Firstly,the covered shopping markets, the precursor to shopping malls, were first introduced by the Mughal rulers. The famous Grand Bazar in Istanbul,Turkey-(Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Market’;) https://www.goturkeytourism.com/things-to-do/grand-covered-bazaar-istanbul-turkey.html, has 4000 shops and is nearly 550 years old.Shopping Malls in Delhi are modern and are on par with the best international shopping malls.
Further,The Red Fort in Delhi ,has a closed market with a few shops for carpets, souvenirs & shawls. Similarly, the Chandni Chowk shopping market in Delhi was initially a covered market.
However, it is only in the last 15 years that India has started to embrace the concept of shopping malls.
Delhi,Mumbai Bangalore Chennai &Kolkata led the way in opening shopping malls. Real Estate developers jumped in to open & operate the malls. The space and premium positioning helped several international brands to come to India & open their stores. The UK Chain stores Marks&Spencers is a houeshold name today. Zara, Mango, H&M, Sephora and all the luxury cosmetic houses such as Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Channel, Lancome have stores in the Delhi malls. The DLF Emporio Mall has all luxury brands, such as Gucci, Todds, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani & many others. However, the Select City Mall and the adjacent DLF Mall are by far the most popular shopping malls in Delhi
The Ambience Mall in Gurgaon is the largest & is the most popular in Gurgaon. They have several international brands, as well as theaters and entertainment zones for children. The MGF Mall & the MGF Metropolitan Mall & other smaller malls are also very popular with Gurgaon residents. The availability of space in Gurgaon made it convenient to build malls there .In addition, there is young and working population in Gurgaon.
The GIP Mall in Noida is again a very popular Shopping mall and the best of international brands are available here.
a) Clean environment
b)International & domestic brands,
C) Large Departmental Stores,
d) Food Court with multiple cuisine options as well as fine dining options.
e) Entertainment zones for children
f) Movie theaters for adults & children.