Ghantewala – The oldest sweet shop of India
Ghantewala of Chandni Chowk, the oldest sweet shop of India was established in 1790 by Lala Sukh Lal Jain. The shop is now being run by his descendants and have catered to Mughal Emperors, Presidents and Prime Ministers of India, starting from Nehru to his grandson Rajiv Gandhi.The Lala began by selling Mishri Mawa, a Rajasthani deseart which made him popular among the Mughals. He was then given huge orders for preparing and distributing sweets during festivals and other occations.
Ghantewala was already famous before the first Indian Rebellion of 1857. The newspaper, “Dihli Urdu Akhbar” of August 23, 1857 reported about the rebels from other regions become softened by discovering the luxuries of the royal capital:
“..The moment they have a round of Chandni Chowk … enjoy the sweetmeats of Ghantawala, they lose all urge to fight and kill the enemy..” was a popular quote used at the newspaper referring to the renowned sweet shop.
According to the current owner Sushant Jain, the “Sohan Halwa” is a favorite of patrons from as far away as the Gulf. Pista Burfi,”motichoor ki ladoo”, Kalakand, Karachi halwa and snacks like makkan choora are also highly popular. They also sell traditional Indian snacks, like namkeen, samosa, kachori etc. They’ve a separate section for festive sweets like Gulab Jamun, Rasgolla, Rasamalai, Kheer, Ladoo, Barfi, Peda to name a few.
One can also get their sweets delivered to their home present anywhere across India by accessing the domain http://www.chandnichowkfood.com/ and would get your product within 1-5 days, depending on availability of stock and location.
Ghantewala is a more than a sweet shop. It represents the Indian heritage and culture and is highly attracted by both National and International tourists. Go on a food tour in Delhi with a tour guide and visit this place.