Mughal emperor Shah Jahan shifted his capital to Shahjahanabad in the 17th century. The area was square shaped, with a pool at the centre. The water glistened in the moonlight and thus the bazaar was lovingly named Chandni Chowk. The grandeur of the bygone era might have diminished but even today, it continues to be atumultuous market. A perfect example of “organized chaos,” it is an impressive amalgamation of religion, food, culture and commerce.
No other city in the India houses such a massive market, teeming with bustling activities. So, if you have booked a Dehradun to Delhi flight anytime soon, consider exploring the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk. Although congested with countless shops, food joints and a roaring crowd, you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime. Take a look at why this market is a must visit.
This is an iconic location, renowned for the cheapest and the most succulent paranthas. After deboarding yourflights from Dehradun to Delhi, head over to this galifor a gastronomical adventure. Take your pick fromover 100 varieties of stuffed and deep-fried parathas. A few popular ones are Bhindi, Karela, Mutton, Radish, Peas, Keema, Gajar, Lehsun, Nimbu, Cheese, Mirchi and Rabri. Each plate is served with sabzi and pickle and costs about ₹30-₹40.
2. Bridal Shopping
Chandni Chowk shops are well known for stunning wedding collection. From handcrafted zardosi and thread work to sequins and floral lehngas, you are spoilt for choice here. Prices start from a few thousands and can run into lakhs. You can also shop for gorgeous churaas, bangles, juttis, jewellery and suit pieces here at affordable rates.
3. Architectural Wonders
Several beautiful monuments of multiple religions exist here in harmony. Sis Ganj Sahib Gurdwara, Jama Masjid, Hindu temples, Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir and Central Baptist Church, all coexist here in close proximity. The Red Fort is also located here, on the eastern end of Chandni Chowk. Begum Samru’s Palace, Khajanchi Haveli and Zeenat Mahal are other attractions here.
4. Traditional Ittars
Dariba Kalan is the best place to score some authentic traditional perfumes. Floral, citrusy, wooden, sweet and strong musk are available at affordable prices. Most are made with essential oils containing zero chemicals. You can smell like a dream in less than ₹100 per bottle. Plus, they last pretty long without staining your skin or clothes. Tourists also shop handmade soaps, agarbattis and body oils with natural aroma. Make sure to get them packed safely to be able to carry back on your Delhi to Dehradun flights.
5. Street Food
Besides paranthas, the list of street food is a long one. You must savor the delicious RabriFaluda, MohabbatKaSharbat, Jalebis, Samosa, Kachori, Chaats and Bhature. Every item is lip-smacking to say the least. You can also head over to the lane right opposite to Gate 3 of Jama Masjid. Here you can try the delectable Mughlai dishes at the historic Karim’s. However, eat sparingly since you do not want to fall sick before boarding your Delhi to Dehradun flights back home.
As a first-time visitor, it could be quite overwhelming. However, at the end of the day, it is always worthwhile to visit the oldest marketplace in the heart of the capital city.