Chandni Chowk In Old Delhi, Old Photo 1860
Old 1860 photo of the once elegant boulevard of Chandni Chowk in the walled city of old Delhi. Once Shahjahanabad’s most elegant boulevard. Chandni Chowk (or “Silvery Moonlit Square”), laid out in 1648, had a canal running through it, and was lined with grand shops and mansions. Today Chandni Chowk is a far cry from what you see in this photo.
What with the maddening rush, roadside sales occupying every square inch, and disorderly traffic. All this seems to throw into total disorder of this once beautiful place. But this is one of the busiest markets in India. The buildings are evidently centuries old. Shah Jahan had ordered the construction of this walled city of Shahjahanabad. Where Chandni Chowk ran on the center of this walled city of Old Delhi.
Designed by his daughter Princess Jahanara Begum who was also the daughter of Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan built the wall of this walled city which is around 6-10 km in length. And there was an opening of 14 gates to the wall- Delhi, Lahori, Ajmeri, Turkman, Calcutta gates, etc to name a few. Today, unfortunately, the wall and a few of the gates exist only in places. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the British named Shahjahanabad as Delhi.
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