Monday, 14 November 2016

Street Shopping Guide: Paharganj

Located near the New Delhi Railway Station, Paharganj is a place not known by many. Those who've never gone there think of it as a place which is very very far. (I happened to be one of those people)
Having heard a lot before about Paharganj's accessories, I decided to finally go explore this intriguing place. Now you have to keep in mind a lot of things if you're going to Paharganj for the first time.
For all the people who've never been there, this post is going to really help you guys out.



HOW TO GET THERE-
Avoid taking your car or going in a cab because the roads are not that wide. Metro is your best option as the market is just walking distance from the metro station. On the plus side, every body is very helpful and will guide you in case you're lost.
Nearest metro station: Ramakrishna Ashram Marg
Get down on gate no. 2 and start walking towards the shops. That is the starting point of Paharganj's main market, called the Main Bazaar.


WHEN THERE-
As all the shops are located at short distances from each other, you'll have to walk. Taking a rickshaw or auto is not an option. Paharganj has a huge variety of jewellery, clothes, juttis and Indian handicrafts so it won't be difficult to find the things you want. Oh, and I also spotted many dream catchers of different sizes and colors in every shop!
Once you've decided what you want, bargain for the item at a reasonable price which will suit both you and the shopkeeper. (bargaining is tough in this market so be careful with the price you quote.) For those who are not used to walking a lot, please keep a bottle of water in your bag and carry a chocolate to keep your sugar up. You'll also be able to easily spot eating joints and departmental stores there.
I took Rs.1500 which included Rs. 200 for travelling and rest for buying only earrings.
I came home pretty pleased as I got 15 pair of earrings, one bracelet and one ring for 1300 bucks!







FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND-
1. Only wear flats when planning to go to Paharganj. You have to walk a lot and uncomfortable footwear just won't do. 
2. Carry only change. Your bargaining will be of no use if the shopkeeper sees the amount of money you're carrying. 
3. Your attire should cover your body to a good extend because Paharganj is very crowded and you won't always find good crowd there. (I went to shop in a suit!)
4. Always, always take a friend along because the market is pretty huge and there are chances you might get bored if alone. After all, what's more fun than twinning with your best friend?
5. Carry a big bag. Your things will be safe and secure if you have a big bag to store them in. Thus reducing the chances of theft. 

This market is a must visit for all the fashion lovers and enthusiasts. (Specially for the girls who fell in love with Anushka Sharma's earrings from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!)

-Shweghna.

1 comment:

  1. I suck at bargaining. So there's no hope for me right?🤔
    Tho a good post.👌🖖

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