You will meet your guide at McDonalds Chandni Chowk and get to know the historical significance of the 5 heritage places of worship of different religions – Gauri Shankar Mandir, Baptist Church, Sis Ganj Gurdwara, Sunehri Masjid, & Shri Digamber Jain Laal Mandir. We can go inside 1 or 2 of them if the travellers are interested. In between, we will also get to know about Dariba: the Jewellery market.
After this, through the famous Paranthewali Gali and Kinari Bazar, we move to Naughara: 9 Jain havelis of the Swetambar sect and also enter their temple, which is made fully of marble and has intricate architecture inside.
Next, comes the town hall, a British-era building, where we will get to know about it and the origin of Chandni Chowk.
Then, we enter Ballimaran where we will mainly focus on Ghalib ki Haveli, the house of the most famous Urdu poet ever in India.
Then we will walk to Jama Masjid and get to know about its history and architecture. We will also climb the 40m high Minar and get a wonderful 360-degree view of the whole city.
During the walk, we can also have some Jalebis from Jalebiwalla and other sweets from Ghantewala, an 18th-century shop. Lastly, we end the tour with some delicious Mughlai non-veg food or traditional Indian veg snacks.
While you admire the place and the stories that the guide tells you, you stop for a short gorging session for the famous Natraj ‘Dahi Bhalle’ (made of fried lentil balls served with yogurt and some chutneys). Once your taste buds are ignited, you will move towards Old Delhi to really reminisce what makes Delhi – Dil Waalon Ki Dilli – (Delhi is for those who have a big heart). The coming together of people, their goods, food, the ruins, the moonlit night (hopefully!) makes for a great photograph from almost any corner. Now begins the time for Dinner – we have a lot of mouth watering delicacies to eat from depending on your taste- ‘Tikka’/’Kebab’ (chicken/beef chunks marinated in special spices and then grilled on skewers), ‘Beef Nihari’ (spicy, savory dish that is simmered overnight or even cooked underground), ‘Biryani’ (South Asian dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat).
That is not all, for dessert, we will stand in front of Jama Masjid which is India’s Largest Mosque and have ‘Phirni’ (complementary), a creamy dessert made with ground rice combined with milk, cream, sugar and some saffron strands for flavouring. It is served chilled in small earthenware pots called matkas. Don’t be surprised but yes, you can shop at 11 at night as well in Old Delhi. Finally, if time permits we can end this amazing experience with a cup of coffee or hot chai!
The aim of our walk at Hauz Khas is to explore the history and architecture of the unexplored monuments of Hauz Khas and Deer Park. Hauz Khas is not only about the hundreds of eating joints that have opened up in recent times but has a past which is asking to be discovered. The historical nourishment that will come within the 2 hours that we spend together will make you re-imagine Hauz Khas like never before.
It will amaze you to know how the Hauz Khas complex was essentially a madrassa where students lived a Spartan lifestyle. Our guide will speak to you about the relevance of the so-called dungeons at the lower levels of the complex and the relevance of various “chattris” located around the complex. During our walk, you shall come to know how students enrolled themselves in one of the most important madrassa’s in the 12th century!
Here we will also draw a contrast between the Lodhi and Tughlaq architecture. The multiple arches in a single room, the carvings in the ceiling, and the tombs and the prominent ruins all around the monument will be covered in our 2-hour walk!
Once we are done, we can silently retreat to one of the cafes of Hauz Khas Village, for a light snack or a hot cuppa.
Then, through Chawri Bazaar (talking about the largest in the country wholesale markets there), we will enter the beautiful Jama Masjid. We will discuss about its history, architecture and other details. We will also climb up the minaret and get a splendid 360 degree view of the city. It’s an awesome place to get pictures! Lastly, we will enjoy the Mughlai delicacies around Jama Masjid. Kebabs, Biryani, Nahari, Stew, Qorma, etc. We’ll try some interesting sweet dishes as well like Shahi Tukda, Moong Dal ka halwa, phirni, Gond ka halwa. If someone is a vegetarian, we can have traditional snacks like chaat, golgappe, tikki, etc. also and this is where we will conclude our tour!