Daryaganj is a flea market, but it offers much more than just leftovers. On the visual level, the bazaar is everything but dazzling. Every Sunday the book merchants lay out mats – or whatever material they happen to have – straight on the pavements, between small shops, the busy street, and the small streams of dirt that flow along the roads.
Most assemble the books in neat rows, but some put them in stacks that lean against the walls of the back-alley buildings, and a few simply leave their belongings in unruly piles. Yet, after every visit to Daryaganj I return with almost 20-25 books.
If you can ever spare a Sunday morning, go to this place! If not for the books, just for the charm of it! Then, head to Karim’s or Al Jawahar for their ever so-famous breakfast menu of Nihari & Paya.