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An itinerary to Chandni Chowk, Delhi

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Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. If you are planning to visit the market, you would need a proper panning to explore it in and out. The present day Chandni Chowk is situated in Old Delhi. However, it was once made the capital city in 17th Century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and fondly named Shahjahanabad. As mentioned, today it is one of the most crowded and busiest areas of the city. You will find a plethora of sights ranging from tantalising eateries, bustling shops and much more. Here’s an itinerary on how and what to do in Chandni Chowk.

1. Accessibility: Chandni Chowk is easily accessible by Delhi Metro. Take the yellow line metro and get off at Chandni Chowk metro station. The moment you de-board the train, you will feel the high-spirited and vivacious aura of Old Delhi. The best way to explore the area is by foot and may be a rickshaw only if you don’t prefer walking.

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2. Where to Start: You can start off by visiting the Shri Digambara Jain Lal Temple which houses images and statues of revered Jain figures such as Lord Mahavira and Lord Parasnath. It is the oldest Jain temple in the capital. You can also visit the bird hospital inside the temple.

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3. What Next: Directly across the temple is the massive and historically important Red Fort. It was the main residence of Mughal dynasty emperors for nearly 200 years. Even today, Red Fort holds a dignified position as every year on India’s Independence Day, the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag here and delivers a speech that is broadcasted nationally.


4. Keep Going: The next destination is the Hindu temple, the Gauri Shankar temple built in the honour of Lord Shiva. The lingam and statues built inside the temple are believed to be 800 years old. After your visit to the temple continue walking west and you will come across the famous Jalebiwala, almost a 100 years old sweet shop. Feast your taste buds to the yummilicious Jalebis that will make you want more.

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5. Shopping Time: Next, you can shop for some fine silver jewellery along Dariba Kalan Road. Some of the jewellers also offer gold and costume jewellery. And if you are planning to get married, Kinari Bazaar in Chandni Chowk is the place to be. Since Chandni Chowk is a popular wholesale market, you can get a very good deal for all your wedding shopping such as bridal wear & accessories. There are also a vivid variety of thrift shops which offer a wide range of perfumes, furnishings, electronics, etc.


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5. Food’s Calling: Just turn left on the Kinari Bazaar lane and you will land to Paratha Wali Gali, a lane that features an assortment of parathas and is devoted to serving the best. Your next culinary visit must be the renowned Karim’s at Jama Masjid. It’s a well-known eatery that boasts of mouth-watering kebabs and curries in town. Don’t be fooled by the humble setup, Karim’s serves some of the captivating lamb and chicken recipes.

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Chandni Chowk has indeed a lot to offer. With cramped streets and historically rich character, it has an enthralling energy that is waiting to be unraveled.

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