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The bangle-sellers

The bangle market in Central Delhi becomes a hotspot for the Capital’s women during Navratri.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 11, 2011 01:43 IST
Namya Sinha

One of the oldest markets in the city, this bangle market in Central Delhi is crowded with women of all ages these days. Located in the Hanuman Mandir complex at Baba Khadak Singh Marg, the market is busy due to the ongoing Navratra festival. Women are thronging the market to buy matching bangles for themselves and glass bangles to gift it to little girls on the Ashtami puja.

The market is believed to be 300-years-old and remains the favourite place for bangle shopping. From traditional glass bangles to the metallic ones, the market has it all.

“We get bangles from all around the country. Glass bangles come from Firozabad, lac ones from Rajasthan and the metallic ones are made in Delhi,” says Faizaan of Shama Churiwala.

Here, you can get glass bangles at R20 for a dozen; the price of designer ones can go up to Rs 400 for a pair. “Kadas are costly. They cost R300 and above. The stone-studded ones are more expensive. The lac bangles come at Rs 100 (for four pieces),” Faizaan adds.
Shopkeepers here claim that they have VIP and celebrity clientele. “This shop was built at the same time the Hanuman Temple was established. We supplied bangles for the wedding of Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter. Bangles from our shop have gone for Madonna and Miss America too,” says Babu of Babu Churiwala.

The latest variety in the market is metallic bangles. They come in bright colours and are popular with college girls. “Younger women don’t want to wear glass bangles. Metal bangles go with their Western dresses,” says Salman, another shopkeeper in the area.

Getting here
This 300-year old bangle market is located behind the famous Hanuman Mandir on Bangla Sahib Road. There are around 20 bangle shops in the area

Prices range from Rs 10 for a dozen to Rs 300 or more for a pair of bangles. You can haggle, provided you are buying bangles worth Rs 200

Many bangle shops also make special arrangements for weddings and parties
The nearest Metro station is Rajeev Chowk

Other places to get bangles
Where: Ballimaran is known for glass bangles. Here, you get bangles starting at R10 and goes up, depending on the designs. The market is open till late in the night.
How to reach: Nearest Metro
station is in Chandni Chowk. Take a cycle rickshaw from there.
Where: Sadar Bazaar has a lot of variety to offer to bangle-lovers. Besides the traditional glass
bangles, you can also pick metal and wood variety from this market.
How to reach: The nearest Metro station is Chawri Bazaar.
Lajpat Nagar is also popular.