Kite flying charm in Old DelhiSmriti Saxena
Every year on 15 August as #India celebrates its #IndependenceDay, the old city of Delhi sends a thousand colourful #kites into the monsoon skies. To cries of “ye kaata”, and patriotic music blaring from various instruments, the sky is aflutter with a thousand kites being flown from roof-tops. This tradition might have faded away in high profile colonies of Delhi but in Chandni Chowk the Old world charm is alive in its true colours.
What is it? Lal Kuan – Famous Kite Market of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. This is one place in Chandni Chowk, which gets mobbed by scores of people from all over the Capital (apart from the Red Fort) before and during the Independence Day celebrations.
Why should you be here? Coming back to the kites, they are all made & sold here. You can find hundreds of small & big shops selling kites of every size & colour possible. The ‘Iqra Kite Maker’ shop, located at the Gali Madarsa, is one of the most renowned shops here & they have been in business for quite some time now. People swear by the quality of kites that this shop sells and it has a very loyal clientele with people coming from all parts of Delhi for buying kites & its accessories.
What else can you do here? This market has gained its popularity, mainly, because of the kites that most of us are still crazy about today. Other reasons include a certain Sharma Ji spice shop which is an institution in itself, the Bade Mian’s Kheer shop & a sweets shop (Shyam) which serves the best breakfast & dessert options in & around Chandni Chowk.
What’s interesting? Shopping for kites is a lot of fun as they have been made to suit a variety of tastes. Fans of Yo Yo Honey Singh can buy a kite with the singer’s face on it, while fans of Hindi actors have a wide variety to choose from and battle it out in the sky instead of the box-office.
How do you get here? Lal Kuan is located close to the Chawri Bazaar Metro Station & is easily accessible by road. You can catch a rickshaw from the metro station just in case walking is a bit of a headache or you have shopped enough to make you feel dizzy.
Source : Old Delhi page