When it’s hot in Delhi, the only thing to wear is cool, “chikan” work clothing.

And the classic place to buy these light, summery clothes is at Lal Behari Tandon, an unassuming, low-key shop in Aurobindo Place market, to which shoppers have been beating a path for years.

Selling only Lucknowi chikan, and only classic designs, the prices are more than reasonable, the service unfailingly polite, as they open kurta after kurta after kurta for you to choose exactly which embroidered design you wish to buy.

Nothing fancy about the interior.  Nor the prices, which suits most shoppers just fine.

The Aurobindo Place shop, below

Helpful sign in the changing room :

4 Aurobindo Place market

Hauz Khas

New Delhi 110016

Phone :011-26986552

I have never told the staff, over the years I have been shopping there, that I write and blog, and obviously I buy my own clothing.

Personally recommended.


  1. Your shop in Aurobindo Market comes highly reccomended but when I have stopped by you are not open. Do you have regular hours and what are they?

    Looking forward to shopping at your store.

    Thanks so much.

    Katie Malone

    Katie Malone
    1. Dear Katie. I don’t work at/with the shop – I am an independent blogger. What I can tell you, though, is that shops do open pretty late here in Delhi, and that some markets have a closing day – perhaps you went too early/on an “off” day. Sorry to sound vague, but that’s all I can think off.


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