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Chandni Chowk

Location Old Delhi facing The Red Fort
How to Reach Take an auto or cab or disembark at Chandini Chowk Metro station
Timing Anytime except Sunday

Chandni Chowk in DelhiThe favorite daughter of Shah Jahan, Jahanara laid the foundation of Chandini Chowk that is the largest trading center of Delhi as well as India. It was built around 300 years ago around the time of the establishment of the walled city of Shahjahanabad. At present the street is a busy thoroughfare and is really congested. This area is renowned for 'Kuchas and Katras' (alleys). These alleys house traditional Havelis, innumerable places of worship, popular specialized markets and century-old eating joints. All these things jointly make Chandini Chowk famous not only in India but the whole world. The market place has historical landmarks like Sunehri Masjid. The Fatehpur Mosque is located at the west corner of Chandini Chowk and the famous Jama Masjid in the Southeast corner.

This historic street has every thing right from a sarai to beautiful gardens. The street of Chandini Chowk originally stretched from Lahore Gate of Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. Now it has swelled and has engulfed most of the surroundings. In early times it was divided into 5 katras. The Urdu bazaar extended from the Red Jain temple to Dariba. The Phool Mandi stretched from Dariba Kalan to the royal police station called Kotwali. From Kotwali till the present Town Hall, the area was called Ashrafi bazaar. The fourth part was known as Chandini Chowk, which extended from Ashrafi bazaar till the Fatehpuri Masjid. And the fifth part consisted of Jama Masjid and Matia Mahal. In early days there was an octagonal pool in this part of the street. This pool was a sort of meeting place on full moon nights. The reflection of moon in the pool gave it the name it is known now. The water drained into the canal that ran through the middle of the street. This canal was later refilled at the time of British. Thus the whole street came to be known as Chandini Chowk. The canal was lined with row of banyan, neem and pipal trees on both sides. It was known as Faiz Nahar and brought water from now somewhat extinct lake known as Najafgarh Lake. It provided water to the people of the walled city including the royalty. It was also used to irrigate numerous gardens and parks present in that area.