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Chandni chowk is the one of the busiest markets in Delhi. It was basically established by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan because he was an art lover. He is the same King who had built world famous Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Jama Masjid.
Today’s Chandni Chowk is home to tens of thousand of people. It is basically a market for women and children with hundreds of shops selling women’s garments, toys and Indian food. It is 2km long street starting from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. People from all over the world come here to shop. A number of international tourists can be seen here all over the year.
One can visit religious places, monuments and restaurants in Chandni Chowk. It is not only popular because of being a popular market but also for its history. Chandni Chowk had been a centre for Indian freedom struggle during British Colonial Era. A number of movies and TV soaps have been shot here because of its popularity.
Apart from that, every old building has a story to tell. For instance, There is sweet shop named Ghante wala, that dates back to Mughal Era, has a very special story. Its owner says that their ancestors named this shop after a special incedent. During Mughal era, Mughal cavalcade once passed by their shop and the Elephant of the King stopped due to smell of the freshly made sweets. The elephant started ringing bell hanging in his neck and did not move until the sweets were purchased.
Chandni Chowk is a very congested area with hundreds of streets and houses. People have been living here since centuries, but due to mismanagement, their children are leaving this area as it is highly unhygenic. One can see rubbish, broken pavements, cracked walls, illegal parking etc all over Chandni Chowk.
A number of Movies and TV soaps have been shot here because of its popularity.
One of the striking features of Chandni Chowk is that it faces Red Fort. On every Independence day ( 15 August ), Prime Minister of India delivers speech to the nation from the Red fort. This tradition has been followed since 1947, when first PM of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, gave his first speech.
Other attractions are:
1. Religious Places – Gauri shanker temple, Sis Ganj Sikh Temple, Jama Masjid, Fateh puri masjid, Jain Temple, Colonial Era Baptist Church.
2. Markets – Dariba ( Jewellary ), Ballimaran ( Shoes, Slippers, Opticals, Bangels ), Fatehpuri ( Dry Fruits, Spices etc), Nai Sarak ( Books ).
3. Restaurants – Jalebi wala ( Dariba ), Haldiram ( Sis Ganj ), Kareem’s ( Jama Masjid ), Giani ( Fateh Puri ).
4. Electronics – Bhagirat place, Lajpat Rai Market.
5. Red Light Area – Sorry to Mention, but GB Road Area that lies in Chandni Chowk is also notorious for prostitution.
It is certainly one stop market for all tourists and shoppers. If you are visiting Delhi, you should visit Chandni Chowk at least once. It will give you a glimpse of North India.
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