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Chandni Chowk: A Chaotic Wonder!

Written By: Akshatha Vinayak

"Old is Gold" and Chandni Chowk is pure gold in Old Delhi! Obviously, anyone who visit Delhi should not forget to experience the flavour of the famous Shahjanabad (Old Delhi). What began as a brainchild of Jahanara Begum, is now a historical market Chandni Chowk!

Busy Chandni Chowk street

The Busy Chandni Chowk
Photo Courtesy: Juan Antonio F. Segal

Once named after a pool that beautified the place by reflecting the moonlight is shining like the Chand (moon) even to this day. The electrifying aura of this age old market is also captured and glorified in several Bollywood movies like Chandni Chowk to China, Delhi 6, etc.

Food stall at Chowri Bazaar

Food stall at Chawri Bazaar
Photo Courtesy: Prateek Rungta

Wonder why such hype for a market? Of course, it is the mouth watering food that rules the roost! Who won't be attracted to some 1000 kinds of sweets and several local dishes like parathas, chole kulche, dahi bhallas, chaats and samosas?

Amritsari Kulcha in Chandni Chowk

Amritsari Kulche
Photo Courtesy: Prateek Rungta

Do you know that even the famous Haldirams began in Chandni Chowk? Apart from the number of street food joints, it is one of prime areas with centuries old confectioners.

Interestingly, the Moonlit Square (Chandni Chowk) is not just for the food lovers, it is surrounded by the historical places and religious sites. One of the well-known monuments, the Red Fort is just near Chandni Chowk.

Curiously, the market is surrounded by various religious sites! Jama Masjid, Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Sikh Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Shiva Temple, Baptist Church is in the vicinity. It is nothing less than a wonder to see people co-exist in a world in itself.

A shop at Khari Baori Street

A Shop at Khari Baori Street
Photo Courtesy: Bahnfrend

Gliding through the ever crowded Chandni Chowk and tasting the yummy jalebis is going to be a task. The tales of this heritage centre is the one that takes us back in time to the Mughul era.

When the rest of New Delhi glitters in modernity, the Old Delhi is a strike contrast to it. It is an entirely different world which retains its olden charm.

Make a visit to this enchanting place to feel the pulse of the real Delhi.

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