“Purani Dilli” showcases the essence of Modern Delhi. The Indian capital is bombarded with cultural richness featured at places like Chandni Chowk. Chandni Chowk is a bustling place, buzzing with shoppers. This place is well connected via the Chandni Chowk metro station on the yellow line. From thereon, you can either walk through the streets or take a cycle rickshaw. Though you can also reach here by Car, Bus or Auto, but I would recommend visiting this place by Metro as this will be the closest point to visit Chandni Chowk. Bus, Car & Auto will drop you on the main road and from there you will have to again either walk or take a cycle rickshaw. Still if you decide not to travel by Metro, then be prepared to get stuck in traffic jams around this place.
All the latest trend fashion clothes are seen here, this place is also ideal for wedding shopping. Although, the prices are very reasonable but the quality is unmatchable and because this is not a high street there is a lot of scope for bargaining. But Chandni Chowk is not just about the garment shopping and eateries, it is surrounded by various monuments and landmarks underlining the importance of this place like the Red Fort, Sunehri Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid, Gauri Shankar Mandir and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib.
The Paranthe wali gali is a very renowned place located in Chandni Chowk. Several well-known personalities have been here for feasting like Indira Gandhi, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Ranbir Kapoor and many more. The variety of Paranthas you can have here is unmatchable; Aloo+pyaaz (Potato+Onion), Gobhi (Cauliflower), Methi (fenugreek), Palak (Spinach), mix veg, Paneer, Matar (Peas), not to forget the sweet parantha of Khurchan (scrapped milk).
The “Daulat ki Chaat” is a speciality sold only at Chandni Chowk made of churned milk, enriched with Saffron that melts in mouth. Similarly, The Jalebi Wala’s established here since 1884 defines the actual meaning of a pure Indian sweet dish, prepared in desi Ghee. The Natraj Dahi Bhalle shop has a crisp and short menu that has only two dishes, aloo tikki and Dahi bhalle but both of these are worth a taste. For people, who don’t want to indulge into street food, there’s always the option of McDonalds, just around the corner.
Khari Baoli, located at the western end of Chandni Chowk is Asia’s largest wholesale spice market which is about four centuries old. The specialty of this market is that, here the shops are not known by their names but by their number. The smell of spices would hit you even before reaching this place. You will get all the spices at a much cheaper rate than any other place in Delhi as this is the wholesale market.
Chandni Chowk is a place where people from various walks of life come together; these are the Indian roots!