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“One of the oldest streets of Delhi”
Review of Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk
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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.
New Delhi
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“One of the oldest streets of Delhi”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Located just opposite the Red Fort, it is one of the oldest streets / markets of Delhi. Today it houses wholesale shops of mainly sarees. It also has many eateries and sweet meat shops some of them almost 2 centuries old. Parranthe Wali Gali is crowded and may seem dirty but the range of parathas(Indian bread) and taste is astonishing.

Visited February 2012
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West Chester, Ohio
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“The heartbeat of 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.

Visited September 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Old World Charm”
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.

Visited May 2012
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“Chaotic”
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!

Visited September 2012
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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“Took a rickshaw-ride: would´t like to walk there”
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.

Visited September 2012
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