Founded in 1816, Gulab Singh Johrimal, situated in the lively Dariba Kalan bazaar, is one of India’s oldest perfumeries. Known for its extensive collection of essential oils and attars (blends made from multiple plants, woods and spices that are hydro-distilled over a base of sandalwood oil), the shop preserves the centuries-old Indian deg bhapka technique, in which ingredients are heated in a copper pot (deg) and piped into a receiver (bhapka) to create pure, concentrated elixirs, each varying slightly from the next. The perfumery, which has been passed down through generations of the Lala Gulab Singh family, also specializes in hand-rolled incense, both agarbatti and the slightly smokier dhoop variety, as well as soaps infused with jasmine and amber. 467 Chandni Chowk, gulabsinghjohrimal.com.
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