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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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!
1. Chandni Chowk: An old and traditional market in Delhi, bustling with life – merchants unloading goods early in the morning, endless famous eating joints, lanes sprawling with people buying silver, clothing, books and knick knacks. Consider this a one stop food expedition and try out chaat and dahi bhallas at Natraj, snacks at Samosa and Jalebi Wala, Gali Parathe Wali for fried parathas and savour authentic delicacies like kachori, poori-bhaji, motichoor laddoos, rabri falooda and more at this street packed with eateries. Non-veg lovers don’t forget Karim’s at Delhi’s busiest marketplace. Not just food, but lanes dedicated to hardware, art and craft, jewellery, wedding cards etc. are found here and it is the best place for wholesale buying, while retaining the charm of Old Delhi.
Remember the lines from the movie Kabhi khushi kabhi ghum," Chandu ke chacha ne Chandu ki chachi ko Chandni raat mein Chandni Chowk mein chandi ke chamche se chutney chatayi"....Speaking these lines without fumbling was a matter of achievement then. Chnadni choek is in Old Delhi, where you find everything moving on the streets, be it the cars, scooters, hand pulled carts, animals creating buzz and chaos. There are ample of shopping markets and bazaars where electronic items , clothes and jewelleries can be purchased at a lower price. Even the food here taste worthy.
The road trip commenced from Chandni Chowk Road, which is the center for shopping for all shopaholics along with the delicious food and street chat. We hired a Innova car and it was the beginning of one of the most exciting trip at around 2 in the afternoon.
Street Photography at Chandni Chowk After the breakfast i decided to go to Chandni Chowk for doing some street photography as I had to submit my entry for the Street Photography Competition organized by my college . When it came to street photography , I could not think of any other place but Chandni Chowk( The so called old Delhi) . Me and my friend were totally unaware of the so many streets of this place but still we started walking down the streets in search of some good photographs. Chandni Chowk actually makes you believe that you have gone back in time. We walked for some 40 minutes taking photographs and then realized that somehow we have come near the entrance of the Jama Masjid. I wanted to see Jama Masjid(the biggest mosque of Delhi) from so long but was never able to and today unknowingly I was standing in front of it. So I guess this was the surprise of the day. Then after my close inspection of the whole masjid from outside( As of course girls are not allowed to go inside) we took a rikshaw to go to Nayi Sadhak as my friend had to buy some books . There at Nayi Sadhak I discovered books at so much lower cost than the market price, so even I bought some novels. Now the warning is : that roaming around chandnichowk can make you really tired as it is really crowded and packed, but can surely give it's visitors a totally different taste of Delhi.
The buzzing streets crowded with people, bordered with the saree shops on each side, rickshaws on the roads, shopkeepers insisting you to buy some stuff describe Chandni Chowk the best. People often say that the real Old Delhi is situated in Chandni Chowk. It's the heart of Old Delhi. Foodies can go to 'paraanthey waali gali', which is a famous place, to enjoy different kinds of delicious paraantheys.
I love this place for the wholesale market but the crowd can be a bit too much. The lanes are small for people to walk on but every now and then a bike or tuk-tuk will venture in these lanes and then you will hear people vent their anger. The market area has a lot of shops in the lanes selling sareers, fabrics, stationery, decorations, appliances, hardware, jewelry and food!