Pick up these local handicrafts and artisanal items on your trip
Recommended outlets for handmade India-wide handicrafts include the Central Cottage Industries Emporium (Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath; tel. 91 11 2372 5035. www.cottageemporiumindia.com), and the numerous state emporiums along Baba Kharak Singh Marg.
Delhi is a fantastic place for regional Indian jewelry, from gold necklaces to glass bangles. Found citywide. Competitively-priced centers include Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market (South Delhi) and Old Delhi’s bazaars.
Handcrafted Indian musical instruments such as the tabla (twin drums) and stringed sitar are found at specialist music stores in and around Connaught Place, as well as at the many shops along Netaji Subhash Marg (Daryaganj, Old Delhi).
Indian spices abound at Old Delhi’s wholesale Spice Market (Khari Baoli) but for packaged varieties try Roopak’s at 6/9 Ajmal Khan Rd, Karol Bagh Market. tel. 91 11 981117 3222.
Regional Indian textiles are Delhi-wide, while khadi (homespun cloth) is a specialty of Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan (24 Regal Building, Connaught Place; tel. 91 11 2336 0902). For excellent handmade textiles including garments, scarves, and bed/table linens, peruse Fabindia (for Delhi branches see www.fabindia.com), Soma (44-K, Connaught Place; tel. 91 11 2341 6003. www.somashop.com) and Anokhi (for Delhi branches see www.anokhi.com.)
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