“A canal flanked by trees on either side ran at the centre of this bazaar, widening into a tank in the middle. On moonlit nights the canal and the pool were resplendent with the reflected glory of the moon. So the bazaar came to be known as Chandni Chowk, the moonlit square. “The canal was a real boon to the people of Shahjahanabad because it supplied their drinking water.”
Khushwant Singh[‘ Delhi : A Portrait]
Chandni Chowk has been the heart of the capital city since the time of the Mughal rule. It intimidated the rulers back then, the Britishers’s rule and even today the spirit is kept alive by the constant movement of the people and the vibrant charm that only this part of the city seems to possess.