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Delhi: 3-hour Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride and Guided Tour

1. Delhi: 3-hour Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride and Guided Tour

Embark on an amazing and fun journey to Old Delhi on this 3-hour rickshaw tour. Experience the best of India and its age-old traditions. Your tour will begin with the guide picking you up from your hotel, following which you will take the metro to Old Delhi. After reaching Old Delhi, hop on a rickshaw and soak up the lifestyle and culture of this colorful country, visiting historic markets like the jewelry market of Chandni Chowk. Following that, head towards the grand Jama Masjid (India’s second-largest mosque), built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan.  Make your way to the most colorful lane in old Delhi, Kinari Bazaar and stop for a quick snack break and sample parantha (stuffed flatbread) at a 150-year-old restaurant. After this delicious break, you'll head to the beautiful Gurudwara (a Sikh temple) where you will learn about the selfless and humanitarian services of the community kitchen. Last but not least, check out the spice market (Asia’s largest) where you can learn about the wonderful world of spices whilst learning about their health benefits.

Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour

2. Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour

Sample the unique street food of Delhi on an immersive tasting tour with a local guide. Meet a selection of hand-picked street vendors in Old Delhi, all selected for their excellent hygiene and tasty dishes. Try local specialties such as chole bhature (fried bread) from the Punjab and dahi vada (fried flour balls in thick yoghurt). Sample a tasty aloo chat (fried potatoes with spices and chutney) and some delicious parathas (flatbreads). Cool your palate with a lassi and indulge your sweet tooth with some sugar-soaked jalebis, the local equivalent of rice pudding or bread and butter pudding.  Meat eaters can try some tasty fried chicken, while vegetarians will be in heaven in the bustling Matia Mahal neighborhood. Learn about Delhi’s historic walled city as you travel by rickshaw. Soak up the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the narrow streets, discover the largest spice market in Asia, and stop to admire the imposing Jama Masjid.

Old and New Delhi: 8-Hour Private City Tour

3. Old and New Delhi: 8-Hour Private City Tour

Start the day with pickup in a private car from your hotel. This tour can be customized according to your specific interests and hobbies, or the areas that you want to explore.  In Old Delhi, the top places to visit are the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and the Spice Market. You may also like to take a ride in a local rickshaw. In New Delhi, visit Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, the Lotus Temple, India Gate, the Agrasen ki Baoli step, and Raj Ghat. Drive past the presidential residence and parliament house.  In both Old Delhi and New Delhi, you'll gain fascinating insights into daily local life and you'll learn about the history and culture of India.  If you'd like to learn even more about Delhi, you may choose the option of a guided tour. Your private guide will accompany you on your trip alongside your driver to explain the history of the sites you visit. Choose the tour option with included entry tickets for maximum convenience during your adventure.

Delhi: Photography Walking Tour with Lunch

4. Delhi: Photography Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover a unique glimpse of Delhi, as you get ready to capture the mood, and moments of the city with your smartphone or digital camera, no matter if you're an amateur, hobbyist, or pro photographer. Take an early morning metro ride to Old Delhi, observing through your camera how people start their day in Delhi’s downtown. Walk around the narrow streets, perch up rooftops to get some best views in this famed old town. Get the best vantage points for your photos. Visit a centuries-old spice market, where you can get spices from any corner of India and discover a secret spot, which will give you a birds eye view of Old Delhi. Move over to the greener Delhi, the Lutyens Zone and collect visual shots of the magnificent Raisina Hill and other colonial buildings with their remarkable architecture. Visit Gurudwara Sikh temple, which is a colorful place, and sneak into their giant kitchen which prepares meals for up to 100,000 people. Frame the peaceful mood in your pictures. Take a stop for lunch to savour local delicacies. Be spoilt for food choices in Delhi. Enjoy a walk in the nearby Lodhi garden at the golden hour and capture the hues of the iconic monument and get some perfect shots.

Best of Delhi in 8 Hours - Old and New Delhi Private Tour

5. Best of Delhi in 8 Hours - Old and New Delhi Private Tour

Your full-day tour of India’s capital begins with the historic portion of the city, Old Delhi. After pickup from your hotel, set off towards the Red Fort, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, you’ll weave through the bustling shopping area of Chandni Chowk by rickshaw, ending up at the Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque that is the largest in India. After stopping for an authentic local lunch, you’ll head into New Delhi, visiting the Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, before stopping at the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Next it’s off to the India Gate, a memorial to the Indian soldiers who died during World War I, before heading to the Lotus Temple, elegantly designed in the shape of a lotus flower.  To cap things off you’ll drive past the Presidential House and the Parliament Buildings before being driven back to your accommodation.

Delhi: Old and New Delhi Private One Day Tour

6. Delhi: Old and New Delhi Private One Day Tour

Begin your day with a pickup from your Delhi hotel at 9 AM and make your way to the Red Fort for an outside view then go to the Jama Masjid, Old Delhi’s main mosque. From here, hop on a cycle rickshaw for a tour of the bustling Chandni Chowk Market. Next, explore the Kinnari Bazaar (wedding market), the textile market, the Nai Sarak book market, and the Khari Baoli-Spice Market. Then, board your private vehicle once again to head to the city’s imposing Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to admire its impressive architecture. Continue the route with a visit to the Raj Ghat, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The tour will also stop at Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as India Gate, the Houses of Parliament, the Lotus Temple, and much more. At the end of the tour, you will dropped back off at your Delhi hotel.

Delhi: Customized Private Day Tour with Transfer Service

7. Delhi: Customized Private Day Tour with Transfer Service

Begin your 8-hour customized tour of Delhi with a pickup at your hotel. Enjoy exploring both the old and new cities in the comfort of a private vehicle as your local guide gives you recommendations of sites to visit throughout the day. See examples of Mughal architecture such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Humayun’s Tomb. Take a walk past the heritage buildings of Old Delhi. Explore a local market and enjoy tastes of local Indian cuisine. If you like you can visit famous temples in Delhi, such as the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple, and the Monkey Temple. Get insight into the life of Mahatma Gandhi by visiting the Birla House where Gandhi Ji spent his last days.

Delhi: Red Fort and Old Delhi Sunrise Cycle Tour

8. Delhi: Red Fort and Old Delhi Sunrise Cycle Tour

Explore the best of Old Delhi's history on this morning bike tour. Avoid the traffic and noise by setting out early morning to navigate the neighborhoods and narrow alleyways to discover hidden corners and famous monuments. Once the home of the Mughals, Old Delhi continues to influence modern India's food and culture. This curated cycling route takes you to the imposing Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Make your way through the silent bazaars along Chawri Bazaar and the Spice Market. Enjoy stops at the Fatehpuri Masjid and the Old Delhi Railway Station.   With your expert local guides, learn about the fascinating past of India's capital city. End the bike tour with a local breakfast and new memories to take home. This activity is conducted in small groups and is led by two guides to ensure your safety. With frequent stops, it is a perfect activity to experience Delhi in a new way.  

3-Hour Old Delhi Heritage Walking Tour With Rickshaw Ride

9. 3-Hour Old Delhi Heritage Walking Tour With Rickshaw Ride

Benefit from a pick-up by a local guide and walk to the nearest metro station to start your tour of Old Delhi. If your hotel is far from the metro station, your guide will pick you up by tuk-tuk and take you to the station. Explore the Red Fort, spread over 255 acres, connecting Old and New Delhi. Built in 1648, this Fort has royal residences, sections for public audiences used by Mughal emperors and fountains. Learn the history of Shah Jahan, who also commissioned the Taj Mahal in Agra, and admire the architecture of an era gone-by. Ride the metro to experience Delhi's lifeline first hand. Upon arrival in Old Delhi, stroll the streets to discover the heritage buildings and watch the lifestyle and culture come to life. Go to the Jama Masjid mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Dive down the lanes of Old Delhi to visit the bazaars, where your guide will share ancient stories. Stop on one of Old Delhi's most famous streets to taste an Indian paratha flatbread, commonly served as a snack. Go to one of the city's gurudwara (Sikh temples), and then travel by cycle rickshaw to the spice market to get an insight into the produce on sale. 

Delhi: Full-Day Qutb Minar, Old and New Delhi Private Tour

10. Delhi: Full-Day Qutb Minar, Old and New Delhi Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at a location of your choice in Delhi by arrangement, and explore India's capital from the comfort of a private, air-conditioned car. Admire the monuments of Old Delhi, such as the Mughal mosque of Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, built by Shah Jahan in 1656 at the height of Mughal power. You can also explore the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, famous for its ornate carvings that depict Hindu deities. Admire the onion domes of the Red Fort opposite the mosque, before taking off your shoes to look inside. See the Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. Then, drive past the government buildings of New Delhi, including India Gate, the Presidential Residence (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan). Admire the commemorative tower of the Qutb Minar, built by Allauddin Khilji in the 13th century. Look closely as it towers up 5 levels, each clearly distinguished by a projecting balcony. Next, go to Humayun's Tomb on Mathura Road. Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, wife of the second Mughal Emperor, the tomb displays Mughal characteristics of high arches and double domes and is considered to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. See the flowerlike Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple, completed in 1986 and notable for its extraordinary 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals."

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What people are saying about Old Delhi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,242 reviews

The tour was taken on Sunday, which has pros (light traffic, you can quickly get from one place to another) and cons (some places are closed on Sunday or queues way too long). Overall works better on Sundays as on other days you may only be able to see 2-3 places (if that much!) due to time lost in traffic jams. Sonu is a seasoned guide who appeared exactly on time with Lalit (driver) and from the very beginning of the tour was engaging, informative and helpful in every respect. He will happily provide the info on India’s culture, religions, language and dialects (he will teach you few words in Hindu) and political system, as well as history behind many landmarks and sites you will visit.

Last minute saviour! Ordered few hours before the departure and got the most out of Delhi! The driver and the car were perfectly presented, drove safe and was very attentive. The guide had a vast knowledge about the sights and adjusted to my need of shorter (quicker tour) with extra wishes for market and some other places I asked to visit. Not only the knowledge but and kindness of the guide was a pleasure surprise, as he paid for my stuff like entrance and food until I had an opportunity to withdraw money. The manager was very attentive too and managed everything like should be. Highly suggested tour! Sadly didn’t have time for day trip to Agra. Peter (Solo traveler)/(conference trip)

Gautam Grover was an excellent guide who went out of his way to make my trip as comfortable and informative as possible. My driver was also very prompt and thoughtful. The organisation was very smooth, despite me only booking it the day before and I saw all of the main attractions in Delhi.

Excellent tour of Old and New Delhi. Our Guide was very flexible and sensitive to our needs. We were able to cover pretty much the whole of Delhi within a day and it was a rich experience. I recommend this tour 100% for your next trip to Delhi.

Ankur from keeper landwey was a great guide, entertaining and made the Taj Mahal tour very enjoyable. As a solo woman traveler, I felt safe and comfortable throughout