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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Meena Bazaar

Bazaars in 17th century India were normally in the open air. A covered bazaar although of a design common to West Asia, was an innovation in India. Shah Jahan had heard about the arcade in Isfahan, and it seems that the notion of a covered bazaar, stimulated to him by the one he saw in Peshawar in 1646



A Sari Shop at Meena Bazaar: He instructed Mukarmat Khan who was supervising the construction of the Red Fort, to build a similar covered market there. Shah Jahan was greatly impressed as its design was suitable for the hot climate of Delhi.
Chatta Chowk (Covered Bazaar). True to the name, this is a covered bazaar between the gate and the fort itself, now filled with souvenir hawkers.

3 comments:

jinksy April 19, 2009 at 2:13 PM  

Beautful exotic photos to please the eyes...

Arvind Mishra April 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

Interesting and informative !

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