Chandni Chowk Tour
Chandni Chowk meaning “moonlit square” or “moonlit market” in Hindi, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. It was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was designed by his daughter Jahan Ara.
This market is in North Delhi and is terribly crowded and chaotic at all times. However, some of Delhi’s world famous monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid (religious monument for Muslims) and the Sis Ganj Gurudwara (Sikh religious monument) are located nearby and are major tourist attractions.
The Red Fort and the Jama Masjid were also built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he moved his capital from Agra to Delhi.
Chandni Chowk is best seen from a cycle rickshaw
To give you the true Delhi experience, we have created simple walking tours that will take you to the best shops in town, the best places to eat while you shop, and also let you catch a glimpse of the historic splendor of the capital city of India.
Take a cab or take the Metro train Yellow Line to Chawri Bazar and then take a cycle rickshaw or walk to Jama Masjid
Chandni Chowk Tour covering Shopping options and Food
10:00am Start your tour from Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid is the biggest mosque in the India and can accommodate upto 25000 people in its courtyard. It was built during the period 1650 – 1656.
Give yourself at least half hour to see thimonument. .If you have never traveled by a cycle rickshaw, this is the time to try it. Enjoy the ride for as little as Rs10/Rs20. Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar .Tourists not allowed during prayer hours Entry: Free Photography: 200 Open all days of the week: 7.00 am – 12.00 pm 1.30 pm – 6.30 pm.
The next stop on our tour will be the Red Fort. Take a rickshaw to Red Fort from Jama Masjid, if you have not travelled by your car. The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal Emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857.
9.30am – 4.30pm daily (except Monday) Entry Fee: Rs.10/-(For Indian Citizens) and Rs.150/- (For foreigners)
Entry Fee for Sound and Light Show: Rs.50/-
11:00am- 1:00pm. – Take a tour of the magnificent Red Fort . In addition to guided tours , they also have the Sound and Light show in the evenings.
1:00pm – Head out to Chandni Chowk . It is the lane situated opposite Red Fort. Take a cycle rickshaw from the Red Fort. It is difficult to take your car in there, but not impossible. If you have your own vehicle, ask for a parking lot when you reach Sis Ganj Gurudwara on Chandni Chowk. Parking is about ½ a km away.
Visit the Sis Ganj Gurudwara. This is an important place of worship for the Sikhs. (Entry free)
1.30pm – 2.30pm – Time to hit the restaurants. Haldiram and Bikanervala are standard vegetarian fast food restaurants in Chandni Chowk. While the Parante wale Gali in this area is famous for its fried paranthas,( flattened breads ), the road side shops which serve these are not modern eating places and it would be more of a roadside eating experience. There is a famous sweet shop right in the beginning of Dariba Kalan lane. Their Jalebis (fried sweets dipped in sugar syrup) is very famous. You can identify the shop by the crowds in front.
Karim’s , near Jama Masjid, is a very well known non vegetarian restaurant. So, if you are in the mood to taste some authentic Indian meat and chicken preparations, do not miss Karims.
2.30pm – 4.30pm. Take a cycle rickshaw tour to Dariba Kalan and Kinari Bazar. You can walk if the weather permits and you are brave enough to handle the crowds.
Dariba Kalan is the name of a lane and it is the oldest bullion market in the country. Today, it is home to several shops selling silver ,silver plated articles ,gifts and souvenirs as well. Silver chains and bracelets are aplenty.
Visit GulabSingh Johrimal if you wish to shop for fragrance oil(s), scented potpourri and soaps . This shop is also situated on Dariba Kalan
In Kinari Bazar, you can find colorful brocade borders and laces. You can also shop for gift packing items such as sweet boxes, trays, sari covers, gift covers and all such items that are required for an Indian wedding. You can get them at wholesale rates.
Kinari Bazar is a narrow lane but you will be astonished with the variety and items on display here.
4.30pm – Visit the O.P Jawaharlal shop in Naya Katra . They are best known for wedding lehengas . You can easily spend a couple of hours here if you are considering placing an order for a wedding lehenga.
6:00pm – End your Chandni Chowk Delhi Shopping and Food Tour at the Red fort for the sound and light show