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“The heartbeat of Delhi”
Review of Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk
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$40.70*
and up
Private Guided Tour of Delhi's Markets
Ranked #51 of 449 things to do in New Delhi
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Reviewed October 1, 2012

I found Chandi Chowk to be bustling and full of life. From our hotel, we took the subway to the Chandi Chowk station and as soon as you're at street level, you know this is going to be fun. Not only are there unending shops, the Red Fort to the East and Jama Masjid in the area, too, there are people interacting and life happening before your eyes. I thought walking through it was the real treat. I saw a tour bus pass with camera clicking tourists 8 to 10 feet above street level safely behind the sealed windows and I couldn't help but think they were missing the sounds (and smells) of this exciting area. Crossing a street is an adventure. I liken the streets of Delhi to a fast-moving, well orchestrated ballet where each person, rickshaw, tuk-tuk, handcart, vehicle and pedestrian miss each other by inches. As a tourist myself, I knew that more likely than not I was the reason the traffic flow became a little out of synch when I first interjected myself into it. But after a brief learning curve, it was fun to be part of the fluid motion. There were side alleys that seemed almost too shady to enter at first, but turned out to be full of delights for the senses once explored. My advice is to enjoy the busy main roads, but also get into those alleys, try whatever Hindi you may know to talk to the shopkeepers, and drink it in. What a blast. Coming from a society where shopping is conducted in big boxes with canned music on the PA system, Chandi Chowk is an incredible marketplace. Can't wait to go back.

3  Thank Bos7of7
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Chandni Chowk is best seen from the inside. Most people just walk on the main road and claim to have visited Chandni Chowk.

From the main road, it is cramped, noisy, polluted and basically painful.

However, enter any of the bylanes and you are suddenly transported to a different era. You can actually imagine people living there under the Mughals.

Dont forget to have the paranthas in paranthewali galli. I personally didnt like the paranthas that much as they were deep fried in ghee and the taste of the filling was lost.

The sweets from Ghantewala though are epic. Worth going all the way to Chandni Chowk.

Thank Nikhilbee
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Everyday life in a Market. Thousands of cars tuk-tuks and bicycles all clambering for the same tiny space on a very small road. Worth seeing!

Thank Dorcas M
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Old medieval quarters with ongoing market. Very crowded, dirty and very Indian. Took a rickshaw-ride: wouldn´t like to walk there.

Thank Ingvar20
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

To a western tourist i think this is just too much confusion. I chose probably the worst time to visit : monday at 9.30am, and i can say it was not a very good experience.
At first i tried to walk... it was impossible because there almost aren't any sidewalks, then we finally quit and took the rickshaw and it was almost the same because the traffic was impossible.
I honestly can't say anything good, the shops aren't that good, even spice market was a disappointment.
If you've never been in a bazaar in any other city... well you might want to go to this one, but if you have, you can totally skip this.

Thank CarlosGonzalezPereira
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