Chatta Chowk, Red Fort

, Hazrat-E-Dilli

The Chhatta Chowk or Bazaar e Musaqqaf ( covered marked) is located behind the Lahori Gate and is set within an arched passage. It is lined with two-story flats that contain 32 arched bays serving as shops. During Shah Jahan’s reign, the Chhatta Chowk was very exclusive, specializing in trading goods such as silk, brocades, velvet, gold, silverware, jewellery, gems and precious stones, catering to the luxurious tastes of imperial households.

Bazar e Musaqqaf translated into English means, “covered bazaar”. Its history dates back to the 17th century. It was inspired by another marketplace which Shah Jahan had seen in Peshawar in 1646.

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