The bazaar of Old Delhi was carefully designed by the Mughals with water channels cutting the broad boulevards and bounty trees providing shade to pedestrians as they hackle and buy from the shopkeepers. The shops on both sides of the street were sheltered under a canopy with the shopkeepers selling dazzling array of goods.
Each street of the Old Delhi preserves the Mughal heritage by still continuing to sell the precious goods, craft and quality of the old times. There are streets selling intricate silver jewelry, pottery, embroidery, wood carving, metal carving, ivory and sandalwood carving. There are shops that dates centuries old are being run by seven generations of the family. The bazaars range from spices to bangles to footwear to optics to wedding couture. In recent years, Old Delhi has become one of Asia’s largest wholesale markets.
Walk in the narrow lanes of the 17th century Old Delhi and its bazaars to buy the ittar bottle that captures the scent of Indian monsoon or the smell of the grass or the fabled musk. Or take simply devour the many cuisines of the Old Delhi that goes as far as the Mughal times!
The bazaars of Old Delhi are an overwhelming experience that will make you part of the city as it fumes and breathe and comes alive in the maze of bazaar.