The rich and diverse historical aspect of Delhi can never be ignored. A city whose stories date back centuries automatically becomes a repository of old objects and artefacts. Here are a few stores you can visit in order to bring back a few of these iconic yet forgotten ancient treasures.

O.P. Typewriters

A quaint little shop tucked away in a basement in Paharganj, O.P. Typewriters is a paradise for all those who are looking for a gateway to the past. Head here to buy yourself a vintage machine to draw out the budding author in you.

What: Typewriter dealer and repair shop

Where: 9916/5, Multani Dhanda, Paharganj {near Paharganj Police Station and Morya Hotel}

Nearest Metro Station: Ramakrishna Ashram

Price: INR 3,000 – INR 5,000

Timings: 9.30am – 6.30pm

Contact: +91 9899022521, 011-33631307

Hare Krishna Musical Store

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With every inch of their walls covered with all sorts of musical instruments, this store is the place to head to if you’re a bit of a music junkie. Starting from santoors to gramophones, Hare Krishna Musical Store has it all. Visit this shop to bring back a piece of some musical memorabilia.

What: Gramophones and other musical instruments

Where: L Block, 9/3 Milton House, Outer Circle, Connaught Place (Near Kake Da Hotel and Haldiram)

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Price: Starting from INR 4,500

Timings: 11.30am – 8pm

Contact: +91 9654351726, 011 33632721

New Gramophone House

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Indian music or Western titles, the New Gramophone House has a massive collection of vinyl records. There are shelves upon shelves lined with records from all kinds of labels and artists; you name it and it is there. And if you can’t find something you’d really like, just tell them – they’ll order it for you. This shop also sells and repairs old gramophones, making it the perfect destination to go down memory lane.

What: Vinyl records, audio cassettes, gramophones

Where: Shop no 9, Opposite Moti Cinema, Chandni Chowk

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Price: Records starting from INR 750, non-electric gramophones starting from INR 3,000, electric gramophones starting from INR 14,000

Timings: 11am – 7pm {closed on Sundays}

Contact: +91 9810955557

Sunday Book Market

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One of the gems of Old Delhi, a Sunday book market is held on the street pavements of Daryaganj each Sunday. You can find any genre of books here, starting from old comics to autobiographies. They even sell books at a per kilogram price. If you are unable to find a rare book on your fancy online websites, be sure to check out Daryaganj. You never know what surprises these lanes hold for you.

What: Second-hand books

Where: Daryaganj Market

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Price: Starting from as low as INR 10

Timings: 10 am onwards, every Sunday

Khazana India

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This is the place to be if you are a Bollywood fanatic. From vintage movie posters to advertisement flyers, they have a variety of ancient colourful pieces that could be used to spice up the décor in your house.

What: Vintage movie posters, gramophones, and other accessories

Where: 50-A, Hauz Khas Village

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Price: On request

Timings: 10.30am – 8pm {closed on Sundays}

Contact: 011 64690579

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