5 Things to Know Before Visiting Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

Feeling the heat in peninsular India? Think the mountains are calling? Well, you may just stop by in the capital city and explore on your way to scaling the higher altitudes. Whether you are from Chennai, Bangalore, or Ranchi, a flight to Delhi could be the first leg of your journey. And any trip to Delhi is incomplete without a visit to the Chandni Chowk. 

Founded by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, Chandni Chowk facing the iconic Red Fort has successfully survived the ravages of time. Although constantly undergoing modifications, the place has miraculously managed to preserve its true essence. 

Be it the lip-smacking street food, narrow winding by-lanes, or its reputation of being the biggest hardware hub in entire Asia—Chandni Chowk effectively dons multiple tags at once. It is unlike any other place—it’s bustling, super-crowded, chaotic lanes and the overall energy makes for quite a spectacle. 

If you are planning to visit the place anytime soon, we recommend you must take a look at the list we have put together below. Our observations will help you to glide through all the chaos and have a great experience.  

  1. Be Prepared to Hit the Streets Shopping

Don’t let yourself be deterred by the chaos, instead dive right into it and enjoy the crazy shopping experience. Everything is up for sale. From fabric, handicrafts, carpets, hardware, electronics, mementos, gifts to “that obscure pen which you were so fruitlessly looking for in every stationery shop that it almost became a fetish”—you’ll realize that all can be found here. You won’t get to see such vibrant colors at one place anywhere in India, be it Ranchi or Rourkela, so book your flight to Delhi today

  1. Do Remember to Take a Break

Your enthusiasm may not last long if you don’t give yourself a timely break. A brief stoppage at Parathe Wali Gali will both assuage your hunger, let you delve into an age-old tradition, and give you a brief break to recharge yourself and get back to exploring. 

  1. Don’t Forget to Capture Memories

For tourists travelling from different parts of the country, we insist to not spend time just eating and exploring but also taking some photos. In case you didn’t know, Chandni Chowk is one of the most photographed places in the whole country.

  1. When In Chandni Chowk Don’t Forget To Pay Homage to Old Delhi’s Grand Monuments  

A tour to Chandni Chowk isn’t just about street food and sprawling markets. Chandni Chowk is surrounded by historical monuments on all sides. You must spare at least one extra day to just explore these buildings. A tour of the majestic Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is a must when you are in Chandni Chowk.


  1. End Your Day by Appreciating the Local Food

At the end of it all, you must treat your taste buds to have a fulfilling experience. From Kebabs to Butter chicken you’ll find extraordinary non-vegetarian food here. For vegetarians, Parathas, Chole, and Chaats are some nice options. You can top this up with some dessert. For instance, some delicious kulfi, jalebi, and other delicious sweets can be found in plenty here. 

Those who like regional delicacies such as the Golgappas of Ranchi, or the Banarasi Paan, will find plenty of options here. So, book a Ranchi to Delhi Flight today from any part of India. 

Chandni Chowk is the soul of Delhi and full of surprises—a day in this melting pot of craziness will shake off any rustiness you may have.