Chandni Chowk

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Chandni Chowk
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The bustling wholesale market here is an excellent place to shop, explore, eat and soak up life in New Delhi.
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Neighborhood: Chandni Chowk
This densely populated neighbourhood of Old Delhi is more than three centuries old and is a prized treasure trove, home to diverse Indian communities is most popular for its heritage havelis, old bazaars and places of worship. Explore the everyday life of the locals as you walk into the spice, jewellery, dry fruits, wedding markets and build up an appetite for the Indian street food, including stuffed parathas & jalebis and Mughlai food at Karims. Head to the magnificient Jama Masjid for stunning views of Delhi 6, with the iconic symbol of India in the backdrop – Red Fort. The diversity of Old Delhi demands an entire day to truly enjoy all the treasures hidden in this culturally rich part of the city.
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  • Chandni Chowk • 3 min walk
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Prakash
Glen Allen, VA25 contributions
Much have been written, but to really soak in all that this place has to give, be prepared to travel on foot and at a slow pace. It will take a day or two to really hit all the right spots. Great food and a good shopping area. Be prepared to bargain, I would start by quoting back half the price the vendors come up with :-). Do try the parathas, Jalebis and other street foods. A little hard on the stomach though, so be prepared.
Written January 7, 2020
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Amit_and_Alex
California599 contributions
My preferred place in Delhi, Chandni Chowk, offers a glimpse of yesterday’s India that lives side by side with modern India. In its tiny and crowded alleyways, it offers delicious sweets and snacks, colorful clothing, religious items, textbooks, hardware supplies, …

Chandni Chowk is at the same time a mess and a delight.

In Chandni Chowk, one does not find fusion or contemporary takes on food. It is hard core traditional.

We did not find Raj Kumar, but found another hawker selling Daulat ki chaat. The sweet has a delicate flavor.  It is interesting, but not mouthwatering

We found Giani di Hatti and loved its rabri and urad dal halwa. 

We found the Tewari Brothers and loved its motichoor laddu.

We found the Old Famous Jalebiwala. The Jalebiwala’s pea samosa was great, but its jalebi was disappointing. It was very thick and not very crispy. 

We found Kanwarji and got their spicy dal-biji, peas somosa and potato chips. All these snacks were tasty but a little too spicy.

We found Haryana Paneer Bhandar and had the best milk cake I ever tried.

We found Natraj Dahi Balla Corner aka Natraj Chaat House and ate their Aloo Chat and Aloo Tikki.

We went back to Hazari Lal Jain to have their delicious khurchan
Written March 11, 2020
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gemlovestotravel
Manchester, UK63 contributions
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I have always avoided Chandni Chowk after my first experience in an evening.
Braved it this trip and so glad I did. Originally I was looking to do a walking tour as I thought this would make it an easier and more enjoyable experience but the ones I saw on the internet were, I thought really expensive. I also considered getting a tuk tuk round but once I’d crossed the road from the fort I felt braver and decided to just go for it. So glad I did because it was fascinating just to wander round. It is chaotic, there’s tons of people but there is so much life to see!
I would not recommend this to be the first thing you do when you are in Delhi as I feel you need to acclimatise first- it’s a bit much for a first experience.
Give it a go, have a wander round and don’t miss the spice market.
Written February 11, 2020
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Mhmudur rahman
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The hustle and bustle of the area and livelyness of the crowd makes it a desirable place for visitors visit first time
or even a repeat visit. Souvenirs that you would like to bring with you as a gift 🎁 to friends and relatives are available at a very reasonable price. The people are friendly.
Written February 23, 2020
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Tina H
Newton Abbot, UK35 contributions
Couples
We experienced an amazing rikshaw ride on our recent visit to Delhi. This is something you really must do. Your driver will manoeuvre his rikshaw through tiny lanes crammed full of shops, people, motorbikes and so much more. It’s an experience never to be forgotten. So many items for sale in the many colourful alleys including jewellery, books, stationery, wedding flowers and gifts and so much more. Go and immerse yourself.
Written March 31, 2020
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WeDiscover8890
Greater Manchester, UK192 contributions
Couples
I was often told multiple times I needed to check out Chandni Chowk but to be honest it just gave me anxiety. The streets are very narrow, it’s extremely busy and hard to navigate around.

My best advice is if you’re going to this area to definitely go with a tour company because venturing out by yourself is overwhelming. Our rickshaw driver was friendly and thankfully helped us get around.
Written March 9, 2020
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Rish
New Delhi, India4 contributions
Friends
If you go in there expecting glamorous old world heritage and charm, you might be disappointed, but if you go in with a list of specific things to do (Parathewali Gali, spice market, etc), you'll have a great time. You can visit the Red Fort and Jama Masjid the same day as well. Would not recommend going there during the summer or monsoon months, winter and spring are the best times as it will always be super crowded (don't expect air conditioning if you're planning to eat at Chandni Chowk)!
Written March 15, 2020
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VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
New Delhi, India6,068 contributions
We visited Chandni Chowk several times in November 2021 to purchase bridal dresses. There are specialized specific markets called 'Galis' for most of the items you want to purchase. Both wholesale and retail business go together in a same Gali. Chandni Chowk is well connected with Delhi Metro. Car parking space are few and are always near full. One can not drive car here, as it is not allowed. Chandni Chowk after renovation is easy to walk and enjoy. Red stone is used on the roads which resemble stone used in Red Fort. You can use E-rickshaw to travel there. If we are in here, it is not possible to go back without the taste of Old Delhi. Every Gali or corner has shops, stalls and Khomchas selling local delicious foods. One should always try 3-4 types of items at separate shops. The taste will be there with you forever. Any tourist coming to Delhi, should spend some hours here. Several historical places are there nearby.
Written January 16, 2022
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Payal G
Mumbai, India1,095 contributions
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One of the most famous markets of India located in the heart of old Delhi, this place hardly retains any of the charm that it was historically supposed to possess. While it may be romantic for foreigners to get a glimpse of the crowd and chaos of India, the truth is that it is super congested and crumbling with roadworks adding to the confusion. The crowd may be too suffocating in the narrow lanes with drooping overhead wires and no clear exit ways in case of emergencies. Even the by-lanes close to the metro stations are poorly lit.

It is next to impossible to enjoy anything with knowledgeable local guides are most of the people working in the area are clueless about the historical places in the area.

Best visited during the daytime for the many historic buildings that are located in the area like Ghalib's haveli, the town hall etc. The closest Metro train station is Chandni Chowk on the Yellow Line and Lal Quila on the Heritage Line.
Written January 1, 2020
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Ilovemyjollies
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Couples
We came here on a street food tour and it felt like the real Delhi.

Very busy, almost chaotic, we got some really nice food to sample.

Our tour didn't end until 8pm and dark. I would recommend if you're coming here to do so in daylight as it felt quite intimidating at night, especially or tuk tuk ride home with large groups of males, some who were fighting.

If you want to see a real insight into real Delhi, this is the place to go
Written March 1, 2020
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