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Shopping in Delhi

Shopping in Delhi is fun. Be prepared to haggle and remember that everything, apart from goods stocked in government-run shops, is open to negotiation.

Key areas

One of Delhi's most upmarket shopping areas is Khan Market. Expect international brands from Reebok and Adidas to alluring ethnic stores. Among the best are Amrapali, a jewellery emporium, and Anokhi, specialising in hand-printed fabrics and modern ethnic wear. Located in south Delhi, Hauz Khas Village has upmarket furniture, antiques and art shops, along with hip boutiques. The government-run Central Cottage Industries Emporium, on Janpath is well stocked with a wide assortment of handicrafts, textiles and jewellery. The State Emporiums on Baba Kharak Singh Marg showcase products from all over India. And the outer circle of Connaught Place features rows upon rows of restaurants and shops.

Markets

The bazaars that surround Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi offer a colourful, heaving and chaotic slice of Delhi life. This is the Old Town's famed shopping strip leading off to a labyrinthine maze of shops selling everything from fish and poultry to second-hand household products, gemstones, turbans, textiles and even spare car parts. Main Bazaar at Paharganj is the place to pick up cheap t-shirts and more. The covered Gadodial Market is the wholesale spice market, a riot of colour and smells, while Chawri Bazaar is packed with shops specialising in wholesale paper ware as well as copper and brass figurines.

Shopping centres

Select Citywalk is a sprawling behemoth in Sakhet stocking everything from clothes to homeware. Landscaped exteriors, a cinema, restaurants, bars and cafés offer additional distractions. Other shopping malls in Delhi include Ansal Plaza near the South Extension and Metro Walk Mall, which features an amusement park.

Opening hours

Most shops in Delhi tend to open around 1000 and close between 1800 and 1900. Some shops close on Sunday.

Souvenirs

While nearby cities are known for their handicrafts (Agra for marble, Jaipur for jewels), Delhi’s shopping is somewhat less focused on locally-made goods but it is still a paradise for shoppers. You can find artisan crafts from all over India – sarees, jewellery, khadi (homespun cotton) and home goods – in Delhi’s many markets and shops. Also look out for gemstones, carpets, antique furniture, handicrafts, fabrics and spices.

Tax information

VAT is charged at a standard rate of 12.5% in India – officially. However, in practice, it's only likely that you'll pay this, except in the more expensive shops, hotels and restaurants.

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Ginger Delhi (Rail Yatri Niwas)

The location may not be the most salubrious but this hotel, the Taj Group's 'Smart Basic' hotel, is excellent for those counting their Rupees. Rooms are simple, clean and well equipped with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and smart ensuite bathrooms. There's a 24-hour restaurant on site, or you can get orders delivered from local eateries. The Delhi hotel also features a meeting room, gym, on-site ATM and has a laundry facility.

Optus Sarovar Premiere

In the heart of the Gurgaon commercial district to the southwest of New Delhi, this is a business hotel with a difference, in that it has a genuinely Indian character to its modern and comfortable facilities. It's not a bad place for relaxation either, with its rooftop swimming pool, lobby lounge bar and up-to-the-minute gym facilities. The hotel has 80 rooms, all equipped with the latest TVs and other technology, and also offers a choice of meeting/conference rooms. Central Delhi is connected to Gurgaon by metro link.

Hotel Marble Arch

A new property conveniently located at Karol Bagh – 10 minutes by metro from Connaught Place, and little further from the New Delhi railway station, this is a comfortable and friendly place to base yourself for a short stay in Delhi. The accommodation floors surround an open-air courtyard restaurant area. Wi-Fi access is available, and the hotel will arrange collection and drop-off at both the airport and main railway stations if arranged in advance.

The Lodhi

Formerly the Aman New Delhi Hotel, The Lodhi is an contemporary, upmarket resort featuring exquisite Indian decor such as hand-made rugs and jaali screens. It offers 40 rooms, with balconies offering city, courtyard or garden views, deep bathtubs, a spa, tennis courts, 50m-long (140ft) pool, restaurants and even a library and a cigar lounge.

The Imperial New Delhi

Built in 1931, this contemporary colonial hotel was a favourite haunt of Nehru, Mountbatten and other luminaries. It continues to welcome many dignitaries and affluent Delhiites who drop by for Sunday brunch (one of the best in Delhi). There are 233 beautifully appointed rooms and 43 suites. Additional amenities include a swimming pool, beauty centre, shopping precinct and a selection of superlative restaurants and bars.

The Oberoi New Delhi

An elegant and modern hotel, The Oberoi occupies a peaceful position overlooking New Delhi's principal golf course and the historic Humayun's Tomb. Ideal for business travellers and well-heeled tourists, it offers a state-of-the-art business centre, spa, swimming pool and gym. Fine dining options are plentiful and include the excellent Italian restaurant Travertino and the popular Threesixty, which is also the setting for The Oberoi's indulgent breakfasts.