Chandni Chowk Market | Old Delhi, India

Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Emperor Shahjahan established Chandni Chowk in 1650, after shifting his capital from Agra to Delhi; it was designed by his daughter Jahan Ara.  As the center of the commercial activities of the Mughal Empire, the market is now a stark contrast from Delhi’s conventional airconditioned malls or plush shops with stylish interiors in prestige neighborhoods. It remains, however, as an important and viable wholesale trade district in the region, and a popular tourist attraction for those wishing to experience the local Old Delhi lifestyle.  The following pages highlight scenes from our afternoon walking tour along one of the District’s main streets.

 

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