Spice Market

Market in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

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Khari Baoli means 'salty step-well', but there's no well here anymore, just Delhi's bustling wholesale spice market. It feels as if little has changed here for centuries, as labourers hustle through the narrow lanes with huge sacks of herbs and spices on their heads. Deeper inside the market, it's so spicy that everyone can't help coughing and sneezing.

There are eye-catching displays of everything from lentils and rice to giant jars of chutneys, pickles, nuts and tea, and you can buy small packets of items, despite it being a wholesale market.


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