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India's Khari Baoli Market

Indulge in the colors and flavors of the largest spice market in Asia. 

Friendly vendors sell chiles and spices at Delhi's Khari Baoli Market.
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Friendly vendors sell chiles and spices at Delhi's Khari Baoli Market.

The largest spice market in Asia, Khari Baoli hums with a mélange of voices and color. Visit the Old Delhi landmark and travel back to a time when spices were the currency of the world.

As you walk past heaping bags of cinnamon, cumin, chiles, cardamom, and saffron, you’ll sense their fragrances in your lungs, not just your nose. Many vendors speak English, so feel free to ask about those unusual dried fruits or jars of chutney. You can buy hot naan (flatbread) from a food cart and wash it down with Darjeeling tea.

Adventurous shoppers might duck into the alluring maze of stalls off the main drag. You’ll want to take pictures of the spice piles and the lively bustle, but there’s no way to capture the aromas—unless you buy few bags of spices to take home.

Photography courtesy of Christian Haugen/Wikimedia Commons

This article was first published in July 2014. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.