Dive into Delhi, taking in the history and heartbeat of the old city!
Originally called Shahjahanabad after its founder Shah Jahan, Old Delhi was built as the capital of the Mughal Empire in 1639. Although many of the old city walls and grand palaces have been destroyed throughout Delhi’s turbulent history, gates, forts and residential areas still survive. Join us as a we take a trip into the past and revisit the rise of Shahjahanabad, learn about the people who lived there and the fall of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy the chaos of Old Delhi while viewing breathtaking havelis and hidden alleyways as well as Chandni Chowk, Shahjahanabad’s main thoroughfare. Finish the tour at the Red Fort, whose destruction symbolizes the end of this chapter in Indian history.
Visit the gate that links New Delhi with Old Delhi. Built by Shah Jahan in 1638, Delhi Gate was where the emperor passed through to get to Jama Masjid.
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.
Visit Ghata Masjid, which translates to Cloud Mosque in Urdu. It is said to resemble the Jama Masjid, built by Shah Jahan.
Stop by a famous haveli along the way and be transported to the Mughal era. Then wander through the alleys of a famous area in Old Delhi and find the 7 Jain Houses. These century old homes will are bright, colourful and regal. A perfect place to enjoy a peaceful pocket of the old capital.
Make your way down lanes dotted with bursts of colourful sarees, jewelry, and shoes galore. Learn about the traditional garb and rituals associated with weddings and everyday life.
Visit the haveli of one of the most famous poet’s of the nation, Mirza Ghalib. Now a museum, the haveli gives you a glimpse into the life of the poet as well as the importance of literary works and art during the Mughal era.