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A Walk Through Bargain Shopping in Delhi's Pahaganj District

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Paharganj Main Bazaar Entrance, Opposite New Delhi Railway Station
Main bazaar in Paharganj at night.
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Introduction

Delhi's Paharganj tourist district is located right next to the New Delhi Railway Station. Step out of the railway station and cross the road and you'll be at the entrance to Paharganj's main thoroughfare, called the Main Bazaar. It stretches for roughly one kilometer (0.6 miles) and teems with an endless procession of people, animals, and vehicles.

Paharganj is definitely not for the feint of heart. It's chaotic, noisy, dirty, and full of crumbling buildings. The area is favored by backpackers and budget travelers for its multitude of cheap accommodations. However, some of the best bargain shopping in Delhi can also be found in Paharganj.

The whole Main Bazaar is lined with shops full to the brim with books, music, jewelry, bags, clothes, shoes, incense, textiles, wooden statues, and handicrafts. Many of the shops in Paharganj deal in wholesale and export to foreign countries, making the Main Bazaar a good place to come and hunt out unique and inexpensive goods to import back home.

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