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Uncover Old and New Delhi with a savvy local

First time visitors generally assume that Old Delhi is the oldest part of the city but that’s not the case…

By Prashant Upadhyay
Tour Guide

Most people use Delhi as a transit to other places but in fact, there’s so much the capital has to offer that one would be crazy to ignore. With a diverse population of around 25 million, it’s a hub for Indian politics, delicious food and boasts the country’s largest wholesale markets. Did you know there are 128 monuments to visit? I’ve been a guide for 13 years and haven’t yet seen them all!

First time visitors generally assume that Old Delhi is the oldest part of the city but that’s not the case. The oldest part is in fact located in New Delhi and around 1,200 years old. Old Delhi was the 5th walled city out of Delhi’s seven medieval cities. Shahjahanbad, as it was originally called, was founded by the Mughal Emperor in 1648 who when he moved the Mughal capital from Agra built landmarks such as the resplendent Red Fort.

So, we start in Old Delhi at 9am visiting Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and then explore on a cycle rickshaw the famous Chandni Chowk bazaar much the same as it was 370 years ago jam packed with jewellery, spices, textiles and glass. Then it’s onto Raj Ghat, a beautiful memorial to Mahatama Gandhi before venturing to New Delhi driving by the government buildings including Parliament and the old Viceroy’s House built by the British. With 340 rooms and 320 acres this was prime real estate at that time.

We break for lunch afterwards visiting Humayun’s tomb that inspired the Taj Mahal and costing an eye watering million and a half rupees in the 16th century. The final stop is the UNESCO-credited Qutab Minar especially stunning when illuminated in the evening. This is personally my favourite part of the tour because we get to discuss ancient and medieval history as well as the differences between Islamic and Indian culture. It’s a lovely moment.


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Alfred & Prashant Upadhyay

Born in Agra, Prashant moved to Delhi and has lived there for almost 11 years. He left his 9-5 job to pursue a career that would make him happy while also allowing him to interact with different people and cultures. In his role as a guide, he is living out his own dream regaling India’s fascinating history and showcasing its extraordinary cuisine. He strives to introduce guests to his home country in accordance to Atithi Devo Bhawa – Sanskrit for utmost hospitality.

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