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“A Stroll Through History - Chandni Chowk, On 15 Aug 2014”
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Chandni Chowk
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Old Delhi Half Day Small Group Tour
Ranked #26 of 425 things to do in New Delhi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The bustling wholesale market here is an excellent place to shop, explore, eat and soak up life in New Delhi.
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“A Stroll Through History - Chandni Chowk, On 15 Aug 2014”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Chandni Chowk or "Moonlight Square" was supposedly germinated by Jahanara, daughter of Shahjahan, on one of the streets that led to Red Fort in Delhi.

On Independence Day, 15 Aug 2014, The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), had made the 1.2 km long stretch from Fatehpuri Masjid to Gauri Shankar Mandir, free for pedestrians. A first time in Delhi for Indep Day. The festival atmosphere with face-painters and collaborative artists, along with food stalls, kite flying and festoons made this troll down Chandni Chowk really memorable. On any other normal day, this messy and busy street is a huge mayhem of cows, buffaloes, dogs, mules fighting for road space with shoppers, tourists, salesmen, urchins, bicyclists, cycle-rickshaws, autorickshaws, two-wheelers, four-wheelers, DTDC buses and maybe a not-so-occasional elephant too.

No visit to Chandni Chowk is complete without checking out the culinary destination of "Paranthe Wali Gali". Said to be dating back to 1870-80s, this lane has some of Delhi's oldest & famous eating joints (almost all vegetarian), though almost all have opened swank outlets in other parts of the city as well as all over the world. However, one is not very sure of the hygiene at these joints on paranthe Wali Gali, as house-flies demand equal or more attention of the food on the menu and may outnumber humans by 1:10 if not more.

Walking down Chandni Chowk and its precincts, one can see the true reflection of India's secularism; dotted as it is with holy shrines starting from Gauri Shankar Temple; Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Shish Ganj, Baptist Church, Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir and Sunehri Masjid

Shops in this area, range from selling ethnic Indian jewellery, clothes, electronic items to eatables.

However, a word of caution - the place is infested with pick-pocketers and street-urchins; hence its advisable to be extremely careful with your belongings and other accoutrements that a visitor generally carries with him on these kind of jaunts.

All said and done, it was a memorable stroll through Chandni Chowk on 15 Aug 2014, colourfully decorated, beautifully caparisoned with plenty of music and food. One wondered if the administration could convert this are into a "pedestrian ONLY road" forever !!!!!!

Visited August 2014
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“Heritage area”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

You can reach the attraction by metro.visit redfort which is walkable distance and sisganj gurudwara and Jain temple .you can do shopping in the adjoining market

Visited August 2014
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“The Chandni Chowk Market”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

A tough place to be. But the food joints and shopping arcade will cover up you stress. Surprised to see such a place in the center of the capital city.

Visited February 2014
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“the Rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk,its a Wonder town”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

the place was suppose to be between the Jama Masjid & Redfort,its a complex network of gallies or streets which has impounding crowd and business going on, you will wonder such narrow lanes were bikes go, street vendors on street, bullock carts , stray cows, tehre is a special man operated rickshaw whcih takes us for a ride and takes us till gurudwara and its amazing, the wiring network of teh place is amazing trly you will feel how people can leave here

Visited October 2013
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“Over crowded place for shopping & Eating”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

One of the best place to do shopping with huge margin for bargaining..Sunday's are usually busiest of all. Sunday markets includes Dress materials, large variety of shoes, books (pirated as well as new). You will se college students coming in group to get their course materials. Nearest metro is Chandni CHowk itself, but make sure you choose the exact Exit gates, one of them also leads to Chandni Chowk Station..Gurudwara is a must visit if you are at CC.

Visited May 2014
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