While every city in the country has a unique character, the capital, New Delhi, has a few special gems that are best explored through heritage walks. With the temperature dipping, sunny afternoon walks are cherished during the Delhi winter. So there’s no better time than to book your spot. From the Puarna Qila to Chandini Chowk, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort to name a few. Think delicious street food, history and learning about the architecture and culture of the city you call home, heritage walks are very different from the stereotypical tour guides’ itineraries. Heritage walks in India are often centred around exploring monuments, architecture or inevitably, food If you haven’t been on one here are some that should be on your radar.
Old Delhi Brunch Food Walk
A full vegetarian culinary tour by Delhi Food Walks covers the food, history, and culture of Old Delhi. The tour starts at Old Delhi’s renowned Gurudwara to the centuries-old Gali Paranthewali, a quick stroll across vibrant and colourful streets of Kinari Bazar and a 17th-century street market of silver jewellery. There is also a tuk-tuk ride to Asia’s biggest spice market and a flower market. The walk ends by exploring the historic food joints of Chandni Chowk to try traditional Indian dishes like Chole-Bhature and Lassi.
Delhi By Cycle, The Shah Jahan Tour
While the weather still permits it, tour the city on two wheels for the to-and-fro of monuments. DelhiByCycle offers The Shah Jahan Tour which is one of the most popular. Including breakfast at the famous Karim’s, cycling to Fatehpuri Masjid, Chandni Chowk, The Spice Market and even stopping for perfect photo opportunities of the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. The Shah Jahan Tour is the classic recipe for an exhilarating glimpse into the life and times of the great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan and the 1,500-acre expanse of his capital – Shahjahanabad.
In the recent past, the streets of Delhi have been adorned with breathtaking artwork. One of the best-known districts is The Lodhi Art District which is one of our favourite beautification projects in the city. St+Art India conducts curated walks around the lanes of Lodhi Colony, Meherchand Market, and Khanna Market to take art enthusiasts through the process and the challenges involved in creating murals. The walk throws light on insight into the works of art, and the inspiration behind the pieces. If you’re a fan of art, chai, and good conversations, then we highly recommend you go for this one!
Delhi Metro Walks Humayun’s Tomb
If you are a keen enthusiast to know all about the city of Delhi this surely should be on the list. Walking with Surekha by Delhi Metro Walksis one to do. The sunset visit to Humayun’s Tomb is magical: Enter through a side gate and explore the beauty of the tomb, further a discussion on how the river’s changed course, and a unique bird’s eye view from a local resident’s rooftop makes it experiential. A great way of getting to know Delhi – its history and culture, its flora and fauna, and its hidden byways.
Delhi Day Half Tour
Looking for a tour to explore the Mehrauli Archaeological Park? Then Delhi Walks half-day tour to Mehrauli’s archaeological area spread over 200 acres is a must-do! Including the ruins of Lal Kot built by Tomar Rajputs in 1060 CE, making it the oldest extant fort of Delhi, and architectural relics of the subsequent period, rule of Khalji dynasty, Tughlaq dynasty, the Lodhi dynasty of Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire and the British Raj. Indulge in the stories and scenic beauty of the world’s tallest brick minaret- Qutub Minar which also wields a hypnotic power, owing to its towering elevation and grandeur. Take a walk to the beautiful Qutub complex with Delhi walks and get to know the lesser-known facts, details and stories about the Qutub Minar and other structures within this complex.