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  • Dariba Kalan delhi
    Dariba Kalan delhi
    After crossing the Esplanade Road, a left turn just before Gurdwara Sisganj on the Chandni Chowk road will take to the 'Street of the Incomparable Pearl', Dariba Kalan. The street derives its name from a Persian phrase 'Dur e be baha', meaning 'pearl without compare' because since the period of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the street used to be the popular market of precious stones, gems, gold and silver jewelry. Till today it is known as jewelers' street although most of shops in the street now deal in silver and costume jewelry. It is a very good market for purchasing new or old silver jewelry, because of the wide choice available. Apart from jewelery, some shops of the market also deal in authentic itra, a special type of perfume and attar and claim to be in the trade from the early 19th century. 

    As far as history is concerned, the street witnessed the bloody massacre of 1739, ordered by the cruel invader Nadir Shah. It was here that the soldiers of the Persian army killed many innocent citizens of Delhi and looted the precious gem stones and gold jewelry stored in the shops at Dariba Kalan. 

    Location: The street next to the Esplanade Road before just before Gurdwara Sisganj on the Chandni Chowk road 

    Famous as: Street of the Incomparable Pearl/ Jewelers' street

    Time to visit: Open on all days, except on Sunday

    Preferred Timings: 11.30 am to 8.00 pm 

    Admission Fees: Free and open to all 

    Photography charges: nil 

    How to Reach:Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this market, or they can hire auto-rickshaws, taxis and metro rail. 

    Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

    Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Main 

    Kinari Bazaar
    'Marriage on the mind'! Just visit the famous Kinari Bazaar, which has everything for sale that is needed for a wedding. A wonderful and colorful market, Kinari Bazaar is located on the street just behind the Gurdwara Sisganj and Sunehri Masjid on Chandni Chowk. The bazaar can be reached either by taking the Dariba Kalan Road and turning right in the fourth alley or taking the Paranthewali Gali just after the Ghantewala Sweet Shop.
    Kinari Bazaar has the wholesale and retail shops that mainly deals in the wedding ceremony business. They have large stocks of sehra (groom's turban), garlands made beautifully from gold and silver tinsel and crisp currency notes, bridal jewellery and other accessories required during a wedding ceremony. The shops cater to the needs of people belonging to mostly all religions. Whether it is a Hindu wedding or a Christian wedding, the necessary items are all available here. Even wedding clothes can also be hired from these shops like bridal veil, attractively designed lehenga, gold brocade Sherwanis and anything or everything that one requires in a marriage ceremony. 

    During festivals and especially during Dussehra, the whole bazaar takes a different look and character. The shops sell all kinds of items needed to perform Ram Lila (theatrical performances from the epic Ramayana that are held during Dussehra in different places of the capital) like ten heads of the evil character Ravana, bows and arrows of the epic hero Rama, cardboard swords for the both armies among many things. The bazaar also becomes the center of attraction during the festival of Holi and Rakshabandhan. 

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