Delhi, as we know it, is a huge maze, and to manoeuvre it can be a task - especially if you are new to the city. And if you're the explorer type, you know how fun it is to find hidden gems in the city you live and love. Here’s our pick of walking tours to get in touch with and to see the city on foot for Dilli darshan.
Explore The Best Of Delhi With These 7 Walking Tour Companies
Master Ji Kee Haveli
Their tours are a combination of walks and cycle rickshaws rides, and they take you through streets, historical sights, and bazaars, and allow you to experience culinary treats. Tours are conducted in English, and range from half-day to full day (currently due to the heat, they only do half-day tours). Their walks are restricted to Old Delhi and its surrounding areas, and there are probably very few tour guides that know the area better.
Price: Starting at INR 3,750 per person for half-day tour.
Delhi By Foot
Besides walks, team DBF also undertakes heritage conservation efforts, photo walks, and photo exhibitions. Right now, they do customised walks only if you come in a big group, but from July 2022 onwards they'll start with their regular walks that usually happen over the weekend. Their 'our walks' section has a detailed explanation of all the 12 walks they conduct and you can also book from the same website.
PS: They have a food trail walk as well!
Price: Starting at INR 700
Sachin Bansal founded it with the intent of showcasing Delhi to the world in the best, most thorough way possible. They have walks for first-timers, educational walks in museums, custom walks, and more. They cover areas such as Lodhi Gardens, Tughlaqabad Fort, Old Delhi etc and all of these are in conjunction with Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation. You can very easily check their calendar and book from here.
Price: Starting at INR 1,800
Delhi Karavan is a passionate bunch of folks who organise literature-based baithaks (storytelling events), karavans (walks), daawats (food walks), workshops, and customised heritage walks all across Delhi. They share ancient stories of the city, help you taste the best of age-old recipes, and give you history lessons which won't bore you to death. These walks are organised every two weeks or so (will start July 2022 onwards as it's too hot right now), and the easiest way to reach them is via email.
Price: Starting at INR 500
Delhi By Cycle
If you're someone who would prefer cycling into the gullies of Delhi, instead of taking a walk, then this cycling-cum-walking tour organisation will not leave you disappointed. They conduct various curated and immersive experiences in all parts of the city, and they have something for everyone. Well, everyone who knows how to ride a bike, at least. Their Shah Jahan tour, which covers Old Delhi comes highly recommended. Also, their website is one of the easiest to navigate and book through.
Prices: Starting at INR 2,000
The Lodhi Art District has to be one of our favourite beautification projects in the city, and the good folks at St+Art India conduct curated walks around the lanes of Lodhi Colony, Meherchand Market, and Khanna Market to take art enthusiasts through the process and the challenges involved in creating murals. They try to provide an insight into the works of art, and the inspiration behind the pieces. If you're a fan of art, chai, and good conversations, then we highly recommend you go for this one!
Prices: Starting at INR 750
India City Walks
India City Walks organises not just guided walking tours around architectural ruins and haunts of the city, but also in the urban parts - such as metro rides, and museum tours. They also organise group photo walks in various parts of the city. Seems like a great way to break the monotony of everyday lives, and to explore parts of the city in a creative way!
Price: Starting at INR 1,200 per person