Shopping in Delhi
Since the ancient era to the establishment of the British Empire in Delhi, the city was known for her abundance and richness in wealth. Even during the medieval era that fell between the 12th Century and the 16th Century; this Capital city has been very prosperous despite its frequent political disturbances and plunders. It saw a rapid development and growth as a result of the political and economic policies that were penned down by the various Rulers of their individual dynasties. Delhi was always a preferred choice as the ‘Capital City’ of these Dynasties and hence grew into a major trade and industrial centre that in turn led to the general prosperity of the city.
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During the Delhi Sultanate reign that lasted from the early 13th Century up to the early 16th Century, the economy of Delhi and the various developed towns in the Country greatly flourished which can be credited to the establishment of a significant and well planned currency system based on 'Silver Tankas' and 'Copper Dirhams'. A 14th century Moorish Traveller named ‘Ibn Batuta’ visited India during the Delhi Sultanate era and described the fertile markets of Huge Cities in the Gangetic Plains including Delhi, Gujarat, Malwa and Southern India of which the significant Trading Centres and Industries were places like Delhi, Mumbai [Formerly known as Bombay], Ahmedabad, Lahore and so forth while the Coastal towns in Southern India were also developed into a booming Industrial Centre and major commercial ports.
During the 16th to 18th Century of the Mughal era, India witnessed further urbanisation and saw the establishment of a stable and uniform provincial government which resulted in the most peaceful and secured period of rule during which trade and commerce flourished immensely. This also contributed to the success of foreign trade that sprouted rapidly leading to the development of better market places in major towns and even the villages of India, especially ‘Delhi’ [being the Capital City of the Mughal Empire] wherein Handicraft production increased due to its high demand in foreign countries.
Even today, Delhi is known as the most important trading centre in the entire Northern India Region and numerous towns like ‘Sheikh Sarai’ and ‘Yusuf Sarai’ were named after the ancient medieval trading towns of the Capital City. The only difference seen today is that the ancient market places have been transformed into shopping complexes, wholesale markets and Malls that are dotted around the City.
Tourists enjoy shopping in Delhi due to its affordability and availability. Clothes, accessories, shoes, jewellery, bags, handloom, handicrafts, art works and so forth are available at a very decent and reasonable price as compared to other countries. The City is also famous for hand-woven carpets, precious stones, silverware and silk clothing. Major commercial centres like Connaught Place [Rajiv Chowk], Karol Bagh and Chandni Chowk are considered as the prime shopping zones of Delhi. Visitors who wish to acquire exquisite handicraft items at an affordable price can shop at numerous Emporiums of various Indian States that are fringed along the Baba Kharak Singh Marg. This road is located near the Parliament Street and can be reachable via the Metro and even hired cabs and auto rickshaws.
Every Shopping Hub in Delhi has its own distinct feature and atmosphere that reflects according to the type of commodities that they retail. For instance, the Crafts Museum located on Mathura Road offers a variety of shawls, paintings and pottery for sale and Sunder Nagar that homes numerous antique shops that attract tourists and visitors while the Old Delhi Markets are a must visit because of its ancient past that still reflects in its daily commercial activities. Dariba Kalan is famous for its exquisite jewellery shops and Dilli Haat offers a variety of handicraft and handloom items for sale while Sarojini Nagar and Janpath are famous for their clothing retail shops.
Tourists and Visitors can choose from a variety of items that are retailed by various Markets in Delhi such as Jewellery Sets, earrings, necklaces and rings finished in exquisite Meenakari and the Kundan work, beautifully finished Navratan studded jewellery which has nine precious stones embedded in Gold, a variety of Herati carpets of Afghan origin that are beautifully blended with numerous colours and floral motifs, Bamboo Screens or ‘Chiks’ for your windows and doors, a number of small Jewellery, boxes, chessboards and many small souvenirs made from fine Ivory, Leather items and clothing, Potteries, Junk Jewellery, Clothing finished in fine and exquisite Zari and Zardosi work and so forth.
During Emergencies, Delhi also offers a number of Pharmacies dotted at every corner of the market area and colonies. Pharmacies situated near and within the Hospital premises operate round the clock to assist in your medication purchases. Hence, tourists and visitors can be assured of proper medication and medical facilities that are easily available during your stay in Delhi.
Shopping in Delhi can definitely leave you exhausted for choices and make your travel and vacation filled with an exciting experience especially for shopaholics.