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Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour

1. Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour

Sample the unique street food of Delhi on an immersive tasting tour with a local guide. Meet a selection of hand-picked street vendors in Old Delhi, all selected for their excellent hygiene and tasty dishes. Try local specialties such as chole bhature (fried bread) from the Punjab and dahi vada (fried flour balls in thick yoghurt). Sample a tasty aloo chat (fried potatoes with spices and chutney) and some delicious parathas (flatbreads). Cool your palate with a lassi and indulge your sweet tooth with some sugar-soaked jalebis, the local equivalent of rice pudding or bread and butter pudding.  Meat eaters can try some tasty fried chicken, while vegetarians will be in heaven in the bustling Matia Mahal neighborhood. Learn about Delhi’s historic walled city as you travel by rickshaw. Soak up the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the narrow streets, discover the largest spice market in Asia, and stop to admire the imposing Jama Masjid.

Old Delhi: Private Tour of Chandni Chowk, Tuk Tuk & Food

2. Old Delhi: Private Tour of Chandni Chowk, Tuk Tuk & Food

Discover Old Delhi on a guided tour. Explore Chandni Chowk on a tuk-tuk tour, stop at the local markets to try delicious street food, and see the India Gate. Begin your tour with a pickup from your hotel and drive to Old Delhi to visit Jama Masjid, also known as the Masjid-i Jehan-Numa. Visit this massive mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and dating from the 1600s. Next, hop aboard a tuk-tuk and roam the streets of Chandni Chowk, the heart of Old Delhi. Explore this busy shopping area and enjoy the tantalizing smells wafting out from the markets full of spices, dried fruit, essential oils, and traditional sweets. See silver jewelry and vivid saris for sale. Stop to try local street food with your guide, learning the best stalls for each type of food in the area. After eating, continue to the Red Fort. Decide if you wish to pay to enter or just admire this historic fort from the outside. Finish your Old Delhi tour with a visit to India Gate. This war memorial sits astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ceremonial axis of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway. Return to your hotel, driving past Parliament House.

Delhi: Old and New Delhi City Highlights Private Tour

3. Delhi: Old and New Delhi City Highlights Private Tour

Your full-day tour of India’s capital begins with the historic portion of the city, Old Delhi. After pickup from your hotel, set off towards the Red Fort, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, you’ll weave through the bustling shopping area of Chandni Chowk by rickshaw, ending up at the Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque that is the largest in India. After stopping for an authentic local lunch, you’ll head into New Delhi, visiting the Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, before stopping at the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Next it’s off to the India Gate, a memorial to the Indian soldiers who died during World War I, before heading to the Lotus Temple, elegantly designed in the shape of a lotus flower.  To cap things off you’ll drive past the Presidential House and the Parliament Buildings before being driven back to your accommodation.

Old Delhi: 3-Hour Tuk-Tuk/Rickshaw Tour

4. Old Delhi: 3-Hour Tuk-Tuk/Rickshaw Tour

This tour gives you a great introduction to the authentic old world charms of Delhi and helps you escape the nuisance of walking amongst the traffic. Meet your guide at the meeting point near Red Fort, then climb into a tuk-tuk, a modified version of the cycle rickshaw. Sit back and enjoy the views as you ride past the several colorful and busy bazaars of Old Delhi while your guide explains the important role that they play for the locals.  Your first stop is Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Spend some time walking around the red sandstone courtyard and if you are lucky, you can even climb up a minaret to see the views. Return to your tuk-tuk and ride through Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market which has existed since the 17th-century. Get hands-on information about the wonderful world of spices and their medicinal and health benefits. Build up your appetite as you take in the enticing sights and smells before stopping for a quick snack at the famous Chandni Chowk.  Head to your next stop, Gurudwara Sis Ganj, a significant prayer house for Sikhs. Spend some time interacting with locals and try your hand at langar, the community kitchen service. End the tour at Jain Mandir, home to a charitable hospital for birds. Learn about the tenets of the Jain religion before being returned to your initial meeting point near the Red Fort.

Delhi: Old and New Delhi Private One Day Tour

5. Delhi: Old and New Delhi Private One Day Tour

Discover Delhi's UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other famous landmarks on a private full-day tour. Wander through local bazaars and markets, and see the Red Fort, India Gate, the Jama Mosques, and more. Begin your day with pickup from your Delhi hotel and make your way to the Red Fort for an outside view. Then, go to the Jama Masjid, old Delhi’s main mosque. From there, hop on a cycle rickshaw (if option selected) for a tour of the bustling Chandni Chowk Market. Next, explore the Kinnari Bazaar (wedding market), the textile market, the Nai Sarak book market, and the Khari Baoli-spice market. Afterward, board your private vehicle once again to head to the city’s imposing Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to admire its impressive architecture. Continue with a visit to the Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The tour will also stop at Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as India gate, the Houses of Parliament, the Lotus Temple, and much more. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back off at your Delhi hotel.

Delhi: Full-Day Qutb Minar, Old and New Delhi Private Tour

6. Delhi: Full-Day Qutb Minar, Old and New Delhi Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at a location of your choice in Delhi by arrangement, and explore India's capital from the comfort of a private, air-conditioned car. Admire the monuments of Old Delhi, such as the Mughal mosque of Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, built by Shah Jahan in 1656 at the height of Mughal power. You can also explore the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, famous for its ornate carvings that depict Hindu deities. Admire the onion domes of the Red Fort opposite the mosque, before taking off your shoes to look inside. See the Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. Then, drive past the government buildings of New Delhi, including India Gate, the Presidential Residence (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan). Admire the commemorative tower of the Qutb Minar, built by Allauddin Khilji in the 13th century. Look closely as it towers up 5 levels, each clearly distinguished by a projecting balcony. Next, go to Humayun's Tomb on Mathura Road. Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, wife of the second Mughal Emperor, the tomb displays Mughal characteristics of high arches and double domes and is considered to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. See the flowerlike Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple, completed in 1986 and notable for its extraordinary 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals."

3-Hour Old Delhi Heritage Walking Tour With Rickshaw Ride

7. 3-Hour Old Delhi Heritage Walking Tour With Rickshaw Ride

Benefit from a pick-up by a local guide and walk to the nearest metro station to start your tour of Old Delhi. If your hotel is far from the metro station, your guide will pick you up by tuk-tuk and take you to the station. Explore the Red Fort, spread over 255 acres, connecting Old and New Delhi. Built in 1648, this Fort has royal residences, sections for public audiences used by Mughal emperors and fountains. Learn the history of Shah Jahan, who also commissioned the Taj Mahal in Agra, and admire the architecture of an era gone-by. Ride the metro to experience Delhi's lifeline first hand. Upon arrival in Old Delhi, stroll the streets to discover the heritage buildings and watch the lifestyle and culture come to life. Go to the Jama Masjid mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Dive down the lanes of Old Delhi to visit the bazaars, where your guide will share ancient stories. Stop on one of Old Delhi's most famous streets to taste an Indian paratha flatbread, commonly served as a snack. Go to one of the city's gurudwara (Sikh temples), and then travel by cycle rickshaw to the spice market to get an insight into the produce on sale. 

Unlock Delhi's Secrets with our Photography Walking Tour

8. Unlock Delhi's Secrets with our Photography Walking Tour

Discover a unique glimpse of Delhi, as you get ready to capture the mood, and moments of the city with your smartphone or digital camera, no matter if you're an amateur, hobbyist, or pro photographer. Take an early morning metro ride to Old Delhi, observing through your camera how people start their day in Delhi’s downtown. Walk around the narrow streets, perch up rooftops to get some best views in this famed old town. Get the best vantage points for your photos. Visit a centuries-old spice market, where you can get spices from any corner of India and discover a secret spot, which will give you a birds eye view of Old Delhi. Move over to the greener Delhi, the Lutyens Zone and collect visual shots of the magnificent Raisina Hill and other colonial buildings with their remarkable architecture. Visit Gurudwara Sikh temple, which is a colorful place, and sneak into their giant kitchen which prepares meals for up to 100,000 people. Frame the peaceful mood in your pictures. Take a stop for lunch to savour local delicacies (if selected). Be spoilt for food choices in Delhi. Enjoy a walk in the nearby Lodhi garden at the golden hour and capture the hues of the iconic monument and get some perfect shots.

Old Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites Private 6-Hour Tour

9. Old Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites Private 6-Hour Tour

Start this commendable tour firstly by visiting 17th century ‘Jama Mosque’. Then, gear up for a tuk-tuk ride to the Asia’s largest spice market known as ‘Chandni Chowk’. Afterwards this visit one of the biggest Hindu temples known as ‘Swaminarayan Akshardham’ Later, you will head to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a famous Sikh shrine which offers food (Lungar) 24/7. After this, stop for lunch and then move to the Lotus temple, known as the 21st century Taj Mahal. Pass by ‘the presidential house’, known to be the second biggest after Quirinal Palace in Italy and ‘India Gate’, which is a war memorial of India. In the end, with the lifetime experience of the spirituality of Delhi, head back towards the hotel or airport as per your preference.

Eat Like a Local: Chandni Chowk Street Food and Walking Tour

10. Eat Like a Local: Chandni Chowk Street Food and Walking Tour

What better way to explore a city than its food! Explore India and its culture and tradition in this amazing food and heritage walk of the glorious city of Old Delhi! You tour will start with your guide picking you up from your hotel and taking you on a metro ride.  After reaching Old Delhi, your first stop will be at Gurudwara Sis Ganj, (Sikh Gurudara with an important historic reference) where you can learn about the community kitchen service. Begin your food walk with, some sweet jalebis (deep fried sweet dish made by corn flour and sugar syrup) and samosa (fried triangular bread stuffed with potatoes) from a 100-year-old shop. Walk ahead with your guide to try Raj Kachori (kind of chat filled with fresh yogurt, sweet and sour sauces in a crispy edible bowl.) Once you’re done here, get ready to stuff some gorgeous paranthas (Indian flatbread filled with a variety of stuffing’s like cheese, cashews, chilli, and lemon to name a few!), Kulia ki chaat (different fruit bowls filled with chickpeas and masala) and a very unique fruit sandwich. After this, walk towards the spice market to see the whole world of spices and then fill your belly some more with dishes like rabri-faluda (rice noodles), chole bhatura (chickpeas curry and fried bread) and a chilled glass of Lassi! (Sweetened yogurt) Finish your gastronomic journey with some chilled and mouth-watering kulfi (Indian ice cream with more than 50 flavours) before your guide takes you back to the metro station.

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What people are saying about Old Delhi

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"I recently had the pleasure of touring the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort with Aman, and I couldn't have asked for a better guide. Aman was extremely knowledgeable about the history and cultural significance of both landmarks, and he was able to bring their stories to life in a way that was engaging and informative. He was also very friendly and accommodating, and went out of his way to make sure that our tour was enjoyable and stress-free. I highly recommend Aman as a tour guide for anyone visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort – he truly made our trip memorable and special."

Dharmendra was our tour guide and he did a phenomenal job showing us around Old and New Delhi. He was very knowledgeable about India’s history and made the tour fun! I would highly recommend him to others. Vishnu was our driver for the day and he also did a great job getting us around the city. He was friendly and polite and made sure we were comfortable the duration of our trip. 10/10, would highly recommend.

Tushar was our guide for the day and he was excellent! He really went above and beyond to get the best price for the Tuk Tuk to get us from place to place! He also took us to a very good chai place where we had the best chai we’ve ever had. 10/10 recommend. :)

Saurabh Anand is very knowledgeable tour guide. Very helpful. He adjusted the tour schedule to our needs. Highly appreciated

It is a good way to explore old Delhi. Most important your safety is ensured during entire trip and it's hassle free.