Looking for some spices? Then Delhi Khari Baoli is the perfect destination for your next travel. Located in a street in Delhi, India is known for its wholes sale grocery and Asia’s largest wholesale spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea.
Asia’s largest wholesale spice market
Located in the winding back streets of Old Delhi and situated near the historic Delhi Red Fort adjacent to Fatehpuri Masjid, which is on the western end of Chandni Chowk.
It is Asia’s biggest spice market that will allow you to select from a variety of both local and exotic spices. Hundreds of traders and buyers gather in the market for trading spices, and you will be surprised how trade happens here in such an orderly and organized manner.
The owners of these shops in Delhi’s Khari Baoli or the spice trades are now being carried forward by the ninth or tenth generations now. Dried fruit, nuts, and ingredients needed for sweets, as well as spices, can be found here.
History of ‘Khari Baoli’
It was inaugurated during the reign of Islam Shah, the son of Sher Shah Suri. The market came up around the Fatehpuri Masjid, which was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's wives. During Shah Jahan's reign it came to be known as Khari Baoli (from Baoli, meaning step well, and Khari or Khara, meaning salty) from a saline water stepwell used for animals and for bathing.
It was constructed along with a fortified gateway on its western end popularly known as Lahori Gate, one of the 14 gates of the fortified city of Delhi or Shahjahanabad, named so because a road through it led to the city of Lahore, now in Pakistan. However, today there is no trace of either the well or the gateway here, which now lie buried under the main road of the market.
India has always been referred to be the land of spices and explain the reason why you have to visit Khari Baoli at least once in your travel book. Arrange your time, prepare your eVisa to India and start.
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