Palika Bazaar

Coordinates: 28°37′52″N 77°13′07″E / 28.6310°N 77.2186°E / 28.6310; 77.2186
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28°37′52″N 77°13′07″E / 28.6310°N 77.2186°E / 28.6310; 77.2186

Palika Bazaar
MetroNew Delhi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Planning agencyNDMC
Entrance of Palika Bazar, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Palika Bazaar, is an underground market located between the inner and outer circle of Connaught Place, Delhi, India. It is named after Palika Bazaar of Mumbai.[1] Palika Bazaar hosts 380 numbered shops selling a diverse range of items; however, the market is dominated by electronic items and clothing. Palika Bazaar was set up in 1979,but since the 1990s it has seen a decline in customers. [2]

Palika Bazaar is estimated to have some 15,000 people within its confines at any given time and also attracts many foreign tourists. It is known for its reasonably priced items and is a famous tourist attraction. It also has a reputation for a wide availability of illegal products such as pornography, stolen goods, fake designer products and unlicensed CDs, software and movies. Police conduct regular raids to recover stolen or counterfeit merchandise, but this has failed to put an end to the illegal activity in the market.

It has been listed as a notorious market since 2009 by the USTR for being an underground market with large amounts of counterfeit products including pirated software and media.[3][4][5]

Security Problems[edit]

After the rape of a female shopper by two shopkeepers in April 2007, Delhi Police advised women against entering Palika Bazar alone. Local media reported that female visitors often complain about eveteasing and harassment,[6] and a lack of proper trial rooms.[7]

"Regeneration" Project[edit]

As part of a wider effort, the New Delhi Municipal Council is currently working on plans for a major "regeneration of Palika Bazaar", described to be in a state of decay.[8]

Gates of Palika Bazaar[edit]

  • Gate no. 1: Main gate. Faces Connaught Place Central Park, with F Block on the right and Palika Underground Parking on the left. Staircase entry.
  • Gate no. 2: Faces Palika Underground Parking. Handicap ramp entry.
  • Gate no. 3: Not in use. Faces Palika Underground Parking. Closed to the public.
  • Gate no. 4: Spiral staircase entry with two doors, one not in use. Door in use faces Parliament Street, Regal Building and Jeevan Bharti building.
  • Gate no. 5: Spiral staircase entry with two doors. One door faces Janpath, N Block and Jeevan Bharti building, the other faces towards Palika Underground Parking.
  • Gate no. 6: Staircase entry. Faces N Block and F Block.
  • Gate no. 7: Handicap ramp entry. Faces F Block.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SNS (13 April 2019). "Palika Bazaar in Delhi, India's first air-conditioned underground market, turns 40". The Statesman. Retrieved 20 February 2024.
  2. ^ "'Notorious': Another tryst with infamy for Delhi's Palika Bazar". Hindustan Times. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2024.
  3. ^ "2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy" (PDF). Office of the United States Trade Representative. 17 February 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Section 3" . Special 301 Report – via Wikisource.
  5. ^ "Section 3" . Special 301 Report – via Wikisource.
  6. ^ "Palika Bazar is swank CP's ugly underbelly". The Times of India. 30 April 2007. scores of women visiting the market complain about eveteasing and harassment[...] cops advice women not to go inside the bazar even during day time.
  7. ^ "Keep your eyes open in trial rooms". The Times of India. 1 May 2007.
  8. ^ "NMDC to set right Palika "decay"". The Times of India. December 2006. With the 2010 Commonwealth Games in mind, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NMDC) is gearing up to give Palika Bazar [...] which is currently in a state of decay, a makeover

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