1. Gandhi Nagar Wholesale Markets
Gandhi Nagar Market is Asia’s 2nd biggest readymade garments/ textile market. Gandhi Nagar has a large number of shops and factories. Approximately twelve thousand small and big shops, making a huge turnover each year. All types of cloth material, readymade or otherwise, can be found at this wholesale market.
- How to reach: The nearest Metro station is Shastri Park in RED line route, It’s easiest to take the Metro and then take and auto rickshaw for 30 – 40 INR to the entrance.
2. Chandni Chowk Wholesale Markets
Chandni Chowk, the name itself is enough to bring a smile on any Delhiite’s face. The Bazaar here is one of the oldest Bazaars found in India today. Some shops are known to have sustained themselves for over centuries having been passed down from one generation to another.
Across the by-lanes of Dariba Kalan you will get ethnic artificial jewellery or Kinari Bazaar for buying wedding cards. Be it shopping for your wedding cards or a bridal attire, buying something as trivial as a key chain or on the other hand expensive jewellery, one can vouch for this market as ‘the place-to-go-to’. You have major Bazaars like the Sadar Bazaar, Chawri Bazaar which are purely wholesale markets & Nai Sarak (a paradise for bookworms) adjacent to this iconic landmark.
3. Sadar Bazar Wholesale Markets
Sadar Bazar, is the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi, India. Sadar Bazar (wholesale market for non-branded consumer goods). Like other major markets of Old Delhi, this market is very crowded and buzzes with activity. Although it is primarily a wholesale market, it also caters to occasional retail buyers. Owing to the sheer volumes that are traded here every day, a visit to the market can be termed sensory overload.
Sadar Bazar consists of numerous smaller markets, including Pratap market, Swadeshi market and Teliwara or Timber market. The market, as a whole, not only deals in household goods, but also in various other items such as toys, imitation jewellery and stationery. It has become a den of counterfeit products of many multi-national companies, FMCG products and especially cosmetic goods of deceptively similar character.
Traders and shoppers have access to authentic Indian food, including delicacies deep-fried in ghee (clarified butter) and mithai (traditional sweets) of various kinds. The lanes are plenty and narrow, lined with shops selling imported goods, clothing, shoes and leather items, electronic and consumer goods, and more. The market, even more so than the rest of the city, is very congested.
Sadar Bazar suffers from over-congestion of stalls, power cuts, lack of sanitation facilities, improper maintenance of roads and frequent traffic jams. Despite being chaotic, Sadar Bazar remains a tourist attraction.
4. Okhla Sabzi Mandi
Okhla sabzi mandi market is very famous for its wide variety of vegetables & hearty, fresh fruits. It’s considered to be one of the largest vegetable markets in the city and is also the focal point of distribution of the vegetables to all other markets in South Delhi. People eager to buy fresh green groceries at throwaway prices throng the Okhla Sabzi Mandi, which starts as early as 5 AM in the morning & continues to buzz with full vigorous activities till late evening.
- How to reach: The nearest Metro station is Kalkaji Mandir located on the Violet line. It’s easiest to take the Metro and then take and rickshaw for 10 – 15 INR to the entrance.
5. Mehrauli Wholesale Markets
Mehrauli wholesale market is located only in the narrow lanes of Mehrauli, a wholesale market where you would get all types of spices, pulses, grains & other day-to-day articles at very reasonable prices. In a lane by the name of Dudh Wali Gali, you can savour the best types of Indian sweets & snacks. After so many centuries & decades, Mehrauli still has that air of mustiness that pulls your senses towards it & thereon it keeps reeling you in with its different sights & smells.
- How to reach: Though there’s a Metro station named Qutub Minar, the actual site is sort of inconveniently located a bit of a distance away. It’s easiest to take the Metro and then take and auto rickshaw for 30 – 40 INR to the entrance.
6. Khari Baoli Wholesale Market
Khari Baoli is a street in Delhi, India known for its wholesale grocery and Asia’s largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea.
Today, Khari Baoli is not only Asia’s largest spice market but also an important and busy commercial district, as it caters to vast spice market of North India, including states of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and even as far as Madhya Pradesh, making it perpetually crowded with traders, and shoppers looking for the cheapest deals and bargains, in the narrow margin[clarification needed] spice, dry fruits and other perishable commodity market.
7. Bhajanpura Wholesale Markets
It is a huge market that supports both wholesalers and smaller retailers, not exactly a hangout for shoppers but it can be an important market for serious and large scale dealing. The nearest market you will find there is the fruits market. It is generally much bigger than other markets of Delhi and you will find seasonal fruits in large supplies and at much lower rates. As a wholesale market, it supplies to other markets within the city and the prices obviously rise as the same items make their way to the smaller shops in other corners of Delhi.
The market is not limited to fruits and vegetables alone as it is lined with huge hardware shops. There are several big trading houses dealing in timber, steel, cements and other materials spread throughout the area. There is also a lights market here selling various types of white goods and rivalling the Bhagirath Palace market in size and variety.
- How to reach: The nearest metro station is Seelampur on the Red Line which is a large station with an attached shopping mall. It is still a bit far from there but the good news is that there are shared auto rickshaws available. They are slow and will keep stopping for other passengers but they charge no more than Rs 10.
8. Bhagirath Palace Wholesale Markets
The Bhagirath Palace is among the largest wholesale markets for electrical and electronics in the country. The streets are lined with hundreds of shops selling various types of lighting equipment both for domestic and industrial purposes. Glittering chandeliers, colourful decorative tubes and bulbs, electric heaters, switchboards, wires and almost every other imaginable piece of electrical utilities and components can be found here.
Go here to find fancy light equipment and innovative utilities and also if you love taking photographs; the light works should offer you some good opportunities, especially in the evening.
- How to reach: The easiest way to reach Bhagirath palace is to take the Chandni Chowk road from Red Fort and locate the Kumar Cinema and then take a right turn. You can also reach it from the Chandni Chowk Metro Station.
9. Kirti Nagar Wholesale Markets
Asia’s largest furniture market, Kirti Nagar is a haven for anyone looking to add new pieces of furniture to their homes. Right from king-sized beds to eight-seat dining tables to mattresses, pillows, and curtains, this place has everything for your home furnishing needs.
There are showrooms after showrooms filled with all styles of furniture, which you can get the store owners to customise according to your needs as well.
- How to reach: Nearest Metro Station is Kirti Nagar on Blue line.