Best time to visit11:00 AM 4:00 PM
Things to doshop for handmade things, curios and female clothing items.
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFriends, Couples, Families, Solo
Rank21 out of 370 attractions in New Delhi
This is probably the largest and the oldest market that is there in Delhi for the past more than three centuries. This was the place where initially merchants from Turkey, Holland and other places used to visit during their business trips to India. The oldest merchants who have shops inside this market are known to have been carrying on the same business generations after generations. The true colors of Delhi can be enjoyed in this place. If you are a shopaholic then this is a must visit during your trip. The specialty of this place is that you feel like buying whatever you see out here. the main shops here are Dariba Kalan, known for pearl, gold and silver jewelry, Gulab Singh Johri Mal for attars or perfumes, Khari Baoli for spice shopping. The Kinari Bazaar is the zardosi den for all females and the Katra Neel for all kinds of fabrics. The Bhagirath Palace is Asias largest market of electronic goods and the Moti Bazar is famous for shawls and pearls.
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Reviews of Chandni Chowk • 32
Chandni Chowk talks of food, shopping and lots of shopping. You can almost spend the whole day and night shopping here, so be careful about that as you still have one more place to go to.
Chandu ke chacha ne Chandu ki chachi ko Chandni Chowk me chandni raat me chandi ke chamach se chatni chatai… Yeah you got it, it’s the popular tongue twister.Ever wondered why this popular tongue twister has connection with chutney (sauce) and Chandni Chowk. As we know that chatni is one of the important part of Indian food because of its rich spicy and tangy flavor which twists the tongue well. So, does the essence of Old Delhi’s CHANDNI CHOWK which is situated just opposite to the majestic “RED FORT” and near India’s largest mosque “JAMA MASJID”.Chandni Chowk is full of masaledaar aspects of life. It is the oldest and busiest markets, of Delhi. Criss-crossed by narrow streets with shops wrangling for space, this place gives a feel of old Delhi shopping. Since the 17th-century, this place is called a "shopper’s paradise" in Delhi. Shopping is fun here as the market is distributed in narrow streets which are filled with vibrant varieties of clothes, perfumes, electronics, jewelry and lifestyle goods. But one thing that makes it Delhi’s soul is its variety and authenticity in food.This market is segregated according to type of goods and trade done here such as Khari Baoli known to be Asia’s biggest spice markets and Chawari Bazaar where one can find hardware and copper products, and Kinari Bazaar which is the jewelry market. Also for food enthusiasts like me there is one street whole heartedly dedicated to them which is famous PARANTHE WALI GALI. One can also find various small and big food joints in the market while roaming in and around the market such as “Jung Bahadur Kachori wala” which is here since 1940’s, “Giani’s di Hatti” which is famous for its mouth watering faloodas, “Old Famous Jalebi Wala” and “Nataraj Dahi Bhalle wala” where one can have simple yet tasty chaat and yes how can I forget about GHANTEWALA, which is the one of the oldest sweet shops of the Chandni Chowk which started serving from Mughal Emperors and now to delhiites. It’s a popular visitor’s attraction known for its Sohan Halwa. Also for the fanatics of Mughlai Cuisine there’s a street wholly dedicated to them. In this market you can easily find the famous shop which serves various varieties of non-veg dishes be it changezi chicken, mutton Rogan josh or Famous Butter Chicken from "Aslam Chicken" any other lip-smacking dishes.Here one can stroll around and have a gaze on various old and picturesque havelis of Mughal Era which beautifully narrates the old and royal story of Chandni Chowk and Old Delhi when Mughals used to rule on this mighty city. These include Haveli Dharampura which will surely take you back in times of Mughal era of royalty. Other famous havelis include Chunnamal Haveli, and the iconic Ghalib ki Haveli which was the residence of Mirza Ghalib.In addition to its commercial aspect, it also has a religious side. You may wonder but its single stretch of road which is opposite to Red Fort has places of worship which belongs to 5 different religions. These are Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir (Jain), the Gauri Shankar Temple (Hindu), Sis Ganj Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh), Central Baptist Church (Christian), and Sunehri Masjid (Muslim) lined one after the other. While ascending from the temple, there is a four storied building standing which depicts a fine example of colonial architecture. Once this building hosts the court of Englishmen and after it was acquired by Delhi Bank in 1847 and now it’s the State Bank of India Office.Grandeur of Mughal emperors during their reign, oppression of later emperors like Aurangzeb, and also the National movement leading up to India's freedom Chandni Chowk in Delhi has witnessed this amazing variety of historical events in the span of about 300 years and due to all these Chandni Chowk has always been a landmark of Delhi.
At Shiv Misthan Bhandar, we had a rich bedmi (urad dal pooris) aloo breakfast with sooji halwa roasted aptly and jalebis with a tinge of sourness. The sooji halwa is to be eaten with nagoris (gol gappa like pooris) but nagoris were over by the time we reached. With great difficulty, we moved our tired of eating selves in pursuit of the abode of the maestro of Urdu and Persina poetry – Mirza Ghalib’s haveli. Gali Qasim Jan in Ballimaran, where his haveli is situated finds a very integral mention in the accounts and movies composed on his life. Hence it was thrilling to see these signages. A slow-paced guard opened the haveli for us and showed us around while dusting off the exhibits. Although saddened to see the structure, the poetry and literature loving group enjoyed being in that space, passionately and loudly reciting the excerpts from his poetry hung on the walls. It is a heritage site under the aegis of the Archaeological Survey of India, a small portion of which has been acquired from the existing owners by the government and has been converted into a museum recently.
Apart from watching fabulous Ramlila performances, you can also enjoy rides and treat your stomach with yummilicious local delicacies of Delhi. The Ramlila venues are loaded with huge food courts or stalls mainly from Chandni Chowk. When visiting Ramlilas in Delhi don't forget to eat Delhi's street food like kathi kababs , chole bhature , , tilla kulfi , chaat-papdi , kaanji-vada , hot milk and much more. Sounds delicious! Isn't it?So give a break to those monotonous cafes and restaurants of Gurgaon and Hauz Khas. Head towards these food stalls in Ramlila during Navratri to experience the authentic taste of Delhi's street food culture. Take your beloved ones to these Ramlila and enjoy the festive season with delectable food.Durga Puja Pandal Hopping In DelhiNavratri symbolizes the worship of 'Shakti' in the form of universal mother Durga. It is believed that Devi Durga descends on earth during these nine-days and heal all our problems. The festive galore of Navratri can be seen best at various Durga Puja in Delhi. Going for pandal hopping is an amazing way to enjoy the nightlife and culture of Delhi.
Delhi 6 or let me just call it Chandni chowk. It is possibly the busiest and most lively market in the whole Delhi. From parantha wali gali to marriage outfits, this place holds it all. The whole shoot of the movie 'Delhi-6' took place here, and if you have watched the movie you definitely know happening the place is.
2. Red Fort, Gurudwara Sis ganj, Gauri-Shankar Mandi and Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir.Chandni Chowk has the roots of India’s culture and the essence of what is known today as the Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb. The area is an excellent example of religious harmony. It is one of the most popular places in Delhi for food lovers.
If you are looking for the perfect camera for your travel endeavours, Kucha Chaudhary Market or simply Chandni Chowk's Photo Market is the be-all and end-all of all your camera and equipment needs.
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If you have a wedding to organise or attend anywhere on earth, the Chandni Chowk cloth market is where you go to buy everything from cloth pieces to readymade garments. The Indian attire sold here is cheap and trendy, and the friendly shopkeepers are a bonus.
This time, I along with my friend Prashant aka prashu ???? was very yearning from inside to visit Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi on the auspicious day of Dussehra. So we did not waste time on thinking whether to go or not to one of the most rush places in Delhi and we boarded in a metro from Noida to Chandni Chowk metro station, it hardly took 45 min to reach our destination.
Your trip to Delhi isn't complete without taking a food tour in Chandni Chowk and various places in old and New Delhi.Indulge your taste buds with diversity of street food in Delhi.From mouth watering kachoris,Afghani momos,faluda and kulfi in desserts,hot jalebis for the sweet tooth,spicy chaats and the rich north Indian food.A must visit place for all the food enthusiasts and shopaholics. As I entered the busy chaotic narrow lanes of old Delhi,Chandni Chowk I could see numerous wires hanging across,cycle rickshaw wallah's just rushing and making their way in the narrow lanes.Street food vendors serving you with some amazing food served and garnished with traditions,recipes which is passed from generations.It just inspires one to be a shutterbug capturing the various sights.
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I have been in Delhi for almost two decades now, but, never really got a chance to explore the city much beyond the usual places you are mandated to go, I mean school, college, work and some relatives. When I came across the page of SpinMonkey on facebook, there was an urge to really know more about the city, the places I had just heard about and never really gotten the time to explore. We never usually have time, things just keep accumulating to the “to-do list” and Anchit’s SpinMonkey helped me tick one of the to-do items from my list. I started off thinking “how will I manage to cycle so much?” and to my surprise it was easy, really easy. The way the entire tour has been designed has taken into consideration ample amount of rest and cycling such that one doesn’t feel exhausted after it. It leaves you with a huge grin on your face that you explored so much along with a fitness activity. Being in Delhi for so long, this was one of my best experiences of the city, it is absolutely safe to say that “it is must do for every new person in the city and the people who are tourists to the city”. It is an experience that stays with you and longs you for more.I started off my tour of Old Delhi, our very own “Delhi-6”. The lanes of the flower market which left me blooming with the fragrance they left to the lanes of “khari-bawli” which made me realize what we really mean my Indian spices. The heritage that we have been carrying with us, the Red Fort, Jain Temple being a house for birds, Sheeshganj Gurudwara, Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri, every religion in one lane is amusing. Chandni Chowk to Civil Lines being one pincode came to me as a startling reality. Oh and how can I forget the food, the mouthwatering food at old Delhi left me yearning for more. The entire experience of such beauty is best enjoyed when you’re cycling around the city. The experience of fresh air, the flowers blooming, the incense sticks offered at the sacred places, and of course the food could never be experienced any other way but the cycle. I have become a regular with them which had to happen, because the escapade is unmatchable. It is an absolute must for each one reading this to try!
5. Dilli ka Mashoor Aalu Chaat
The most contrasting scene in comparison to the streets of well-planned New Delhi is this main street of Old Delhi. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewellery, fabric, and electronics. It is also an excellent venue to sample Delhi’s exemplary street food. The street food of chandni chowk is worth trying.
Old Special Jalebi wale, yes! That's the name of the shop.
The famous bazaar of Old Delhi. Make sure you are wearing traditional clothes if you are a woman and bargain everything heavily.
Usually known for its distinct flavours of food.
One of the most popular markets in Delhi, Chandni Chowk is especially famous for wedding clothes.
A beautiful amalgamation of old and new, of hustle bustle and solitude and of magic and reality.
Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and famous areas in Delhi, where you can gorge on food or simply spend time shopping. P.S :- Don't forget to bargain!