Katra Neel is the cloth bazaar of Chandni Chowk of Delhi, India. Silk, satin, crepe, cotton, muslin, you will get almost every fabric of the world in this market. Despite the pressures of traffic and population, Chandni Chowk is a historic land mark who's narrow and yet congested lanes are considered to be the best place shopoholics. Most of the shops are nearly 100 years old. The name Chandni Chowk is derived out of two 'Chandni' that means moonlit and 'Chowk' meaning square. It was built on the plan of Shah Jahan's daughter. Shopping in Chandani Chowk is an enriching experience in itself. Leading off Chandani Chowk are Dariba Kalan, the silver market full of designer jewellery, Khari Baoli, the spice market, Katra Neel for all kinds of fabrics like silk, satin, crepe, linen, muslin, net, cotton and Kinari Bazaar for bridal trousseau. Chhatta Chowk is famous for matching jewelry with outfits. You can find wide range of varieties in semi precious stones and cheap metal to craft your jewelry here. In some of these markets, the items for sale are manufactured and custom made on orders or on the spot in front of the customers to their satisfaction, which lands a special charm to the shopping experience well integrated into the culture of the old city.
One thing that is not to be missed in Chandni Chowk is the world famous 'paranthe wali gali' its narrow lanes actually makes Chandni Chowk so famous not just among the Delhi people but alo with international travelers who are always advised to visit the paranthe wali gali to savor on Indian bread fried in clarified butter served with spicy vegetables and pickles. For sweet lovers, they can have rabri, falooda, kulfi, halwa, lassi and other sweet items.A heritage walk in old Delhi is always exciting: the noise, the colourful sights & the delicious smells of food being prepared, adding to the general enthusiasm of visitors & locals alike. This Sunday, seemed a little less crowded than usual.