Here's a guide to street shopping at Janpath Market
Here's a guide to street shopping at Janpath Market
Sakshi Tickoo
Here's a guide to street shopping at Janpath Market
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Here's a guide to street shopping at Janpath Market

If shopping has always remained one of your favorite pastime hobbies, Janpath Market of Delhi is something you should never miss on. Being  one of the most popular markets of the capital city of Delhi, Janpath  Market is highly adored by tourists across the globe. Janpath Market of Delhi is known as a fun-frolic market where you see more foreigners than Indians. Gujarati and Tibetan Market are the two principal streets that combine to represent the whole of Janpath Market.

Kashmiri stuff such as woollen scarves, Pashmina shawls, suit sets, hand-woven Kurtis, brass artefacts, Chinese lamps, wooden stationery items, mojris, and so on are the chief attractions here. Besides, you can even dig for ethnic dresses, decorative items, cotton garments, Rajasthani colour paintings, Indian artefacts, blue pottery, leather footwear, and carpets.

You will find both the shops here – the ones who tag their items with fixed price labels and the second one where you are free to bargain. So, if you possess a bargaining ability and want to buy stuff at reasonable prices, head towards the non-tagged shops. That’s not all that the Janpath Market has got for you.

Just cross on the road and you will find innumerable eateries lined up across the street. Both Indian and International food brands have rented their space there across the street. You can either munch in your favourite ‘sev’ varieties at the Haldiram or Bikaner outlets or simply sip a cup of espresso at the Café Coffee Day – the choice is yours.

How to reach Janpath Market:

By Metro

Board a Metro – Orange Line from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and get down at the Shivaji Stadium. From Shivaji Stadium, you need to walk for the next 15 minutes until you reach your final destination – The Janpath Market.

Cost – Rs 20 to 60 per head

By Bus

Start your bus journey from Indira Gandhi International Airport and get down at the Palika Kendra. Once you get down, walk for the next 9 minutes to reach your final destination – the Janpath Market.

Cost – Rs 18 to 26 per head

By Road

Janpath Market is situated at a distance of 18.9 km from the Delhi International Airport. You can either opt for a hired taxi ride or a self-drive to drop you to the Janpath Market. It will just take 19  minutes for you to get transferred between two destinations.

Cost – Taxi ride (Rs 550 to 700 per head), Self-drive (Rs 100 to 200 per head)

Here’s a list of the things you can do at the Janpath Market at Delhi

1. Tibetan Market: As soon as you start heading out from the metro station, you will see many shops lined up. If you are in search  of some authentic accessories to twin them with your ethnic dressings,  this street is meant for you.

In addition to the antique jewellery, you have colourful beads, precious stones, brass statues of Gods and Goddesses, beautiful  paintings to pick here. The Buddhist sculptures and pictures are the  central attractions of this section where you’ve got to witness different stages in the life journey of Buddha and other lamas.

2. Gujarati Market: The endpoint of the Tibetan market marks the beginning of the Gujarati Market. This is said to be a vibrant market where you will find the presence of Gujarati small scale craftsmen and women selling table cloth, wall hangings, handicraft textiles, and other stuff. If you are a pure traditional wear lover, this section is bang on for you to dig into your favourite style scarves, lehengas, zari bordered sarees and cholis which are sold at extremely reasonable pricing.

3. Flea Market: This section is entirely dedicated to the trendiest stuff where you have beautiful jewellery, clothes, classy dresses, and designer bags to pick from. Sometimes the varieties of stuff available here might turn a bit overwhelming one for you!

4. Central Cottage Industries Emporium: Across the road on the Janpath Market lays the Central Cottage Industries Emporium. Here you get the differential handicrafts sold in by traditional weavers, craftsmen, and tribal artists across the globe.

Price: There are no entry tickets for you to step in at Janpath  Path. You just need to pay for the stuff you buy there.

Timing: Janpath Market operates sharply from 11.00 am in the morning and closes down by 09.00 pm at night.

Here’s a list of some of the useful tips for you to explore the  Janpath Market entirely:

1. As it is an open market, it is important that you maintain a safe distance from the bluff masters.

2. Tibetan Market is the place to buy some good clothes for your children, scurry or get some house décor stuffs for your new home.

3. You can opt to travel to the Janpath Market either by an auto or a state-run bus or a rickshaw.

4. Dupattas, cloth material, jholas, potlis, indigo print, Indo-western dresses, Indo-western accessories and jewellery, home décor, and other stuff are must buy from Janpath Market.

So, make a shopping list and explore the market and unravel all the hidden gems in the market. 

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