Chor Bazaar, also known as Kabaadi Bazaar, is a unique shopping destination marred by issues such as hygiene, security concerns, and its informal nature. Despite these challenges, it remains a place where the past meets the present, offering a treasure trove of items with intriguing stories. Visitors, like Mohit Yadav, flock here in search of fantastic bargains, like an Apple watch purchased for just 500 rupees.

This weekly market has changed locations over the years but currently resides near Subhash Park, close to the Red Fort, boasting around 300 vendors. Historically, Chor Bazaar has a rich past dating back to the 17th century during the Mughal Empire’s reign. Initially associated with stolen goods, it evolved over time into a hub for antique enthusiasts and collectors, offering vintage treasures and unique items.

Chor Bazaar faces various challenges, including its reputation for potentially selling illicit goods, which leads to frequent police inspections and legal threats. Security concerns and stiff competition among vendors add to their struggles, making it difficult to maintain profit margins.

Infrastructure and hygiene issues, including congestion, lack of sanitation facilities, and uneven roads, further hinder the market’s progress. Despite these challenges, the hope remains for Chor Bazaar to continue evolving and improving in the future.

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