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Attractions near Red Fort
Chandni Chowk Market
This market is one of the most ancient markets in the country. This was set up as early as 17th century by the great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. The design of the market was given by his daughter, Jahan Ara. During the early days, these markets had canal separators which aggravated their beauty during moonlight, however, now these canals are not being operational. This is one of India’s biggest whole sale markets. This market is found right at the center of the walled city and runs from Lahore Gate to Fatehpuri Masjid. A canal was constructed during the early days during the middle of this area and was providing water to the surrounding areas.
This is a place that has to be visited to buy stationery items. There are lots of pencils, folders, books, scrap material, materials for decorating and many more items that one can find at Nai Sarak. The folders available here are SOLO and Shipra brand types. There are lots of textile shops in this area as this area is famous for its silk saris and lehengas.
This is a place that is famous for hardware and kitchen equipment. A place near Lal Kaun is the Tilak Market which is famous for its chemicals that are sold for industrial purposes.
This is the market that is famous for its gold and silver jewelry shops. Hare Ram Hare Krishna and MM Jewelers are some of the most reputed names in the jewelry industry at Dariba.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
There are 9 Gurudwaras in Delhi and this is one of them. This was constructed during 1783 in memory of the death of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh. This Gurudwara is located right in the heart of Chandni Chowk. This has been set up on the very place where Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh was beheaded during 1675 by Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb because the Guru had refused to convert to the religion of Islam.
The one that we see today was built during 1930. This Gurudwara still protects and saves the tree beneath which the Guru was beheaded. There is also a well here from which the Guru took water for bathing during his prison life. A police station, Kotwali is found in close proximity to the Gurudwara. It was here the Guru was sent to jail and the Sikh disciples had to undergo lots of torture at the hands of Mughal rulers.
Muslim Sunehri Masjid
This mosque was constructed during 1721 when the place was ruled by Mohammed Shah. This was constructed by Roshan-ud-Daula Zafar Khan. On 11th March, 1739, the notorious invader from Persia had passed a cruel order of Katl-e-Alam (shoot at sight) which resulted in the deaths of around 30,000 people. It is believed that he stood on top of this mosque to supervise the killings.
This is the largest mosque in the country and is found in Chandni Chowk. Chandni Chowk is a market that is buzzing almost continuously with different kinds of whole sale items ranging from food to textiles that have intricate mirror work, chikan and zari work. One can also find stalls that sell clothes, electronic items, household equipment, jewelry, shoes, books and everything from a pin to plane. Though this place is over-crowded most of the times, lots of people come here to do some window-shopping and to taste the lip-smacking local delicacies sold here. The original Haldiram’s shop can be found here. Jalebis are the local sweets and they are a hot favorite among tourists. Pure ghee is used for frying these sweets.
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
One of the most famous Indian Jain Temple Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is located in the national capital Delhi which is an oldest one in the country. Its location is nearby the historic Chandni Chowk area which directly faces the famous Red Fort landmark.
The second building located behind the main temple is an avian veterinary hospital located nearby it. This hospital is famous as the Jain Birds Hospital in the region.
Having been built originally in 1656 nearby and in the opposite direction of the huge Red Fort area at the Netaji Subhas Marg and Chandni Chowk intersection the temple known as Digambar Jain Temple has distinction of being oldest of the capital based Jain temples. This temple looks highly impressive due to the use of red sandstone in its making this temple has been modified and altered on multiple occasions besides additions in it to enlarging the temple area during early 19th century as part of the extension plan. Today Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is famously called Lal Mandir or Red Temple in the national capital.
Central Baptist Church, Delhi
Located at the main Chandni Chowk Road area in the opposite side of the Gurdwara Sisganj, famous Central Baptist Church in the national capital is a landmark prior to the Fountain Chowk or Bhai Mati Das Chowk in the Delhi city. As it is believed this church remains one of the oldest Christian missions in the entire North Indian region in the country. The Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) of London had bought a piece of land nearby historic Red Fort area in the late 18th century to build a Central Baptist Church in the year 1814 which still exists.