Walking along Chandni Chowk [in English said as Moonlight Square], especially in Friday praying, i can find both religious activity and commerce mixing in harmony. Not only Jami Masjid, here also laying Sisganj Gurudwara, Shiv Temple and Sunehri Masjid. Plus Kinari Bazaar, Dariba Kalan and Karim's.
You can imagine, the atmosphere. Just like a festival, time by time here :)
The most beautifull street of Delhi is Chandni Chok, a.k.a. the great market. Here the level of pullusion, smog, people, traffic and whatever else is sooooooo huge! But here, you are exaclty in the middle of the life of Delhi. Have a walk here is, in a way, a MUST see activity, that you will deifnitely enjoy!
This is where you will find the real Dehli.
This area is made up of narrow roads,markets and a Mosque (The Jami Masjid..India's largest Mosque,a magnificent building which holds upto 20000 people at prayer time..be ready to take your shoes off and dont go on a Friday or at prayertime as like us you wont go in)
It can be a bit intimidating,being surrounded by hundreds of people doing their daily jobs,tasks etc,but you more or less wont be bothered here..just watch,look and soak up the atmosphere..the cows and goats,the many shops selling everything under the sun,look up at the mass of wires that alarmingly carry electric to the many buildings.
The smells here as well are something you will remember for quite a while.
This is worth the visit..its not far from the Red Fort and is accessible by foot
Chandni Chowk is a street of Old Delhi and also a district south of this street, located between Chandni Chowk Street, Chaw Bazar Street, and Shrad Dhanand Street. It seems life never stops here: there are all sorts of shops, small restaurants, you can watch all sorts of people, make shopping, well, everything! I love to dive in other worlds, and here I had what I liked!
To get a bit acquainted, I first walked West, coming from the Red Fort, in the main street, and looked at shops; I found a shop where I could buy a field magnifying lens, (which, except in few specialised shops, you hardly find in Paris) and went on, opening my eyes and ears. It is incredibly hectic and noisy!
Well, just a few pictures on the main street.
You will see rickshaws, busy people, other having a minute of spirituality at a mini-temple in the street, pedestrians, cycles, cars. . . . very busy place.
Chandni Chowk is the centre of all commercial activity in Old Delhi. This wide street facing the Lal Quila (Red Fort), stretches from the Digamber Jain Temple at one end to the Fatehpuri Mosque at the other. It is easy to get lost in the maze of tiny lanes and streets that surround Chandni Chowk. These tiny streets are a hub of frantic commercial activity during business hours. Business is still carried out in the old ways here, some of the streets are too narrow for any kind of vehicle to get in. You can still find loads of material being carried on carts, wheelbarrows and cycle rickshaws. Every street has a story to tell and every lane offers an interesting mix of old and new - from wholesellers of Fabric, Books, Electronics Components, Spices, Dry Fruits and Medicines to regular shops offering Clothes, Electronics, Traditional Delicacies and Sweets. Chandni Chowk can be quite an intimidating experience for a first timer. The sheer over crowding, pollution, congestion, smell and noise, can all be a serious assault on your senses. A visit to the chowk can be anything - from a truly fascinating experience to the most frustrating one.
This is the main street of Old Delhi. It is very busy and colourful. It is actually a shopping bazaar, with many interesting buildings and places.
Start your walk down Chandni Chowk fro the Red Fort side. At this end you will also see the Jain Temple (which has a bird sanctuary). There are many great shops, so do leave the main road to visit some great shops. A visit to Delhi shlould include a visit to this wondrful area.
This Square teaches you how to live your life.You will see number of people roaming around here. All will be looked busy but they have time for you. In our country, there is a very less time for our friends and relatives. But this fact is not applicable for India. This chowk ( Square) is a morror of the Indian Society.
You can buy many things here at unbelievable price....hansicrafts....bags.....many more things....
I loved this chowk due to its liveliness and colorfulness. You will find here many smiling faces. Just see the pics.
I love India.
This street, whose name means Moonlit Square / Market is the main street in Old Delhi (originally Shahjehanabad). It runs through the centre of the old walled city, leading from the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in the east, to the Fatehpuri Masjid at the western end. It may have received it's name from the moonlight reflecting from either a pool in a central square, now vanished, or from the canal that once ran down the middle.
It is a very bustling, busy place, as it is still a thriving market area, and different lanes or 'galis' specialise in different products.
Sadly I was so overwhelmed by it all that I didn't take any photos!
Old Delhi's main thoroughfare, Chandni Chowk, runs westwards in a straight line from the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. It is one of the most fascinating streets in Delhi, and due to its chaos and crowds, it may seem like a circus to the unprepared traveller! It is home to a series of grand temples from the mosaic of different religions represented in India, which stand amid busy shops and crumbling old buildings that seem to be sewn together with sagging electric wires. What a difference this sight is from the spotless and orderly avenues of New Delhi, only a short distance south. Hard to believe, but when it was created in 1648, Chandni Chowk was once the most luxurious avenue in Shahjahanabad, as this city was known under the Mughal Empire. Trees lined the sides and a ornamental water canal ran through the middle, while only the richest merchants and noblemen could afford the sumptuous palaces and havelis overlooking Chandni Chowk. A walk through Chandni Chowk is a must when visiting Old Delhi and have your camera handy!
A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Gauri Shankar Mandir contains an 800 year old lingam (the phallus stone which symbolises Shiva). Although the temple has existed for much longer, the actual structure is from a reconstruction in 1959. It is located on Chandni Chowk in the heart of Old Delhi, right next to the Jain temple, Lal Mandir.
Chandni Chowk meaning Moonlit Avenue, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in central north Delhi, India.
Chandni Chowk is the major street in the walled city of old Delhi, which was originally called Shah Jahanabad. The walled city which includes the the Red Fort of Delhi was established in 1650 AD, by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan and designed by her daughter Jahanara Begum Sahib, who also made significant contribution in the landscaping of his new capital of Shahjahanabad.
Chandni Chowk street runs through the middle of the walled city, running from the Lahori Darwaza of the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. Originally a canal ran through the middle of the street as a part of the water supply scheme. It was originally divided into three sections:
1. Lahori darwaza to Chowk Kotwali (near Gurdwara Shish Ganj): This section closest to the imperial residance, was called Urdu Bazar, i.e. the encampment market. The language Urdu got its name from this encampment. Ghalib noted the destruction of this market duing the disturbances of the Ghadar and its aftermath.
2. Chowk Kotwali to 'Chandni Chowk': The term Chandni Chowk originally referred to the square that initially had a reflecting pool. It was replaced by a clock-tower (ghantaghar) that was damaged and was demolished in 1960s. This section was originally called jowhri bazar.
3. 'Chandni Chowk' to Fatehpuri Masjid: This was called the Fatehpuri Bazar.
Located on the main Chandni Chowk road, just opposite Baptist Church, before Sunheri Masjid lies one of the sacred places of Sikhs in the capital, Gurdwara Sisganj. The gurdwara commemorates the site where on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru of the Sikhs was beheaded. He was martyred here in 1675 under a banyan tree because he objected to the emperor's use of force against the Hindus, who refused to renounce their faith and religion.
Sikhism is a very open religion whereby all faiths are open to visit and even have a meal where the food is cooked in large kitchens by volunteers. You can see them cooking dahl in large vats, making chapati's and cooking them on large hot plates whilst you walk round. Its a great sight to see and smell!
Chandni Chowk is both the main avenue and a commercial area in Old Delhi (or Shahjahanabad, founded and named for the builder of the Taj Mahal). The scores of narrow lanes branching off from the principal streets are filled with small shops -- those selling one kind of goods all clustered together. Except for the electricity and electric gadgets, this is how many of the cities of antiquity must have looked (and smelled).
Only one of the many streets I visited in a four-hour tour of Chandni Chowk was both neat and clean. It led to a Jain temple; and the houses were all owned by Jains. These remarkable people, discouraged from agriculture by their beliefs, form a miniscule part of the Indian population, but contribute significantly to the Indian economy. The mighty Tata manufacturing and financial empire is owned by a Jain family.
The most splendid of Delhi's old cities, built by Emperor Shah Jehan, is now a part of old Delhi. It was surrounded by a wall 8.8 km in circumference with 14 massive gates; Five of these still stand: Delhi Gate, Kashmere Gate, Turkman Gate, Ajmeri Gate and Lahori Gate.
Chandni Chowk literally means 'moolit crossroads' and are disputedly the busiest street on earth. Thronging with people, the whole area consists of many small shops and stores, and you could easily be lost for hours. We ventured into the maze of little side streets, but did manage to find our way out to the main avenue, shown here.