Night Walk in Chandni Chowk

Old Delhi is a happy mix of commerce, heritage, layers of history and built heritage from across the centuries- Mughal, British and contemporary; fantastic street food; lovely people of the walled city and their infectious joie de vivre – all weave a fascinating web for those happy to explore on foot. This walking tour has, however, no agenda but to explore the life and times of Old Delhi at night. Old Delhi continues to delight our senses at all times of the day, yet at night the magic is different, since at that time, there exists a parallel life. The walk takes you through bustling streets, provides an insight into the religious harmony of Old Delhi that quietly exists, the numerous sweets and savouries shops, glittering bazaars, eclectic mix of art deco colonial buildings and the vibrant night life. We end the walk with a sumptuous meal at a restaurant credited to have created North India’s favourite dish Butter Chicken. The walk starts at Sisganj Gurudwara, followed by a visit to the next door Sunahri Masjid and a quick stop at the famous sweet shop, Kanwarji’s. We then proceed to explore the hidden wonders that the city offers in its many by-lanes. Walking through Ballimaran’s plentiful bakeries and tea shops, we wander towards Jama Masjid and revel in the glittering bazaars around the mosque that shine on till the early hours of the morning. From here, we end up at Darya Gang to have dinner at the legendary Moti Mahal restaurant and finally conclude the walk at Delhi Gate and its eclectic mix of art deco colonial buildings. Ideal for those who don’t want anything too structured, are happy soaking in the atmosphere of Old Delhi by night and have a leisurely morning the next day.

By: Kuntil Baruwa

Kuntil Baruwa is our explorer-in-residence. He travels all over the Indian sub-continent to make friends with locals and use their recommendations to design unique experiences for the inquisitive savvy traveller.

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