May 21 2018
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Diwali shopping at Chandni Chowk : A Wanderer’s guide

Diwali is around the corner and the festivities have just started. The streets are well-lit, the homes are decorated and all the roads are blocked because of the massive shopping binges of Delhites. Truly, Delhi has the Diwali mode on and there is no place better than Chandni Chowk to experience it in its full glory.

After some struggle and some tussle, we finally reached Chandni Chowk and there were many sights on offer. We tried to capture everything we could in our camera and give you a sense of how Diwali has swarmed the streets of Chandni Chowk.

Sweet and salty temptations

Diwali is incomplete without sweets and Chandni Chowk ensures that you are spoilt for choices when it comes to Indian Sweets. We went to some of the oldest shops in the walled city to see what best they have to offer. Kanwarji’s amarti, Chaina Ram’s laddoo and Jalebiwala’s Jalebi  are some of the sweets that we tasted. These Desi ghee sweets swiftly fill the boxes and become one of the most obvious choices for gifting and consumption.

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If you think that the sweets are  mouth watering, you can’t afford to miss the namkeen or the salted snacks. Most of the namkeen that we consume come as packed food, this Diwali you can try out freshly made namkeen with no preservatives from the bustling shops of Chandni Chowk.

Home Decor

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Toran, Rangoli, Lakshmi Ganesh idols, earthen lamps are just a few names that are must have for Diwali. Chandni Chowk’s Kinari Bazaar offers you at prices that won’t dig a hole in your pocket. We were awestruck by some of these art effects and hope you would find them apt for home decor too.

Toran or Bandanwaar

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These intricately decorated torans in mirrors, gota, zari, shells  and beads come in a riot of colours and are just apt to invite goddess of wealth in your home.

 Lakshmi Ganesha

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If you thought that the best of Lakshmi Ganesha idols can be bought from the malls or fancy shops, then reconsider.

These earthen idols with all the glitz and glitter are aesthetically done with keen detailing that includes everything you associate with wealth and prosperity. Don’t miss out on the silver coins that  that are  seemingly flowing from Lakshmi’s lap.

 Diyas 

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There is no better way to combat the darkness of the moonless night with diyas. At Chandni Chowk, you will find earthen diyas, gel based diyas and electric diyas to light up the0 Diwali night. Talking about electric diyas, they seem to be the new fad since, they are a convenient and easy way to light up your home.

Let there be light

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If you are looking for some fancy lights then there is no better place than Bhagirath Palace. This entire by-lane of Chandni Chowk sells fancy lights starting from INR 45 for a string of 15 meters. Light up your home in  rainbow colours.

Clothes 

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The festive clothes at Chandani Chowk may come in different colours but have one thing in common that is the gold detailing that can be a little too gilded for some. Don’t forget to bargain while purchasing.

Jewellery

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Diwali festivities begin with Dhanteras – the day that is considered to be the most auspicious to buy utensils, jewellery and new clothes. These silver earrings  from Dariba Kalan just seem to suit any autumn winter look and can surely dazzle up your festive look.

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Diwali is not just a festival for Chandni Chowk, but actually this celebration has hidden layers which can only be experienced in person. The commercial aspects of Diwali cannot be ignored as it becomes the sole source of livelihood for many people who sell their wares on the busy streets of Chandni Chowk.

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