Where in Delhi do people shop for clothes, home decoration, crockery and kitchen utensils, and jewellery – both costume and real; hand and travel bags? Where do people go to get household goods fixed? Where do they buy lingerie and cosmetics? Where do they buy fruits and vegetables? Where do they get uniforms for children? Where can you find pharmacies and beauty parlours in the hustle-bustle of things? Lajpat Nagar Central Market – this is no luxury shopping, not by any stretch of imagination. Located in Lajpat Nagar II, it is only for convenience, convenience and more convenience.
Lajpat Nagar is named after the freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, known as Punjab Kesari or Lion of Punjab. It is now divided into four parts. Lajpat Nagar I has car accessories and clothing stores, Lajpat Nagar II has the Central Market, local restaurants and home décor units, Lajpat Nagar III has the TDI Mall which houses the 3Cs Cineplex, and food outlets like Sagar Ratna, Chopsticks Express, McDonalds, The Street Foods of India and The Bakers Street while Lajpat Nagar IV, which houses the Amar Colony has a huge ladies’ suits market with salwar-kameez sets priced from Rs. 200 to Rs.4000 each.
Despite the crowds and chaos that give an impression of disorderliness, the shops themselves are organized theme-wise. You will find clothes in one cluster, kitchenware in one corner, costume jewellery in one lane, puja (prayer) paraphernalia in one pocket, and footwear in shops lined up in a row.
The Lajpat Nagar Shopping Market is known for its fabric shops, Brocade,chanderi, banarsi & silks are all available here. This market is one of the best place to rent bridal lehengas and jewellery.
There is plenty to choose from in terms of bed linen, curtains, table cloth, bath mats, shower curtains and a number of other furnishings that bring warmth to a home. Just land up here and look around to find unique gifts for loved ones, dry fruits, tailors who will alter, stitch and dye clothes, stationery for the kids and so on. Unless there is a fixed price sign prominently displayed in the shop, you should surelly bargain for better prices and deals everywhere.
There is a rich variety of cheaply priced curios sold on the streets as well. For instance, old and used wine and perfume bottles in the most interesting colors and shapes; ceramic pots and urns; plastic flowers and beaded curtains… it is purchase of such things in an unplanned, impulsive shopping spree that can either brighten up your day or fill your shopping bags with clutter. So be alert and use your discretion.
Keep your eyes peeled for Giani’s Ice Creams, Indian–Chinese eateries, Tibetan momos, street-side vending of Ram Laddus (green gram deep fried critters) with green chutney, golgappas (savoury water-balls) and chuski/gola (crushed ice/slush flavoured with thick syrups), while kala-khatta, made from jamun fruit is a local favorite.
Lajpat Nagar Market is a fairly cheap place to go shopping in Delhi.
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