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The Secret Monuments Of Chandni Chowk

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Chandni Chowk is also known as Delhi 6 as the PIN code of the area is 110006. The market is an old part of Delhi which still moves at a very leisure pace that is its own. The market is more than three centuries old and is densely populated; the market was once visited by merchants from Turkey, China, Holland, etc.

If you happen to be in Delhi and are looking forward to spending some time in the one of the oldest markets in the country, well then take your time and get to Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is truly an explorer's paradise. Take a look at some of the spots and make it a point to start exploring.

Chunnamal Haveli

Chunnamal Haveli

The haveli is the creation of a well-known textile merchant of the bygone era; the Chunnamal Haveli is an excellent spot for one to revisit the beauty of old India.

Chunnamal had around 30 properties around Delhi out which only this particular haveli is the residence of his descendants even in the present times.

Lala Chunnamal built the haveli in the year 1850. It has 128 rooms and is filled with glorious interiors and imported artifacts; and, along with it comes a long history.

Haveli Dharampura

Haveli Dharampura

Most of the havelis in the Delhi 6 area, built by courtiers in the 19th century, have been abandoned and many of them are, at present, in ruins.

The Haveli Dharampura was built in the year 1887 AD and is an exception from the others as the structure has been restored, over a period of 6 years, to its past glory.

The haveli is a beautiful example, which gives hope to the other havelis around the place that have been forgotten and deserted.

Bhagirath Palace

Bhagirath Palace

The Bhagirath Palace, in present times, is better known as the largest electronic goods market and sets aside its long history. The structure has high arches and roman pillars which stand tall; and, is now identified as the SBI building.

The palace belonged to Begum Samru, a Kashmiri nautch girl, who later grew to become the ruler of Sardhana in Meerut and a powerful chieftain.

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Kinari Bazar

Kinari Bazar

Kinari Bazar was earlier known as the commercial hub of the Hindu population of Shahjahanabad. The bazar was witness to the changing social and communal relations in the area during the British era. The lane of the Bazar was home to many Muslim families who were displaced during the revolt in 1857.

Although Hindus replaced Muslims in the years since, there was no communal tension in the area and the bazar stands as an example of India's diversity.

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Chitli Qabar Bazar

Chitli Qabar Bazar

The bazar is the foodies corner in Delhi. The food they relish comes along with stories of the past. The Chitli Qabar is found at an intersection of four lanes and the Qabar, or grave at the bazar, is believed to be that of a goat.

The believers of this story and the shopkeepers around the area can be seen offering flowers and seeking blessings at the grave everyday.

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 Khari Baoli

Khari Baoli

The Khari Baoli is a stepwell which was constructed sometime during the 1650's along with the Lahori Gate. The stepwell was used for bathing purposes by animals during the reign of Shah Jahan.

The spice market in the area has been functioning since the 17th century and is considered as Asia's largest spice market.

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 Chaurasi Ghanta Mandir

Chaurasi Ghanta Mandir

The Chaurasi Ghanta Mandir is one amongst the several temples in the crowded lanes of the Sita Ram Bazar and is well known amongst the locals.

The shrine gets its name from the 84 bells tied to one string which was found here. The 84 bells ring together at the same time to represent the 84 lakh cycles which a soul takes to be born as a human.

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