One of the oldest markets in Delhi, Karol
Bagh market provides a perfect shopping centre. With its tumultuous history,
having roots in partition, the market has evolved considerably with time and
consumer taste. It begins barely few steps away from Karol Bagh metro station. The
market has several stores selling varieties of saree, lehenga, suits, footwear
and accessories spread over a web of confusing lanes.

So
what’s in store for you at Karol Bagh?

Ethnic
Garment Shopping

Here
are the three words for the shopaholics- Ajmal Khan Road. This is one place
where you can buy any type of garments: ethnic and western; bridal and casual. Ajmal
Khan Road is full of local and even international brands selling clothing items
at different rates.

-Women’s wear

Meena
Bazaar, Kamal Bhai Saree Sangam, Sabhyata and many more at this road offer a
wide range of women’s wear- bridal sarees and lehengas, salwar suits, with
range starting roughly from Rs. 1000. These stores are well organised and
ventilated, if not fully air-conditioned. Shopping there at festive and wedding
seasons is highly recommended as the variety of ensembles will leave you spell
bound. The print, fabric, embroidery work are always appreciated.

-Men’s ethnic
wear

Sahib
ji, Sabhyata, Groom House, Manyawar, Gopalsons, Choice Man are some of the
stores where you can shop for sherwanis and other men’s outfits like kurtas.
The costs of sherwani roughly go around Rs. 5000- 70,000. They offer nicely
stacked, well organised garments for sail in varying fabrics and designs to cater
the taste of differing customers.

Ethnic
jewellery shopping

Our ethnic garments shopping remains
incomplete without purchasing matching jewellery. You can buy them at several
stores mainly on Bank Street, and a
few scattered along Ajmal Khan Road and Gurudwara road. The exquisite metal
jewelleries have even earned it another name ‘Silver Street’. Purchase most
intricately designed jewelleries from Popular Jeweller Mart, P C Jeweller,
Maharani Jewellers and other reputed stores.

Footwear

With changing trends, ethnic footwear is
also changing. Jutis and chappals in this market have evolved to give a tough
competition to stilettos and bellies. Jutis are available in studded,
embroidered and velvet style. Some monochromatic embroidered foot wears have
straps for attached to it, for ankle fittings. You can try them with suit-
salwar to complete your classy look.

Watch
out

The
market stays closed on Monday
, but this is the time when
small stores organise a Haat on the road side. This Haat offers you plenty of
artificial jewelleries at cheaper rates, apart from clothing items. Ethnic
jewelleries in precious metals would be very expensive, but not at the Haat.
You can purchase amazing ethnic jewelleries, especially earrings from there.

Window
shop.
It is always better to discover as much
as possible. Since Karol Bagh market has many small streets, one must not
always stick to the bigger stores. Sometimes, gems can be found with lesser
looking ones. Always visit these streets and you will find many other shops
selling good quality ethnic wear. Once you familiarise with the streets, you
can always bargain at a good rate and save yourself some money to buy those
amazing jutis hung on the shop right next to it.

All of this makes the market a must
visit place. It has everything to offer to everyone. Its ethnic collection is
only a small part of it and yet the most captivating of all. Shopping at Karol
Bagh is an experience which must not be missed. Once you visit the place, you are
bound to get addicted to it.

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– Loveleen Singh

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