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Dive into Delhi with an evening trip through the heartbeat of the city!
Originally built as the capital of the Mughal Empire in 1639, Old Delhi is busy and chaotic, yet full of historic monuments such as the Red Fort, Fatepuri Masjid and the Sikh Temple. In addition to the historic sites, we will also visit several markets including Asia’s largest wholesale spice market, Khari Baoli. Old Delhi is nothing short of madness, with seemingly everyone in the city trying to get to the same places. Let us guide you through the chaos and you will truly get a sense of Delhi’s vivacity and why the “Walled City” is its heart.
Visit Khari Baoli and learn about the spices and chilies that various invaders of India brought to the country and which are now so prominent in Indian cuisine.
We don’t go inside as it is closed in the evening, but we think the best view is from outside where you can appreciate the imposing structure.
See the hustle and bustle of the busy markets and people all apparently trying to go to the same place at the same time!
Visit the beautiful Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Learn about Sikhism and see the communal kitchen where anybody is allowed to eat for free. The kitchen is completely volunteer run and if you would like to help out, you are more than welcome!
Wind your way up a narrow staircase and get a breath of fresh air as you take in the madness of Old Delhi from above.
Visit the capital’s oldest and most well known Jain Temple complex and learn about Jainism. (It is also home to the Jain Birds Hospital, a unique place where only vegetarian birds are treated!)
Visit this beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Be dazzled by radiant colors as you walk through Kinari Bazaar, otherwise known as the wedding market.
Having limited time, this was an excellent way to see Old Delhi. Sam was a brilliant guide and very knowledgeable. He had plenty of stories about everywhere we went and took time to explain the metro system and even suggestions on where I could spend my remaining time. They don’t get any commissions from shops so I didn’t feel pressured to buy anything or sit through endless demonstration of some product I had no interest in. Well worth it and definitely worth doing!
Mr Sugar（sagar the real name）was our tourguide in the slum and old delhi，he was great in presentation and know prefectly this city！！！ just amazing！
I went for the 5pm slot having not been out at night in Delhi as I was a solo traveller – I’m so glad I did. The guide Hema was sparkling and shared stories about the history of Old Delhi and what life is like living in the city today. We wound our way up stairs by torchlight, saw Old Delhi markets by rooftop, dodged traders carrying enormous bags of spices on their heads, boarded tuk-tuks and ended in the Gurdwara Sikh temple, which was incredibly humbling. 15,000 people appox eat there a day for free (supported by volunteers and donations) and I was lucky enough to join them. You will never see a bigger saucepan in your life.
I also visited the Sanjay Colony and New Delhi with the guide Vijay who was every bit as knowledgeable and entertaining – and clearly an absolute Cricket master (shamefully I do not know enough of this sport). I loved our trip to the Lodhi gardens where we saw monkeys, kites and even a kingfisher as well as stopping by Humayan’s Tomb and pausing for lunch which was delicious. On this day we also had a fantastic driver who was calm and an absolute professional at navigating Delhi traffic.
The visit to the Sanjay colony is confronting for any Westerner, and a serious prompt to take your head out of the sand and acknowledge the human cost of fast fashion. The tour also includes a trip to doctor’s surgery and an insight into how hardworking the people living here are in order to support their families. Reality Gives is a fantastic charity doing incredible work that is equipping children with literacy and computer skills – so support them by booking these tours and telling your friends. This is one of my first reviews on. TripAdvisor and that speaks volumes to how exceptional every tour was that I took part on.
We visited old Delhi with our tour guide Vijay from Reality Tours who had met us at our hotel. We got the metro into old Delhi which was a great experience in its own right. Everybody on the train was very chatty and friendly. We walked round the markets with Vijay giving us lots of information about the history of the place and the different types of markets. We would never have seen so much if we had been walking around on our own as there are so many little streets and alleyways you wouldn’t know where to begin. It was a pleasure having someone so informative and actually interested in us and what he was telling us. We went to the spices and chilli markets, lovingly called coffin/coughing city either is very appropriate! I already had a tickle cough which soon became a full blown choking fit!! We visited a Sikh temple and the work they were doing there was fascinating. It seemed as if they were feeding the world and his wife. I’ve never seen such big saucepans in my life! All the people working there are volunteers and they never stopped cooking, cleaning, hosing down, smiling and feeding everyone and anyone who wanted fed. They even let the boys have a go at chapati making. We visited a Sikh temple, what a beautiful building dedicated to Shiva. We went on a rooftop and seen views which were stunning. We had a ride in a tuk tuk and were a source of amazement to fellow road users! We had lots of fun as well as having an amazing day and the boys had so many experiences they will never forget. A big thank you to Vijay who took such good care of us and he made the boys feel at ease and they liked him very much. They liked him so much we requested, and got him, when we visited the Sanjay area several days later.
My guide was very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She clearly enjoys her work.