Meena Bazar in Delhi
History of Meena Bazaar in Delhi
Meena Bazar was designed and constructed by Mukarmat Khan during Shah Jahan’s rule. It is one of the first covered markets of 17th century and was designed so because of the extreme climate of Delhi. During 17th century it was known as ‘bazar-i-Musaqqaf’ which meant, ‘market with a roof’ or chhatta-bazar. This vaulted market place was strategically placed near the entrance of the Red-Fort to boast Mughal kingdom’s flourishing culture, wealth and art. It was a luxury market for the royal family with rare items for sale like carpets, shtranjis, saffron, spices, precious stones, copper ware, brass, fine wood, ivory work and jewelry etc. It was a privilege for the royal family to shop in this market as most of the things were available exclusively in this market only.
Layout of Meena Bazaar in Delhi
Meena bazaar market can be approached through the Lahore Gate of the Red-Fort. Linear path in the market leads to ‘Naubat khana’ and Diwan-e-am’. As soon as one enters the Lahore Gate Meena bazar is buzzing with day to day selling activities. It has an octagonal court in the center and it is called the ‘Chhattar Manzil’. The market has beautiful and broad arches evenly spaced having honeycomb motifs and the whole market is divided into eastern and western markets.
What to shop at Meena Bazaar
As the name suggests, Meena Bazaar is a market for merchandise like jewelry, carpets, hand woven bed sheets, Pashmina shawls, Home decoration artifacts, showpieces, kitchen utensils, royal cutlery pieces and many more such rare items. Two shops are worth trying:
- Alam Attachi House (luggage items are available)
- Adam Cloth House (fabric pieces and saris are available)
What to eat in Meena Bazaar
One cannot miss the food options available at Meena Bazar specially non vegetarian dishes like Haleem (made of wheat, pulses and meat), Dum biryani etc. for those with sweet tooth it will be a sin to not try the Gulab Jamuns, Shahi Tukrdas, jalebis, Phirni etc.