Heritage Walks in Delhi - Chandni Chowk
Jama Masjid Delhi (Photo Courtesy: Muhammad Mahdi Karim)
The planned New Delhi, capital of India stands in contrast to the Old Delhi. The names Chandni Chowk, Red fort, Jama Masjid also reminds one of narrow bylanes, Cycle rickshaws, small shops, street food. Bollywood movie “Delhi 6” wonderfully portrayed the Old city character of Old Delhi. The history, aura and charm of the Delhi bygone era are still evident and is there to be experienced.
* Experience the city of Delhi, its neighborhoods, as never before.
* Explore the lesser-known parts of the city.
* Enjoy heritage as not only the past but also a living tradition.
A brief about Walk
Chandini Chowk is the largest trading center of Delhi as well as India. It was built around 300 years ago and at present the street is a busy congested thoroughfare. This area is renowned for 'Kuchas and Katras' (alleys). These alleys house traditional Havelis, innumerable places of worship, popular specialized markets and century-old eateries. All these things combines to make for a Chandni Chowk Experience. The market place has historical landmarks like Sunehri Masjid. The Fatehpur Mosque is located at the west corner of Chandini Chowk and the famous Jama Masjid in the Southeast corner.
Chandni Chowk heritage walks, like all other Heritage walks are guided walks where the guide would brief guests for about 2 hour walk covering 1.5 kms. Best time is Winter between 8 AM and 10 AM to get a feel of the areas heritage. For shopping and street food evening hours are recommended.
Please Bring Along:
* Walking shoes
* It is recommended that you carry some covering for your head, especially useful when visiting religious sites. Avoid wearing shorts.
* Drinking water
How to Reach:
* Metro: Get down at Chandni Chowk Metro station and take a rickshaw to the meeting point or walk
* Bus: Any bus coming to Red Fort will drop you near meeting point. In case you get dropped off at Delhi Railway Station (or Old Delhi Railway Station) take a rickshaw to the meeting point
* Auto/Cab: Get dropped off at Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, opposite Red Fort.
Parking: 2 large parking facilities - one near Jama Masjid; second, called Gandhi Maid