Being awarded as one of the most crowded places in Delhi, Chandni Chowk, a place that needs no introduction, from Bollywood songs to movies, this place has been used by the film industry, as a reference, quite often.
Basically, Chandni Chowk is a Market that worth a visit, if you want to go shopping or if you want to eat delicious street food or as a tourist if you want to explore the place to see the old and amazing monuments.
Places to Visit For Shopping
The best thing about Chandni Chowk is that there is a separate market for everything that you want to shop. And you can do that if you know which street is selling what.
- If you are a student or a bookworm, Nai Sarak is a perfect place for you. Here you can find the school to college books of all kind, fiction to non-fiction books. Both kind of market, retail and wholesale, are available here.
- If you want to do the shopping for marriage, there are a lot of places in Chandni Chowk, where you can go. Dariba Kalan is famous for its silver jewelry, Kucha Mahajani is famous for its gold. In Katra Shahanshahi and Katra Neel, out of plenty of shops selling a vast variety of lehengas, sarees, sherwani, and kurtas, you can choose as per your requirement. Great place for wedding shopping, Kinari Bazaar, is selling fabrics, motifs for saris and kurtas, fancy varmalas and what not. Being specialized in the paperwork, Chawri Bazaar is a place where you can get printed wedding cards, from simple to fancy, in bulk.
- If you are here to buy fancy and decorative lights for your home, Bhagirath Palace is for you.
- Being Asia’s largest wholesale market for Electronic goods, Lajpat Rai Market you will find great stuff at cheap prices.
- Khari Baoli is a street entirely dedicated to all kinds of spices, herbs, dry fruits and nuts.
- Ballimaran Market is a place where you can find a wide variety of frames, sunglasses, and footwear.
- If you want to buy a camera and related essential accessory, Chandni Chowk has a place for you too. Kucha Choudhary Market is a place where you can find different types of cameras, from the point and shoot to DSLR to mirrorless, and accessory required for the same.
Places to visit for Food
If you are not at all interested in shopping and just want to explore this place for food, there are a lot of places available for you in or near Chandni Chowk as well.
- You can go for choley khulche to Lotan Choley Khulche in Chatta Shahji, Chawri Bazaar. With a lot of chilies and sour sauce to make it lip-smacking, it is great for a spice lover. my recommendation for you is that you should try up to medium spiciness, as it is going to be spicy enough.
- After this spicy experience, for some sweetness, you can go for jalebis to Jalebiwala, Dariba Kalan. The jalebis are made, by using pure khandasri sugar and fried in desi ghee.
- Dahi Bhalla and aloo tikki chat At Natraj Dahi Bhalla, are worth trying.
- Place known for its full-sized naans, Kake Di Hatti is a place where should go in Chandni Chowk. Here, my personal favorite is Butter Naan with Dal Makhani, Shahi Paneer, and a Soft Drink. Single Naan of this place is enough to fill up the stomach of 2 or 3 people. So, I suggest you should order accordingly.
- You can also try Rabri Faludas at Gainis Rabri Faluda.
- If you are a non-vegetarian, then you can go for mutton kurma and seekh kebab at Karim’s and for changezi chicken and biryani at Al Jawahar, Jama Masjid.
- You can go to Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan and Kanaihya Lal Durga Prasad at Paranthe Vali Gali purely famous for its different variety of paranthes. Here, you can eat stuffed paranthas deep fried in indigenous clarified butter (desi ghee), along with aloo-methi, kele-sonth ki chutney, and kaddu ki sabzi.
Places for Spiritual Visit
Apart from shopping and food, you can also do a spiritual visit in or near Chandni Chowk. It is a place where different religious places stay side by side and different religions people breathe together.
- Sri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir, which is an ancient and well-known Jain temple situated in Chandni Chowk, you must visit. Here the main statue is of Tirthankara Parshvanath (23rd Tirthankara of Avasarpani Era as per Jain Cosmology). The temple is famous for having a Bird Hospital, first of its kind in the world, treating approximately 15,000 different variety of birds in a year. The temple complex also has Jain Book Store, having a wide range of books based on Jainism.
- Also, you can go to Gauri Shankar Temple, which is located a few steps away from Sri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir. The temple inhabits the deities of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati, just behind the Lingham, and also have the deities of their two sons Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya. During Shivratri and other festivities, the temple is beautifully decorated and visited by a large number of followers.
- Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, which is a place of great reverence for the Sikh community is also a must visit. It is the place of martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru and hence having the historical significance.
- You can go to Sunehri Masjid and Fatehpuri Masjid, both situated in Chandni Chowk. Near Chandni Chowk, you can also go to Jama Masjid, which is one of the largest mosques in India. The courtyard of the Jama Masjid can accommodate 25,000 worshippers at a time.
- You can go to Central Baptist Church, one of the oldest church in North India, which has been built in the Roman Style. Even you can go to the St. Stephen’s Church, another structure from the same era, which situated in Khari Baoli, in Chandni Chowk.
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Apart from all this, you can also go to Red Fort. Every year on the Independence Day of India, the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag at the main gate and delivers a speech from its ramparts. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
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With a great place for shopping, food, and tourists, I suggest you should visit this place with your friends at least once.