Delhi has an incredible history that goes nearly 5000 years
back. With a fair share of repeated construction and destruction, like a
phoenix, the city seems to rise from its ashes each and every time. Join us on
an inspiring tour walking through one of the largest and oldest markets of the
Indian capital city – Chandini Chowk.
Built in the 16th century by Shahjahan, on the
request of his favourite daughter Jahanara, Chandini Chowk was meant as a one-stop
market where the womenfolk could shop for all their needs. Over the centuries,
the shops and streets may seem like they have had makeovers over the centuries,
but most of the original Mughal architecture can still be seen in the façade of
most of the buildings around. Apart from the typical intricate lattice work, you’ll
also find relatively newer buildings with Victorian columns or corbel arches
from the colonial era. Our tour begins with a splendid view of the magnificent
Red Fort – the icon of the walled city of Shahjahanabad, as the area was known.
As we walk along the recently pedestrianised road from Red
Fort to Jama Masjid, you will see a Hindu temple, a Digambara Jain temple, a
Baptist Church and a Sikh Gurudwara all on the same road – signs of harmonious
co-existence of various religions. Yet, the market of Chandini Chowk is
experienced in its true sense in many of its meandering bylanes. As you go into
the labyrinth of narrow lanes, you’ll see a riot of shops selling gold &
silver, sarees, dress materials, bridal wear, colourful bangles and jewellery,
stationery and the works! Pass by the famous ‘Jalebi Wala’ selling piping hot
snacks like samosas and jalebis, or through the ‘Parathe wali gully’ as our
host gives you a peek into some of Delhi’s popular street foods. You’ll be
mistaken if you thought this was a completely commercial area – you’ll
occasionally find many residences right in the middle of this hustle-bustle. As
the tour ends, the grand Jama Masjid appears in our view.
Teams will definitely enjoy a
glimpse into the diverse culture that is India’s identity, as we stroll through
the bustling alleys of this shopper’s paradise and soak in the sights that it
has to offer.