Chandni Chowk Walking Tour (Self Guided), Delhi

Chandni Chowk is probably one of the most famous areas in Delhi. It is located in Old Delhi and offers everything from architecture, religious buildings, museums and galleries, and famous restaurants and shops. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous tourist attractions in Chandni Chowk.
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Chandni Chowk Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Chandni Chowk Walking Tour
Guide Location: India » Delhi (See other walking tours in Delhi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sunehri Masjid
  • Red Fort
  • Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
  • Gauri Shankar Temple
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
  • Bhagirath Palace
  • Fatehpuri Masjid
Sunehri Masjid

1) Sunehri Masjid

Sunehri Masjid is located near the southwest corner of Red Fort and opposite Netaji Subhash Park in Delhi. There is another Sunehri mosque in Chandni Chowk. Sunehri Masjid near Red Fort is popularly known as Golden mosque. Nawab Qudsiya Begum, the wife of Emperor Ahmad Shah built this the mosque in 1751. It is one of the fortunate monuments that survived the first war of Indian Independence in 1857.

Sunehri Masjid has three huge domes, which were originally coated with copper. The mosque comprises of a prayer hall and two minarets. You can obtain information about the builder and the date of construction of the mosque from the detailed inscriptions on the central arch. The dome of the minaret also had copper plates. Bahadur Shah II repaired and replaced them with sandstone facing in 1852.

Sunehri Masjid is historically significant. It was on the terrace of this Masjid that Nadir Shah, the Persian ruler happily watched his armies killing innocent citizens in the year 1739. The Masjid is open on all days. Do not miss a visit to this interesting historical landmark on your trip to Delhi. Some of the popular tourist attractions close to this masjid include Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
Red Fort

2) Red Fort (must see)

Red Fort, popularly referred to as Lal Qila by the locals was built by the famous Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Construction of Red Fort went on for nine years from 1639 to 1648. The fort is octagonal in shape and is surrounded by massive walls made of red sandstone. A moat surrounds the Red Fort. This moat was previously linked with the Yamuna River. Red Fort houses many fabulous buildings, including the Rang Mahal, Hamam, Diwan-i-Am, Moti Masjid, Khas Mahal and Shah Burj. The fort stands majestically reminding us of the glory of the Mughal Empire.

Emperor Shah Jahan took active interest in designing and planning the marble palaces inside the Red Fort. Each building expresses his taste for elegance and perfection. The Rang Mandir in the fort features a beautiful lotus shaped fountain made of marble. It is embellished with exquisite paintings. The Diwan-i-Am is the place from where the Emperor heard complaints of the public. The hall is made of marble and the world-famous Peacock throne was placed here until it was taken away by Nadir Shah.

Visitors are allowed to see only a part of Red Fort, as the remaining portions are occupied by the Indian Army. Visit the fort in the evening to enjoy a sound and light show describing the history of Mughal Empire.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

3) Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

Situated opposite Red Fort in Delhi, Digambar Jain Lal Mandir was originally built in 1526 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. This temple has since undergone various modifications. The temple was constructed without the Shikara as the Mughal Emperor did not permit its construction. The shikaras were added on only after India obtained independence. The main deity of this temple is Tirthankara Parashvanath. The temple is famous for its fine carvings and decorative paint-works.

Once you enter the temple, the Manastambha column will welcome you. The main prayer hall is located in the first floor of the temple. You must first cross a small courtyard, which is encircled by an arcade. Apart from the main shrine dedicated to Tirthankara, there are many other shrines. One of the important shrines is the one dedicated to Lord Adinath. The temple is known for its soothing ambiance. Pilgrims and tourists flock here to enjoy its calm atmosphere. The divine aura is enhanced with candle lights and butter lamps. The walls of the shrine are decorated with glided paintwork.

You can find a bookstore with a huge collection of books inside the temple. Paryushan, Deepawali and Jnaan Panchami are the important festivals observed here. There is a Bird’s hospital inside the temple, which contains separate wards for parrots, pigeons, sparrows and domestic fowl.
Gauri Shankar Temple

4) Gauri Shankar Temple

This temple is located on Chandni Chowk road in Delhi and is one of the most noteworthy temples for devoted to Lord Shiva. It houses an 800 year old lord Shiva’s manifestation-Lingam. The lingam is surrounded by snakes made of silver. A water vessel made of silver is placed above the lingam, from which water drops fall over it continuously.

According to legends, Apa Gangadhar, a devotee of Shiva was badly injured in a battle. His chance of survival was very low. He prayed to God and promised that he would build a Shiva temple, if he survives. Gangadhar survived and he built this temple to show his gratitude to the lord for saving his life. You can see his name inscribed at the end of the spire near the entrance.

The idols of Lord Shiva, his wife Parvati and his two sons, Ganesh and Kartik are housed in the temple. The life of Shiva is beautifully narrated on the walls of the temple. The most important attraction of this temple is the marble chair of a Hindu saint named Bhagat Swaroop Bramhachari, who spent most of his life in the temple. His teachings, portrait and sandals are preserved in this temple. Monday is the most auspicious day to visit the temple.
Central Baptist Church

5) Central Baptist Church

Located on the Chandni Chowk Road, Delhi, Central Baptist Church is the oldest mission church in North India. It was built by the Baptist Missionary Society, London in 18th century. The church stands as a fine exemplar of European style architecture. The walls of the church boast of memorial tablets, which specify the names of the people who served the church dedicatedly.

The church is open on all days, but the best time to visit is on Sundays and/or at the time of their annual event. The Central Baptist Church is thronged by devotees every Sunday. The choir members sing church hymns and prayer songs. The church is decorated beautifully during the annual event. The vivid and colorful decor and lights create the festival mood. The church organizes many cultural programs through the year.

This well preserved church attracts devotees and tourists alike. The colorful designs and fine carvings enhance the elegant appearance of the exterior. The roof of the church was renovated later with stones, shafts and iron beams. The church has a large deep porch, which is supported by thick circular columns on the southern side. It also houses a primary school, where Baptist community children are given first preference. However, it also accepts children from other communities.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib

6) Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib (must see)

Located in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib was built by Baghel Singh in 1783 to honor the Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur, who was executed according to the orders of Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, as he protested against the forceful conversion of Kashmiri Pandits and dharmic people to Islam. Later, the Gurudwara was built on his martyrdom site. The place also has another historical significance, however, as Guru Gobind Singh visited this sacred place of worship in 1702.

The trunk of the tree beneath which the head of the Guru was severed and the well used by him for taking bath during his prison term have been preserved in the shrine. Also, adjoining the gurudwara, stands the Kotwali (police station), where Guru was imprisoned and his disciples were tortured before execution.

Do not miss a visit to the museum located on the opposite side of the Gurudwara to know more about the history which is a tale to be told to the kids. Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das, and Bhai Dyal Das were followers of Guru Tegh Bahadur and the museum was named after them. They were also executed by the order of Aurangzeb.

Why You Should Visit:
Smaller than Bangla Sahib, this is another beautiful and peaceful gurudwara where everyone is welcome – very colorful.

Be sure to peek into the kitchen & serving area (right opposite the very clean toilets behind the main building), where anyone regardless of faith is served a vegetarian meal, as in all gurudwaras.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5am-10pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bhagirath Palace

7) Bhagirath Palace

Bhagirath Palace is the home of the famous Begum Samru. When Begum Samru was young she was a Nautch Girl, but later she became the ruler of Sardhana, a principality near Meerut. Bhagirath Palace was built in 1806 and today it houses the Bhagirath Hotel. The palace features beautiful architecture with an amazing garden.
Fatehpuri Masjid

8) Fatehpuri Masjid

Fatehpuri Masjid is located near Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Built by Fatehpuri Begum, wife of Shah Jahan in 1650, the mosque is renowned for its magnificence and historical significance. This mosque has a single dome which is flanked by two minarets. It was built with lime mortar and entrenched with black and white stripes.

Fatehpuri mosque features a traditional design. It has a prayer hall with seven arched openings. It also has single as well as double storied apartments on both sides. The courtyard is made of red sandstone. The exquisite sandstone pillars on either side of the mosque are the finest features of this building.

This mosque was used by Indian troops during the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. Though Fatehpuri Masjid is not as splendid as Jama Masjid, some parts of the mosque are very beautiful making it a worthy place to visit. Muslim festivals like Id-ul-Fitr are celebrated with pomp and show making it the best time to visit the mosque. The masjid is open on all days. As it is located in the heart of the city, the mosque can be reached with ease. The north end gate of the masjid leads to Khari Baoli, the largest spice market in Asia.

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