Chandni Chowk is the one of the oldest and busiest markets in the nothern part of Old Delhi. It was built in the 17th century by then Mughal Emperor Shahjahan and was designed by his daughter Jahan Ara. It is known for being India’s largest wholesale market. The name comes from the fact that the place was divided by canals so as to reflect the moonlight in the night.
Places to stay
There are many budget hotels in Chandni Chowk. Hotels like Hotel Rama Inn (Tariff - Rs. 980), Hotel Sun International (Tariff - Rs. 900), Hotel Shelton (Tariff - Rs. 960) and Hotel Raj (Tariff - Rs. 1000) provide decent accommodation.
Hindi is the official language that is spoken here. Other major languages spoken here include Urdu, Punjabi as well as the regional dialect of Awadhi in certain parts.
Dussehra is the most important festival that is celebrated here. Other major festivals include Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Holi as well as major national festivals like Independence Day and Republic Day.
Places of Interest
Chandni Chowk is well renowned for its wholesale markets and there are shops that sell a variety of goods - from cloth to ornaments to stationary to food. The Parathe Wali Gali is another important landmark to visit in Chandni Chowk.
How to Get There
The Delhi Airport (18 km) is the closest airport to Chandni Chowk.
The Sadar Bazar Railway station is the closest to Chandni Chowk (1 km). The Old Delhi railway station (2 km) is the closest major junction to Chandni Chowk.
Operators like Sabharwal Bus Service, Banjara Satguru Travels, Sai Travels and KS Travels provide their services here. These buses also ply to Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jodhpur as well as Ajmer. With TicketGoose.com, one can book bus tickets to almost anywhere in India with the greatest ease. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.