Ten-Second Takeaway

Hidden away in the by-lanes of purani Dilli lies lies the Daryaganj Sunday book bazaar, helping people add some amazing books to their collections at throwaway prices since as long as one can remember.

Standing Strong

Easily one of the city’s most iconic cultural spots, there’s no bookworm in the city who hasn’t taken that Sunday stroll through the book-laden, dusty lanes of Daryaganj, finding rare gems on the way, they’d probably not find anywhere else in the city.

Even after numerous decades, the bazaar still exists in one of the oldest parts of the city, to be endured by generations to follow. Still wondering what we’re talking about? Make your way to Daryaganj this Sunday, and find a big chunk of it turned into a makeshift book market. From first editions of classic English titles to swanky coffee table books at a mere INR 400, this flea market hosts almost all things-books, coming alive only on Sundays on Asaf Ali Marg with hoards of prints and stationery at great prices.

Something For Everyone

Photo source: Ekabhishek/Wikipedia [CC BY 2.0]

Photo source: Ekabhishek/Wikipedia [CC BY 2.0]

Starting at Delite Cinema, the rows of stalls have everything that a book-lover or student {not mutually exclusive} could wish to find, or at least look through—dictionaries, NCERT books, second-hand books {with scribbled writing along the margins}, manga, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels; just name it.

You might, however, have to really work to find a specific book. If you’re just on a visit, the range will lure you into buying a lot more than you planned to, so go prepared.

Pick from books on art, technology, self-help, photography, travel, and the works; there’s something for anyone who walks down the chaotic and congested sidewalk. And if you don’t find anything to your liking, you can just buy some good ol’ paper, too {it’s 20 bucks a kg, and always comes in handy}.

#LBBTip: We feel it’s our duty to tell you that the price can be a quarter of the market price if you bargain, though we can’t promise anything here. Go early in the morning for the best finds. Wear comfortable shoes and take public transportation. {Finding parking is difficult}.

Where: Asaf Ali Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg, Darya Ganj {near Delhi Gate}

Nearest Metro Station: New Delhi Railway Station

When: 10am – late evening {only on Sundays}

Featured photo: Parikshit Rao/LBB