Haven’t we all been to the weekly markets of Delhi? These weekly markets or you can call them hafta bazaars, are an essential part of India’s culture and tradition.
On any given weekday, street vendors occupy the main street of any residential colony to sell their products at prices that are in no way comparable to those found in shopping malls. These markets are held once a week at a specific location, in a specified time slot, and cater to a wide range of consumers.
But wait before we go ahead and list down all the weekly markets along with their details, do you have any idea where the concept of these weekly markets came from? Well, let’s dig a little history of these markets. Weekly markets or hafta bazaars are a centuries-old phenomenon in India. Earlier, almost every Indian village has permanent and weekly markets, in addition to those held annually or during festivals. These markets began as a ‘haat,’ ‘tehbazaari,’ or ‘saaptahik bazaar,’ primarily selling agricultural produce and articles of daily use. And that is how the culture of Weekly Bazaar is still going on.
Delhi and its vibrant and lively weekly markets never disappoint their customers. Here are our recommendations for the best weekly markets in Delhi that you should visit.
Monday Bazar in Delhi
Also known as Som Bazaar. The Monday weekly markets in Delhi range from wholesale to retail and offer specialized goods in specific segments such as the furniture market, electronics, computer market, and so on.
On Mondays, You will find Karol Bagh and Vikas Puri in a completely different place! Pavement stalls transform the area into a mela. Middle-class shoppers purchase everything from ready-made garments for children and adults to kitchen items and plastic household ware. It is an all-in-one crazy place, where you will find everything from a hair clip to home decor items at very cheap prices.
Tuesday Bazar in Delhi
On Tuesday’s, all the East Delhi people go to Mangal Bazaar at Laxmi Nagar. The market generally starts around 5 in the evening. Be it latest oxidised jewellery, dupatta collection or even a hair clip, this market has all the latest things that you need. You will be amazed to see that vendors are selling 5 pairs of socks at just Rupees 50 and 2 shirts at Rs 100! If you have good bargaining skills you will be able to grab a good deal!
Wednesday Bazar in Delhi
Residents of Vasant Vihar, Shalimar Gardens, and Shyam Path wait for Wednesdays so that they can shop to the fullest in Budh ( or Wednesday) weekly market. The market has everything that a customer wants like bed sheets, cushion covers, pulses, pickles, papads, and daily necessities such as fresh vegetables and fruits at reasonable price Make sure you check the item before buying for defect.
Thursday Bazar in Delhi
A customer’s satisfaction after purchasing an item at almost half the rate the vendor has quoted is unbeatable! This satisfaction is found among the customers who go shopping in Guru ( or Thursday ) Bazaar. In Delhi, Guru Bazar is set up in Mayur Vihar, New Rajinder Nagar, and Masjid Moth (bir bazaar). The road of these areas comes alive on Thursday night and is very crowded with customers who are willing to buy all that they can at a good deal!
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Friday Bazar in Delhi
Even been to Shukra Bazaar of Delhi? Sanjay Nagar, Vikram Enclave, and Mohammadpur’s St Thomas Church are the best areas where you can shop your heart out on Friday’s. The mad rush on the street of the market for clothes, the juggle in the crowd and checking each and every item for defect before buying at very reasonable price is a wholesome experience.
Saturday Bazar in Delhi
The streets of Vijay Nagar and Lajpat Nagar will be seen jampacked on Saturday because of the weekly bazaar. Both markets offer a wide range of electronic goods, accessories, home decor, branded cosmetics, replicas of many brands, and export surplus at rock-bottom prices. Some of these items start from Rs 30 only. These markets thrive because of their high-quality products at unbeatable prices. Make a day of it with your friends, eating, shopping, and chilling! Don’t forget to have a double-flavored softy when you leave the Lajpat Nagar market.
Sunday Bazar in Delhi
Also known as Ravi Bazaar. Delhi’s lively and bustling Sunday weekly markets can never disappoint their customers. Mahila Bazar where you will see only women vendors selling clothes, fruits, cosmetics and handmade jewelleries. Daryaganj Book Market is a heaven for every book lover. We are sure you will not return empty handed if you love reading books. Chor Bazaar, the biggest thrift shop. You will find every book, cloth, shoes, gym equipment, cameras, stationery, and antiques you want in this market.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many weekly markets are there in Delhi?
There are officially 272 weekly markets across 12 zones of Delhi.
What are the disadvantages of Weekly Bazaar?
The two main disadvantages of this type of market are:
– The products sold in the market don’t have very good quality. There are no guarantees or warranties on these products
– You might not be able to exchange goods in these markets as the seller may or may not put up the stall in that area on that specific day.
What is the specialty of Mahila Bazar?
Mahila Bazar started in 2008 with the goal of empowering women from the underprivileged section of society. It began as a SEWA initiative and has now evolved into a bustling market where women’s vendors sell all kinds of items like clothes, junk jewelry, shoes, handmade items, etc.
What is a weekly Bazaar?
A market which held on a specific day is known as Weekly Bazar. These markets vendors don’t have a permanent shop. They sit on the roads to sell their product. You will get everything at one place that too at rock bottom prices!
Every nook and cranny of the city hosts a weekly market. But have you every given thought that these weekly Markets of Delhi not only meet our needs but also serve as employment for more than 150 vendors daily? While there are many brand outlets, air-conditioned supermarket chains, and shopping malls in the urban area, the real essence of Delhi can only be found in these weekly markets set up by local vendors. Also, if we missed out any Delhi weekly Market do let us know in the comment section below.