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School rickshaw outside Zeenat Mahal's haveli, Chandni Chowk

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Published on Jan 16, 2013

Begum Zeenat Mahal was the wife of Emperor Bahadur Shah II and de facto Empress of the Mughal Empire on behalf of the Emperor. She married Bahadur Shah II in 1840 and bore him his favourite son, Mirza Jawan Bakht. During the events of 1857, she kept her son out of contact with the rebels in an attempt to secure the throne for him. However, this was not accepted and she was exiled to Rangoon with her husband. Bahadur Shah died in exile on 7 November 1862. He was buried in Yangon's Dagon Township near the Shwedagon Pagoda, at the site that later became known as Bahadur Shah Zafar Dargah. After remaining lost for many decades, the tomb was discovered during a restoration exercise in 1991. Zeenat (who later died in 1886) and her grandchild are buried along side him.

Chandni Chowk, originally meaning moonlit square or market, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, now in central north Delhi, India. Built in 17th century by the great Muslim Emperor of India, Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara, the market was once divided by canals to reflect moonlight, now closed, yet it still remains one of India's largest whole sale markets. It is a famous market known all over India. Chandni Chowk runs through the middle of the walled city, from the Lahori Darwaza (Lahore Gate) of the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid. Originally, a canal ran through the middle of the street as a part of the water supply scheme.It is said that moonlight reflecting on its canal, earned it its name, Chandni (Moonlit). Chandni Chowk was once the grandest of the markets in India.

The area lies in the historically important Shahjahanabad, between the Lal Qila (The Red Fort) and Fatehpuri Masjid. On both sides of the wide Chandni Chowk streets are historical residential areas served by narrow lanes (galis). With the most famous mosque of Delhi, Jama Masjid, built in 1650 in the vicinity, it is an unusual street that has several famous religious shrines, belonging to different religions, that coexist, lending the street a genuine cultural harmony.

Chandni Chowk's specialty is the variety of its markets and their Indian-ness. From authentic Indian food, delicacies and sweets of more than 1,000 kinds, to sarees with chikan and zari work. There are lots of narrow lanes with many shops selling books, clothing, shoes and leather goods, electronic and consumer goods and whatnot. The area, even more so than the rest of the city, is very congested. This is also a good place for window shopping. It is the location of the original Haldiram's. A particular local delicacy are the jalebis, which are fried in pure ghee (clarified butter). Gali Parathe Wali in Chandni Chowk is known for its parathas, Dec 2006. Chandni Chowk is home to several famous restaurants/confectioners (halwais).

Source - Wikipedia

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