chandni chowk

The name Paranthe Wali Gali is enough to make anyone drool or wistful of their tryst with the heavenly paranthas found in this street. This galli or street is known to almost everyone. A foodie paradise; this legendary street is full of equally legendary food joints that serve simple fare but are renowned for their distinctive taste. These parantha joints are truly etched in the minds of people since decades. Some of the food joints to visit are; Pt. Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale, Pt.Kanhaiyalal & Durga Prasad Paranthe Wale.

Making your way here is easier if you get onto the Metro trains in Delhi. The metro is divided into 6 lines; the green line, the red line, the blue lines, the purple line, the orange and the green lines.

• If you are situated near or are travelling via the blue line or from East Delhi, then you need to get down at Rajiv Chowk/ Connaught Place station that is on the yellow line. Make your way to the platform that goes towards North Delhi, ie, towards Jahangirpuri. If you miss your train, do not worry, there is a train every few minutes. Once you are on the train to Jahangirpuri, get down at the Chandini Chowk station which is just 2 stations away. Exit the metro station and catch a cycle rickshaw to Paranthe Wali Gali.
• If you are on the orange line which is actually the airport line, then you can either take this train or catch a cab or autorickshaw to the nearest metro station situated on the yellow line. Once at the station, catch the train headed towards Jahangirpuri, and get off at the Chandini Chowk station. Exit the metro station and catch a cycle rickshaw to Paranthe Wali Gali.
• Those living near the purple line can get onto the nearest station and head towards Central Secretariat station. From here, make sure you catch the train towards Jahangirpuri, and get off at the Chandini Chowk station. Exit the metro station and catch a cycle rickshaw to Paranthe Wali Gali.
• Those living near the yellow line can easily get onto the nearest station, and make your to Chandini Chowk depending on which side of the yellow line you live near. If you are near Jahangirpuri, then continue to remain on the train that will go towards Huda City Centre. If you live in South Delhi, then the catch the yellow line headed towards Jahangirpuri. Either ways you must get off at Chandini Chowk station.
• The red line covers most of the North and the North East region of Delhi. Whichever side of the red line you live in, make your way to Kashmiri Gate station and get down here. From here, catch the metro headed towards Huda City Centre. The very next stop after Kashmiri Gate is Chandini Chowk on the yellow line.
• The green line covers West Delhi. From any of the stations on the green line, catch the train headed towards Dilshad Garden. Get down at Kashmiri Gate and catch the metro headed towards Huda City Centre. The next stop after Kashmiri Gate is Chandini Chowk.

Quick Tips:

• Buy a metro card as that is faster way of travelling rather than buying tokens.
• If you miss your train, do not panic…simply wait for the next train, as the interval between trains is barely a few minutes apart.
• Always ask for help or information at these metro stations, as the people are used to commuting via the metro.
• Be quick when you step in and step out of the train, because you will then be pushed around by the crowd, and may just miss getting out, or onto the train.

• Ask the people on the train if they have any idea on which side of the train the doors will open at the station you are going to get down in.
• When you get down at Chandini Chowk, there are a number of cycle rickshaws and electric vehicles such as autos that will take you to Paranthe Wali Gali. However, the fastest way is by cycle rickshaw as it can navigate through the extremely narrow lanes.
• Do bargain with the cycle rickshaw driver and fix the price before heading toward Paranthe Wali Gali.
• Do not lose your temper when you’re at the famous Paranthe Wali Gali. Being jostled here and there comes with the experience of visiting these fabulous food joints…so take in the experience without grumbling!
• Keep your belongings safe…as chances are, you can get pick-pocketed at the metro and in other places during your travel to this part of Old Delhi.