Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara, this is one of the largest Wholesale markets of India. Originally the market was divided by canals to reflect the moonlight and an elegant pool and hence the name given to it as Chandni Chowk or the Moonlight Square. Originally the shops were built in half moon shape pattern and were famous for its Silver merchants. Mughal imperial processions used to pass through Chandni Chowk at the time of Mughal rule.Chandni Chowk is spread from the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjidin the old Delhi area. In present time Chandni Chowk has variety of markets which sell items including authentic Indian food, delicacies and sweets, Cloths including Sarees with Chicken and Zari work. There are different areas in Chandni Chowk where visitors come to shop according to their requirement. Cloth Market is a market for all the needs of Wedding cloths, exquisite bridal Sarees, Lehengasand the home furnishing fabrics. NaiSarak is the wholesale market of stationery, books and decorative materials. Students come here to buy second hand books for school and colleges. Lal Kuan is the wholesale market for hardware including home and kitchen equipment. Tilak Market is awholesale place for industrial chemicals.Daribais a place for Silver and Gold Jewellery having famous jewelry shops named Hare Ram Hare Krishna and MM Jewelers. Chandni Chowk is also very famous for restaurants/confectioners. Original Haldiram shop is also in here. Paranthewali Gali is famous for different kind of Parathas. Famous Karims hotel is also situated in Chandni Chowk.
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