Chandni Chowk: All You Need To Know About Delhi’s Biggest Shopping Hub
Before reading this post, must read the master post on Places to visit in Delhi: Dilli Darshan
You are probably already familiar with the streets of Chandni Chowk. Well, why wouldn’t you be? This market has been around for more than three centuries and is famous not only in India, but all over the world. Now, if you are someone who doesn’t know much about this place or are completely unaware about it, we will be glad to help you out!
Here’s a guide to the biggest shopping hub in Delhi which could fail all the other ones without even trying!
Shopping Markets In Chandni Chowk
In Chandni Chowk, you’ll find anything and everything, and the prices too will not make you cringe. The market is divided into several smaller markets which are famous for and dedicated to selling specific things. Here is a list of them:
1. Nai Sarak
Nai Sarak is famous for dealing in school and college textbooks, books for competitive exams, and the basic stationery items. They also have fiction and non-fiction novels, books in other languages, and basically books related to just everything. These can be new or previously used, but they will always be in a good condition. And what’s best, almost everything you get here will be at wholesale prices. The market remains closed on Sundays.
2. Dariba Kalan
This place is all about silver! Though you will find many more things like attar (natural perfumes), Kundan and Meenakari jewellery, but the speciality is the silver products. The silver jewellery items like earrings, necklaces, anklets, nose pins and nose rings among many other things are exceptionally beautiful and famous. Also, the prices of everything you will find here are comparitively much lesser than what you might get from somewhere else.
3. Khari Baoli
Spices are one of those things which India is famous for all over the world. The vast variety of spices that we use in our everyday life are something which seem very fascinating to most regions around the globe. The Khari Baoli market is a place where you will find all kinds of spices and herbs, nuts, dried fruits, etc. From usual to the most rare and exotic, there’s nothing you won’t find here. Head here for the kind of stuff that will make your taste buds experience something they never have before!
4. Kinari Bazar
The Kinari bazar is mostly famous for all the crazy wedding shopping you can do. Zari and Zardozi trimmings and tinsel, fabrics, borders, laces, and so many more things can be found here. Apart from that, you can also find fancy party wear and go on a crazy shopping spree while you are here!
5. Katra Neel
The cloth bazaar of Katra Neel is another great place for wedding shopping, etc. Here you will find all kinds of fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton and muslin. There are many shops selling designer wear, sarees, lehengas, salwar-suits, etc. And don’t worry, they also have great menswear, just in case you were wondering.
6. Bhagirath Palace
Mainly famous for fancy and elegant lights, basic or decorative, this place is also Asia’s largest market for electronics and electrical goods. That’s not all, there are plenty of shops which offer medical equipment and allopathic medicines. Everything here is of great utility and at crazy cheap prices, definitely worth considering if you want to buy this stuff.
7. Moti Bazar
This place got its name after the cute little things that are sold here. Moti means pearls which are the main attractions here. Also famous for beautiful shawls to compliment those pearls. Head here for adding a twist to your style!
8. Ballimaran Market
Known for the numerous opticians and footwear shops, you will be amazed to see the variety you’ll find here. From vintage style glasses and shoes to the latest trends, they’ve got everything. The prices will also delight you. If you want some crazy Ray-Ban dupes for as much as Rs. 50, this is where you need to go!
9. Tilak Bazar
Kids, this is not for you, you can skip this and jump right to the next point. And especially not for those science students like me who wanted to burn down the chemistry lab. Nope.
This market is known for the Chemical Manufacturers & Dealers. Other than the chemicals, you can also get plastic jars, bottles, glass containers, vials, etc for storage purposes. Don’t go here unless you are the Chemistry Lab in-charge (jk).
10. Kucha Choudhary Market
Also called the Camera Market or the Photo Market, the Kucha Choudhary Market is Asia’s largest hub for selling cameras and related products. They deal in all kinds of cameras, from the vintage ones to the latest ones, from the regular ones to the best of professional cameras, DSLRs, Polaroids, camera essentials like bags, UV filters, lenses and lens cleaning kits, tripods, and just everything possible! That’s not all, they also do repairs. You won’t even have to bargain here as the prices are already so pocket-friendly.
Places To Eat In Chandni Chowk
Now let’s talk about the places where you must eat when you go to Chandni Chowk.
1. Paranthe Wali Gali
Probably the first thing that comes in mind when you think about Chandni Chowk or Old Delhi, the Paranthe Wali Gali never fails to please your taste buds! This gali has many shops serving a huge variety of Paranthas with a Sabzi, Aloo, and various types of Achaars. There is also the Kulhad vaali Lassi to complement them perfectly!
Highlights: Parantha shops that are centuries old
Must haves: Paneer Parantha, Papad Parantha
Cost for two: Rs. 250
Cuisine: North Indian
Address: Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk
2. Old Famous Jalebi Wala
The name says it all. This is one of the oldest, most famous Jalebi Walas in entire Chandni Chowk and even Old Delhi! After gorging on the crazy spicy food that Old Delhi is famous for, it is only natural for you to crave for desserts. Head here as there is absolutely no way you could go wrong with those Jalebis with Rabri!
Highlights: Vegetarian Only, Desserts and Bakes, Takeaway Only
Must haves: Crunchy Jalebi with Rabri, Aloo Samosa and Lassi
Cost for two: Rs. 100
Cuisine: North Indian
Address: Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
3. Jang Bahadur Kachori Wala
An evergreen dish, something Puraani Dilli is best known for, the Kachoris with aloo ki sabzi.
One of the most famous places for Kachoris, here at Jung Bahadur’s, you’ll be served with freshly prepared crunchy Kachoris with the spiciest Aloo ki Sabzi ever! Do head here if you’re feeling brave enough!!
Highlights: Freshly prepared food in front of you
Must haves: Kachoris with Aloo Ki Sabzi
Cost for two: Rs. 100
Cuisine: North Indian, Street Food
Address: Katra Jamun, Nai Sadak, Chandni Chowk
Contact: +91 8010871948
I don’t think we need an introduction for this one. Who doesn’t know about Karim’s?
The most famous place for everything Mughlai, the number of followers this place has is unbelievable! If you have a taste for Mughlai food, you can blindly trust Karim’s. Do head here during your Chandni Chowk visit and thank me later.
Highlights: Famous For Old Delhi Style Kebabs
Must haves: Nahari, Chicken Mughlai, Chicken Jahangiri
Cost for two: Rs. 800
Cuisine: Mughlai, North Indian
Address: Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
5. Aslam Chicken
If you are more into chicken than mutton, this is the best place to experiment with the next time you go to Chandni Chowk. Though famous for their chicken dishes, other things like fish tikka, etc are also great picks. The huge 3-floor restaurant is almost always crowded to the core and you probably would have to wait for a few minutes to get a place to sit, but we assure you, it’s definitely going to be worth it!
Highlights: Famous for Kebabs and curries
Must haves: Fish, Chicken Seekh, Chicken Grill
Cost for two: Rs. 500
Address: Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
Contact: +91 9312281022
Now it’s time to wake the explorer in you up and visit the most famous tourist attractions in Chandni Chowk!
1. Jama Masjid
The largest Mosque in India, built in 1644 during the reign of none other than Shah Jahan, this place is extremely beautiful and famous. With a capacity of seating 25,000 devotees at a time, this is the greatest architectural masterpiece after The Taj Mahal and The Red Fort, all built during Shah Jahan’s time as an emperor.
2. Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Constructed in 1783 under Baghel Singh’s supervision, this is one of the nine historical gurudwaras built to commemorate the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. The place where this Gurudwara is situated in Chandni Chowk was the place where Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam.
This place has great significance for Sikhs and Hindus. Head here for a peaceful and spiritual experience.
This was your guide to Chandni Chowk, hope you’ll visit these places soon! Do tell us how it goes!
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