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Tour Old Delhi by rickshaw

Explore Old Delhi from the comfort of a rickshaw, meeting locals and tasting street food along the way…

By Ritu Kalra
Founder of Old Delhi Rickshaw Tours, Alfred&'s partner in India

Tour Old Delhi by rickshaw to visit temples and markets, taste street food and meet the locals. The whole idea behind our rickshaw tours is to showcase Old Delhi in a convenient and fun way. The city is a crowded, congested place so travelling by rickshaw makes it a comfortable experience and you can cover more ground. We designed our rickshaws to look traditionally Indian but with wider seats and better safety standards. We also have audio headsets so your guide – a Delhi local – can provide live commentary along the way.

We start at a Jain temple known for its intricate architecture and bird hospital, before boarding the rickshaws. As we drive through the city you’ll see famous landmarks like the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. We’ll stop to visit a Sikh temple and the Jama Masjid, which is one of the largest mosques in India. Guests love the buzzing bazaars and spice market, with its different colours and scents. The vendors are so friendly and will want to show you how they prepare their masala spices and take pictures with you. Eventually we reach the Gadodia Palace, which has an incredible view over Chandni Chowk from the fourth floor.

By then we’ve worked up an appetite, so we visit a local restaurant to try some typical Delhi dishes such as puri puri, Indian bread which is deep fried so it blows up into a ball, served with a chickpea and potato curry. There’s also samosas and jalebi, a traditional deep-fried sweet soaked in syrup. Our final stop on the tour is Naughara, a street with nine old havelis that feature Mughal architecture. We get to meet one resident who’ll invite you in to have chai, chat and see the historic haveli where he’s lived all his life.

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Alfred & Ritu Kalra

Growing up, Ritu Kalra would visit her grandparents’ Mughal-era haveli in Old Delhi and was fascinated by their stories of the city. After graduating from Delhi University, Ritu worked in the financial industry for many years before launching her passion project in 2010: When in India Tours. Ritu lives in Delhi with her husband and son and is a travel freak who loves cooking, yoga and showcasing her hometown to travellers.
Ritu Kalra, Founder of Old Delhi Rickshaw Tours