Timings : 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM, except Monday
Time Required : 3 - 4 hours
One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is Old Delhi's main thoroughfare which is a chaotic shopping street lined by hawkers and porters with narrow lanes offering full medieval bazaar experience. It is an important historical site renowned for the availability of every kind of goods as well as food. It was constructed in the 17th-century b the Mughal ruler of India Shah Jahan. It is situated opposite the Red Fort and provides a view of the Fatehpuri Mosque.
Crisscrossed by narrow streets with shops jostling for space, Chandi Chowk gives a feel of old Delhi shopping. Since the 17th-century era, this places is rightly called a "shoppers paradise" in Delhi. During the reign of Shah Jahan, there was a tree-lined canal running through its centre, reflecting the moon. Hence, the name "Chandni Chowk" came to being which means "moonlight place". Shopping at Chandni Chowk is fun as the market is distributed in several streets and these narrow streets are inundated with vibrant varieties of clothes, perfumes, electronic items, jewellery, candles, idols of deities and lifestyle goods.
The market deals in everything that shoppers might think to buy for oneself and as well as for home. As this is a wholesale market, one can get huge discounts on most of the items. These shopping streets is a heaven for retailers too. Apart from shopping, this place is equally famous for its eateries, street food, and Indian snacks. It has been aptly said for this barrage of noise, colour and smell, "Are janaab Dilli aae aur chandni chowk nahi dekha to kya dekha?"
Air: From Indira Gandhi Domestic/ International Airport of Delhi, one can pre-book a taxi for a distance of 17 kilometers, keeping busy road traffic in mind.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Old Delhi, from where Chandni Chowk is 3 kilometers away. An auto rickshaw or a taxi can be taken from outside the station to reach Chandni Chowk.
Road: Daryaganj bus stop is the most accessible stop to reach Chandni Chowk. Buses regularly run from Daryagunj to Chandi Chowk.
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