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Gadodia Market

Location: South of Khari Baoli, Asia's largest wholesale spice market

Famous as: Spice wholesaler's storing area

Time to visit: On all days, except on Sunday

Preferred Timings: 11.30 am to 6.00 pm

Admission Fee: Free and open to all.

Photography charges: nil

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this market, or they can hire auto-rickshaws, taxis and metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Main

Functional Metro Station:Delhi Main

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

(All data as of July 2005)

Gadodia Market, which lies south of Khari Baoli, is a spice wholesaler's storage area. The entrance is through a covered arcade that directly takes visitors into a small courtyard lined with storerooms with giant-sized old-fashioned weighing scales. Built by Seth Lakshmi Narayan Gadodia in the early 20th century, the place is so busy during the peak market hours that it is nearly impossible to reach the open square area.

Here you can see laborers with their long barrows struggle with loading and unloading the sacks of spices. However, one must make it a point to visit it to see various types and qualities of items like turmeric, reetha nuts, ginger, saffron, lotus seeds, pickles, chutneys and edible leaves of silver paper used to coat sweets and cakes.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01