Delhi Book Fair


DUBeat brings to you a basic guide to some of the most common book markets around Delhi NCR to buy college books from.

As the new semester rolls out and we get out of our beds to get to college again, we again enter the struggle for acquiring books, both, new, or first-hand. For those in or around the North campus, it is relatively easier with Kamla Market and ‘The Bookstore’, ‘Amar Books’ etc.  yet for those who aren’t able to easily access these stores or simply those who can’t find all books here there are plenty of other decent and cheap places that one can go to, to get their semester books.

The list bellow will provide you with various options to explore:

  • Paharganj – a traveller’s ghetto, situated opposite to the New Delhi Railway Station, this main market provides with not only books but other beautiful accessories as well, an easy to bargain place where most of your basic books are found easily.
  • Chawri Bazar – little needs to be explained about this place, as it is already well known amongst all, the stationary and books lane is right next to the metro exit no. 3/4, a largely wholesale market, which also has a lot of shops selling single books at very low prices.
  • Daryaganj – another place that needs no introduction, one of the most famous book markets in Delhi. A haven for all bookworms, it is a must visit place for not only college but any and all kinds of books.
  • Rajiv Chowk/ Connaught Place – right in the centre of Delhi,  this place is filled with all kinds of markets, and needless to say you can find books as well, from second hand stores on roadside to proper shops from college books, it posses all stores to cater all needs.
  • Atta Market – opposite the famous Noida Sec. 18 market is Atta Market a cheap market for all goods, as such it also has a lane for books an other stationary, with multiple shops selling second and first hand books at discounted prices.
  • Book Fairs at Pragati Maidan – not a lot of people don’t know about the famous book fairs of Pragati Maidan, apart from the international book fair, that happens annually, there are multiple simple book fairs that are set up multiple times around the year, one can be on the look out for them and easily go and grab books straight from the publishing house stalls set up there.
  • Sadar Bazar – This market in Gurugram is one of the largest book markets in NCR. From Engineering Physics book to any English course book, you can find everything here at the cheapest prices. The innumerable shops crowded together here also stock new arrivals so do keep an eye out and you might have a deal in your hands.


These basic well known and dependable markets around Delhi are the best solution to those in search for where to get college books from cheap. As such there are sure to be other places as well, and we would love to hear from you guys If you know of any other such market. We hope this article will help all those who were having a hard time looking for book markets, to either buy or sell books.  



Feature Image Credits: The Indian Express

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wallahs, entrepreneurial in their endeavors as they are, willing to take you to the book fair. Initially, it seemed like a bad idea since the fair was at a short walking distance, however, owing to all the construction in and around Pragati Maidan, it made sense to us after we had walked till gate no. 1 but to no avail. The rains have not really helped in the process and have only made the situation worse by turning the whole way into an obstacle course, with waterlogged muddy pathways. Once you are inside, there is a shuttle bus system that is in place and would take you to Hall no. 7, where the fair was. The queues were long and it took us a while to reach our destination. The book fair in itself was smaller in size as compared to the one last year. The publishers were pretty much the same, with close to no new offerings. However, if you had not been to the book fair before, this was definitely the time to. We found various English classics and a lot of course-related books for DU students. If you are good at navigating through busy crowds and making your way to the heaps of books that can be bought at the number of 3 for 100, you are doing book fairs right. Personally, the collection wasn’t as varied as one would like it to be but still worth a visit for any book enthusiast   Feature Image Credits: India Trade Promotion Organisation Anoushka Singh [email protected]]]>

2015 has ended and whether the year was great or terrible for you, it’s over. Now’s the time to look forward towards the year ahead and this certainly calls for a special beginning. Here’s a list of some of the most happening fairs and festivals taking place in Delhi this month:

  1. Great Indian Food Festival

Relish delicacies from different parts of India. Enjoy with your friends and family and get lost in the aroma of special dishes from Delhi, Amritsar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Rajasthan and other various cities of India.

When: 23rd – 24th January 2016
Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura, New Delhi
Timings: 12pm-11pm

  1. World Food and Wine Festival

It brings delicious food and exotic wines from all over the world. The Festival also features many food related competitions and fun zones for all age groups.

When: January 30 – January 31
Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Gate No 2
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium
Timings: 12pm to 10 pm

Image Credits: www.worldfoodwinefest.com
Image Credits: www.worldfoodwinefest.com


  1. India Art Festival

The biggest art fair held in Mumbai is holding its Delhi edition with exquisite art galleries along with some prominent artists from across the world.

When: 14 – 17 January
Where: National Stadium
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Timings: 12pm – 8pm

  1. Dastkari Craft Bazaar

Dastkari Craft Festival, organised by Dastkaari Haat Samiti, features handicrafts from all over India and Myanmar.

When: 1 – 15 January
Where: Dilli Haat, INA
Nearest Metro Station: INA
Timings: 11am – 9pm

  1. World Book Fair

Asia’s biggest book fair is finally back and brings more than 1000 books on philosophy, language and literature. Apart from that, various panel discussions and dramatic performances will also take place this year. ‘The Cultural Heritage of India’ is the theme of the fair this year.

When: 9 – 17 January
Where: Pragati Maidan
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan
Timings: 11am – 9pm

  1. Crime Writer’s Festival

This one’s for all the thriller readers out there. Get an opportunity to hear crime writers, journalists and filmmakers from all over the world like Jerry Pinto, Avirook Sen and Ravi Subramanian, sharing their experiences and views about crimes in society and various plots.

When: 16 – 17 January
Where: Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timings: 10am – 7pm

Image Credits: www.crimewritersfestival.com
Image Credits: www.crimewritersfestival.com


  1. Neon Music Festival

Visit the biggest musical event of the nation with some of the best talent from the world of trance, EDM, dubstep, deep house, tropical & PSY, while covered in ultra neon.

When: 30 Jan
Where: JLN Stadium, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium
Timings: 5pm – 10pm


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For true bibliophiles, Delhi book fair could surely be called as a paradise on Earth. The aura inside the fair was mesmerising for whereever you might look you would find only books. The Fair was organized from the 4th -9th September at Pragati Maidan and was a grand success. Every day thousands of book lovers poured in and bought dozens of books.

While walking across the hall, one would be tempted to stop several times at the various stalls where books were being sold at the most amazing prices. At most of the stalls one could easily pick up their favourite novel priced of only 99 rupees. The crimson smell of old and new books filled the air, tantalizing the visitors to stay longer. New popular trends in reading were clearly evident. Books by authors like James Patterson, Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown and John Grisham were being sold like hot pancakes. Though books of high literary value were difficult to find, but one could try their luck at a few places and get hold of some old classics. Chetan Bhagat was definitely the favourite book seller among all age groups. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, popularly known as “mommy porn” was in huge demand.

A large part of the crowd also comprised of children accompanied by their parents and the book fair had lots to offer them. Story books, colouring books, encyclopedias, books based on school curriculum were in abundance. The stationary mart was another major attraction. Most of the big stationery companies like Reynolds, Luxor, Uniball and many others had set up their stalls and were peddling their goods at highly discounted rates. The sale at the Archie’s arcade was a steal were most of the goodies were being wholesaled at a discount of 50 %.

Another major section of the fair had huge galleries set up by some popular names like Rupa, Om Book Shop, S.Chand etc. Foreign publishers like Cambridge had also put up their booth where the research papers and manuscripts written by reputed teachers and students were made available to the public. Spiritual organizations like ISCKON and the Art of Living had also set up their arcades where books, CDs and posters that propagated their teachings were being sold. The major attraction however was the e-book stall. The audience, especially the young were appreciative of the inevitable change in the style of reading that has taken place over time. Since, this book fair also celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema, classics of different genres and languages were also screened in the evenings.

Visiting the book fair can prove to be an enlightening experience- it helps us to realise how much knowledge and wisdom can actually be gained by reading books- as if in a time machine, you are transported to a different world altogether where the absurdities of daily life don’t hinder your thought process. Hence if you couldn’t make it to the fair this year, do try not missing it the next year for it is worth a visit.