Shopping in New Delhi
In New Delhi, you can generally get mostly between heaven and earth at very
good prices, although imported articles are rarely particularly affordable than
in Europe. In New Delhi you will find exclusive, state-of-the-art shopping malls
with all the well-known brand stores, and street markets with live animals,
vegetables, flowers, spices and souvenirs.
The city's inhabitants are frequent users of the markets. Chandni Chowk is
one of the most famous. It is located in Old Delhi and is really considered a
wholesale sale to shop owners. Here, mainly fresh produce, such as meat and
fish, fruits, vegetables and flowers are sold. Factories are sold in rolls,
spiced in hectares and rice in fifty silk bags.
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If you shop at one of the modern shopping centers, the prices are relatively
high, taxable and fixed. Besides, the product range is about the same as in
Europe, and you miss the fun of India's unofficial national sport, which is
haggling. But by all means, prices are still significantly lower than in Europe.
Among the merchandise that most tourists come home with is craftsmanship,
often ornate wooden boxes of various sizes, from jewelry boxes to larger chests.
Rugs can be another bargain, often in the same style as the more well-known
Persian or Turkish rugs. But beware; It is easy for an inexperienced buyer to be
fooled. All of silk and other fabrics are considerably cheaper than in Europe,
and of course precious metals such as gold and silver.
Most tourists want great fun shopping at Dilli Haat in southern New Delhi.
Here you will find clothing and fabrics from all over India, jewelery and
crafts, souvenirs and food at very good prices. The atmosphere here is
considerably less stressful and hurried than in the central markets.
Many of the bazaars have their specialties. If you are interested in
clothing, take the course for Paharganj or Sarojini Nagar. At Janpath Market you
can shop for jewels and jewelery, souvenirs and juggles. At Sunder Nagar Market
you will find antique dealers. Please note that any item older than 100 years
requires special permission from the Indian government to be legally brought out
of the country. Make sure you get the necessary documentation if you buy
Eating in New Delhi
The food is India's most successful export item, and most of us already have
good knowledge of Indian food after visiting Indian restaurants in Norway or
abroad. The selection in New Delhi is of course even better. Indians have over a
hundred different ways of cooking meat and almost twice as many ways of cooking
Speaking of meat, it's pretty limited what kind of meat you can expect to
find on the menu. Beef you should look for a long time since the cow is sacred
in India and strolls around the city streets rather than being on the menu. Pork
is also not served in many places, so mainly you will be offered chicken or
In New Delhi you can indulge in many different dishes. You can try one of the
many northern dishes with chappati, a thin loaf of bread, next door. Or try one
of the southern strong curries with rice or vegetables, Gujarati thalis in its
myriad vegetarian varieties or even delicate freshwater fish from Bengal. If you
order the right bombay duck, you may be surprised when the dish is served. It
does not consist of duck you may think, but of dried fish.
Most of the better hotels have Indian cuisine on the dining menu, but the
smaller restaurants are also well worth a visit as they offer a more authentic
local atmosphere than the luxury hotels.
New Delhi's own residents eat many of their meals from the street stalls that
stand in close proximity along the busiest shopping streets. Among the most
popular dishes is pav bhaji, a type of tasty loaf stuffed with vegetables and
spices. Chinese food is also very popular.
Indian food can be spicy, especially the curries from the Goa district. From
here comes the famous vindaloo. Talk to the waiter in advance if you are not
comfortable with strong spicy food.
The desserts are perhaps the sweetest made for Scandinavian palates, with all
their cakes infused with sugar and honey, but the kulfi ice cream is the
exception. It is more creamy than western ice cream, often made from boiled
water buffalo milk. It is available in several flavors like mango, cardamom or