Chandni Chowk Delhi
Vibrant traditional baazars, exciting life patterns, pleasing atmosphere, a vibe of unity and secularism, and happy crowds - you are in Chandni Chowk, the greatest trading hub of Delhi. Chandni Chowk or the 'Moonlight Square' lets you walk down the memory lanes when the walled city of Shahjahanabad was raised in the 17th century. Located in Old Delhi, it the most densely populated market area known for its legendary historical landmarks and exciting shopping options.
Chandni Chowk was founded in 1650 by Jahanara, the daughter of Shahjahan. During that era, the shops bordered the street that led to the beautiful Red Fort. There was also a pool in the main market which has now been changed into a foundation.
Chandni Chowk is home to religious shrines of all the major religions in India. The most important ones are:
- Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir (Jainism)
- Jama Masjid (Islam)
- Gurudwara Shish Ganj (Sikhism)
- Gauri Shankar Temple (Hinduism)
- Sunehri Masjid (Islam)
- Baptist Church (Christianity)
These holy shrines signify national unity, secularism and brotherhood.
Being one of the biggest trading hubs in the country, Chandni Chowk has acquired international popularity due to its world class shopping options which include garments, electronic goods, toys, household items and eatables. The Katras are known for jewellery, fabrics, sweets and food items. This is a great hub for foodies where they can enjoy jalebis, peras, fruit chaats, biriyanis, kebabs, etc. Those buying clothes can pick chikan and zari, intricate traditional lace work and embroidery.
Enjoy mouth-watering delicacies at:
- The Ghantewala Halwai
- Natraj's Dahi Bhalle
- Kanwarji Bhagirathmal Dal-bhaji wallah
- Paraanthewali Gali (known for numerous kinds of stuffed paranthas)
- Bikaner Sweet Shop
- Gianiji ka Falooda
- Karim (known for awesome non-veg items)
Other famous sections of Chandni Chowk market are:
- Katra Neel
- Bhagirath Palace
- Kinari Bazaar
- Dariba Kalan
- Chhatta Chowk Bazaar
Being a place of such a diverse population, Chandni Chowk is known for its vivacious celebrations of Republic Day Parade on 26th January, and all other major Indian festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Id-ul-fitr, Sikh, Jain and Christian festivals .