Though the canal that once ran through the middle of the road that we now know as Chandni Chowk is long gone and so is the pool in the center of the market and the Ghanta Ghar that initially replaced it. Many aspects of the historical market still survive till today in the mohallas and havelis that dotted the marketplace.
Remnants of the markets’ bygone splendour continue to lend a unique charm and character to the market and that makes visitors throng the market for shopping, photography and filmmaking, food and much more. Shopping in Chandni Chowk will continue to be as exciting as ever with Omaxe Chowk where a stroll will an edutaining experience recalling history of Chandni Chowk.
“Chandni Chowk and its alleys, havelis and landscape have attained an iconic status so much so that they are a fixture in several Bollywood movies”
Today, Chandni Chowk’s charm lies in the variety and authenticity of its offerings from food and delicacies to sarees with chikan and zari. The narrow lanes and by-lanes are home to shops that sell everything from books, clothing, electronic, consumer goods, shoes and leather goods. Chandni Chowk is also where brands such as Haldiram’s and Giani’s set up their first ever stores. Omaxe Chowk will bring under one roof delicacies of Chandni Chowk and from around the world.
“The first ever stores of Haldiram’s and Giani’s were set up in Chandni Chowk”
At first glance, the maze of lanes and by-lanes that constitute Chandni Chowk can be quite intimidating. In all the mayhem, the market being organised in terms of their wares is a saving grace. These famous markets continue to shine in its glory despite their rise and fall through the ages:
Bhagirath Palace: For electrical goods, lamps and light fixtures. Dariba Kalan is the market for silver and gold jewellery, trophies, shields, mementos and related items are also available here.
Nai Sarak: The wholesale market for books and all stationery goods.
Chawri Bazar: For greeting and wedding cards as well as plumbing and sanitaryware and accessories.
Khari Baoli: Asia’s largest wholesale market for spices. All kinds of spices, dried fruits, nuts and herbs are available here.
Kucha Mahajani: One of the biggest gold trading hubs in Delhi.
Dariba Kalan: The oldest bullion market in the city.
The zoning of Omaxe Chowk will make shopping exactly like the way it feels to shop in Chandni Chowk.
The lanes and by-lanes in the area are also dotted with eateries selling traditional sweets and delicacies as well. Paranthe wali gali is undoubtedly one of the most famous street in Chandni Chowk and a must visit for the self-proclaimed foodie, tourists and food writers and bloggers from across the world. And not to be missed are the Dahi Bhalle from Natraj, Lotan Ke Chole Kulche, Karim’s to name a few. Having signed up with several F&B brands, Omaxe Chowk will be a one-stop-solution to satiate your food cravings!