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Book a card, old Delhi style

If there’s a wedding coming up in your family and you want the best wedding cards that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, then head to Chawri Bazar in old Delhi.

india Updated: May 08, 2011 02:10 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

If there’s a wedding coming up in your family and you want the best wedding cards that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, then head to Chawri Bazar in old Delhi. The market located near Jama Masjid, is a specialised paper market; it is known for wedding card shops and of course, street food. Exit from Gate no 3 of Chawri Bazar Metro station and you can walk straight into the market.

Foodie’s haven
If you don’t eat in old Delhi, then you will definitely miss something. On the left of Gate 3 is Ashok Chaat Corner at the Hauz Quazi Chowk. The 60-year-old shop has a variety of chaat. When here, try the gol gappa (R10 for 5 pieces) and papdi chaat with gujiya for Rs 30.

For a full-course meal, head to Sai Foods. A veg thali will cost you R40. Don’t forget to sample the Kulliya chaat (a fruit or vegetable stuffed with a filling) — a very popular item in this market. Available at Heera Lal Chaat Corner, try their potato kulliya for Rs 30.

Namkeen lovers can visit the Gujarati Namkeen Bhandar. Over 20 varieties of namkeen are available in this 51-year-old shop, priced at Rs 180 per kg. Try their fafda, priced at Rs 100 a kg.

If you have a sweet tooth, try rabri faluda, available at Rs 30.

Shopping time
The Hauz Quazi road has shops that sell brass and metal utensils; some shops also sell hardware items.

Visit Gali Charkhewalan for a huge variety of card designs, diaries and more. We recommend Jyoti Cards for their variety in card and Prince Card and Art Products for musical cards.

If you keep walking ahead, you will reach Nai Sadak. Known for selling and buying second-hand books, the entire lane is lined up with bookshops. You can find second hand reference books and guides in good condition. Buy stationery items here at less than half the original price.

A slice of history
Here, we spotted 75-year-old Nooruddin, a rafoo expert. Sitting on a stool outside a masjid for over 40 years now, his art of sewing made old torn clothes look nothing less than new. “I am the fourth generation rafoo expert here,” he says, while showing us a sample of his work.