I’m sure we all have seen bridal lehenga in Chandni Chowk and when we all visited Chandni Chowk for the first time, we all had limited knowledge about the whereabouts and where exactly to go and shop for your things. When I went for the first time, it was a spontaneous plan made with a friend. We were both clueless but quite eager to go and explore. We both had lehengas on our mind as there were a couple of weddings that we had to attend in our families. I had spoken to one of my aunt who knew a lot about Chandni Chowk and while she was telling me the names of the shops and the places I was making mental notes. Since that day I have been to Chandni Chowk multiple times with family and friends and now know exactly where to go for what item.
You all must have read a dozen of articles on Chandni Chowk and how it is a treasure for almost all the brides when it comes to Indian bridal lehengas, jewelry, trousseau, decoration items, etc. And when you actually reach that place all you see is small crowded shops, greasy food items, people climbing on each other, rickshaws crossing and riding on top of your feet. But once you get used to this entire process and pass this is where you will find the most gorgeous and cheap stuff for your wedding. Ask me how many good clothes and accessories I have got from that place and by spending such les amount of them. For someone who is pretty obsessed with finding nooks and corners that sell bridal lehengas, following are probably the only places worth knowing for bridal lehengas in Chandni Chowk with price.
Asiana Couture Chandni Chowk is relatively a new kid on the block but it’s already making it’s way ahead of the others in Chandni Chowk. I had not heard of it initially when I had started to visiting Chandni Chowk but eventually it made its rounds and I also saw some girls wearing nice lehengas and suits from Asiana. And when I finally went there myself, I got to know what the fuss was all about an it’s true, they do keep some amazing stuff and you’ll know that if you closely follow the Indian designers. Though it’s not very cheap but they give out some amazing stuff. You must not get anything customized. Bargaining does not happen here. You can only get discounts if you have a discount coupons.
Om Prakash Jawahar Lal (Naya Katra)
Om Prakash Jawahar Chandni Chowk is the first name that comes in my mind when I think of lehengas in Chandni Chowk. These guys have some really good lehenga collection and this is the place where you need to buy your bridal outfit. You can choose your bridal lehenga color which suits your complexion and keeping it mind about the bridal makeup you’ll be getting on that day. Compared to other places they have some nice and elegant pieces which are similar to Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra. You will definitely find other designer lehengas as well that you will get at a much cheaper price than the original ones.
Price wise a good piece will cost you upwards 80,000 INR and the ones which I loved were around a lakh. There are second copies of almost the designers and if you have any particular lehenga design of any actress wearing of any designer, they will have it.
Sunehree Chandni Chowk is also a new place though it’s present since past five years but came into everyone’s knowledge a bit recently. their work and designs are a steal. Their collection ranges from heavy royal looking designs to couture collection to a bit lighter pieces. You can definitely score some amazing lehengas and couture outfits in the budget of 80,000 to 1.5 lakhs. Their most beautiful pieces start from 60,000 INR. The shop can be easily located once you step into Chandni Chowk as you just have search for their huge board of Sunehree.
Ram Kishan Sarees
Ram Kishan Sarees Chandni Chowk is a gem, tucked away in a corner near Kamal bhai. The lehengas which they offer are absolutely stunning and definitely to lookout for. The price ranges from 40,000 rupees for a lehenga to 1.5 lakhs and the styles are unlimited. You get all the current styles and deigns which you must have seen at the designer stores or in the movies. Collection is inspired from designers like Sabyasachi, manish malhotra, etc. There are also beautiful gota patti anarkalis and floor length jackets for all the functions. The number of pieces might be less but whatever they have is quite unique.
High quality fabrics and embroideries and a great variety has ensured Dalmia Fashions by Aditya and Mohit are a must stop for every bride. While earlier this was a smaller store, they have now completely revamped it to make a super swanky store for your bridal needs. Apart from lehengas they also have some nice jacket silhouettes, and a lot of Sabyasachi inspired outfits. They aren’t super expensive in terms of prices, with bridal lehengas starting at 50,ooo and going over a lakh.
Shrangar being of the the oldest names in around Chadni Chowk, have undoubtedly some of the most stunning collection of all. They keep on adding great collection on their store and you might not find a particular piece again if you’ve left it thinking of coming back later. If you are looking for a heavy bridal lehenga this is the place you need to be right now. I assure you that once you pay them a visit you will not come out empty handed. You can also checkout their saree collection for yourself, you mother or sister. It is situated in the Maliwara area in Chadni Chowk but a lot of people know where it is so even if you cannot find it on your own, you ask around and everyone knows about it very well.
Sudhir Bhai is another gem I know of in Chandni Chowk and claim to have really good pieces for all the brides and there shopping. They have some stuff which is better than the rest and cheaper as well. To get the best out of this place you need to br s bit regular at their store because sometimes you might not get very good stuff but at times there will be a collection you will not be able to get your hands off as their variety keeps changing. I once scored a beautiful lehenga for 40,000 from this place and I’m quite proud of it.
Tek Chand Arjit Goel
Before going to Chandni Chowk for the first time I had only heard of two names, one was Om Prakash Jawahar and the other was Tek Chand. While Tek Chand has lesser variety, it is also cheaper and they also help you get your own customized outfits. You can hop onto this store with you mom, sisters and girlfriends. You can find them in Moti Bazaar.
Kamal Bhai Saree Sangam (Katra Pyarelal Gali)
Well this is another gem that not many people know about. Their variety is limited so sometimes you get good stuff but at times you don’t find anything useful. I found a beautiful blue colored lehenga with intricate work done on it which I had already seen at a designer store, was half the price. That was a jackpot for me and similarly can be for you as well if you search well and are lucky enough. You can also find some gorgeous customized options and dare you let them go. You can mix and match as they have some really cool options to dig into. Price wise it a tad bit cheaper than Om Prakash Jawahar bit a bit more expensive than everyone else.
For lehenga house Chadni Chowk you will see their huge hoardings everywhere in Chandni Chowk but whenever I have been here I have found pretty decent stuff. Honestly, I did not find some mirror cracking material but yes at times they have had a variety which did please me lot. So you will have to try your luck here and hunt a lot. Sometimes you can find unique stuff at this place, depends on what your personal taste is. Still may be worth a visit as it is cheaper than the big names and has quite a bit of a variety.
Smaller shops like Chetan Saris, Shringar Saris, Kalakriti:
These places are also nice for sarees, specially Kalakriti is great for anarkalis and Shringar has nice sarees. But the variety of lehengas here is not too much. You can probably do your lehenga shopping from the rest of the places I have mentioned above and come at these shops for anarkali suites and all for smaller functions. There was a beautiful peach colored anakrali with golden border which I saw at Kalakriti which was for about 35,000. And unfortunately I didn’t buy it as I had already shopped a lot before coming to this shop. But I am still, wholeheartedly, in love with it. I would suggest you guys to definitely pay a visit to these shops as well.
CTC, Chabbra & some other stores:
If you ever visit these shops I doubt you would find anything classy outta here. Their collection is very different for atleast my taste. Inspite of telling the salesperson that I do not like bling a lot rather I prefer designs similar to Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra, which is obviously on a more subtle and classy side, he kept showing me heavy blingy lehengas with weird colors which I absolutely did not like. So I wouldn’t these places to any of my friends. But if you still wish to go and have a look as their prices are quite cheap as compared to all the other stores.
Things to Remember While In Chandni Chowk:
- Those of you who have ever been there – ever – I genuinely want to warn you that it is not easy to shop in Chandni Chowk. There are zillions of people on top of each other trying to fit inside narrow lanes which are so damn narrow that only one person can fit in at a time and I’m not even exaggerating. If you are not from Delhi, I would recommend please take someone along wih you who knows about the market. The shops don’t have addresses and everyone just knows where they are by name.
- You have to very careful of those lehenga agents that take you to different shops just to get commissioned. Even if you just ask them a shops name they might end up taking you to a different one and at times these fake shops run away with your money. So you need to be very very careful while going shopping and know exactly where the shops are and if needed ask a fellow shopper for directions.
- Bargain. It works in Chandni Chowk.
- It is better to order on an existing sample. Changing colors, a little bit of emrboidery on the blouse or little changes to dupatta is fine but do not ask for a major overhaul of a lehenga here.
- Please don’t forget to stop for some chaat, chola kulchas and mutton korma from Karims. Even if you get admitted to the hospital the next day with heart diseases, diarrhea or any other problem, it’s bloody worth it!
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