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October 23, 2006
From journal Delhi: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?
January 14, 2004
We first visited the Red Fort and then hired a rickshaw driver to take us into the market. Our driver was from Nepal and spoke excellent English. He was able to show us many of the neighboring sites including CC. Rickshaw is the only way to go in CC -- the streets are ancient and very, very narrow. The sites and smells are unlike any others.
We first drove through the gold and silver markets. Here people buy their jewelry, etc. There is a Jain temple nearby that our driver took us to. This temple is an absolute gem! The interior is as old as the Red Fort and has been kept in immaculate condition. You will need to remove your shoes and any leather goods before you enter the temple. The first floor has about a dozen religious statues that are washed every day in milk. The second floor is more modern. The walls are a mosaic of mirror and tile depicting various religious scenes. I don't know the name of this temple, but I'm sure it's the only one in the market.
Next we stopped to look at saris and textiles. There were many women shopping with relatives for the weddings. The wedding saris are beautiful works in silk and gold. Every shop owner will offer you some chai while they show you their wares. Be prepared for some hard sales pressure.
We walked through the spice market. As you can imagine, there is a lot to see and smell. We saw giant barrels of tea and other herbs and other spices. We didn't buy anything. Although it was tempting, I didn't know what was what.
Other than a small group of tourists, we were the only non-Indians. You really get a feel for the local culture when you're in the market. Because there are no cars, you almost feel like you've stepped back in time.
On my flight home, several Indians told me that CC is not necessarily the place for bargains. However, given the history and atmosphere, how can you not give it a try?
From journal Quick trip to India
August 24, 2003
The sights, sounds and smells of Chandni Chowk are all you need to confirm you are in the middle of Delhi. The roads are literally choking with traffic, although there are very few cars. Instead rickshaws, handcarts, bicycles, motorbikes, donkeys and even camels make up the constant throng that pulsates the narrow streets of Chandni "Choke".
From journal Tip of the Golden Triangle