Like most other landmarks in the capital and its adjoining areas, even Chandni Chowk owes its origin to Mughal emperors. The foundation stone for this large and colourful bazaar was laid down by Jahanara, the favourite daughter of Shah Jahan. Today, the biggest trading centre in northern India, it is often called the Moonlit Square. Located by the Red Fort, erstwhile capital of the Mughals, Chandni Chowk is characterized by its plethora of lanes and by-lanes filled with all the hustle and bustle related to vibrant market places. All these lanes are famous for a specialty particular to itself. These range from mouth-watering good to glittering jewellery. Here are the top places to visit in and around Chandni Chowk –
One of the most significant symbols of our motherland’s sovereign democracy, this big Fort was the ancient capital of the Mughal dynasty and it was built by Shahjahan to make the area his new capital by the name Shahjahanabad. The large complex showcasing life the way it was during the long Rule of the Mughals, Red Fort is a must-visit when you are on a Delhi city tour.
This monument enjoys the distinct of being the tallest tower in the country with 5 storeys having a balcony each. This also stands tall as a historical symbol of the city’s long history. The QutubMinarwas built in the year 1199. Years down the line, you will not find a even a little speck of rust in the monument. This is another major tourist attraction of Chandni Chowk.
Jama Masjid does not really require an introduction, not to an Indian at least. It is one of the most famous shrines of India and also the country’s oldest mosque. Jama Masjid is regarded as a sacred place not just amongst Muslim but also their non-Muslim counterparts. It is also India’s largest mosque where one can witness unparalleled Eid celebrations.
Much like the Jama Masjid, the India gate also does not need much of an introduction. Built as a memorial for Indian soldiers who lost their lives in 1st World War, the India Gate stands strong an imposing structure which arches to offer a view of the red sandstone structure – Red Fort. The names of the soldiers who died in the 1st world war as well as the Afghan war are inscribed on the wall of the gate.
Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the oldest in Delhi and also the best-known Jain temple in the city. It is dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara named Lord Parashvanath. The temple has a very soothing and peaceful ambience and welcomes people of all fates. There is also a book shop in the premises of the temple where you can find religious books.
So now that you know of so many Chandni Chowk tourist spots, make sure you tick mark all of them experience one of the best Delhi tours before returning home. And also, do not forget to go on a culinary tour of Chandni Chowk as well.