10 Iconic Chandni Chowk Eats, Streets And Sites That You Cant Afford To Miss

Udita Jain | May 19, 2017 11:10 IST

If you've been to the narrow crowded by-lanes of Old Delhi, you will know that amidst the chaos is a sense of charisma and character that you just can't ignore. It is literally the one-stop-shop for all your needs. Delhi's oldest and busiest market still continues to cater to our every necessity, you'll find dried fruits from Persia, gadgets from China, the most intricately copied designer lehengas, and oh, the food. Most importantly, Chandni Chowk was at the epicenter of many a historic movements and has its roots drenched in an amalgamation of cultures. We have listed out 10 experiences that you just can't miss when in Dilli 6.

1. Jalebi Wala at Dariba
Ask a dilliwala and they'd say it would be tragic to not visit the legendary Jalebi Wala at Dariba when in Chandni Chowk. Opened its shutters in the early 1900's, this corner shop boasts of still using the traditional coal burners which make these quintessential thick jalebis that are absolutely irresistible.

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2. Giani's Rabri Kulfi
We have to say when it comes to food, old is gold. The original Giani Di Hatti in Fatehpuri is rated as an absolute gastronomical marvel by all Delhites. Opened in 1951, their specialty is the most delicious Kulfi Faluda and a must try when on the streets of Chandni Chowk.

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3. Parathe Wali Galli
Crisp, piping hot and stuffed with goodness, these parathas are not your usual dhaaba parathas, but almost shallow fried in desi ghee. The flavor is oozing and the aroma, mesmerizing. An absolute must try for all you foodies.

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4. Silver jewelry at Dariba Kalan
This 17th century street is strewn with silversmiths and promises to get you the best designs and quality for 25% less than from anywhere else in the city!

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5. Wedding shopping at Kinari Bazaar
Slick sequins, blingy beads, intricate lace and so much more, Kinari Bazaar is a designer's dream! Be it your wedding card, or a customized outfit for all your bridesmaids, this is your one stop shop for all wedding planning.

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6. Electronics at Bhagirath Palace
This wholesale market full of electrical appliances is going to take your breath away! Being one of the largest electrical markets in the country, you're sure to find everything from a plug to tyres to airfryers and chandeliers!

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7. Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
The Gurudwara is a historical shrine that marks the beheading of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru by Aurangzeb when he refused to embrace Islam. Today, it stands for unity, peace and an enriching experience for all the visitors. A ten minute walk from the Chandni Chowk metro station, this will make your visit to Chandni Chowk truly worthwhile.

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8. Lal Quila
The Red Fort was built when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi, that he called Shahjahanabad. It's soaked in history, beliefs and antiquity, and represents the amalgamation of cultures that the Mughal brought with them. A stroll in the gardens and the evening Sound and Light Show is highly recommended.

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9. Digambar Lal Jain Temple
Apart from it being the oldest Jain temple in Old Delhi with impressive red stone architecture, the Digambar Lal Jain temple houses a charitable hospital for birds. Right opposite the Red Fort, a good tip to remember is that it remains shut for visitors between 12PM-6PM and one can't carry leather goods (including belts and wallets) inside.


10. Jama Masjid
Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1650, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. Amidst all the chaos of Chandni Chowk, this stretch of quiet is Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's architectural marvel that can hold over 25,000 people, with a view (from the minaret) to die for.

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