What I can tell you INA is a great place to get to know.
If you need something and are not sure where to get it, then go to INA. It’s pretty big and has plenty of options. There’s probably one of the widest selections of imported food stuffs that you’re going to get in any of Delhi’s outdoor markets, so it is no surprise that there are lots of expatriates milling about.
The main market is square shaped with shops running through in grid lines. If you’re anything like me, you’ll still manage to get lost in its labyrinth interior. Fear not. I’ve always found it a safe space.
Many of the stores facing Sri Aurobindo Marg offer Indian and imported western grocery foods, but you’ll need to venture inside for the best selection of fruit and veggies, silks and sarees and pots and pans. There’s a couple of dairies selling succulent paneer and you can take your pick of the masala vendors that sell every spice under the sun.
There are some booze shops off to the south of the main market area. If you want something ask anyone and someone, somewhere, probably sells it.
But be aware. Or beware. There’s a butchery at the back.
If you want to see and hear where your meat comes then head here. It’s an educational experience, but it’s not for the faint hearted. A visit to the butchery may be upsetting for both kids and adults, so watch where you walk. Finally, there’s a fish market if you fancy cooking up some coastal cuisine. Watch out, it’s located right by to the butchery.
INA has a metro station named after it on the yellow line.
When is it closed: Mondays