Three markets from India, including two from the national capital have made it to Asia's top 20 street markets, according to a latest survey released here.
Dilli Haat and Chandni Chowk from Delhi and Arpora night market in Goa feature in the "Asia's top street markets for shopping" guide released by TripAdisor.
Thailand topped the list with the largest number of diverse street markets among the favourites followed by India and Vietnam with 3 markets each. The list includes wide variety of markets including night markets, street markets, floating markets and many more interesting formats and offerings.
"Shopping is an important part of a travel itinerary and the fact that there are a number of diverse and unusual markets in Asia for a global traveller to choose from, makes her journey a lot more fascinating," says Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
"Markets reflect the culture and tradition in a region and for a tourist they are not just places to buy interesting merchandise but also a gateway to get acquainted with the region's people and their varied attitudes towards life in general," Ganju said.
Traditionally, the bazaars of India have served as good sensory guides to the country's diversity.
Dilli Haat (Rank 13): Modelled on a traditional weekly village market, the Dilli Haat houses a range of products ranging from handloom sarees to a blend of handicrafts and food from all over India.
"The market is beautiful and has vendors from all over India selling handicrafts, beautiful textiles and artifacts. It was so colourful and beautiful; I got many souvenirs and trinkets for my family and cousins. We also ate at the different restaurants and stalls that served many cuisines of India. I would definitely recommend it," reads a review posted by a traveller from Atlanta, Geogia on the TripAdvisor site.
Arpora Night Market (Rank 15) near North Goa beach belt is a sprawling market where one finds everything from spices, teas, mouth-watering delicacies, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to unique creations of international designers, many of which may be found only here.
"This market has something for everyone! It's got live music bands, culinary feasts, drinking holes, shops shops and shops. From homemade knick knacks to Indian handicraft, from dream catchers to rustic mirrors, gypsy boxes to leather products, you name it and you get it. Dreams come true for me and my friends," a traveller