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Get a taste of Old Delhi with a local

Let me show you my Delhi – along the way, you’ll meet the locals and discover that everyone has a story to tell…

By Dhruv Gupta
Founder of Masterji Kee Haveli, Alfred&'s partner in India

Let me show you around the Sitaram Bazar in Old Delhi, where I’ll introduce you to the people, monuments and food that make our city so special. My family is one of the oldest in this part of Delhi – I’m the fifth generation – and I’ve been leading these tours for 10 years now. I believe people today want to connect with local culture when they travel and that’s exactly why I created this tour. It’s a great introduction to Delhi and is also inspired by my passion for food; in my past career I set up the catering department for Japan Airlines.

The half-day trip is flexible and can be tailored to your specific interests, be it photography or history. It’s a personal experience that feels more like a friend showing you around. After meeting at the Chawri Bazar metro station, I take guests to a breakfast place where they make their own bread because if the stomach is happy, everyone is happy! We usually visit a temple next and then wander the back alleys of the bazar, stopping at hidden terraces where you get amazing views over Delhi. There’s also a chance to take a rickshaw ride and visit some architectural treasures.

People enjoy spending time at Asia’s largest wholesale spice market and sampling street food favourites like samosas and pav bhaji. Along the way, you’ll meet the people of Old Delhi and quickly discover that everyone has a story to tell. We finish with a big vegetarian meal at my haveli, which is an oasis in Delhi. This is the highlight of the whole experience; guests love sitting together, chatting and making friends. I had a guest recently who told me: “If my trip ends today, I’m happy,” which is the best compliment I can imagine.

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Alfred & Dhruv Gupta

Dhruv Gupta is the founder of Masterji Kee Haveli, an experiential tour company in Old Delhi. A passionate globe trotter, Dhruv has an MBA from Cambridge and has worked in travel and tourism for over 25 years. Career highlights include training as an LSG Sky Chef in Hong Kong and setting up the catering department for Japan Airlines in India. Dhruv introduced the walking tour concept to Delhi and has since won numerous awards for his culture-based city tours.
Dhruv Gupta, old Delhi bazar and food walk