Now that you have bought a camera, you might as well cover a bit more distance. Khari Baoli, near Chandni Chowk, is Asia's largest, also one of the best wholesale markets in Delhi, for spices and it'll be quite a subject for your camera.
Every spice and other things nice
I bought spects from Ballimaran as I was told it was the great wholesale market. Next stop was Khari Baoli, the great Spice market. One just cannot resist to shop stuff for their kitchen. While buying Kaju, I tasted the best Kaju I ever had. It is something you are eating since childhood but yet those Kaju were so tasty that It left everlasting taste on my tongue. What was more intriguing was the shop. It was 5ft narrow in width and 1st floor was the residence of the shopkeeper's family. It would not be more than 10-12 ft in width. Earlier spices and dry fruits used to come from Afghanistan. I was told that many Afghani set up their shop in Khari Baoli.
Want to have a full sensory experience of color, texture, smell and taste of Delhi? Want to know Delhi’s history, culture and cuisine through its spices? Welcome to the biggest wholesale markets in Delhi and the world as well, on a street of Delhi called Khari Baoli.History says that the spice markets in Delhi started in the 17th century and has continued till date! This market is situated around Fatehpuri Masjid which was built in the year 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of the wives of Shah Jahan. The name, Khari Baoli, has certain significance here – Baoli means a step well whereas Khari or Khara means salty. It was therefore a salty water step well used for bathing and for animals. But, that is history now, because none of them exist and it is here that the market stands. As you walk along the Khari Baoli Street, look here and there and notice a trade worth billions happening but it happens through shops which located in small alleys and bylanes which are hardly a meter wide. This also is one of the old wholesale market in Delhi.This is one of the only markets in Delhi which is as good as a spice den! From local to exotic spices, you’ll find it all here and that too in reasonable prices. The wind blowing over the Streets of Khari Baoli carry along with them a beautiful smell of these rich spices and suddenly you feel the flavor of Delhi standing amidst cramped lanes and tightly wreathed shops. It was only after watching the film ‘Mistress of Spices’ that I was excited to explore this flavorful street. Popularly it is a hub of spices but you’ll also find sweet and dry fruit shops all around the corner ready to fill you way beyond your stomach can bear but the taste buds just can’t get off the amazing flavor of these small yet filling snacks. Also Ayurvedic herbs and medicines are available here. They will appear to as fossils but are actually rare herbs and medicines which are actually very good remedies for certain diseases.Khari Baoli was certainly unlike the other fashion streets of Delhi but in case you want to take away packets of spices wrapped in silver airtight foil bags just so you could enrich your journey with India’s culture and flavor then this is your place. Come. Taste. Explore.Timings: Monday- Saturday, 10.30am- 7.30pm
The Khari Baoli market, the biggest wholesale market in Delhi and the world, is as good as a spice den! From local to exotic spices, you’ll find it all here and that too in reasonable prices.Not only spices but sweets, dry fruits, Ayurvedic herbs and medicines are available here.