Which is the oldest and busiest area of Delhi? Yes, you guessed it right, Chandni Chowk in Delhi it is. If you are someone who loves old historic buildings, markets, spicy food items, huge crowds, color, traditional Indian handicrafts, cultural antiques, narrow lanes, temples, and mosques, then Chandni Chowk is just the place for you. Read travel information about Delhi here.
Chandni Chowk, also known as Moonlight Square, is one of the most famous historic streets of Delhi. Primarily famous for its amazing shopping bazaar, the area also has many interesting historic buildings and places which depict rich Indian culture. This huge, wide street facing the Lal Quila stretches from the Digamber Jain Temple at one end to the Fatehpuri Mosque at the other. Chandni Chowk was laid out in the year 1648 when the walled city of Shahjahanabad was established. Originally the market, lined with grand palaces and mansions, had a canal running through it. This guide is complete and has sections
Chandni Chowk is also Asia's largest wholesale market and has many markets like the shoe market, clothes' market, spices market etc. The best part about shopping in Chandni Chowk is that the prices of all goods are comparatively cheaper than usual shops. A visit to this astonishing place is quite a lovely experience for both shoppers and tourists.
There are many interesting monuments and temples to visit. Here is a list of prominent places to see in Chandni Chowk.
The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, also known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the biggest and one of the oldest mosques of Delhi. It was built in 1656 AD by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan.
Jama Masjid, also the largest Mosque of Asia, has a capacity to hold more than twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque is about 261 feet long and 90 feet wide. The entry to the mosque has three great gates and on the west side is the main mosque structure. The mosque is mainly famous for the copy of Quran which is written on deerskin. The mosque has three domes, two 40 meters high minarets, and is built with red sandstone and white marbles.
Jama Masjid is a beautiful, peaceful and a must visit place in Chandni Chowk for tourists.
The masjid is open from 7 am to an hour before sunset during summer and 8 am to an hour before sunset in winter. It is closed for half an hour in the afternoon for prayers. The entry to the mosque is free for everyone but charges may apply for photography and videography. People from every religion can enter the mosque but non-muslims are not allowed to enter during prayers.
The mosque gives you thrilling positive vibes and is surely a must visit place in Chandni Chowk for everyone.
The Red Fort, known as Delhi's most iconic monument, is a massive proof of the glory of Mughal Empire in Delhi. The Red Fort is spread over 254.67 acres and the walls are around 2 kilometers long. There are two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate. Red Fort also has Diwan-e-am and Diwan-e-Khas, a place where the king would grant audience to the important people. Besides these, it also has a Rang Mahal which was the water cooled apartment for the royal ladies. The main gate to the Red Fort is the Lahore Gate and is also the site for the Prime Minister's speech every year on Independence Day. The fort is decorated with beautiful flower and amazing calligraphy on the walls.
In the basement of the Red Fort is a market where traditional cultural goods can be purchased. There are light and sound shows arranged every evening for tourists. The Red Fort is open from sunrise to sunset on all days except for Monday. The entry charge of the fort is Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.250 for foreigners.
The Red Fort is an incredible landmark and one of the most important places to see in Chandni Chowk.
The Gurdwara, situated in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi was built in 1783 by Baghel Singh. It is a place where the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded in 1675 AD on the orders of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, when he refused to convert to Islam. Before his body could be exposed, it was stolen under the cover of darkness by one of his believers, Lakhi Shah Vanjara, who then burnt his house to cremate the Guru's body. There are two entrances to the Gurudwara. The main structure is a big, spacious, open hall. It also has a bronze canopy in the middle under which the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, is kept. The Gurudwara has magnificent vibrations with a very peaceful atmosphere and is worth visiting once.
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one of the nine historical Gurdwaras in Delhi.
The timing of the Gurudwara is from 12:00 am to 11:30 pm every day and the entry to the Sikh place is free of cost.
Just near the Sikh Temple lies a small Jain temple known as Johari temple. The main attraction of the temple is a remarkably carved black image of Lord Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara, made up of the rare 'kasauti' stone which is placed on a marble pedestal and covered by an ornately carved golden canopy.
The main shrine area of the temple has images of Lord Sumatinath, the 5th Tirthankara, and Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara. The interior of the temple has bright decorative arched entrances and paintings adorned with solid gold work.
The temple is a famous landmark and one of the most visited place in Delhi.
The temple is open from 5.30am to 12.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.00pm every day and the entry to the temple is free.
The Baptist Church is the oldest church in North India. It is located opposite to the Gurdwara Sisganj on the main Chandni Chowk Road. Baptist Church was built in the year 1814 by the British Missionary Society.
The church reflects the European architectural patterns of the time which are just worth seeing!
The Gauri Shankar Mandir is located in Chandni Chowk in the heart of Old Delhi, right next to the Jain temple. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main attraction of the temple is an 800-year-old lingam (the phallus stone which symbolizes Shiva).
The temple has existed for a very long time but the actual present structure is a reconstruction from 1959.
It is a beautiful temple in Chandni Chowk and has a peaceful atmosphere.
The timings of the temple are from 5.00am to 10.00am and 5.00pm to 10.00 pm every day and the entry to the temple is free.
This tiny small mosque in Chandni Chowk is one of the two mosques in Delhi named Sunehri Masjid. It looks like an exact miniature copy of the grand mosque, Jami Masjid. The mosque was built in 1751 by Nawab Qudsiya Begum, the wife of Emperor Ahmad Shah. It had three onion-shaped domes which were covered in copper so the mosque is also called as "Shahi Golden Mosque" and has a grand prayer hall.
The masjid is open from sunrise to sunset all days and the entry is free of cost.
The Fatehpuri Masjid is located towards the western end of the Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. The mosque was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of the wives of Shah Jahan. Built with red sandstone, it has the typical Mughal-period design. The portico surrounds an enclosed courtyard, which serves as a 'Madrassa' (theological school) and a residence for the students. During recent renovations, the interior had been painted over with multiple colors, including faux gold, white and green, not conforming to the typical Mughal-period color palette. It has a pretty prayer hall supported with numerous pillars and polyfoil arches.
It is a famous tourist spot in Chandni Chowk.
The Town Hall in Chandni Chowk was built in the year 1863. It was built as an office complex during the days of the British rule and is thus in Victorian architectural style. The building is made of yellow sandstones and looks attractive.
Its depicts ancient way of working and is one of the most famous places in Chandni Chowk to visit.
The huge four-acre land is situated in Hauz-Qazi in Lal Kuan Bazaar of Old Delhi. The Mahal was built in 1846 AD by Bahadur Shah Zafar II for his favorite wife Zeenat, who gave birth to a son and hence the mahal is named after her as Zeenat Mahal.
Zeenat Mahal was emperor's favorite. Earlier, the palace was beautifully decorated with murals and expensive items to please the queen.
The place describes high luxuries and comforts of the Kings and Queens and should be visited if you love to take note of the ancient lifestyle.
The Hakimon Ki Haveli is located at Gali Qasim Jaan in the Chandni Chowk area.
The Haveli is of the legendary Urdu and Persian poet, Mirza Ghalib, who was very popular in India and Pakistan. Mirza Ghalib had spent quite a few years of his life in the Haveli before his death. Thus, the haveli is a memorial museum dedicated to the poet. It shows letters of the poet in his own handwriting, his last photograph, his selected works, books and some of his personal belongings.
If you love beautiful poetries, then this place is just for you!
Chandni Chowk is famous for a big wholesale market. From spices to shoes, everything is available at Chandni Chowk. Each narrow street is lined with small shops specializing in certain goods. Read our detailed guide on shopping in Chandni Chowk. Here is a quick list of few shops and markets you should visit at Chandni Chowk.
Dariba Kalan is an amazing shop for jewels with best quality jewelry. Gold to diamonds, every kind of jewelry is available at Dariba Kalan.
This market specializes in shops of textbooks and calendars. You will find shops of almost all publishers in this market. Nai Sarak has one of the best stationery shops of Chandni Chowk.
Khari Baoli is Asia's largest wholesale spice market. It is situated close to the Begum Fatehpuri Masjid, Chandni Chowk. All different types of spices and herbs are available at the street. The quality of products sold here is the best and goods are available at the cheapest price.
The early morning flower market has all types of different flowers available.
Do visit the above shops and markets whenever you plan to go shopping at Chandni Chowk.
Chandni Chowk is a huge area and you get scrumptious food to eat at almost every lane. Read our guide on Chandni Chowk famous food joints. Here is a quick list of few amazing delicacies and shops you should visit at Chandni Chowk.
Want to have the crispiest and the tangiest aloo tikkis? Visit Shree Kishen Gupta. You may visit this shop in the market behind the famous Fatehpuri Mosque in Old Delhi. It also serves akoras and other food items.
Visited Delhi and haven't tried dahi bhalle yet? Visit Natraj shop at Chandni Chowk for amazing dahi bhallas and other chaats.
Yes, if you love paranthe a lot, then visit this street where you get all types of parathas, from aloo to cheese. The street is just close to the Stephen Church in Chandni Chowk.
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