Are you a sucker for a good bargain – buying stuff you don’t need just so you can avail that irresistible discount? Do you scour the streets of the Indian metros looking for great offers? Read on to discover where an NRI can save big bucks when you set off to splurge on shopping in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad.
India is a shopper’s paradise. Not only can you buy just about anything you need, but also get it at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere. Even when they are on a shoestring budget, visitors to India like to include shopping in their itinerary, and there’s plenty of good reasons for that.
A good place an NRI can embark on for a shopping trip would be Fashion Street in Mumbai. The name says it all - it’s a street lined with over a hundred stalls of export-surplus garments that just missed landing at chic boutiques overseas. Look carefully and you’ll find quality and style at a price that’s right. Prefer to get your clothes custom-made? Mangaldas Market will boggle you with its array of fabrics, ranging from the purest of silks to raw cotton.
Visit Mutton Street’s little shops and you may just find a painting, statue, blue and green chinaware or handmade furniture to bring an old-world charm into your living room. Silver coins, jewelry, hand-made car parts and a wide assortment of bric-a-brac are some of the bizarre range of goods that you can find at Chor Bazaar.
NRIs may check out Zaveri Bazaar too. With regard to shopping you can pick up picture frames, napkin rings, snuff boxes and of course costume jewelry in old silver at reasonable prices.
Flora Fountain is an “anything goes” haven for bargain hunters, while Crawford Market is your one-stop shop for imported chocolates and cheese and fresh produce of every kind at wholesale rates.
For big brands at bargain prices, Delhi is the place to make for. You can pick up inexpensive GAP, Levis, Van Heusen and other leading brands of clothing at Sarojini Nagar, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar. Are they authentic or fakes? At those prices you can’t afford to ask!
Saris, jewelry, antiques and silverware – the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk offer you all these in a lively, intimate atmosphere. Don’t forget to ask for discounts – they are already factored into the prices quoted.
Handicrafts, wooden carvings, leather wear, fabrics, drapes, gems, beads, and metalware from every state - they are all to be had under one roof at Dilli Haat, another great place to shop in the Capital.
When in Hyderabad, head out to the Old City for beautiful clothing and accessories. Nestled in the lanes near the Charminar you’ll find rich silks and brocades, lacquer bangles and costume jewelry, all available at great bargains. Stop for saris and traditional wear at Zariwala, Sidra Collections and Afzals. Madina Market is another well-stocked store for brocades, embroidered fabrics and garments at unbelievable prices.
Be street smart when you’re shopping in India, and you could land some amazing deals. Do you know of any good places to shop in Indian metros? What are the value for money fixed price shops? How low can you go when you bargain?