Rickshaw and Walking Tour
0900 – 0945 Hrs Hotel to Old Delhi > After breakfast in your Delhi Hotel our driver will pickup and transfer you to Old Delhi. En route you can see panoramic views of the President House, India Gate and Indian Parliament.
1000 Hrs Starting Point > From Parking Bay of Red Fort meet your Tour Guide and Start the Trip on a Cycle Rickshaw.
Shri Digambara Jain Red Temple One of the oldest Jain temples in India, which houses images and statues of revered Jain figures such as Lord Mahavira and Lord Parasnath. It is the oldest Jain temple in the capital. You can also visit the bird hospital inside the temple.
Chandni Chowk (Moon Light Square/Silver Square) One of the oldest and busiest wholesale markets in Delhi. The present day Chandni Chowk is situated in Old Delhi. In the 17th Century it was made the capital city by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and fondly named Shahjahanabad. As mentioned, today it is one of the most crowded and busiest areas of the city. As we move along moonlight square (Chandni Chowk) we will visit various important shrines of different religions like the Gauri Shankar Temple, Baptist Church, Sisganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and Sunehri Masjid, which all exist on one road.
Spice Market (Khari Baoli) Khari Baoli means ‘salty step-well’, but there’s no well here anymore, just Delhi’s bustling wholesale spice market. It feels as if little has changed here for centuries, as laborers hustle through the narrow lanes with huge sacks of herbs and spices on their heads. Deeper inside the market, it’s so spicy that everyone can’t help coughing and sneezing. There are eye-catching displays of everything from lentils and rice to giant jars of chutneys, pickles, nuts and tea, and you can buy small packets of items, despite it being a wholesale market.
1300 – 1400 Hrs Lunch Break
Kinari Bazar (Wholesale Wedding Market) A wholesale retail market. Here you will get everything you need for occasions and functions, especially marriage. For any special event, festival people buy beautiful traditional dresses from Kinari Bazaar. For any ceremony – marriage, engagement, anniversary, or other events – you can visit Kinari Bazaar to buy outfits for the whole family. For marriage ceremonies Kinari Market has special significance. There are large reserves of Sehra (Groom’s turban), garlands of beautiful and striking gold and silver coins and an abundance of wedding jewellry and other accessories needed for a wedding ceremony. Stores to meet the needs of people belonging to almost all religions. Be it a Hindu wedding or a Christian marriage, the necessary elements are available here. Even the wedding attire can be rented at stores like Bridal Veil, very well designed lehenga, brocade and gold Sherwanis, something for everyone for that special day.
Naughara or Nine House Literally translated, ‘Nau’ means nine and ‘Ghara’ means houses. This is a row of nine houses that culminate in a beautiful Jain Mandir known as the Jauhari’s (Jeweller’s) temple. The carved sandstone facades are a delight to observe, especially with their intricate and quaint carvings. These have been maintained in their traditional style and decorated with murals from the Mughal period. Don’t forgot to visit the Jewellery Shop, which is run by descendents of the family of Royal Jewellers here.
Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque Located in the heart of Delhi, at Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid is known to be one of India’s largest mosques and can accommodate 25,000 worshipers. Built by, Mughal Empror, Shah Jahan, the foundation of this magnificent structure, was laid in the year 1644. Upon its completion, in the year 1656, it was inaugurated by the Imam of Bukhara, presently known to us as Uzbekistan. A beautiful pocket of calm at the heart of Old Delhi’s mayhem, India’s largest mosque is built on a 10m elevation, towering above the surrounding hubbub. It can hold a mind-blowing 25,000 people. The marble and red-sandstone ‘Friday Mosque’ was Shah Jahan’s final architectural triumph, built between 1644 and 1658. The four watchtowers were used for security. There are two minarets standing 40m high, one of which can be climbed for amazing views. All of the three gates allow access to the mosque. Visitors should remove their shoes at the top of the stairs. There’s no charge to enter the mosque, but you’ll have to pay the camera charge whether you want to use your camera or not.
1600 – 1730 Hrs Leisure Time >> Free leisure time to explore the Markets of Old Delhi; the rich Heritage, specially designed Gold & Silver Jewellery, Clothing, Herbs & Spices and much more. You can try the art of bargaining and for nominal charges you can find all sorts of things to enjoy from Kite Flying to Natural Henna artistry on the palm of your hand.
1730-1800 Hrs Back to Hotel >> Return to Parking Bay where our Driver will meet you once again and drop you back at your Hotel. Your Tour ends with Cherished Memories.
What to Wear >> Old Delhi tours are a combination of Food, Heritage & Culture with walking and Rickshaw Ride. Because of the conservative society in Old Delhi and visiting of Temples & Mosque – Ladies, please dress modestly, wearing full pants, and everyone ensure you have adequate protection against the sun (cap and sun screen advisable).
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