Chandni Chowk

Visitor Information of Chandni Chowk

Famous for: Shopping, Food, Photography

Entrance Fee: None for this public marketplace

Visiting Time: 9:30 AM to 8 PM (Daily)

Visit Duration: 2 hours to 3 hours

The Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and also busiest markets in Old Delhi, India. Chandni Chowk is located near to Old Delhi Railway Station. The Red Fort monument is located within the market. It was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor of India Shah Jahan and also designed by his daughter Jahanara. The market was once divided by canals (now closed) to mirror moonlight and also remains to be one of India's largest wholesale markets.

The marketplace's history dates to the beginning of the capital city of Shahjahanabad when Emperor Shah Jahan established the Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River next to his new capital.

Chandni Chowk, or the Moonlight Square, was designed and also established by Princess Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's favorite daughter, in 1650 CE. Originally containing 1,560 shops, the market was 40 yards ward by 1,520 backyards long. The bazaar was formed as a square was given elegance by the visibility of a pool in the center of the complex. The pool shimmered in the moonlight, a feature which was perhaps responsible for its name. Shops were originally built in a half-moon shaped pattern, currently shed. The bazaar was famous for its silver vendors, which likewise have actually added to the name of "Silver Street" as silver is referred to as Chandi in Hindi, a small variant of which forms Chandni.

The pool in the Chowk was replaced by a clock tower (Ghantaghar) till the 1950s. The center of the market is still refered as Ghantaghar.

Nearby Restaurants - Chandni Chowk

  • Chaatwallah
  • Meghraj and sons
  • Tewari Brothers Confectioners
  • Bikanerwala
  • Annapurna Bhandar
  • Bukhara

Nearby Tourist attractions - Chandni Chowk

  • Dilli Haat
  • India Gate
  • Red Fort
  • Jama Masjid
  • City center
5 Things to Explore in Chandni Chowk

1. Street Food

One can enjoy treats like Dahi Bhalla, Aloo Tikki, Matar Kachori, Matar Samosa and also not to neglect paranthas from paranthe wali gali.

2. Spiritual Places

A visit to Old Delhi's temples, bazaars and landmarks like Gauri Shankar Mandir, Baptist Church, Sis Ganj Gurdwara, Sunehri Masjid, and Shri Digamber Jain Laal Mandir are profoundly quiet and otherworldly places in the midst of the rushing of the old city.

3. Camera Market

Just few people know that inside of the Chandni Chowk, there is Asia's best camera market. Photograph market on the Esplanade Road has a few lots of little shops offering different ranges of newest and also specialist still/camcorders and accessories.

4. Jalebi Wala

This shop is a marvel, offers amazing jalebis made in Desi Ghee. Their distinct flavor and soul-fulfilling jalebis are something you can't uncover just about anywhere.

5. Khari Baoli-

It is a wholesale market for food grains. It is an absolute necessity for the spice lovers. It has all the varieties from nuts to spices to seeds.