How to Explore Old Delhi In a Heritage Walk
Old Delhi is one of the most interesting and quaint locations in Delhi. This part of the city is home to some most memorable sites in India like Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Sis Ganj Gurudwara, temples, havelis, etc.
You can embark on some exciting historic walks in Delhi. Any of the walks will help you explore lanes and spots of religious and historical importance, old world mansions (Havelis), arches and gateways.
Here is one sample of a historic walk of Old Delhi: embark on an expert guided tour in Chandni Chowk. Start with the magnificent mosque of Jama Masjid. Proceed to Khari Baoli, largest spice market of Asia, where you can sample Indian spices. Nearby is the jewellery market of Dariba Kalan.
From here, explore the famous street food of Chandni Chowk. Take a tour of Kinari Bazar which has decorative markets. Next visit a Jain temple, that is gold plated and 200 years old. Take blessings of the divine from Gurudwara Sis Ganj. Finally, relax and unwind with a tour of a 200-year-old, restored Grand haveli- Haveli Dharampura where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal and experience the old-world charm, right in the middle of the chaos of Old Delhi.
Here is a sample of another walk through Old Delhi heritage places. The heritage walk begins with a trip to the Shri Digambara Jain Lal Mandir, located on the opposite side of the Western gate of the Red Fort. The temple features idols of Jain thirthankaras and goddess Padmavathi. Floral motifs, geometrical patterns, images of musicians and dancers grace the interiors of the temple.
From here, proceed to temple of Gauri Shankar, which has a lively ambience. Nearby area features milling crowds, hawkers and vendors selling sweets, ice cream, books, clothes, electronic and antique items, that will surely get you hooked.
From here, you will pass the State Bank of India building, constructed in 1806 on the estate of Begum Samru which is a most notable monument of Old Delhi. Originally it was used by the London bank but became the property of SBI in 1955. Nearby is the Central Baptist Church which is among the oldest churches of the city.
Next, we move to the Sis Ganj Gurudwara, constructed in memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru who was martyred here. Next you can visit the Sunehri Masjid, located on a platform, beneath which are several shops.
Continue the walk to Paranthe Wali Gali- famous for its street food offering, several types of stuffed Paranthas. Nearby is the Kinari Bazaar, a paradise for shoppers.
From here, you can head to Dharampura, where you find GaliGuliyan- a street notable for its antique and brassware shops. Towards the end of this street, you find the Jama Masjid. This main mosque of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) was constructed in 1656 by the Mughal rulers and is the most sacred spot for Indian Muslims.
Thus, here the heritage walk ends. You can embark on tricycles or cycle rickshaws from Jama Masjid and head back to your hotel in this most practical mode of transport.