|Location: Central Delhi
The moonlit square!
History of Chandni Chowk
favourite daughter of Shahjahan, Jahanara laid the foundation of
today Chandni Chowk which is the largest trading centre of North
India. Also known as the moonlit square, it is located in the the
main street of Old Delhi. Situated opposite the Red Fort, the bazaar
has several galis (lanes). Each of these galis represent a
speciality of this market, for example the parathawali gali famous
for it's parathas. Similarly there is the jewellery lane, textile
lane and so on. The market place has historical land marks like- The
Sunheri Masjid which stands next to the Kotwali (old police
station). The Fatehpur Mosque, is located at the west end of Chandni
Chowk and the famous Jumma Masjid is also situated nearby.
Chandni Chowk as a Business Center
During Shahjahan's time itself, an arcade of shops had been built
in a half-moon shape. Round this nucleus, in no time, grew a
fabulous and prosperous trading center which spread along the wide
road and branched into a number of by lanes in all directions.
Originally only this stretch was known as Chandni Chowk. But as the
trading center grew in magnificence and prosperity, the whole area
from the Fort to Fatehpur grew famous as Chandni Chowk. .
Places of worship at Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk has the distinction of being perhaps the only trade
market that also houses an equally amazing number of places of
worship of all the prominent Indian religions. Hinduism, Islam,
Sikhism, Christianity and Jainism exist side by sides in the 2 km.
stretch between Fatehpur Masjid to Red Fort alone. Here one can find
more than seven Hindu and Jain temples, two Churches, three Mosques
and two Gurudwaras. This is excluding the numerous smaller shrines
that exist in the remoter parts of Chandni Chowk.
* Sri Digambar Jain lal Mandir
* Jama Masjid
* Gurudwara Shish Ganj
* Gauri Shankar Temple
* Sunehri Masjid.
Eating joints at Chandni Chowk
The eating joints in Chandni Chowk are famous not only in Delhi,
but all over India. Most of these date from the last century, some
even earlier than that. Mute witnesses to time-induced changes in
Chandni Chowk, they have managed to retain their essence and yet
move ahead with the times. Here, with every bite one samples not
only a delicacy but also a piece of history!
Handed down from father to son, many of these businesses are now
being managed by the 4th or 5th generations. They include halwais
(confectioners), namkeen (spicy savories) shops, chaatwalahs and
The famous businesses are:
* The Ghantewala Halwai
* Natrajs Dahi Bhalle
* Kanwarji Bhagirathmal Dalbhajiwallah
* Bikaner Sweet Shop
* Gianiji ka Falooda
Areas Under Chandni chowk
- Chandni Chowk is very close to Inter State Bus Terminal.
- Old Delhi Railway Station is the nearest railway station.
- Sadar Bazar.
- Ajmeri Gate
- Mori Gate
- Nai Sarak