Chandni Chowk Delhi
Chandni Chowk is also called Moonlight Square, one of the oldest markets in India and located in Old Delhi. The market was designed by Princess Jahanara Begum, the favorite daughter of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and built in the 17th century AD. The market bazaar is in a square shape with a pool in the center of the market complex. In olden days the complex contained 1560 shops and seems very wide and long. In the beginning, the shops built in half moon shaped pattern, in the later years the Chandni Chowk lost its shape due to the remaining space occupied with many shapes. During the Mughal rule, the market was famous for silver marketing and place to buy valuable gems.
Many European merchants visit the market to buy Silver and valuable Diamonds. In the Hindi language, the silver is called Chandi so that the market was famous as Chandni Chowk.
Chandni Chowk Market After the Mughals
After Emperor Shah Jahan, other Mughal emperors also supported the market to continue its fame in the world. In 1863 British India constructed the Delhi Town Hall near the Chandni Chowk. In 1950, the pool in the center of the market replaced by a clock tower. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the market demolished partially and went into gloom for a few years. There are also some buildings which are the places for various trading. They are
Haveli: This is a mansion with a big courtyard. Each of the four directions has spacious rooms. Here we can see numerous shops with a variety of materials and valuable objects.
Food at Chandni Chowk
The Chandni Chowk is the destination for not only the shopping interested people but also for the variety of dishes. Here the dishes are very oldest and we can see the most famous restaurants. Most of the restaurants were founded hundreds of years ago. Especially, the variety of sweet items, kebabs near Jama Masjid and other Mughal time food products are very famous at this place. The pan shops and Tea stalls are located at every corner of the roads.
Facts about Chandni Chowk
The Market seems very big, however, there are only three main street in Chandni Chowk.
The area is not only famous for fashion and shopping but also for its food.
We can see here four different religious buildings like Jain Mandir, Church, Masjid and Gurudwara.
The famous Delhi Town Hall also located within Chandni Chowk.
Many moves were shot at the place to show the rich culture of traditional India.
Shopping Destinations in Chandni Chowk
Kucha: we can see here some houses with shops. The owners occupied the places and formed them as their houses and trading centers.
Katra: Here the skilled craftsmen made a variety of objects which are very attractive. The same craftsmen sell their materials at the place. These craftsmen play the roles of making and trading.
Nai Sadak: This area is interested in the Book reading lovers. This Nai Sadak is the place for stationery and books. The students, book reading lovers, unemployees, the job aspirants always roam around the market for the books.
The Indian Women fond of wearing jewelry, gold and valuable items. Such women visit the market frequently to choose the right designs. Dariba Kalan famous for a variety of jewelry, gold items, valuable gems, and handcrafted jewelry. The cost of the ornaments is very cheap to compare other markets in India. The perfumes also another attracting item available at Chandni Chowk.
Chawri Bazar: The Chawri Bazar is famous for a variety of wedding cards. Paper products are another objects available here. Here the paper objects are famous all over India. Many tourists visit the market to buy Paper products.
Kinari Bazar: The Bazar is the place for wedding items. We can buy here every material for wedding rituals. The prices are bearable for everyone in society. The dress materials, the bride and bridegroom dresses, ornaments, motifs, ribbon laces, and many materials also available here to buy.
Bhagirath Palace: Bhagirath Palace market is famous for electronic and electrical items. We can buy here any electronic material at cheap rates. The decorative lamps and lighting items are broadly available and the rates are very less to compare with any other Indian market. This market is the biggest market in Asia.
Ballimaran Market: The Balimaran Market is famous for shoes and sandals. Hundreds of varieties of the shoes available at cheap rates. Here the shoe varieties are not available in any market in India.