Last weekend 2 events happened for me - a good one and a bad one. Here I am sharing about the good one which happened on Saturday. I was excited to join this walk in Delhi, because some of the awesome photographer, blogger friends were also joining in. And it was a good opportunity to know about the famous eating places in Old Delhi.
I will be sharing a different post about popular food options available in Old Delhi. Here I am trying to share some photographs clicked and details about the events happened during the walk. This walk was planned by Desi Traveller with the help of Deba Rajpal and Tarun Gaur.
We met in front of Sheeshgunj Gurudwara and walked towards Jain Temple first, which is just opposite to the Red Fort. Tarun breifed us about the Jain Temple, how Chandni Chow was built. When it was build, areas are allocated on the basis of caste system. That's why you see lot of temples in the beginning of Chandni Chowk. I wasn't aware of this fact. And when Chandni Chowk was build, various communities from various parts of the country were invited to live there.
We walked through the streets of Chadni Chowk and also enjoyed some of the popular food offered in these streets. Most of the shops were closed till 10am, but food shops were open, so that's an appropriate time to be in Chandni Chowk. After 11am it gets very crowded.
Chandi Chowk challenge a Photographer in you and that's when you realize how difficult street photography is. It's quite challenging to make images which are meaningful and express something about the place and it's people.
It's a great experience to walk around these streets of Old Delhi and notice the action. It's very different from rest of the city and that's why it has it's own charm. These 2 men were awesome. They were calmly posing for few minutes. Otherwise I have seen people around these street who get irritated with cameramen. Because thousands of cameras click these street everyday, I am sure all the experiences would not be pleasant for people around these streets of Old Delhi.
You see unique things around these streets. Above is the town hall where people come and offer grains to pigeons. Everyone keep pouring the plates even when there is more than enough. There are 3 folks just outside the townhall who only sell these grains whole day.
Old Delhi has Temples, Mosques, Gurudwaras as well as churches. Above photograph shows Masjid Fatehpuri !
There are lot of temples in the streets of Chandni Chowk. Here is a beautiful scene when a lady comes out of the temple, offers prasad to these ladies and indulge in morning chit-chat.
What a classic way of spending the mornings. There are lot of folks in Old Delhi who live in small rooms, houses and go out for work during the day. Most of the times the day starts for them with a cup of tea in streets and newspaper.
Around these streets, you would find lot of different things. Folks cleaning ears on streets, dentists sitting around the streets and fixing up the problems and folks selling old coins from different centuries and from various countries on the globe.
Chandni Chowk has much more than what anyone can explore in a day.