Gaffar Market - New Delhi, IndiaExplore this large area of streets, back alleys and jump into shops for shirts, wallets, purses, shoes...and those watches!
Gaffar Market Snapshot
For those unfamiliar with New Delhi, finding Gaffar Market can be difficult. It’s actually spread across a large area located at Beadonpura, Karol Bagh, Delhi 110005.
While the hours typically vary, keep in mind that most shops in Gafarr Market are closed on Monday.
What You'll Find
I recommend buying watches without a doubt. If there’s one thing about India, it seems that watches are a hot commodity. Quality ranges from “Don’t even bother” to “This is actually quite good!” Other than that, wallets, shirts and shoes can be found here as well.
Gaffar Market Fake Shopping Spree
In this video we’re exploring Gaffar Market in New Delhi, India. This place has all kinds of stuff, but watches are really the hot item. We’re bargaining for Rolex, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Rayban and more!
Everything to Know About Gaffar Market
How to Get to The Gaffar Market
Getting around New Delhi (as with many places in India) can get a bit chaotic.
In India, you can take Uber which is what I recommend. It is the safest and easiest to get around. If you’re wanting more of the local experience, hail a tuk-tuk or tricycle. Just make sure to bargain BEFOREHAND. They will charge you 5x more just because you’re a foreigner. Be tough on your bargain as well and prepare to walk away!
For people who do not know their way around the city, reaching Gaffar Market can be a bit difficult. Here are a couple of options you could use to get to the Market.
Transportation Options in New Delhi
New Delhi Metro
Metro trains are one of the most efficient ways to travel in India. On the blue line, the nearest station to the Gaffar market is the Karol Bagh – which is roughly a 1km walk to the market.
Taxi and Motor Taxi
Another great option to reach Gaffar Market is in Taxi and Motor Taxi. However, if you do proceed with using this medium of transportation, then make sure you know the fares and agree on the price before you ride.
One of the most economical ways to reach Gaffar Market is through the bus. Although buses can be a bit congested, they are still one of the most affordable types of transportation in India. There is a stop at Kikarwala Chowk – which is about a 7 minute walk away. Then also at Karol Bagh – which is about an 11 minute walk.
Similar to Taxi and Motor Taxi, you can easily reach Gaffar Market in a Tuk-Tuk, which is can be a thrilling experience as a traveler. But you must have some knowledge about the fare if you do not want to over-pay & definitely agree on the price before getting in.
Similar to Uber or Lyft, you can use the Grab Bike app on your SmartPhone, if you have access to a stable internet connection. This is quite convenient, as they will come pick you up and take you to the market. But rather than a car, it’s a motorbike. Also, the price is more clear and less room to feel like you are getting ripped off.
Shopping at The Gaffar Market
What can you NOT find at Gaffar Market?
At first when the tuk-tuk dropped me off, I wasn’t sure about this place. But as I got into it I realized just how MASSIVE it is. This place is huge and has just about anything you could be looking for.
The vibe of this place is just crazy, but thrilling. You can venture off the main road into the back alleys, but also be ready to bargain at any time because sellers will approach you.
Popular Brands at Gaffar Market
You can find a lot of popular brands when shopping at the Gaffar Market. From clothing brands, to luxury items, to electronics – including Apple and Sony.
Watches are really the hot thing here, and you can find a lot of really nice brands from Rolex, Cartier, Rado and more. However, definitely check the quality of the products. Sometimes they are surprisingly good, other times they are not.
You’ll find a lot of electronics here, from TVs, headphones, SmartPhones, and even motherboards. Again though, be sure to inspect the items well because the quality may not be very high on some things.
Local Items / Gifts / Other Random Stuff
Locals and travelers alike shop at this market. So you can find countless t-shirts, phone covers, bags, and a variety of different jewelry.
You can also find other random goods there as well that includes housewares, perfumes, sandals and even swords!
Where to Stay in New Delhi
Being a popular town for travelers, New Delhi offers a wide range of accommodation options.
Traditional Hotel Stays
You may choose to stay in a traditional hotel, which can be found for reasonable prices throughout the city, as well as more upscale options. I do recommend searching for a hotel that is near the markets or other sites you want to visit, just for easy access.
If you are a budget, then definitely consider staying at some of the hostels in the area. There are some pretty good ones and really cheap prices, some with shared rooms and some with private options. The great thing about hostels is the ability to meet other travelers, especially if you are a solo traveler.
Neighborhoods in New Delhi
Delhi is popular with visitors and you can find different types of things to do in different parts of town. Here are some popular neighborhoods you may want to visit.
Old Delhi is one of the most popular districts in town with lots of history and sites to see for travelers.
If you are looking to party, you can go to Hauz Khas Village.
If you want to explore the culture of India, then Chandni Chowk may be of interest to you.
If you want to explore beautiful parks and do some street shopping, then the Nehru Palace area is somewhere you might like.
Food in New Delhi
When people talk about food in India, the first thing that may come into your mind is the roadside Chaat. Although that is very popular, it is just one of the hundreds of options you have to choose from.
Popular Street Food in New Delhi
India is known for its delicious street food. Here are some popular items to try during your trip:
- Butter Chicken;
- Chola Bhatura (Spicy chickpeas);
- …And much more!
Food to Try Near Gaffar Market
You can find numerous different food items around Gaffar Market especially near Karol Bagh stations. The Khurana Restaurant nearby this area is known for its delicious Biryani and other Indian staples.
About The Gaffar Market
Gaffar Market surprised me. Once you get into it, it’s insane just how many shops are here, and people are selling everything – just everywhere!
It’s so chaotic, but so awesome all at the same time.
This market is crazy for people who are looking to do budget shopping. Countless travelers to New Delhi visit the Gaffar Market for this reason.
With so many shops selling so many things, you never know what you are going to find. Plus, it’s a hell of a place to bargain – so make sure you brush up on your bargaining skills!
In Gaffar Market, if you play your cards right, then you can score some serious deals and massive discounts! This is the reason this place is the first choice of people in Delhi who are looking to buy cheap goods.
Introduction to New Delhi & Global Trade
India has been an important playing in Global Trade for centuries. Delhi is one of the most important cities of India and has had a profound impact on global trade as well. Being the capital of the country, Delhi has been a dominant trading center of India since the 1990s. It has functioned as the distribution, wholesale-trade, and banking center of India.
Producing Goods in New Delhi
In the 20th Century, Mechanized Industry arrived in Delhi and since then, it has continued to grow. From cotton ginning, flour, sugarcane, and oil pressing, these are just a couple of goods which are produced in Delhi.
Delhi is also known to be the hub of sports-related products and leather goods. Also, if you are interested in handmade artwork, paintings and engravings then that can also be found in Delhi’s manufacturing sector.