Chandni Chowk Delhi, a name synonymous to congested bylanes, hustle, and bustle of all possible mode of forgotten transport like tuk-tuks, mopeds, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, beggars and animals. Chandni Chowk Delhi, is a shock to senses, with everyone trying to get to the same place at the same time. Constant noise, people yelling in their languages, honking of horns, the smell of street food and gas fumes of street vendors is the first-hand experience that you soak. But yes, it is an experience worth visiting for, an excellent place to shop, explore, eat and soak up the life of forgotten bylanes of Delhi. In a few words, the experience of Chandni Chowk Delhi is aptly described by “Hold on and dive in”. And if you don’t love to visit bazaars which are chaotic, manic, facked, filthy, teeming, ear piercing loud, shuffle, push and then the smell of street food and/or spices then Chandni Chowk Delhi is a big NO.
Chandni Chowk market is located in the middle of Delhi city, close to Red Fort and Jama Masjid. It was conceived and set up by Shahjahan, Mughal Emperor when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. Till date, it has preserved the ambiance of the bygone era. Chandni Chowk Delhi is an old time charm coupled with the availability of commodities in all modern styles which makes it a must visit for the shopping enthusiast, foodies who cannot stop gushing on mouthwatering delicacies as well as photographers who want to capture the vibrant culture. Best way to explore and capture the spirit of Chandni Chowk is on foot and its lanes and bylanes. A few famous lanes/market in Chandni Chowk famous for wholesale rates which you can plan in your trip:
- Kinari bazaar for wedding accessories & jewelry,
- Ballimaran for footwear, vintage sunglasses and watches
- 17th-century Dariba Kalan market for jewelry made from silver/gold & imitation, kundan and meenakari and even attar/perfumes,
- Nai Sarak for books, stationery items and even art material of the foreign variety
- Katra Neel wholesale market of cloth
- Kucha Chaudhary (photo) market for any possible type of camera – vintage, DSLR, or Polaroid
- Chawri Bazaar is market for fancy wedding cards to be printed in bulk, fancy crockery, and mason jars
- Kinari Bazaar, as per its name is a wholesale market for wedding lehngas, sarees, accessories, fabric, zari, and parsi borders, ribbon laces, motifs for sarees and kurtas, and latkans too
- Khari Baoli, functional since the 17th century, is the wholesale market for all possible varieties of spices, dry fruits, nuts, and herbs. It also has exotic varieties of amlas, makhanas, red & green chilis, and dried mulberries & plums, anything you can think of, you can find here
- Fatehpuri Market and Paranthe Wali Gali – these are famous eateries markets and bylanes, also a trade center for khoya and paneer
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Enjoy your trip but with a word of caution, who dare to dive into the crowd and noise, hang on to your belongings. Life captured through lenses @ChandniChowk is still very basic but interesting to photograph!