Old Delhi Havelis & Heritage Quarters Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Jai
Registered on December 21, 2021

Travel like a local with the expertise of locals. Not just another local tour but tours itself by the locals immersed in the culture and history of the terrain.

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Tour description

A Heritage & Experiences laden tour to the alley and quarters of an erstwhile Mughal City. A journey to a bygone era, the private mansions or Havelis of Old Delhi. Take a sneak peek into the lives of the erstwhile influence with "Chunnamal’s" haveli (mansion), Begum Samru’s, or Mirza Ghalib. These will fill you with both nostalgia and wonder.
You can try and taste local delicious food, rich cultural & heritage experience with short cycle rickshaw rides in this fascinating Old Delhi Walking Tour. Get acquainted with local life on the street & behind the doors. Explore local attractions exclusive to Old Delhi including Asia’s largest spice market where your senses will get alive. Discover local culture, see some hidden heritage treasures and panoramic views of the old city.

Meet me outside the Gate No 1 of "Lal Quila" metro station, after a quick briefing about the secrets to be unraveled, we start walking, Soon we will pass through the twin temples of "Red Temple", a Jain minority sect temple & "Shiva Temple", a Hindu temple. Soon a "Sikh" temple will emerge in front of your eyes with its huge Gold plated dome.
On the opposite side is standing a British-era Church with a functioning missionary school.
Now we are entering an enormous jewellery market known as "Dariba Kalan" selling handcrafted jewels and precious stones. We then take a right turn and enter "Parantawali Gali" (bread-makers alley) be amazed to watch bread of different enormous sizes for sale and being devoured by the food buffs, it is said that no one can finish off a single bread completely due to its size and richness. Adjacent to it is a complex of Mughal era mansions known as "Nau Ghara" literally meaning 09 homes. The descendants of the erstwhile merchant families still live here and continue their hereditary mercantile business of clothes and apparel. A very good spot for doing photography besides the giant old gateways and wooden doors.
Now we are entering Most haveli of this place "Mirza Ghalib haveli", who was a noted Mughal courtier and a poet. We will now cover our last point "Chunamal ki haveli".

Spice Market: We shall walk towards the largest spice hub of Asia! and it is known as "Khari Baoli". Be amazed to see the bustling bazaar full of colourful spices and the merchant shops.
Finally, we are landing on the giant stairs and steps of "Jama Mosque", for a photo stop only, it is the biggest mosque of India built by the creator of Taj Mahal " The Shah Jahan". OPTIONAL : We can take a short rickshaw ride to reach the mosque, costing only INR 30 Per Person, it shall save time and labour. 
After visiting the mosque our Rickshaw and our guide will drop you back at the "Lal Quila" metro station to conclude the tour.

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  • Meeting point:
    Lal Qila, Angoori Bagh Rd, Netaji Sub...
    Lal Qila, Angoori Bagh Rd, Netaji Subash Place, Lajpat Rai Market, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
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    Meet me right outside the Gate no 1 of "Lal Quila" Metro station

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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frances 01 Oct 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

So lively spots and happening markets, full of shopers and businessmen alike, it was a challanbge to carve out a niche for ourselves but we managed to pull this off, g...

demi 30 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

real taste of North India, a bit of every cultural traits in visible in the Delhi city formation and its residents. very informative walk and the tour

cameron 29 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

I visited during the festive season and the environment was very festive, red fort grounds were glittering with a mega Fair arrangements and children were enjoying rid...

sijourney 28 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

Bulls and Bells of Old Delhi were fabulous and a treat to watch. Ancient temples were so many

kelly 28 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

I expected a walk but Jai took it to another level and amazed me with his knowledge and passion for his city's heritage.

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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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