Chandni Chowk

Delhi Shopping Guide – Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is a medley of shops, shoppers, vehicles, pull-carts, horses, street vendors and tourists. It is a potent mixture of old havelis (private mansions) that are heritage buildings, new constructions which are concrete monstrosities and finally new extensions to centuries-old architectural marvels. There is an onslaught on your senses by a cocktail of automobile fumes, aromas of Indian spices and perfumes, cooking oils and masalas; a cacophony of car horns, cycle rickshaw bells, hawkers’ vocal cords and blaring music and a mish-mash of electrical cables, sign boards and decorations. Whatever it is, Chandni Chowk is a one-of-its-kind market.

Chandni Chowk Market-Historical Delhi Market

Chandni Chowk means Moonlit Square. It is one of the oldest Delhi markets in the walled city of Old Delhi, which was called Shahjahanabad in the 17th century. The walled city including Lal Qila or Red Fort was established in 1650 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It was designed by his daughter Jahanara Begum Sahib. Chandni Chowk is the main street that runs from the Lahore Gate of Red Fort to the Fatehpuri Masjid. Earlier a canal ran through its length and served as a waterway. The moonlight reflected in the canal waters lent an ethereal feel to the place. The canal no longer exists.

What has survived though is the theme-wise character of the markets listed below. They are all mostly whole-sale markets, but do retail business as well.

The unique bazars in Chandni Chowk

  • Kinari Bazaar: Glitzy zardozi fabrics,  saree borders, latticed lacework, embellishments and an entire range of products for an Indian bridal trousseau catering to all religious traditions and beliefs. (Kinari means borders )
  • Katra Neel: All kinds of fabric.
  • Nai Sarak: Books—fiction, academic, school, medical, stationary items and musical instruments.
  • Dariba Kalan: Silver jewellery & silver artefacts
  • Chhatta Chowk Bazaar: Also called Meena Bazaar, it is inside Red Fort. It is a covered bazaar for souvenirs, ranging from artificial jewellery, fake antiques, handicrafts and embroidered bags to hand-painted wall-hangings.
  • Begum Samru Palace: Also known as Bhagirath Palace, is full of shops for electrical goods, medical equipment and allopathic medicines.
  • Chawri Bazaar: It is linked to Chandni Chowk through Nai Sarak. It used to be a market for brass, bronze and copper products and there are some shops that still sell them. However paper products like greetings, wallpaper and wedding invitations dominate.
  • Ballimaran Market: It is renowned for shoes of every kind, including Indian ethnic footwear. Shops selling glasses and shades can be found here. You can get fake Ray Ban, Fastrack, Adidas and Versace –they don’t pass it off as originals. A Ray Ban will cost you just Rs. 150!
  • Khari Bhaoli: Adjacent to Fatehpuri Masjid, it has Gadodia Market on one end which is a wholesale market for Indian spices, nuts, dry fruits and herbs; Naya Bazaar is a wholesale market for food grains; and at the other end is Sadar Bazaar which sells non-branded consumer goods and toys.
  • Flea Market near Jama Masjid and behind Red Fort is on Sundays.

Cycle rickshaws in Chandni Chowk Market

If you are a tourist, the Delhi shopping experience is incomplete without visiting Chandni Chowk market. Hence, take a cycle rickshaw & go around the Chandni Chowk Shopping Market.

Chandni Chowk is a fairly cheap place to go shopping in Delhi.


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Days Closed :- Sunday

Timing :- 11.00 am to 7.00pm

Bus/Metro :- Chandni Chowk Bus Stop/Metro Station on the Yellow line


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Gulabsingh Johrimal

Gulabsingh Johrimal|Delhi Shops Delhi Shops, Shopping Places In Delhi The smell of sandalwood, rose and jasmine will waft through the air, tingling your senses, as you approach Gulabsingh Johrimal in Dariba Kalan. This is the famous Attar shop that sells incense sticks, fragrance oil(s), scented potpourri and soaps. The Dariba Kalan is a the famous lane for silver jewellery and silver articles in the ChandniChowk shopping Market. They are the famous Delhi Shops, Shopping Places In Delhi. Walk further down Dariba Kalan beyond the Kinari Bazar lane and the whiff of fragrances will envelope you . All too suddenly you will forget the smells of the petrol fumes and people odours and will embrace the divine smell of jasmine and rose. Gulab Singh Johrimal is a fairly large shop.You can see that it is an old shop. The paint is peeling and the wood in which the products are displayed is discoloured . Aroma of Attar or Ittr( perfumes) Since 1816, Gulab Singh Johrimal has been a trusted name in perfumes and Attar. Attar, also known as ittar, is a natural perfume oil (also known as Aroma oil) derived from botanical sources. Aromatic oils are used in perfumery, cosmetics, flavoring of food, and in aromatherapy. Ittars are popular throughout the Middle East and the Far East. Incense sticks, incense cones, perfumes, soaps, essential oils and rose water, and extracts from sandalwood, musk, lavender and fruits like vanilla, orange, strawberry, cherry, lemon, pineapple, mango, juniper and berry are available. These all-natural perfumes are highly concentrated and are usually offered for sale in small quantities and have traditionally been offered in decorated crystal cut type bottles or small jeweled decanters. Cost of oils A 100 ml bottle may cost you Rs.800/-for an authentic extract and Rs.400/-for the essence.There are so many different essences and oils to sample and so much to carry home at Gulabsingh Johrimal, that you will not want to go back empty-handed.
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Kinari Bazar

Bridal lehengas -Kinari Bazar Firstly, if there is a wedding in the family, Kinari Bazar in delhi is the place to go for shopping. There are shops and more shops that stock bridal lehengas and wedding wear sarees. The bridal lehengas start from Rs15000/piece and can go up to more than Rs1,00,000/piece. Walk around in Kinari Bazar and Nai Sadak. There are lanes and alleys that will lead you to small shopping markets in Chandni Chowk. The lanes are stocked with shops selling bridal lehengas . Many of them are wholesalers. They are hence able to share a reasonable price for the bridal lehengas. As the lehenga is to be worn just once, many brides do not wish to spend exorbitant sums of money on them. Bridal lehengas – Kinari Bazar have some of the best collection. All the wedding essentials-Bridal trousseau The market is known for all types of wedding finery – sehra or grooms turbans, ornate lehengas, bridal veils, gold brocade sherwanis, in fact the entire bridal trousseau is available both on hire and for sale. There are countless little shops selling garlands made of gold and silver tinsel, crisp currency notes, colourful beads, colourful gleaming sequins and so on. Ornate borders in Kinari Bazar In embroidery, kinari means edging or borders – so the small market is replete with ribbons and borders for saris and salwars. The collection is huge – plain, silver and gold textured patterns, gold strings, mirror-work, kundan, sequin, lace, embroidery, embellishments galore! The borders come in lots of colours and varying widths, from thin ribbon strings to four-inch borders for lehengas. Borders are normally sold as nine-meter pieces and cost anything between Rs. 400 and Rs. 3000 each ,depending on the work. This market also has some shops which sell gift boxes, tissue cloth bags, ribbons and gold- plated trays for weddings or special occasions. Also available at Kinari Bazar are aesthetic gift wraps and envelopes for gift cheques and cash as well. For more such shop reviews, search on Shopkhoj
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