Delhi is the capital city of India. The place is best described as a vivid amalgamation of tradition and modernity, with numerous historical sites and old-world bazaars (shops) on one hand and a world-class airport and the swanky Metro on the other. Travellers will be amazed at the ocean of tourist attractions it offers to people. But the city, which is bustling with automobiles and teeming with people at every corner, is best explored on foot. Here are some walking tours in Delhi for people wanting to explore the city at their own pace!
The Red Fort
Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s royal family home, the Red fort or the ‘Lal Qila’ was selected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. A walk through the fort will enchant you with its solid architecture and fantastic fusion of Persian, European and Indian styles of architecture.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Spread over 200 acres, the Mehrauli Archaeological Park in Mehrauli contains many important historical monuments and ruins. Enjoy a walk in the park and marvel at the ruins of Lal Kot built by Tomar Rajputs in 1060 CE. The park has carefully preserved architectural relics of Tughlaq dynasty, Lodhi dynasty of Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire and the British Raj.
One of the favourite ‘hang-out’ points for friends and families in Delhi, Connaught Place or ‘CP’, as it’s popularly called, is not just a shopping hub but also a heaven for food lovers. The place is dotted with eating joints, from well-known street-side eateries to elite restaurants. Walk to the nearby Bengali Market and enjoy mouth-watering chaat, gol guppas and chaat papri or savour a Mexican meal with karaoke, swinging bar stools, beers and cocktails at the Rodeo!
Purana Qila and National Zoological Park
This is the place to be for travellers who just love their long walks. After exploring the Purana Qila, a walk from the monument to the National Zoological Park or Delhi Zoo is a must. The zoo has numerous animals and birds, such as hyenas, deer, elephants, alligators, and white tigers.
Garden Of Five Senses
A leisurely walk across the Garden of Five Senses is a treat for visitors. The garden is more than 20 acres of lush green surroundings with bright, fragrant flowers, shrubs and trees. The garden also has 25 sculptures and murals on display, a food court and a shopping court, a toy train for rides inside the park, and cottage-sheds that can be explored by visitors.
Hauz Khas Village
The Hauz Khas Village, which lies in the centre of south Delhi, holds a lot of interesting attractions such as an Islamic seminary, a mosque and Firoz Shah Tuglaq’s tomb on one hand and restaurants, shopping boutiques, dive bars, and pavilions on the other. All these attractions can be enjoyed in a one day walking tour. Visitors are sure to appreciate this urbanised park with a history dating back to the 13th century of Delhi Sultanate reign.