My love for chandni chowk forever abides 💕
In frame are these beautiful souls:
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Tucked away in our new collection launch mailer were links to the 2 surprises we have in our web shop for you. Comment below if you noticed or checked them out!
One of them is a our guide to Chandni Chowk- a Lai curation- the places our family has patronized over years.....do read and leave your comments in the blog to add to the list for other to see! Link in the bio 👉 @lai_designs
Whether you are a tourist or a local, unlikely you'll fall in love with Chandni Chowk in the first go. Or ever. It is messy, chaotic, dirty and noisy. Too many people, too much traffic, too much of everything, infact. But in a world getting increasingly homogenized, it can only be a wonderful thing when a place like this can exist, sustain, evolve and hold on it's own sub-culture, centuries after it was founded.
Said to have been built during the Mughal era by Emperor Shahjahan’s daughter - Jahanara, Chandni Chowk is the sole surviving custodian of the legendary charms of Delhi of yore- the Delhi of Mirza Ghalib.
The many speciality markets within Chandni Chowk were set up during the ancient times and have known to survive almost three centuries- both in old and new avatars. Kathra Neel for cloth, Chawri Bazaar for stationery, Dariba Kalan for jewellery, Khari Baowli for spices and many others.
Crumbling Havelis now line the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, a mere shadow of their former glory. The kuchas (alleys) and mohallas (residential neighborhoods) are all swallowed up by shops, vendors, crowds and vehicles. But if you care to look beyond what meets the eye, stories from a richly layered past start to emerge.......
Walk around Chandni Chowk and you won’t be allowed to feel hungry. There is some exciting street food at every corner, some famous and others known only in the immediate neighbourhood. It has been the business district, bursting with shopkeepers, small and large as well as their customers: a veritable microcosm who had to be fed. Inexpensively. From fuit sandwiches to kachoris, it’s all here, if only you know in which galli or kucha to slip into. (If you want to be taken around, do contact Anubhav Sapra of @delhifoodwalks who does this professionally) #chandnichowk#streetfood#chaat#chaatlove#olddelhi#olddelhifood#foodofolddelhi#chandnichowkfoodtrail
Chandni Chowk, that crazy, tumultuous beating heart of Delhi, holds a few trumps up its sleeve, chief of them is the variety and quality of chaat and street-side meals. Kulle ki chaat is made by just a couple of artistes, including this gent in Sadar Bazar. Vegetables are hollowed out, filled with the trademark masala mix and small white chanas, sprinkled over with lime juice and eaten, each vegetable in one bite to avoid making a mess. Thank you @anubhav.sapra for mapping these hidden gems of our city. #chandnichowk#chandnichowkfood#chandnichowkmarket#chaatmasala#kullekichaat#olddelhifood#puranidilli#chaatlover