Yajnabalkya Chatterjee was absolutely amazing! We had a wonderful morning with him walking around Old Delhi. He was incredibly knowledgable, not only about sites on the tour but Indian culture, food, government, music and everything in between. We wish we could have had him for a longer tour or hung out with him again.
I took this tour at a recommendation of a local friend. Turn out to be one of the best tours I have ever done.
My guide, Sabyasachi picked me up at my hotel which happens to be near where he stays. Our tour starts with the subway. I had a great time discussing political and cultural issues in Delhi in the train with him. Sabya is smart, fluent in English and aware of current issues.
In Chandni Chowk we visited a Hindu temple where he explained the various different deities, festivals and practices. We went on to a Gurudwara next, again Sabya was well aware of the practices explaining the customs as we went along. We also managed to see the huge soup kitchen run the Gurudwara and I even tried my hand in making roti! We visited Jama Mosque which was awe inspiring. Being a Muslim, I was not aware that such a magnificent mosque exist in Delhi and is one of the world's biggest! It even housed some of the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) artifacts. Sabya was able to point out to me the architectural significance of the mosque and its history.
I think one of the best parts of the tour was being able to sample the street food, samosas, rotis and marsala chai. We also have many interactions with the local vendors. I loved going through the narrow streets looking at fabrics, meeting locals, learn about spices and tea. The rickshaw ride through the area was quite the highlight for me. One of the best experiences of my travels.
I wanted to say thanks to Sabya and Tushar who made my India trip so wonderful. Sabya was commendable as a guide, personable, insightful and very respectful to everyone we met. I really value this experience as I know I would not be able to do it on my own. I felt that I learnt so much so thank you for a wonderful time and for sharing your beautiful India with me.
this was probably the best money I spent in India! Our tour guide Sabyasaghi (Sab) was unbelievable! he was so well respected with everyone that we met. He took us everywhere. he introduced us to the Metro and what to look out for and where to eat. He let us know about the different histories and rituals of India. Take this tour as your first introduction to India. Fingers crossed you get Sab as he is one of a kind!
Very well done. Very good guide. Took more time than allocated. Explained and showed us everything. Very patient. Very informative. Would do it again
An excellent tour, we really felt that we had experienced something of the real city. All the organisation was straightforward and the tour company were helpful. Our guide Sabya Sachi was good company and knowledgeable. Unless you are in some way infirm it is possible for anyone to do this tour and I would highly recommend it.
I was a single woman traveler, it was my first visit to Delhi. This tour was a great introduction to the city's shopping alleys. I got to ride the subway, eat samosas from a food stall as well as eat at a popular local open air restaurant - so, go on this tour hungry. The Sikh Temple was great. The people very friendly. We stopped by the spice market and I purchased spices and tea. I had a really good time and most of all, I feel comfortable enough now to go again to Old Delhi by myself. And I didn't get Delhi Belly.
Our tour and guide were both excellent. The young man that arrive at our hotel to pick us up was very couteous and friendly. He happily guided us through the metro system and pointed out any number of items and was so happy to accompany us to the sites, smells snd sounds of Old Delhi. He stopped at a favorite resturant and we all enjoyed a delicious lunch. I cannot say enough good things about our experience.
Wow Highly recommended with Avdesh our tour guide. He made us feel Chaotic Old Delhi so close, good information, we tried some traditional food. The Sickhe temple was a good experience. Overall, the best
The tour was great! It was just me and another guy, plus the guide, Ashish. Ashish was really friendly, helpful, and extremly knowledgeable about Delhi and Indian history. We went through the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, to Jama Masjid and to a Sikh temple, and we had an awesome lunch.
A great way to get a feel for Delhi without getting lost! Travel by train and tuk tuk gave me confidence to do it again by myself. Temples and Chandi Chowk were fascinating and the guide was knowledgable and helpful
I bought the tour for my parents! They enjoyed it thoroughly! The tour guide was very helpful! The tour into old Delhi was very nice! I would recommend it!
We did the Old Delhi Half Day Small Group Tour on 6 February 2012.
We booked the tour through Viator and paid online. My husband and I are in our 50's and 60's. We like to see the old parts of cities and prefer to do so on foot.
The walking was not strenuous at all and there were plenty of stops along the way. It was cool pleasant weather in February but I would say bring water if you go in the hot months.
We were delighted to see that our local guide Hirdesh Shrivas arrived on foot at our hotel to collect us. She told us that we were going to experience local modes of travel. Outside the hotel we hailed an auto, which is a small 3 wheeled vehicle ideal for travel in heavy traffic areas.
From there it was on to the Metro where we went a few stops and then we were in Old Delhi.
Hirdesh was excellent at showing us around. She explained what the process was for making chai while we were standing beside a chai stall. We were shown all types of food and other stalls and had many processes explained very well to us by Hirdesh.
We were taken by rickshaw down one of the the narrow streets which sells wedding accessories, which was a feast for the eyes and ears.
A highlight was having lunch in a little place in the heart of Old Delhi that has been serving food there since 1875. The food was delicious. Lunch and all transport was included in the price.
Another highlight for us was visiting a Sikh temple. After visiting the worshipping area, we were able to watch lunch preparation in the kitchens and see the hundreds of folk patiently waiting for their free meal. Hirdesh gave us a lot of good information about the religion and how the temple is run.
We also visited Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India. We paid a very small fee there to have our shoes looked after and for the hire of a robe for me to put over my clothes.
At the end of our tour which took about 3 hours, Hirdesh took us back to the metro station and went with us to the stop where we needed to get off to return to our hotel. From there it was simple to get another auto back to the hotel.
I can highly recommend this tour if you really want to experience the real sights and sounds and smells of Delhi. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would rate this tour as a highlight of our stay in India.
Thank you for making it special Hirdesh.
Without having this trip I would never have experienced a most wonderous and real side of Delhi. It was a really amazing and intimate experience I went to places I would never have had the courage or the contacts to do so. Wondering around the streets of Delhi on your own is nothing compared to this marvellous opportunity to meet real residents, eat with locals and experience real Delhi Life. Thank you so much. My guide was very professional and yet warm, informative and I felt totally safe. Unforgettable!
Carlie S Australia
This tour was a fantastic introduction to Delhi and was the highlight of my time in Delhi. Our guide was so friendly and made the tour feel like it was a friend showing you around their home town as opposed to an organised tour. Old Delhi and it's markets could definately be a bit intimidating on your own but with our guide I felt totally comfortable and would have definitely discovered a lot more about the area and streets than I would have on my own. It was great to use poublic transport to get around too. Lunch and a cup of chai along the way made you feel like one of the locals and it was interesting to learn about the history of this part of Delhi and also seek out the worship places of some of the different religions in the area. I couldn't recommend this tour more highly.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide (Mohsin) was excellent and we felt that we learned so much about Old Delhi that we would not get from any guidebook or touring alone. All of our questions were answered and Mohsin took us to places where we would not have ventured in on our own.
Note - this tour can be 'intense' - the streets are crowded and it can be very hot. Make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen, patience and a good sense of humor.
This was a brilliant way to spend 4-5 hours and a great was to get a 'local' experience. Tour guide was very knowledgeable, experience was brilliant. Old Delhi is an interesting place that I would have struggled to navigate alone. I would definitely recommend this experience for anyone wanting to look further than the standard tourist attractions and touts in many other areas of Delhi.
Excellent walking tour and introduction to Old Delhi. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and the tour helped orient us so that we could explore easily on our own for the rest of the day. Highly recommended.
Stepahine G USA
Our guide was wonderful. He was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour fascinating. It was a complete experience, which included walking the back streets of Old Delhi, the Spice Market, and visiting a mosque and a Siikh Temple, as well as sampling some wonderful street food. I'd been so careful about what I was eating while in India, but he made the tasting of the food so tempting that I threw all caution to the wind and was so pleasantly rewarded. Some of the best food I'd had in India. The tour was all I'd hoped for.
Vas A Greece
This Old Delhi half day small group tour was for me a fantastic experience! We were a small group of 3 persons, and all we remained absolutely satisfied.
Helen R United Kingdom
This was an excellent tour with a great tour guide! It gave me a chance to experience the 'real' Delhi and take the photos to prove it. I would recommend this to any traveler because the guide was very professional and friendly. Although I had just met the guide his English was fantastic and I felt safe, this was an important aspect to me whilst being a lone female traveler.
William R USA
We had an excellent guide, who was very knowledgeable. He provided a good introduction to Old Delhi. I would book such a tour again.
Neil R United Kingdom
A superb trip! Great value for money! A real insight into the real Delhi!