On my very first visit to Chandni Chowk I noticed that most of the inhabitants here, belong to the poorer strata of society, yet, ironically, this place is a rich cultural hub! Mobbed at every corner, this market still retains it’s royal grandeur emitted archaic architectures from the 17th Century!
Contemporary shopkeepers all hustled up in an Indian set up, unique in its very own way! Here are 7 things you simply won’t miss when you visit the famous Chandni Chowk!
If you visit Chandni Chowk the ‘metro way’ the ‘Laal Mandir’ will stand right next to you! Although it’s hard to miss, if you did miss it, with due regards to the crowd that pushes you here and there, I wouldn’t blame you!
The shops are probably as big as your room, but the stuff in them?! You just cannot be any less amazed at how much stock (or ‘maal’) those ‘petite’ shops have in store for you!
IT’s time to beat the heat -Chandni Chowk Style
When it comes to the heat.. The only way to beat it in a non AC market (not all but certainly most of it!) is an afternoon siesta!
The famous ‘dahi bhalle or Chaat’ from the famous ‘Natraaj Sweets’ is offered by all the shopkeepers, and proudly so!
Behind the shabby shops, small gullies (lanes) outnumbered by the people, you’ll always get a glimpse of the lovely constructions of the Mughal era constructed by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara! History whispers here and heritage speaks for itself through these ancient buildings! This market definitely gives you a feeling of shopping in a ‘living ancient market!’
Famous shops…. Difficult lanes!
Another ironical fact is that the smallest of the gallis (very small lanes) lead to the most famous (in Delhi) and to the highly recommended shops! This fact will always leave you bewildered, and till you don’t reach your destination, you’ll definitely doubt your decision of visiting this place!
Anywhere you look up within these small lanes, you’ll see, not the sky, but a number of wires covered in the dust… probably never to be un-entangled or messed with! As unlikely as it may seem, to anyone who hasn’t been there, this market is undoubtedly the most attractive destination for not only visitors but also for the local Delhiites. From finger licking food to the wide array of stuff available here, it is the most beautiful, archaic place where ‘you get everything!
By Medha Mukherjee