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Urgent - need names of non-touristy shops in Delhi

Dec 31st, 2005, 01:23 AM
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Urgent - need names of non-touristy shops in Delhi

We are coming to the close of a great trip in India (trip report to follow when we get back). We have not done much shopping along the way given other priorities and the fact that many of the shops in Rajasthan have just seemed very touristy. We have one day in Delhi before we fly home and have decided to make it our shopping day. We would be so grateful for recommendations of great shops to put on our list for that day.

In particular, we are looking for shops that sell high quality Indian textiles and other handicrafts, clothing, and household decorative items. We'll have a driver, so "out of the way places" should be possible if getting out of the center is a good idea. (We were not impressed with the Cottage Industries shop).

Thanks a million in advance for any suggestions to round out our trip!!
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Dec 31st, 2005, 03:39 AM
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In the event you do not get a response in time, here is a tip: ask the concierge at one of the 5-star hotels such as Oberoi, Imperial etc for a recommendation.

Also do a search in this forum on hobbes and Cicerone - both have given extensive suggestions in the recent past for shopping in N. Delhi.
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Dec 31st, 2005, 09:16 AM
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The quality of the stuff at Cottage Industries varies widely but there are some finds if you look carefully. We saw more Indians there than tourists, by the way.

The gift shop at the crafts museum has some high quality items. When we visited, there were also artisans on the grounds behind the museum selling handicrafts and artwork, some of high quality. The museum itself is not that great - thus not many tourists there.

The Santushti complex has a number of stores that might interest you, particularly for women's clothing. This is a very non-touristy, pleasant place to shop - it is an enclosed plaza so there are no hassles either.

You might also want to wander around Haus Kauz village - there are a number of interesting stores there and very few tourists.

Your driver should know where these places are. The crafts museum is in the central area while Santushti is farther south. Haus Kauz village is even farther south.
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Dec 31st, 2005, 10:24 AM
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In addition to the ones above, Greater Kalish Market has FabIndia and some other nice places with household stuff.

I also found the Cottage Industries to be a good shopping stop. The stock carried varies widely from visit to visit, but it is all correctly labelled, and the prices on many items are much better than we could negotiate even in the locales where made.
There is another set of state emporiums on one of the spoke roads about 2 or 3 roads west of Janpath. Those have a lot of interesting stuff as well, and some of it is more arts than crafts. There is a whole string of shops on the west side of the streeet with state names. I'll look for the names of some of them off my receipts later if I have a chance.
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Dec 31st, 2005, 11:17 AM
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For perfume, handmade soap, bottles, and incense, try Gulab Singh Johrimal at 1587 Dariba-Kalan in the Chandni Chowk Market.
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Jan 1st, 2006, 12:19 AM
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Don't know if this is too late for you. Go to Khan Market - few shops there - Neemrana Shop for home stuff, Anokhi for clothes and linen (there is an Anokhi in Santushti too which is much smaller so the one in Khan Market is a good stop). From there go to Sanstushti specifically to the first shop which has handicrafts, Tulsi for textiles including antique pieces. After that go to FabIndia in Greater Kailash I is a great store - different shops for clothes - mens, womens, kids, home stuff, linen. My favourite Delhi shops you can do last after FabIndia then go back to your hotel as they are a bit out of the way - Ravissant in Friends Colony, www.cest-ravissant.com and House of Ishatvam on Mathura Road.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:57 AM
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Many thanks to all of you for the great shopping tips. We had a car/driver and criss-crossed Delhi in about 6 hours. Hit many of the areas suggested (though unfortunately some shopping areas were closed on a Monday). It was a great day -- got to see parts of Delhi that we would not have otherwise seen, and found some nice things to bring home. Best of all, we shopped with Indians in each place -- so nice to be with locals rather than other tourists! Our thanks again for all the help!
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