Old Delhi, India
Contributed by Project for Public Spaces
An amazing array of attractions on a street that is the spine of one of the liveliest districts in the world.
The word "chaos" doesn't do justice to the amazing array of attractions in Chandni Chowk, a network of streets that forms the transportation spine of Old Delhi. Here, in Northern India's largest trading center, everything is for sale and everyone is out on the street. Elephants rub ankles with scooters, and the air is filled with a mixture of succulent aromas and sour odors. Exciting, but not for the faint of heart.
This is Northern India's largest trading center and can be found at, and surrounding, the main street in Old Delhi.
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History & Background
The name Chandni Chowk literally means 'Moonlit Square' - the square was designed in front of the Red Fort by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan's daughter Jahanara sometime around 1650CE. A main feature of the square was a pool at its centre, which supposedly reflected moonlight towards the Fort.
- ChandniChowk.com - a complete information guide to the market
- 60 of the World's Great Places - Chandni Chowk is one of the 60 greatest places in the world