Chandani Chowk: The biggest and oldest marketplace in Delhi; Come, shop and enjoy Indian cuisines
The beautiful Chandani Chowk is a historic market designed by Shahzadi Jahanara Begum (also called Jahan Ara) and built by Emperor Shah Jahan. It’s one of the biggest wholesale marketplaces in India. The market is equally popular for its cheap retail outlets of food, fashion brands and jewelry etc.
Visiting Delhi? You visit shall be incomplete if you won’t see Chandani Chowk and taste some best Indian delicacies. Cheap, Best, and Delicious are the words to describe Chandani Chowk. The market also world famous for Gold & Silver ornaments, designer clothes, kitchen, home & office equipments, books, papers, and antiques etc.
If you are coming for trading I am quite sure you will save a significant amount of money at purchase point itself. Food is a specialty of Chandani Chowk. You can savor on more than 1000 sweet varieties here. Food is simply mouth watering.
Some famous restaurants in Chandani Chowk are Tewari Brothers Confectioners, (famous for Motichoor Laddoo, Samosa); Natraj’s Dahi Bhalle; Paranthewali Gali; Annapurna Bhandar (famous for Bengali Sweets); Chaatwallah; The Ghantewala Halwai etc. Famous Urdu Poet Mirza Ghalib had lived here.
Do not forget to visit Gali Paranthe Wali a world famous lane for selling deep fried Parathas (an Indian bread variant). First Prime Minister of India Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru was a regular guest here.
Travel TipsA visit to Chandani Chowk shall be lifetime experience; you should see so much of history, art and culture in unbelievably less time. At the same time, you can enjoy favorite Indian cuisines and do shopping.
The Red Fort and Jama Masjid lies in the close proximity to Chandani Chowk. This means you can see two historic monuments and the India’s biggest marketplace in one go. I am quite sure you love revisiting here.
Some other places of interest near Chandani Chowk are Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Christian Central Baptist Church, Sikh Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Muslim Fatehpuri Masjid, Shri Shiv Navgrah Mandir Dham, etc
I used to go for book shopping to Chandani Chowk (Nai Sarak and Daryagang areas– A paradise of New and Old Books), had a meal from any food joint then come to Delhi Gate and sit on the lawns of a nearby park.
You can reach to Chandani Chowk from any part of Delhi via Metro Rail, DTC Bus, Car / Auto Rickshaw etc.
Chandani Chowk is a very busy marketplace. Be watchful. Keep your belongings like mobile phones, cash etc with care. If you are first time visitor to Delhi try to avoid wearing Jewelry etc. It attracts unwanted attention.
How to ReachYou can reach to India Capital New Delhi through all means of transport i.e. Air, Rail and Road from all major cities on the globe. Since Chandani Chowk is situated in Central Zone of Delhi hence accessible from all parts of the city through all types of transport i.e. Metro Rail, Local Bus Service, Taxi, Auto Rickshaw etc.
By Air: Are you coming from abroad or from another Indian city? Upon reaching to IGI Airport in New Delhi, you can hire a taxi (AC/Non-AC) or an Auto Rickshaw to reach to Chandani Chowk. All major International Airlines connects to Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi. The domestic airport Palam is located at a distance of 5 km from International Airport.
By Rail: The capital New Delhi is well connected to the railway network. The major Railway Stations in New Delhi are
Old Delhi Railway Station
New Delhi Railway Station
Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
Anand Vihar Railway Station
Upon reaching to any railway further you can take ride in Metro Rail, DTC Bus, Taxi or Auto rickshaw and reach Chandani Chowk
By Bus: Delhi is well connected by road network to all major cities of India. The major Inter State Bus Terminus in Delhi are Maharana Pratap ISBT at Kashmere Gate, Delhi; Swami Vivekanand ISBT at Anand Vihar, Delhi; Vir Hakikat Rai ISBT at Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi. From any of the ISBT, you can take city transport like Metro Rail, Bus, taxi or auto rickshaw to reach to Chandani Chowk.
Always hire taxi or auto rickshaw from a Pre-Paid Booth. In case, you hiring otherwise ask your driver to run the vehicle on metered rates.
ActivitiesRoam around Chandani Chowk. You will be amazed to see the old buildings still standing tall where once lived the Kings and Queens of various dynasties. Now these buildings are either residents or business shops or a protected property. The rusted architecture itself will tell you its thousands of years old history.
Once you are done looking around Chandani Chowk, shopping and feasting on Indian food, next go to Jama Masjid. Red Fort is at stone throw distance from here. Go to the Red Ford preferably in the evening and enjoy watching the monument and the Light and Sound Show here.
Timings & SeasonBest time to visit Delhi is from October until March. However, if you want to enjoy some budget stay in Delhi summers are advisable i.e. April to September. July and August or rainy months; parks and sounding areas are full of greenery during monsoon weather. Chandani Chowk is open from morning through evening. In fact, the area never sleeps. Plan your visit for anytime from morning through the evening; enjoy sightseeing, watching art and architecture, doing shopping and feasting on Indian delicacies. All times are best throughout the year. Winters are especially great to enjoy Chill of Delhi and sunbathe.
HistoryChandani Chowk built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 and designed by Princes Jahan Ara (Daughter of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan) is a historic market place and centre of attraction for national and international tourists. Chandani Chowk is a like a mini India.
The word Chandani Chowk means Moonlight Square. The area from the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid is called Chandni Chowk. A huge pool was made in the centre of the market and both sides of the pool were built shops in the shape of Half Moon. Now the pool is non-existing. In this place was clock tower till 1950; the place is still called as Ghantaghar meaning Clock Tower. To both sides of the market in narrow lanes live several thousand families.
The Chandani Chowk of Delhi has a special place in mind and hearts of people of India. Famous Urdu Poet Ghalib lived here. Several Bellwood films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Black and White (2008), Chandni Chowk to China (2009) and Delhi-6 (2009) are also made here.