the mehndi designers are always crowded by customers, mostly college-goers. A basic mehndi design on a single hand costs Rs 25 and goes up till Rs 1,500. They also specialise in Arabic mehndi with glitters and sequins. It starts at Rs 100 for one hand. Bridal mehndi design here costs anything above Rs 1,500 . They also offer special packages for sangeet ceremonies and other parties.
Where: Veer Savarkar Marg, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar 2 Nearest Metro station: Lajpat Nagar
Mehndiwallas in this place are crowded throughout the year. Shama mehndi and Iqbal choori walla stalls are quite popular. For a basic design the price is Rs 25. “We add different colours to the pattern, if girls demand, and the price of this is much higher,” says Shama. Kundan mehndi, a design that has colourful crystals and studs, is a very popular design done here.
Where: Dilli Haat, near INA market
Nearest Metro station: INA market
Foreigners throng the wayside mehndi artists, who sit near Shelton Hotel at the main bazaar in Paharganj. Mehndi design for one hand costs Rs 50. The prices here are escalated, since it is a popular haunt for foreigners. Indian customers can haggle and bring down the price. Bridal mehndi here starts at Rs 1,100. Many mehndiwallas here provide the facility of body piercing, though the hygiene standards are not great. You can also buy mehndi-filled cones from here.
Where: Main Bazar, Paharganj
Nearest Metro station: New Delhi Railway Station
This is one of the most popular places for getting your mehndi done. There are more than 20 mehndi artists in this area. While a regular mehndi for a single hand costs Rs 25, the rates go up as high as Rs 1,000. Bridal mehndi starts at Rs 1,500 for both the hands and it can go as high as Rs 21,000, depending on the detailing of the pattern. The artists offer around four to five kinds of mehndi — Arabic, Rajasthani, Marwari, etc. However, the specialty of the place is colour mehndi. The artist matches the colour of the mehndi with that of your clothes. The price of colour mehndi starts at Rs 500 for both the hands.
Mehndi-filled cones are also sold over here.
Where: Anand Plaza Complex, Lal Quarter, Krishna Nagar
Nearest Metro station: Preet Vihar