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As the famous British poet, Edith Sitwell has rightly said: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” Winter is mostly greeted with mixed emotions. People who can’t stand the heat will heave a sigh of relief with the onset of winter; whereas others will not be so happy about days getting colder and foggy. Winter is not only about cold weather it’s also about the warm & fluffy blankets, heaters, woollen outfits, a cosy fireplace, warm & hearty foods & drinks, bonfires, and good company. Some want to head for warmer locales during winter holidays to get away from the chill, but some also love to celebrate its festivals by heading to colder regions. Whatever your game plan to face winter is, one thing is for sure, Winter especially our very own Dilli ki Sardi, provides an opportune time to showcase your individual style statement through our winter wardrobe. And it’s never late to upgrade it by shopping for the latest trends.
Delhi winter is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. After all, it’s a challenging task to brave Delhi winter and still look gorgeous. Here are some suggestions from The Vanca for some places in Delhi where you can score some amazing stuff for your winter wardrobe which is affordable yet keeps your style quotient a notch higher.
If you are a leather lover, don’t think twice and head towards Yashwant Place Shopping Complex. This market located in the high-profile diplomat area of Delhi, Chanakyapuri, is well known for its elegant and classy original leather and fur apparels. Check this place out if you want to include some uber-chic jackets and skirts in leather or fur coats in your wardrobe. The assortment of skirts, jackets, hats, gloves and even bags and shoes are just mind blowing with prices ranging from Rs. 1,000- Rs. 50,000 approx depending upon the quality of leather and fur. So, whether you have a huge amount of plastic money to splurge or are on a bonsai budget, there is something for every kind of shopper in this market. You can even indulge in shopping of Gold & Silver jewellery, precious and semi-precious gems. And when you are about to drop after you have shopped, head towards the food plaza to satiate your taste buds with some lip smacking Indo-Chinese food.
DO NOT MISS – The sumptuous and super juicy Momos!
Do Remember – It’s open from 10.230 a.m to 20.00 p.m from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is weekly off.
How to Reach – Market is easily accessible by public and private transportation. The nearest metro station is Race course on the Yellow Line and public transport like Autos are easily available from there to reach the compound.
A non-descript and odd location under the arch of the ISBT- Shahadra flyover on Delhi’s ring road, is the home to a vast market selling everything from Tibetan artefacts, incense, statues, paintings but the main attraction of this market remains the super stylish yet value for money winter wear. This market along with its nearby area “Majnu ka Tilla” is popularly known as Little Tibet in Delhi was initially set up to rehabilitate and help some Tibetan refugees. After several decades, not only the size of this small colony market has grown, so has its fame. This market is as popular among the young crowd of Delhi as it is among the tourists. There is an enormous collection of winter wear and related accessories in woollen, leather and other winter friendly materials. Monastery market is also known for its collection of footwear and leather products. This market is also ideal to try out some delicious authentic Tibetan food.
DO NOT MISS – The Tibetan special Momos & Thukpa!
Do Remember – It’s open from 11.00 a.m to 20.30 p.m from Tuesday to Sunday. Monday is weekly off.
How to Reach – Market is easily accessible by public and private transportation. Several DTC bus services are available to this location due to its proximity to ISBT, Kashmiri Gate. The metro station closest to this market is Vidhan Sabha on the Yellow Line and public transport like Cycle rickshaws are easily available from there to reach the market.
G.K.1 M Block
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Greater Kailash 1 or commonly known as GK-1, situated in south Delhi, is one of the poshest residential areas of Delhi. Just like its posh residential properties, the biggest market of GK-1, the M-block market is also a popular shopping hub among Delhi’s youth and otherwise. All the leading brand names in the fashion world have their showrooms in this market which clearly boasts the fact that all the latest and most stylish trends congregate here transforming it to the fashion hot-spot that it’s known to be. If you are a brand addict, then this market is your haven. You can find many famous brands in apparel, shoes and other accessories. This market also houses many roadside vendors selling exquisite and almost original looking replicas of the high fashion clothing brands. You can find good deals on all kind of winter wears and accessories like sweaters, coats, plaid shirts, jackets, boots, socks, caps, gloves, etc.
DO NOT MISS – The super famous Paan store Prince Paan with its array of regular and special paan!
Do Remember – It’s open from 10.00 a.m to 20.00 p.m from Wednesday to Monday. Tuesday is weekly off.
How to Reach – Market is easily accessible by public and private transportation. The nearest metro station is Kailash Colony on the Violet Line and autos are easily available from there to reach the market.
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One of the historical markets of Delhi, earlier known as Queen’s Way, is another favourite among locals as well as tourists for winter shopping. It is located very near to Delhi’s central Connaught Place and is a bargain shopper’s heaven. One can indulge in a variety of shopping here – there is Tibetan market for traditional Tibetan apparel, art-e-facts and gems, a bright and colourful Gujarati market selling everything from home décor to garments and accessory with traditional Kutch work, the primary market for organised retail aficionados. However, the most popular market here is the Flea Market Lane. The garments found here are trendier, and one can find a lot of varieties in coats, sweaters, plaid shirts, boots and other winter accessories in all sizes and patterns.
DO NOT MISS – The coffee at De Paul’s and the Sweet Potato Chaat by the street hawker!
Do Remember – It’s open all the days generally from 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 pm
How to Reach – Market is in Connaught Place and transport of all kinds is found to reach there including metro, buses and auto-rickshaws. The market is at a walking distance from the Janpath Metro station on Violet Line and Rajeev Chowk Metro station on Yellow Line.
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Located in the south of Delhi, Lajpat Nagar is an iconic market of Delhi. It is full with stores selling all kinds of things like apparel, footwear, jewellery, electronics, home décor, etc. This market is equally enjoyable for street shopping as well as retail shopping. In the Winter, one can find great deals on everything wintery – quilts, sweaters, shawls, boots, and other winter accessories. Take a note; it will take stretches of hours to explore this market so plan accordingly. Exploring this market will take you hours, but it is well worth the time and energy spent getting latest trends in fashion at reasonable prices.
DO NOT MISS – Dolma Aunty’s delicious momos and the Chaat inside the central market!
Do Remember – It’s open from 10.00 a.m. to 20.00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Monday is the off day.
How to Reach – Market is very well connected to all forms of transportation including metro, buses and auto-rickshaws. The market is at a walking distance from the Lajpat Nagar Metro station on Violet Line.
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Also, situated in South Delhi, Sarojini Nagar Market is another shopper’s paradise. One can find latest and trendiest of winter clothing for total value for money. Plenty of shops selling winter accessories, garments, footwears, junk jewellery. You must be an excellent observer and very patient to meander through the lanes and sub-lanes of Sarojini to get the best buys. Do make sure; you are wearing your most comfortable walking shoes while in Sarojini because you will walk here and stay engrossed the whole day.
DO NOT MISS – Warm and mouth-watering pakodas at Khandani Pakodewala!
Do Remember – It’s open from 10.00 a.m. to 21.00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Monday is the off day.
How to Reach – Market is very well connected to all forms of transportation including metro, buses and auto-rickshaws. The nearest metro station is INA on the Yellow Line, and one can easily get Auto-rickshaws to reach the market.
So, go on ladies, load your wallet with cash or plastic money and get into a shopping spree to look your best this winter. But if you are still feeling lazy, visit the The Vanca for all the latest trends in winter fashion.
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