A Day in Chandni Chownk, Delhi, India | Places to Get Clicked | Famous Jalebi Wala

Hello #blogfam,
Last month, I visited one of the most famous place in Old Delhi with my friends. We wanted to get a photoshoot done, so we choose Chandni Chownk as our location. Chandni Chownk is a busy place in Old Delhi which is famous for historical monuments, wholesale shopping and some oldest eating joints. We planned the entire visit beforehand so that we could complete our photoshoot before the sun get's high on us (as it is hot in Delhi from April). So, let me take you along with the experience of A Day in Chandni Chownk, Delhi, India.

Wake up Early...
We went on a Sunday as the markets are closed and we would see less crowd. Whenever you plan a photoshoot then make sure that you wake up early. It is said that morning pictures come out to be really good. So, all of us got ready and met at Kanhaiya Nagar Metro Station around 7: 15 am. By the way, let me tell you Divya and Vishakha joined me for the photoshoot and Chanchal was our photographer for that day.

Travel Options...
If you want to visit Chandni Chownk then one of the best travel mode is Delhi Metro. There are multiple metro station around this area like:
Red Fort : If you have to visit Red Fort then get down at this metro station and walk for 10 minutes.
Jama Masjid : This metro station is just near Jama Masjid and Meena Bazaar.
Chandni Chownk : If you want to visit the main market then get down at this metro station and walk freely while shopping on the go.
Chawri Bazaar : This metro station is near the areas like Chawri Bazaar and Nai Sarak.

Our First Location...
We got down at Kashmere Gate and took Violet Line Metro (going towards Escorts Mujesar) and got down at Jama Masjid. The metro station exit gate is near Meena Bazaar. 

Meena Bazaar
In Mughal Era, Meena Bazaar was mean to be a market to entertain women. In historic times, it was known as Khus Ruz (Day of Joy). The market was opened on particular days for women only. This market is located between Jama Masjid and Dariba Kalan. It has different shopkeepers selling various items on local stalls. If you are looking for affordable or low priced items then you can visit Meena Bazaar and shop. But remember, you need to bargain well and search for good quality things, so visit this place when you have some extra time in hand.

Jama Masjid
We went through the street of Meena Bazaar and reached Jama Masjid. This was our first location to get clicked. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by Shah Jahan and inaugurated by an Imam from Bukhara. This is an Islamic architect structure and enlightens with lights and joy during the month of Ramadan (Muslim's Holy month). When you are visiting this mosque then you should not wear short dresses as you would be prohibited from entering the place or you would be required to wear a long gown available at the entrance. We located a good place at the entrance stairs of Jama Masjid and got clicked there by Chanchal, our photographer.


Red Fort
Once we were done with our shoot at Jama Masjid then we walked down (for 20 minutes) to Red Fort. Red Fort is an historic fort in Delhi which was the main residence of Mughal dynasty emperors till 1856. It is a fort open for public to visit and see the best designs of our historical architecture. There is large open space outside the fort, so we prepared to get clicked there. You will notice a lot of public at Red Fort, so just ignore and get best clicks. We wrapped up from this place soon and then headed to Chawri Bazaar.

Chawri Bazaar
We took a rickshaw (paid Rs. 80 for four people) from Red Fort and went to Chawri Bazaar (near Chawri Bazaar Metro Station). Chawri Bazaar is a wholesale market for brass, paper and copper products. It was established in 1840, being the first wholesale market of Old Delhi.


You can get down at Chawri Bazaar metro station to visit this market. As we went on a holiday, so the markets were closed and we could see different coloured shutters around. These shutters became our photography backdrop and we got good pictures clicked.


Chandni Chownk
We roamed around Chawri Bazaar to get random clicks and then took metro to Chandni Chownk. You can also take a rickshaw to Chandni Chownk, but that day some construction work was going on so the main road of Chandni Chownk had one way traffic. We got clicked in vehicles too for some extra fun. We head over to the famous Old Jalebi Wala shop to enjoy some samosa and jalebi. This shop is very famous and serves one of the best Jalebi. It is opposite Central Bapist Church, Dariba Kalan. It is a small shop since 1884 being run by different generations till date. They serve hot and delicious jalebi and samosa. We enjoyed the delicious treat a lot.


Last Stop...
As we finished our photoshoot then we headed to Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. This is historic sikh gurudwara where the ninth Sikh Guru, Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji, was beheaded on 24th November 1675 on the orders of Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb (because Guru Sahib refused to convert into Islam). This is a peaceful place where Ragis recite hymns all day long. People visit the gurudwara and bow infront of Guru Granth Sahib and pray for themselves.

Not to Miss...
Opposite Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is famous Benagli shop named as Annapurna Bhandar. This shop serves authentic Bengali sweets and few snacks. This shop is so famous that all their sweets are sold by 5 pm. You must taste some Bengali sweets from this shop.

Back Home...
Around 12 noon, we took metro from Chandni Chownk metro station to our respective stations near our home. All of us enjoyed the day at Chandni Chownk and came back home with lots of good memories.

That's all from this one day experience! Do comment and share this blog post with others to spread the news.

Thank you!
Amrit Kaur (Amy)

22 comments :

  1. This is so strange as I was in Parathewali Gali in Chandni Chowk just yesterday! It is really a fantastic place and a must-visit stop in Delhi. Good post!
    Noor Anand Chawla

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  2. What a lovely experience. Im sure many wud soon visit. Yrs truly Chandni Chows is full of colours. Best place to pamper tadte buds

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  3. What a lovely pictures. Chandni Chowk is indeed a place to visit once in a lifetime. Glad you had loads of fun with your friends.

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  4. Wow, kitni badhiya pics n post hain 👌👌
    Meena bazar hum frnds log bahut jaatey thy, pakistani suits lene, bahut acche miltey thy
    Fir chandani chowk bhi bahut ghuma hai, gurudwara bhi jaatey thy, mithai, chaat, juice, faluda,sab kuch to kitna accha milta hai, parathe wali gai me parathe aur uske thoda aagey hi kulhad wali lassi wah
    Kunwar ji ka sohan halwa to lajawab hai

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  5. I used to love going to Chandni Chowk, specially for the food. However, the construction going on everywhere has made the place more crowded.
    You must try Natraj ke bhalle. They are amazing

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  6. I visited Chandni Chownk once. It was 4 years back then. Everything was so classy and typical old Delhi styled. Loved the vibes and foods of course!

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  7. Now that looks like a fun photoshoot clubbed with visiting monuments . The food here is a big motivation

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  8. Chandni Chowk is such a vibrant place! I love the charm it has. I went there for my wedding shopping.

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  9. I have never been to chandni chowk. But have heard alot about that place. The place looks amazing and the street food looks to tempting ans delicious. I love street food. I'm definitely going to visit chandni chowk whenever I go to Delhi

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  10. Even though I am originally from Delhi, I have not seen complete Delhi. I really want to visit Meena Bazaar. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  11. Wow...looks like you had lots of fun there. I loved reading this blog about your fun experience in chandani chowk.

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  12. Wow that jalebi looks so yummy! I will definitely like to visit to chandni chowk on my visit to Delhi. Awesome clicks!

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  13. This is so cool. Aren't known bloggers with you on this tour? Such an awesome thing to do. I will surely follow your lead when i come to delhi. And hopefully we can meet up?

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  14. All the clicks are amazing. I can't wait to visit there when I am visiting Delhi next time.

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  15. The pictures have come out so nicely and I am just drooling looking at the food pics - The jalebi specially !

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  16. I have visited Old Delhi a number of times in my life , yet this part of Delhi continues to fascinate me with its old world charm and nostalgia. Lovely post!

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  17. After reading your post, I would definitely love to go on a similar trail of course in winters.

    Utpal Khot

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  18. I haven't been to Chandni chowk ever, but ur narrative impels me to pay a visit. Thanks for the wonderful illustration.

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  19. The fooooooood
    How did you take out time from eating to shoot? Lol I would never allow myself to be distracted away from the food 😋

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  20. Lovely pictures and that's a long list of things to do in a day. The food and the history of Delhi is always interesting. :)

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  21. Trust me heard a lot about this place but never visited...I am so tempted to see that yummy samosa!!!

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  22. Your post made me nostalgic Amy, I remember visiting these bylanes with mom in childhood. We would visit one kabab corner with these amazing chicken seekh kababs. Paranthe waali galli was another favorite destination. Lovely post.

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