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 !!!!!!
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