Delhi can be truly described as melting pot of culture and traditions. The true essence of this city is evident in the by lanes of Old Delhi which is a must visit location, if you intend to experience the real delight of Delhi. Colorful bazars, spice market, street side stalls and much more make this an active an vibrant market. Let us explore things to do in Old Delhi !
Food Walk in Chandni Chowk
Among the things to do in Old Delhi is a walk of Chandni Chowk which is known for its food ambiance. Paranthe wali Gali is one such stopover in Old Delhi which has shops serving over 30 different kind of paranthas. (flat bread stuffed with potato, cheese, veggies etc). Make it complete with a glass of lassi or buttermilk and you will be done for the day.
For those who relish non vegetarian cuisine, the by lanes of Jama Masjid should be a stopover. Kebabs, Nihari and other delicacies line up different stalls here and you will definitely relish some of these.
Light and Sound Show at Red Fort
Red Fort is another icon of Old Delhi that should be on your wish list. It was built during the reign of Shah Jahan and has a 2 Km long outer wall which will definitely attract you. The light and sound show from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in Hindi and 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm in English is something that should be explored. However, the light and sound show is not held on Monday and all Government Holidays so plan accordingly.
Walk around temples and Mosques
Old Delhi also has numerous temples and mosque that have an element of history and mystique to it. You can visit the Digambar Jain Temple which stands opposite the Red Fort. Evening is the best time to plan a visit and you can also explore the famous Jama Masjid at this time.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is another must visiting location and you should definitely try the holy langar here which will definitely soothe your soul and mind alike.
Shopping in Old Delhi
Shopping is something for which Old Delhi in general and Chandni Chowk in particular is known for. The narrow by lanes of Kinari Bazzar and Dariba Kalan are lined with markets that sell the best of clothing range. You should be good at bargaining if you wish to strike a good deal here.
For spices, you can try exploring Khari Baoli which has large variety of spices. You can also visit the cycle market here for cycle related purchase. Not to miss is the famed chor bazzar where you can get conned and also strike a good deal if you are smart enough.
Heritage of Books
The book market is a virtual treasure for book lovers in old Delhi. Every Sunday, you can get books at dirt cheap price and in case you are a book lover, you will definitely relish a visit to this market.
These are some of the recommended things to do in Old Delhi if you are visiting the area. You will definitely find something worthwhile to take back, including memories!