New Delhi is full of markets and malls that make for a great shopping experience. But finding something unique and delightful for folks back home can be a challenge, especially if you are on a tight schedule. When in doubt, head where the locals do. You are sure to find not only great deals but also a ton of unique stuff. One of the favorite places of locals for souvenir shopping is the Delhi Haat. And now with metro connectivity (Station: INA on the Yellow Line) it is just a 15 minute ride from the city center.
Haat is a Hindi word that means a village market. The Delhi Haat was conceived to let rural artisans from all parts of India come here, showcase their work and sell it. On display is a bewildering array of products. From cane handbags to animal figurines made of cloth. From puppets to utensils made of wood. Delhi Haat is truly a souvenir shopping nirvana.
Where: South Delhi
Why: Great Souvenir Shopping, great way to see craft from across India in one go.
Getting There: Taxi, Delhi Metro (Station: INA, Yellow Line)
Entry: Rs. 15 per person
(Photos: Sanjay Kumar)