Manisha Kapoor, a housewife who belongs to a well-to-do family from South Delhi, ensures that she visits Chandni Chowk at least three to four times before Diwali every year to shop. "Forget the expensive stuff available at malls and Diwali fetes, Chandni Chowk offers the same at half the price."
Chandni Chowk is the ideal spot for those looking for variety and good rates in Diwali gifts. While a gold-plated idol of Lord Krishna costs Rs 2500 at Delhi Jewellers in Dariba Kalan, a similar souvenir at a showroom would cost anything between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000. A Lakshmi-Ganesh idol in pure silver costs as low as Rs 500 and goes up to thousands.
Further down the road at Kinari Bazaar, one may even get a better deal. Door hangings and torans start at Rs 25 and the fancier ones cost as much as Rs 200. Attractive stickers in the shape of Goddess Lakshmi's charan paduka (feet) at Dariba, starts from Rs 20 a pair.
A walk into the gallis of Jama Masjid will give you the best deals in fireworks. A packet of chakri, for instance, is priced at Rs 30. It's a steal, grab it before it flies off the shelves.