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One Day In Chandni Chowk

If you ever want to experience an organized chaos, take the metro towards Chandni Chowk. The waves of shoppers, hawkers, and tourists milling about the narrow alleyways crammed with shops, the confused lines of telephone and electricity wires overhead, and the no-nonsense air the busy market places exude – Chandni Chowk is a study in chaos. In contrary to exceedingly fast paced urbanized Delhi, Chandni Chowk is an acquired taste. Here we’ll show you how to spend your day in Chandni Chowk.

1.Tempting Eateries

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Chandni Chowk offers exciting gastronomical delights. Whether it’s the kebabs at Karim’s, the chaat and dahi bhalle at Natraj Sweets, the daulat ki chaat at Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s, or the twirly delights at Old Famous Jalebi Wala- the very best of street food awaits you here. There’s a whole lot in your plate to try in a single day. If you are heading for paranthas at Paranthe Wali Gali, forget about sampling anything else.

2.Shoppers’ Heaven

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If you’re willing to brave the crowds that throng this market, you’ll discover that there’s more to Chandni Chowk than just the sinful food. Tiny shops here sell everything from carpets, to electronics, mementos and artifacts, homeware, handicrafts, and much else.  Bargaining is expected so take your best stern face to the game, and come home with something really special.

3.Camera Carnival

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Chandni Chowk also plays a crucial role in hosting world’s biggest camera market {and that’s not a hyperbole}. One of the oldest store here, Pritam Studio is a must check. It is a nice little adventure to walk into this historical studio, where not much has changed in a fast-changing ethos. Do ensure that you know your camera parts – it’s not impossible to get spurious merchandise here. However, most of the long-standing stores sell the genuine article, at fixed rates.

4.Hounding After History

There’s a thing about Delhi that it is scattered with monuments, historical and cultural landmarks. Apart from the Jama Masjid and many historical shops that can trace their roots back to Mughal times, Chandni Chowk has several religious buildings and havelis that wear a grim, haunted look and beg to be explored. Try starting with the Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir or the Sikh gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Next, you could be a little more adventurous and sneak about the havelis of Begum Samru, Mirza Ghalib, and Zeenat Mahal. Definitely try visiting the Khajanchi Haveli, where most of the accountants of Shah Jahan resided. The haveli connects with the Red Fort through a long underground tunnel, supposedly built to so that the emperor’s accountants could transfer money safely to his palace. There is completely so much to do and explore in Chandni Chowk, but for beginners this small guide would be suffice. So take the next metro to Chandni Chowk and share your experience with us.

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