Shopping in Delhi
Sadar Bazaar is located at the western side of Khari Baoli market and is known as the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi. Like the other markets in Old Delhi, this market place is perpetually crowded owing to the massive volumes that are traded here on a daily basic and hence it is always alive and buzzing with brisk activity. Besides being a wholesale market, it also caters to the occasional retail shoppers looking for a smaller portion of products to buy.
Sadar Bazaar was initially established in Delhi as a small covered market area to cater to the daily needs and necessities of the local residents living in the neighbouring and nearby areas. As time went by, this market place expanded exponentially both in space and the number of goods and items retailed here. Today, this market place is seen divided into various sub markets such as Pratap Market, Swadeshi Market and Timber Market. The commercial property rates are extremely high due to its fame and preference hence, most of the shops seen here are old shops that were owned by the ancestors of the current shopkeepers.
Sadar Bazaar homes shops that retail several other items such as toys, imitation jewellery and stationary products and many others that are retailed at lower prices that is offered at a higher price in any other shopping mall in Delhi. A must visit is just before the famous festival of lights called ‘Diwali’ wherein this market place transforms into a main supply source for crackers and electric light products. Crackers are retailed at economical prices every year before this festival. Price Negotiations and Bargain is not an option here while buying crackers as it is extremely crowded and leaves no space for any conversation with the shop keepers. The street stalls lined along the pathway also refuses any price bargains during this period. Unique Sky rockets are retailed here at a very high price of Rs. 8,500.00 which is negotiable to a certain extent.
Sadar Bazaar also homes several restaurants and food outlets that serve a variety of authentic Indian food, delicacies and all types of sweets. Narrow lanes are lined with several food stalls that serve snacks and also a number of small shops that retails Chinese products, shoes, garments and leather items, electronic and consumer goods and many more.
Sadar Bazaar market remains open from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days except on Sundays. The market can be reached via road by public transport such as DTC Buses, Auto Rickshaws and Taxi Cabs that can be hired from any corner of Delhi. One can also use the Delhi Metro facility and de-board at Chandni Chowk and then hire a cycle rickshaw to arrive at this market place. The Old Delhi Railway Station is also situated very close to this market area.