Delhi has a great number of things to do and places to see. Amid historic monuments, spiritual sites, famed bazaars, exciting food trails and more, it can be hard to get anything done if you don’t have a proper plan in place. We’ve shortlisted the top tours in the city to make sure that travellers get to enjoy local experiences and make the best out of their trip to Delhi.
The 1857 Mutiny Walk
The year 1857 is a landmark in Indian history. The uprising led by Indian troops in the service of the East India Company is often called the First War of Indian Independence. The revolt started in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and soon spread to Delhi where the rebels sought leadership in a frail 81-year-old Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. The British eventually secured the city and Bahadur Shah’s progenies were mercilessly executed soon after. This tour is an odyssey into an intense period in Indian history.
Delhi Magic, 116 A, 3rd Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi, India, +91 98677 07414
Lutyen’s Delhi Tour
Lutyen’s Delhi is a prominent area in New Delhi. Named after British architects, Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, they were responsible for planning most parts of this district and designing important structures like India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (president’s home) and Connaught Place. An outing in Lutyen’s Delhi is to witness the grand architecture of the British Raj era and hear fascinating stories of how the capital of India was moved from Kolkata to Delhi in the early 20th century. Delhi City Segway Tour provides a fun way to explore this historic area.
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DelhiByCycle offers a healthy and delightful way of discovering different parts of Delhi. Tour the historical sites of the capital while gliding on a bike. Shah Jahan Tour, Yamuna Tour and Haveli Tour are the three trips you can take around Old Delhi while Raj Tour and Nizamuddin Tour offer sightseeing in New Delhi. The initiative was started by a Dutch expat who was an avid biker himself.
Sanjay Colony Slum Tour
Take this unconventional tour to acquire a broader understanding of life in the capital city, where urban poverty is still a stark reality. An NGO called Reality Gives offers a tour of Sanjay Colony, a small slum located in South Delhi. As you walk around, you get to see how the residents here live and how they earn their living. You can also give back with the NGO’s Pack for a Purpose drive, where you can provide general supplies to the local school.
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Old Delhi Bazaar Walk and Haveli Visit
This is one of the very best tours to explore the history, culture and cuisine of Old Delhi. While walking the by-lanes of erstwhile Shahjahanabad, relive the Mughal era’s grandeur through engrossing anecdotes by experienced guides. Stumble upon quirky finds in the bazaars of Chandni Chowk and in the time-worn havelis (mansions), witness the immense change that the city has gone over the years.
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Seven Cities of Delhi
Delhi, as we know it today, is the result of hundreds of years of conquests and constructions. As different empires laid siege at different periods of time in history, the city began to expand more and more. Long before the modern Delhi of today, there were seven smaller cities, including Mehrauli, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah and Shahjahanabad, built by various dynasties from the Tughlaqs to the Mughals. The tour by Heritage Walks with Surekha Narain is an opportunity to delve deep into the unique journey of this historically significant city.
Art of Hope Tour
For those looking to explore rare treasures hidden in the nooks and corners of Delhi, the Art of Hope Tour is for you. Kathputli Colony is a small quarter in Delhi, home to over 3,000 families of street performers. From magicians to snake charmers and fire-eaters, this is the largest community of performing artists in the world and was made famous by Salman Rushdie in Midnight’s Children. Far from romanticising the area, this tour is all about understanding the lives and hard struggles of the artists living here.
Art of Hope Tour, 47/11, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, India, +91 11 6 68 7173
A food tour with a difference, Gurudwara Walk by Delhi Food Walks will introduce you to an important aspect of Sikh religion. Langar is a community kitchen in a Gurdwara where free meals are served to visitors at the place of worship, regardless of class, gender, race and religion. During this unique food tour, you will become one of the sewadars (volunteers) and learn about the ethos of Sikh religion. This is truly a one of a kind local experience you can have in Delhi.