Delhi's Chandni Chowk, Dilli Haat, Goa's Arpora among top Asian mkts: TripAdvisor

Oct 10 2013, 16:56 IST
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Chandni Chowk is famed for sarees with chikan and zari work, accessories, jewellery, souvenirs and street food. (IE photo) Chandni Chowk is famed for sarees with chikan and zari work, accessories, jewellery, souvenirs and street food. (IE photo)
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Chandni Chowk (Rank 17)With its rich cultural heritage, Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Originally meaning moonlit square or market, it it is one of the major attractions for international shoppers. It's famed for sarees with chikan and zari work, accessories, jewellery, souvenirs and street food.

Peddling through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi by Tuk-tuk is a favorite way to see the old city once named ShahJahanabad.

"It's a good idea to go by Tuk-tuk the first time, then you'll be more confident to spend hours of delight walking through by yourself or with friends. Have your camera ready because you'll want to capture it all," says a traveller from Bremerton, Washington.

Mumbai's Choicest

Although they did not make it to the TripAdvisor list of Top 20 Asian Markets, Mumbai’s very own markets rated highly by foreign travellers are:

1. Linking Road in posh Bandra (West) is the place to go whether you are a brands’ or a bargain shopper. While street vendors have an array of items like shoes, scarves, costume jewellery, bags, etc to sell, the showrooms offer almost all the major brands known in India.

2. Crawford Market is one of the oldest markets in Mumbai where one can buy all kinds of food items, especially spices and tea. The highlight of the market, now known as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, is the pet mart with its array of song birds, puppies, kittens, fish and parrots on display for sale.

3. Chor Bazaar has emerged from an original Thieves’ Market to a place where a good bargainer can buy anything under the sun for a song. For the happy shutterbug, the Minara Masjid, Mumbai's oldest Bene Israeli synagogue, and the Jain Temple, are of special interests here. (With PTI inputs)

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