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  • Location:Delhi, India
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Private Walking Tour: Old Delhi including Ancient Havelis and Chandni Chowk

Gain a deeper understanding of India’s history and culture as you walk the streets of Old Delhi with a private guide on this walking tour. Learn about the impressive design of the city’s ‘havelis’ (private mansions), discover the significance of historical sites like the Red Fort, and admire handmade crafts sold at the market in Chandni Chowk. At Chor Bazaar, join locals for a traditional Indian meal. By walking the same paths that the locals do, you’ll be genuinely immersed in the Old Delhi lifestyle.


  • Half-day walking tour of Ballimaaran, an area of Old Delhi
  • Take in the local atmosphere and learn about Delhi’s heritage as you walk the streets with a private guide
  • At Chor Bazaar, feast on a meal of local Indian specialties
  • Enjoy the colorful sights and wonderful smells of Chandni Chowk
  • Admire the marvelous Indian architecture of the Red Fort and Jama Masjid
  • Listen to your guide's informative commentary and fun anecdotes about Old Delhi and the sites you see

What You Can Expect

Private Walking Tour: Old Delhi including Ancient Havelis and Chandni Chowk

Jama Masjid and Old Delhi

After pickup at your Delhi hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle, head with your private guide to Old Delhi, the walled part of Delhi that served as the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal Dynasty. With your guide, explore the area of Ballimaaran, home to many havelis. Learn about the historical and architectural significance of these havelis, including the Ghalib Ki haveli, the mansion of influential Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.

Then, dine on a traditional spread of local Indian cuisine in Chor Bazaar, Delhi's largest flea market where you will find both locals and visitors enjoying some recreational shopping.

After your meal, follow your guide on a walk along the narrow winding alleyways of Ballimaaran to see how modern life mixes with the ancient architecture of the area. Hear about Old Delhi’s history from your guide as you pass by renowned sites like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Red Fort and the Jama Masijid, the largest mosque in India.

Finish your tour by walking the length of Chandni Chowk, a square lined with residential areas and bustling local markets selling folk crafts and authentic Indian delicacies.

Your tour ends with a private transfer back to your Delhi hotel.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Lots of pluses about this tour. I can't think of a better way to immerse oneself in Old Delhi than to walk it. Having a guide made the walk informative, entertaining and safe. My wife and I were impressed with the guide and the driver - on time pick up at hotel and pleasant interactions throughout the day. Perhaps our only criticism would be the lunch which was in an all too touristy restaurant. With a guide it would have been a wonderful opportunity to venture into a place that catered to locals. Also it seems inevitable on any tour in India that we have experienced to be taken to a touristy store or two (in our case a tea shop and a rug store), even though we said at the outset that we had NO interest in shopping. But the drives to the shops was interesting and so not a total loss.

United States of America

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

The Fort is the highlight of this tour. Take lots of picturs and enjoy the history, scenery, and above all-the quiet. In the Chandni Chowk you will be wishing you were back in the fort. It is a cesspool that is worth seeing for the spectacle. Enjoy the crush of humanity but watch yourself. It would be insane to bring small children on this tour. This tour is for the experience not the shopping. You will get better quality souvenirs at the Airport- honest. The auto rickshaw ride in the spice market is on par with any roller coaster ride- without any of the safety features. A tour of this area is a must since you would be in serious trouble if attempted on your own.

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