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Chandni Chowk

New Delhi

14.2/5(115 Ratings)

Chandni Chowk Overview

Ranked 12 of 1270 sightseeing in New Delhi

Chandni Chowk is considered as one of the oldest and busiest markets in North Delhi. It is situated in the Shahjahanabad area between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid. On both sides of the wide Chandni Chowk streets are historical residential areas flanked by narrow lanes (galis).

It houses many temples like Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir and Hindu Gauri Shankar Temple. Apart from these temples, it also has a Gurudwara namely Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. There exist 2 mosques in this place, namely Muslim Sunehri Masjid and Muslim Fatehpuri Masjid.  

It is counted among the biggest wholesale and retail markets of India. It was built in 1650 when Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan shifted his capital to Delhi and is around 300 years old. It is believed that the Emperor's daughter Jahanara, designed this market, where an array of shops were established in a half-moon shape.

Chandni Chowk is famous all over in India for its eating joints and some of these are very old. Tourists can reach this place as the by travelling by bus to the Inter State Bus Terminal that is located very close to it.    
 

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What travellers are saying about Chandni Chowk

Experience scale
  • Good 9
  • Very Good 9
  • Excellent 6
  • Average 3
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Reviews and Ratings

Ashish Sehgal

Ashish Sehgal4.3/5

120 reviews

Amazing market with lot of shopping options

It's a great market to visit. It's very much unorganized but has lot of shopping options. One needs to be good in his negotiation skills to get the best deal from the shopkeepers. Traffic situation is also not very good.

Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran2.9/5

226 reviews

Street food

Wide waritis of street food available. Everyone having good taste from pani Puri to high class non veg as well. And one of the main market as well to purchase everything.
  • Street food
  • Street food

Parth Sabharwal

Parth Sabharwal5.0/5

368 reviews

Both retail and wholsale marjet

This place very congested place in Delhi, it is the retail market as well as wholsale market in the congested lanes, one can purchase sarees and clothing here.

Suraj  Singh

Suraj Singh3.6/5

12 reviews

Heart of old Delhi

Chandani chowk is truly the heart of Old Delhi.A huge market place for shopping.Plenty of mouth watering street food.It's a very Crowdy place with narrow streets, so do take caare of your belongings, Just in case.

Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval3.6/5

414 reviews

Fascinating Bazar

Chandni Chowk is biggest and oldest market of old Delhi. This bazaar was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 17th Century. This is one of the largest wholesale market of India also. Well known Jama Masjid is in this area. Here you will found goods of all kind and good street food also. However it is always crowded. Yet a nice visit.

Manali Verma

Manali Verma5.0/5

7 reviews

India's best place to shop anything and everything

I love this place so much. It is the place where you can get anything of any country.. Any place... And everything. You can't miss that type of place in Delhi. The price of the thing would be so less other than any market. It's Asia world's largest and cheap place to shop. You can also for interesting food items. The famous paranthe wali gali.

Srijan Srivastava

Srijan Srivastava4.3/5

114 reviews

A nice market in old Delhi

Was shown this part of OLD Delhi as a very important tourist attraction, but must confess this is certainly NOT a place for the faint hearted. Now if one is looking for cheap stuff in a filthy environment and has at least 3-4 hrs to waste then go right ahead and jump on a cycle rickshaw and ogle at the million people trying to weave their way through what is regarded as "normal" traffic during any part of the day.

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Prakash Bhatia

Prakash Bhatia4.3/5

11 reviews

Chandni Chowk - a window to Indian culture

Chandni Chowk is a probably the oldest market of Delhi. Built by the Emperor Shahjahan Mumtaz is in fact a road with Lal Qila in the east and Fatehpur Masjid in the west facing each other. On the south one can see the magnificent Jama Masjid and Old Delhi railway station in the north. As one enters from Lal Qila side one can find Gauri Shankar temple on ones left and birds hospital. Then after walking about 200 yards we find the historical Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Moving past Fountain (Fuvara) on the right is a church. Around 2 kms stretch there are hundreds of shops selling variety of goods from garments to cheap electronic items. There ate many Kuch has and Katras (lanes named after items available in that galiyan or lane eg. Gali Paranthe wali, here one can relish ghee soaked delicious parathas. Each kuchha, gali and katra has its own history. Outside Fatehpur Masjid there is famous sweet meat shop called Chaina Ram halwai famous for Karachi halwai.In fact Chandni Chowk is known for textiles. It is Delhi's biggest retail textile market. It is connected with metro and the station is named Chandni Chowk. One can savour many desi vegetarian food items which have been part of Chandni Chowk history.

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Priyanka Singh

Priyanka Singh3.2/5

5 reviews

A city with full of life

I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it - Aaron Allston.Knowingly or unaware our roots still affiliating the richness of our traditions, old beliefs. Though today we are westernised, cultured, unlocked to new beliefs, globalised, embrace new ideas, matching our footsteps to the remaining world while on the other side wholeheartedly give respect to our values. As an Indian, this mash-up of impressions make us stand out from this world, such quintessential grip of both aspects can be seen anywhere in our country, but let elect Delhi (my birth place) as a specimen for now.Where one side mirroring modern clubs and buzzy bars, fast pace running lives in metros for their corporate jobs accommodating in stylish suites and studio apartments where life is a waste with no Wifi and glittering golden night life. But have you ever glanced the puzzled complex narrow streets of old bazaar- like Chandni Chowk where plethora of reasons want you to quit your challenging paternalized routine to come back to our basics.In between to and fro journey to Jaipur and Delhi that I enjoying in double decker AC train, I'm jotting down my affair with the market at the time of photowalk couple of months back. For this outdoor session we, a bunch of people met at the Chandni chowk metro station where we decided to divide in groups of 2 each. As a resident of the place, our instructor chose narrow streets of Kinari Bazaar for our captures.Notice those unblemished old faces staring from any odd entrance of some Haveli, those wrinkled images who trying to figure out their daily wages, a chirpy mother bargaining for in vogue costume for her daughter, few devotees getting ready for their 3rd time Namaaz of the day, those road side hawkers who are dealing from authentic parathas to trendy 100 bucks accessories which is no less than any fashionable brand.Have you ever drooled for mouth watering delicious parathas to sweetened lassi? -Have you ever witnessed those antiquated buildings? Garner all such excuses, aren't they capable enough to spellbind your attention.It's hard to handle such unavoidable circumstances to get escaped from this treasured stoppage of Delhi by any local resident. For a moment, just leave exotic escapades and re-explore this centuries age old busiest market whose foundation lie in royal era designed by Shah Jahan's favourite daughter, Jahanara. Chandni Chowk/or moonlight square was famous for its silver merchants. Silver=Chandi (in Hindi); a slight deformation and here is the present name. Close to Red Fort and old railway station included a series of markets.Kinari bazaar-famous for Zari and Zardozi workKatra- cloth bazaar, fabrics like silk, satin, crepeMoti bazaar-for shawls and pearls and many more specifically for spices, electronic good, Camera, shoes.In these congested streets, I tried to capture and stole few magical bound moments. As memories are meant to fade but images not though it's not easy to stand still for any capture in choked strip of concrete. But it was fun when people thought us as media person, out of curiosity even they clasped our way to know about our excitement with our cameras. Through proper dedication we turned our noon to evening just in hope to freeze the liveliness, vibrancy, exhilaration and occupancy in that hustle bustle.

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Sahana Sullia

Sahana Sullia4.3/5

24 reviews

Soul of old Delhi

The typical Delhi street. Takes back you to the iconic old Delhi and its rich heritage. Market, red fort, street food and especially don't ever miss paranthe wali gali. You get paratha of different variety. From usual aloo, Gobi, Paneer to Nimbu, Banana.

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Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

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Pradeep Ramachandran

Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

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Pradeep Ramachandran

Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

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Priyanka Singh

Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

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Priyanka Singh

Chandni Chowk, New Delhi