Hustle & Bustle at a New Delhi Fish Market

We could not have asked for a better introduction to India than we received from Amit: the New Delhi native who graciously offered up his spare room to us through the Couchsurfing Web site. For our first few days on the Subcontinent, Amit and his friends showed us around the sprawling city taking us to temples, parks, shrines, shopping centers, eateries and the fish market in Chittaranjan Park.

New Delhi Fish Market
New Delhi Fish Market

Chittaranjan Park is a neighborhood in South New Delhi that was set up in the late 1960s to accommodate migrants who had fled East Pakistan. Originally called EPDP (East Pakistan Displaced Persons) Colony, the name was changed in the 80s to honor the prominent freedom-fighter and lawyer Chittaranjan Das.

New Delhi Chittaranjan Park Fish Market Vendor
New Delhi Chittaranjan Park Fish Market Vendor

Today, Chittaranjan Park remains a major centre of Bengali cultural life in New Delhi and is home to one of the city’s main markets for freshwater fish, an integral part of Bengali cuisine, a large Kali temple, several cultural centres,four big markets specialising in Bengali sweets and as well as numerous stalls selling Calcutta style street food – chops, cutlets, etc.

New Delhi Chittaranjan Park Fish Market
New Delhi Chittaranjan Park Fish Market

If you’re headed to New Delhi or India, you can either look for the best all inclusive deals or you can do it like we did: backpacking style. Either way, be sure to sample the amazing Indian food…especially the Thali.

All historical info on Chittaranjan Park courtesy of the good folks at Wikipedia.

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  • http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com crazy sexy fun traveler

    OMG, it so reminds me of the markets in Egypt … after visiting one, I did not want to eat fish and meat for a couple of days :D

  • http://ActivePlanetTravels.com Ron | Active Planet Travels

    Wow look at all the seafood! That would make one heck of a feast! :-D

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Hahaha. Could you imagine how many people you could feed?