Thursday, January 29, 2015

When are markets closed in Delhi

Delhi has umpteen number of markets. The biggest question thus is which shops are closed when? It is indeed an irritating phenomenon after making a trip to the market (yes braving traffic jams and finding parking place) to realise it is the weekly off or holiday at the market.

Shops abound in every nook and corner. Delhi is an indefatigable shopper’s delight and the markets cater to this by opening early and closing late. After 10 am in the morning is the right time to visit any market otherwise some shops are just opening and no one likes to have to wait for shops to open. There was a time when shops would remain true to the market dictates by remaining closed on the weekly holidays, not anymore. In a city where work and money seems to be worship, many shops remain open all the 7 days a week. Some open in the evenings after 4 pm on weekly holidays also.


So which markets remain closed and when? The thumb rule that has worked since the beginning of well no one really knows is that all markets on the outside of the Ring Road like Karol Bagh, Kamala Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, South Extn. Part I, Rohini,  are closed on Mondays. While markets in the inside part of or inner side of the Ring Road are closed on Tuesdays like Alaknanda, GK I and GK II, CR Park, Kalkaji, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Munirka etc. This is the best way to work it out. The exception being shops in office areas like Bhikaji Cama Place, Nehru Place or Connaught Place which remain closed on Sundays. Khan Market remains closed on Sundays as also Chandni Chowk since it is more of a commercial traders market. Hauz Khas Village also remains closed on Sundays.

So use this thumb rule when wanting to make a sojourn to any of the markets. However, with the mall culture of 7 days a week shopping scenario becoming popular, many shops even in traditional markets have begun to remain open on all the days of the week.