Health has always been a concern when traveling, especially health in New Delhi and any part of India. Many first time travelers find it difficult to adapt to India’s crowded cities, environment and climate. Going around the city can definitely be challenging.
Dehydration is common during the summer months of April to June. Travelers must keep themselves covered to prevent heat stroke and remember to drink at least three liters of water daily. To avoid any water-related illnesses, it’s best to drink only distilled or purified bottled water. Avoid getting afflicted with the ‘Delhi belly’ or diarrhea by eating freshly, well-cooked food especially in the case of meat and vegetables.
Getting around New Delhi can be threatening with many scams and touts roaming around, especially for women. In Delhi, it will be safer to travel with a group especially for women travelers. Women are often subjected to vulgar words or touching. Dressing conservatively in Indian clothes will help. It is also safer to be out in daylight rather than at night. Crowded areas are full of pick-pockets. But that should not stop you from going to the many shopping bazaars found in New Delhi.
Connaught Place is a cross between an Indian bazaar and a European shopping arcade. It offers everything from clothing, accessories to crafts and food. There are many western-inspired shops here to choose from that are with quality and affordable. These shops are laid out in two circles so shoppers can easily navigate through. Also in Connaught Place is an underground market named Palika Bazaar. Although the smell here is quite pungent and most products sold have low quality, it is the best place to hunt for Hindu and English DVDs, VCDs, audio CDs and PC games.
A two-minute walk from Connaught Place will bring visitors to Janpath — a bargain-hunter’s dream bazaar. It is a large flea market where anything from clothing to crafts can be found. Some bookshops are also there as haggling is encouraged.
Right opposite of the New Delhi Railway station is the Paharganj market. It is the best place to shop among backpackers, with items sold in affordable prices. Visitors can buy Indian perfumes, shawls, jewelry, rugs and many more. Another bazaar, the Kamla Nagar, is located right next to the Delhi University’s North campus. This bazaar is higher end than others, with street side shops and cleanly prepared food to munch on.
The Rajouri Garden Market is the best bazaar to shop for weddings and everyday apparel. For export surplus clothes and green groceries, one can head off to the Sarojini Nagar market. The central market in Lajpat Nagar is where middle-class locals shop for ethnic Indian apparel and great deals. Tibetan lama and foreign dignitaries have been found shopping in Khan Market where affordable upper-class Indian style apparel as well as nice bookshops can be found. Karol Bagh is found west of the Delhi Market where shoppers can buy traditional Indian wear and see big brand showrooms. In the center of Old Delhi lays the Chandni Chowk where the experience of full-on Indian shopping can be found with nice Delhi-style snacks.
Luxury shopping malls like Malls of Saket and DLF Emporio are two of the largest luxury malls in Delhi. Ansal Plaza is also a favorite shopping mall of the upper and middle-class locals. It is a great place to find international clothing brands that can be bought at half the price it is offered in other countries.
Knowing about shopping malls in New Delhi is just as important as having concern for your health in New Delhi. As you go through the many bazaars found in the city, make sure you take proper health precautions to enjoy your stay to the fullest.