With great sadness, we announce that the HC has ordered the Sunday Book Market, of which many of us book lovers were so fond of, to be closed down. We are leaving this post for those book lovers who would love to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia and visit the Sunday market vicariously. As long as you continue to enjoy reading about a part of book lovers history, we will have this post up.
Love books? Want to save money? Want some rare and not so rare books? Do you live in the NCR region? Visiting Delhi? Here is the perfect solution for you -The Sunday book market at Daryaganj. The inescapable joy of seeing books lining the street of the old city with heritage monuments standing sentinel all around whispering stories of their own. All this at very little cost to you.
This is the haat of books,theDaryaganj book market. You name the publisher and books published by them will be there. Name an author and he will pop up in one of the many stalls lining the street. Don’t expect to find fancy shops or shop attendants. Although many men selling the books are surprising familiar with the books they are selling but don’t bank on it. The books are neatly arranged along the pavement, sometimes the books are heaped in a pile and you have to shift through them to find the treasure you are looking for. It’s possible to get a first edition, rare books and even books signed by authors at a dirt cheap price, Rs 20, Rs.40, Rs.100 coffee table book for a mere Rs 400, is what you can pick the book up for.
Looking for dictionaries, books on art, technology, self-help, photography, travel, mangement, fiction – Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton and Kafka collections, non-fiction, graphic novels, light romance, thrillers. just name it and the possibility of finding it here is high. Browsing, haggling and finally coming out with the books you need and a whole lot of books you do not need but always wanted to read at the Daryaganj book market.
The joy of glancing at heaps of books for as far as the eye can see for a book lover is the stuff of dreams. The possibility of surprise is just around the corner.
Daryaganj Book Market metro station: The Daryaganj book market is located on Asaf Ali Road, Starting at Delite Cinema to Netaji Subhash Marg. This market is open only on a Sunday. The easiest way to reach there is by Metro. It takes 2- 5 minutes to travel from Chawri Bazar Metro Station to Daryaganj. Yellow line stops at Chawri Bazar from there it’s a five minute walk.
Sunday being a quieter day taking the car or two wheeler also works, you will be able to find parking fairly easily.
You should aim to be there latest by 10 am otherwise the market gets really crowded and you may find that the best books are already gone. Come prepared with time to browse 3-4 hours is ideal. Bargaining is a given so once you have zeroed in on a book that you fancy start bargaining.
If you are looking for new or second hand educational books or books that meet the course curriculum then another book market which is both reasonably priced and close by is the book market at Nai Sadak, next to Chawri Bazaar and the Chandni Chowk Metro Station. Here you can find both first hand and second hand school or college books. You will need to earmark a week day for Nai Sadak as this market is closed on Sunday. On week days Monday to Saturday this market is bustling with people. The shopkeepers are very organized and knowledgeable.
Explore the Sunday second hand book market at Daryaganj, online book libraries – ghar baithai kitab ka maja lo, join a book club. combine your two loves books and food, The options for a book lover is endless.
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