If you are one of those who go crazy buying local-made stuff on every single trip (and mostly irritating others with your long list of to-get things when they are travelling), then you must absolutely visit the 35th India International Trade Fair (IITF) in Delhi. The event kick-started on the 14th of November at Pragati Madan. While the business days are still going on, we thought you’d like to know what’s in store at the fair this year!
Take a quick glance through this fact sheet before you plan a day at the India International Trade fair, 2015!
- Days: November 14th to 27th, 2015.
- Exclusive Business Days: November 14th to November 18th.
- Public Days: November 19th to November 27th.
- Ticket Cost: Rs. 400 per person on business days Rs. 50 per adult and Rs. 30 per child on general days. You can get the tickets either from Paragati Maidan or from specific metro rail stations.
- Timings: 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.
- Parking Fee: This will literally burn your pocket with Rs. 175 being charged as the parking fee. And you thought parking in malls was expensive?
- Food: Carry your own or get the best street food of Purani Dilli at the fair itself.
What to look out for?
- Carpets, saffron, dry fruits and marble products from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The juicy dates are to die for.
- Jamdani, Katan,Tanglail sarees and dress materials from Bangladesh.
- Ladies bags, silver and fashion jewellery from Thailand
- Porcelain tableware from Sri Lanka.
- Jewellery boxes in all shapes, sizes and patterns from Khurja.
- Beautiful linen scarves from Kolkata.
- Black stone jewellery and show pieces from South Africa.
- Pretty lanterns, lamps and chandeliers from Turkey. (You will fall in love with these!)
Tips You Must Consider:
- Do not even think about wearing heels. Slip ons or a comfortable pair of sneakers will help you get through the day long walking.
- Carry backpacks, strolley bags, or extra carry bags to avoid getting tired of lifting stuff you have bought.
- Start your day early to avoid the crowds. Maximum footfall is witnessed right before lunch till early evening.
- Carry a light sweater or shrug as it gets chilly in the evening.
- Though items are decently priced and to a certain extent discounted, yet I will recommend you to practice your best bargaining skills.
- To strike the best deals, visit the trade fair during the last two days. This is the time when the sellers want to sell-off everything they got to minimise the loss on packaging and transportation of stuff not sold. So bargain as hard as you can and make the best use of your bucks.
Lastly, be ready to get pushed and stamped during the peak hours. And if you decide to see every single part of the fair, apply for a leave for the next day in advance . Trust me, you will be half-dead by the time you reach home, unless you are superman!
(With inputs from Bhawna Grover Bagai)