No visit to Delhi will be completed without visiting Old Delhi ‘The Living Walled City of  Delhi’ 

This is one of the busiest and oldest areas of the world. Tangle of ancient streets and filled with all kinds of colorful shops, markets jam packed with people, and this is the place to go for different kind of walking tours, Old Delhi the former walled capital of the Mughal Empire

Before get to start take note some unique highlights of this heritage city of Old Delhi, has been the center of a succession of mighty empires and powerful kingdoms, making this place one of the longest-serving capitals and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, considered to be a city built, destroyed and rebuilt several times

These tours have been designed by people with a deep understanding of the ‘Real’ Delhi. The theme of these tours is the pre-Shahjahanabad period and we will introduce you to the culture, food and people, as well as allow you a look at and feel of some valuable ancient traditions

Delhi remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal dynasty and was later rechristened Old Delhi by the British. Old Delhi architecture is a spectacular example of architectural work of that time with plenty of charisma and nostalgia. While walking the lanes of old Delhi you realize every wall has a story to tell. Old Delhi is a walled city shaped roughly like a quarter circle with the Red Fort as a focal point. The old city was surrounded by a wall enclosing about 1500 acres with 14 gates. The surrounding walls, 12 feet (3.7 m) wide and 26 feet (7.9 m) tall, originally of mud, were replaced by red stone in 1657. In the Mughal period, the gates were kept locked at night. Some are still standing upright around the city – Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turukman Gate, Delhi Gate, and Feroz Shah Kotla. House of number of fort, palace, heritage buildings, monuments, havelis (mansions) and mosques, temples, although the walls have largely disappeared, most of the gates are still present. The construction of the city was completed in 1648, and it remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until its fall in 1857

It dates back to 1638, when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi

Covered with many unique and massive historical monuments like The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque of Delhi) the principal mosque of Old Delhi, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is one the largest mosques of the world and best-known mosque in India; construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. The later name, Jama Masjid, the “congregational mosque” or “Jāma Masjid” locally as the grand Mosque of Old Delhi, Jama Masjid draws visitors for its beauty and spectacular views of unique heritage city

Another landmark in Old Delhi is is Red Fort (Lal Qila) UNESCO World Herutage Site, that built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. The world heritage site, this monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal court, which was constructed during the 17th century. The unique massive monument once the residential area of the Imperial Family of India

One busy market that was established centuries ago, the most known and popular as Moonlight Square or “Chandini Chowk” when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi, his daughter Jahan Ara constructed a square, around which a busy market grew. It is without doubt one of the busiest areas in the world, lies in the heart of Shahjahanabad and established in the 17th century

Walked down the area of Chandni Chowk, the main thoroughfare through Old Delhi runs from the Red Fort to historical Fatehpuri mosque. Originally a canal ran through the middle of the street. North of the street, there is the mansion of Begum Samru. South of the street is Dariba Kalan, a dense residential area, beyond which is Jama Masjid. Daryaganj is a section that used to border the river at Rajghat and Zeenat-ul-Masjid. Culture, heritage mansions, colourful markets and everything else you could possibly imagine, this place has it…

Mirza Ghalib ki Haveli “Ghalib’s Mansion” is located in the Old Delhi and it is a heritage site declared by Archaeological Survey of India. It offers an insight into the Mirza Ghalib’s lifestyle and architecture of the Mughal Era. The large compound of the Haveli with columns and bricks are the reminiscence of the Mughal Empire in Delhi. Mirza Ghalib one of most popular Urdu poet of 19th century located in the Qasim Jan Street of Ballimaran area of Old Delhi. Now the haveli made into a permanent memorial museum housing objects related to the great poet and his times 

Flanked with sidewalks on both sides of the streets. On the way through the narrow lanes of old Delhi, passed by shops selling jewelry, saris,  clothing, shoes, toys, you name it with fascinating walking through these tight, crowded areas, but what you will find here the unique culture of its kind, you will realize the past and people of this unique place still standing as they were more than 100 years ago. During this walk, you will explore not just the bazaar (market), but also the cultural landscape of this area, from Chandini Chowk to Kinari Bazaar (wedding market) see the real picture of Indian wedding dresses style and jewellery style having long past continue till date then proceed to learn about the ingredients and essentials of Indian cooking. The colorful and interesting street food in this market caters to the preferences of this community

What one will say how the life is different here and time is somehow standstill and almost cut or unknown from the rest of the globe

A barber chair on a street corner right on the busy road, what better place to get your hair cut, on one of its craziest street corners, people passing and move on, the barber doing very nice job, a big surprise! For the visitor, walk continued through what you will see school had just let out and kids were taking cycle rickshaws home instead of school cabs or buses.  Traffic in the streets was almost at a standstill…

The Urdu language emerged from the Urdu Bazaar section of Old Delhi. Many magazines and various other Urdu publications are the reason for this language staying alive

The narrow lanes of old Delhi have an overwhelming variety of cuisines to offer. The heavenly aroma of food literally liberates the taste buds here. Acclaimed by national and international food guides, the food will never fail to tempt you…

The famous Paranthe Wali Gali is a narrow street located in Chandni Chowk and has a series of shops offering parathas, a fried Indian bread which is stuffed with fillings and served with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, pickles, and curries. Over 30 varieties of parathas are available. Famous sohan halwa and karachi halwa along with badaam barfi, rabri faluda, jalebi of this place…you never forget the taste and charm of ‘Real Delhi’  

If you are a real foodie, this is the place where you get authentic Mughlai dishes, and other street foods soaked up in the atmosphere of timeless Old Delhi, authentic flavors for its age that is getting better with the time. It offers long list varieties of food, and a living, breathing piece of history…

The magic lies in the charm of Old Delhi’s people, the vibrancy of its heritage and the unique ways of life style that exist today…

Delhi’s streets were not alleys but parchment of a painting, Every face that appeared seemed like a masterpiece

“Dilli ke na the kuchey nahin, auraaq-e-musawwqr the Jo shakl nazar aayi, tasveer nazar aayi”

~ Mir Taqi Mir

 

One day I asked my soul: what is Delhi ?

She replied: The world is the body and Delhi is its soul.

“Ik roz apni rooh se poocha, ke dilli kya hai, toh yun jawab me keh gayi, yeh duniya maano jism hai aur dilli uski jaan”

~ Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (Mirza Ghalib)

 

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