The famous flower market of Delhi
If you are up before dawn, it is worth visiting India’s largest wholesale flower market in Connaught Place, New Delhi. An incredible experience in the early hours of the morning, when Delhi looks unusually serene and quiet, you get a chance to meet the flower traders and cherish the beauty of a large variety of flowers. A temporary market, which starts business at 04:00am every morning, generates revenue of close to $100 million per annum!
If you really want to feel like a Delhi’ite, head straight to Priya Complex in Vasant Vihar, South Delhi. Here, you will feel the pulse of Delhi’s Gen Y! Packed with shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, night clubs and cinemas, Priya Complex has it all! Visit anytime of the day and you’ll find this place loaded with youngsters. For a more central location, head to Khan Market, famous for its cafes, book stores, music shops and exquisite boutiques – a popular hang out zone for Delhi’s elite.
Hang out with Delhi’ites
The cosmopolitan end of Delhi
To see the modern face of New Delhi, try visiting Gurgaon (an extension to Delhi, which falls within the belt of National Capital Region). You cannot miss the extensive use of glass and metal to frame this cosmopolitan end of Delhi, which houses large multi-national offices, high rise expat accommodations, baby-boomers dream homes and of course the latest and largest malls of Delhi. Visit Ambience Mall, the largest mall of the capital city, always packed with shopaholics!
Experience the rustic charm of Old Delhi
To experience the rustic charm of old Delhi, spend some time in the narrow by-lanes ‘galees’ of Chandni Chowk. One of the largest and oldest wholesale trading bazaars of India, here you will find a shop for practically anything and everything! When in Chandani Chowk it is worth taking a rikshaw ride in the congested lanes and seeing the old heritage buildings. Ask for ‘Paranthey wali galee’ i.e. the famous by-lane that houses a century old roadside stand serving the stuffed Indian pancakes (a thick roti called ‘parantha’).
Experience Chor Bazaar
Have you ever shopped at a Thieves Market without being caught? If you haven't, then this is your chance! Visit the ‘Chor Bazaar’ i.e. ‘Theives Market’, a street side flea market near the famous Red Fort in old Delhi, open every Sunday.
Chor Bazaar sells all sorts of things ranging from hardware, kitchen ware, electronics, clothes, bags, belts, fake designer wear etc and for once buying from these thieves will not get cops knocking your door! Even if you don’t wish to shop, it is worth the experience a few photo clicks!