The old walled city of Delhi, which was built by Shah Jahan was previously referred to as Shahjahanabad. It is now a chaotic, beautiful mess that holds many surprises and hidden treasures – all you need is to know is where to look. Read through our list of fascinating activities and see how you can get the most out of the nooks and crannies of the old city.
#1: Eat the Street Food
The street food in Old Delhi is considered to be some of the best you can lay your hands on in the country. There is the Gali Paranthe Wali, which is famous for making delicious flaky parathas of every imaginable type – traditional aloo paneer to methi besan paranthas. Also be sure to sample the jalebis at Jalebi Wala, which has been around since 1905.
#2: Take a Heritage Walk
Delhi Heritage Walks are a great way to explore this chaotic, beautiful part of the city. The walks usually begin early in the morning, so as to avoid the morning rush, and take you through some of the most iconic places in Old Delhi, as well as the lesser known gems, bringing them alive with great storytelling. These walks are extremely popular and fill up rather fast, so be sure to book in advance.
#3: Shop for Silver Jewellery in Dariba Kalan Lane
This lane is the place to go for all your silver jewelry needs. The old classic designs sit alongside more modern pieces and are priced more reasonably than in the rest of the city. The lane also has costume jewelry that is perfect for that one event where you need an extremely outlandish necklace that you know you’ll never wear again. This lane is popular with theater productions and films too.
#4: Buy fabrics in Kinnari Bazaar
Kinnari Bazaar is overflowing with stores that are filled to the ceiling with fabrics and laces of every imaginable kind. It is said that all the famous designers in the country get their inspirations from the fabrics in these stores. Whether this is true or not, the stores in Kinnari Bazaar have more options than any other market in the city.
#5: Visit the Red Fort
One of the most important monuments in the country, the Red Fort was built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This red stand stone building is also the iconic structure from where the Prime Minister of India makes his annual address to the nation on Independence Day. Visit the walled fort and take in your dose of history.
#6: Eat at Karims
Karims is the most iconic of the restaurants in Old Delhi. Located near the Jama Masjid, it draws visitors from all over Delhi who want a taste of traditional Mughlai cuisine. Said to have been started by the descendants of the cooks from the Mughal Emperor Bahahdur Shah Zafar’s court, the food here is decadent and delicious. Be sure to sample the kebabs and brain curry, which is adored the world over.
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