Mehrauli Archaeological Park – Main Mehrauli Hoon


Have you ever wondered what the first City of Delhi looked like? How rich is the past of Delhi and who were the people that ruled this place? If you want to find your answers, join  Delhi Walks® for an interesting Heritage Walk in the first city of Delhi – Mehrauli.

 Delve into a realm where mighty empires rose and fell, where love stories were etched in sandstone, and where the echoes of bygone eras still whisper through winding alleyways. Unlock the secrets of Delhi’s primordial crown jewel – Mehrauli, the first city that spawned an epic tapestry of dynasties, intrigues, and architectural marvels. Go back with us to a time when Delhi first saw any urban settlement.

Mehrauli literally derives its name from the word ‘Mehr‘ or the blessing of Allah. However, this city was not established by the first Muslim rulers but by the first ruler of Delhi, Anangpal Tomar. It was later extended by Prithviraj Chauhan and got the name Qila Rai Pithora. It was only under the later rulers that the city got its name Mehrauli. Our Mai Mehrauli Hoo signature experience will transport you to an age when the Tomars and Chauhans ruled supreme, leaving behind a trail of wonders waiting to be rediscovered by the modern wanderer’s eye.

As you stride through the ancient Mehrauli Archaeological Park, prepare to be spellbound by the ethereal tomb of Balban’s son. Behold its weathered cenotaph, once enchanted to release enticing fragrances befitting a fallen sultan’s final resting place. Let your imagination soar as our walk leaders® weave tales of Balban’s dramatic rise and decline, breathing vibrant life into stone facades.

But that’s merely a whisper of the marvels awaiting you. Around the next corner, an architectural gem captures the boundless depths of human affection – the iconic blue-tiled Jamali Kamali tomb and mosque. This breathtaking complex immortalizes the legendary romance between two brave souls, Jamali and Kamali, whose love for one another defied societal norms. As you gaze upon exquisite jali lattices and lotus motifs and unravel the symbolism behind them with our walk leaders® , you’ll be transported into a world where love knows no boundaries and architecture was used to physically manifest this beautiful human emotion.

As our journey unfolds, you’ll encounter an open-air museum of Delhi’s dynastic legacies. From the majestic Lodhi Tombs to the ancient stepwells of Rajon Ki Baoli and Daulat Khan’s mausoleum, remnants of mighty Tomar, Chauhan, and Mughal empires emerge from every crevice. All around, exotic bird calls and lush flora create a verdant paradise lost to the modern concrete jungle.

Be ready to notice the perfect picturesque spot at Rajon ki Baoli. If you are a person fascinated by water bodies, this is the perfect place for you.

But the show stealer  awaits at the exquisite Dilkhusha palace and boat house complex. Once a Mughal nobleman’s final repose, this sandstone marvel was ingeniously transformed into a lavish honeymoon retreat by the English aristocrat Thomas Metcalfe. As you wander amidst shimmering fountains and ornate lattice archways, let our impassioned narrators sweep you into the era when love conquered all boundaries – even death itself. It won’t be an exaggeration to say one is often transferred to a charming English town at Dilkusha.

On this multi-sensory odyssey, you won’t just bear witness to Mehrauli’s captivating history – you’ll become fully immersed within its beating heart and soul. Our  walk leaders® will regale you with priceless anecdotes, ancient legends, and vivid tales that blur the lines between past and present. From the grand visions of Tomar kings to the opulent indulgences of Mughal nobles and cunning colonial reconfigurations, every brick and turret will whisper secrets into your spellbound senses.

When you finally emerge from this transcendent time-warp, the modern Delhi sprawl will feel like a mere afterthought. For you’ll have experienced the true genesis of this great empire – a saga of passion, conquest, and resplendent grandeur that few are privileged to witness firsthand.

Today, Mehrauli is overshadowed by the mighty Qutub Minar. But Mehrauli is one of the most historically rich complexes of Delhi. It is now used by early-morning joggers and students who want to enjoy the newly built cafe in the complex. But, after this experience, you would have seen the time travel that Mehrauli Archaeological Park is.

Indulge your thirst for discovery and ignite your wanderlust! Secure your place on the “Mai Mehrauli Hoo” heritage trail by joining India City Walks® and Delhi Walks®. Let us peel back the velvet curtains of history and whisk you into a world where love, art, and power converge in breathtaking symbiosis. An experience simply unmatched by any “sights and bites” tour, this is your gateway into the primordial soul of Delhi.

Walk with us® to get whisked away into a realm where passion defies mortality, where grandiose visions are etched in stone, and where every crevice holds the promise of rediscovering lost eras. Join us in an odyssey that will forever intertwine your spirit with the magnificent genesis of Delhi’s great saga.

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RED FORT – Qila e Mubarak Heritage Walk


 If you’re familiar with the magnificent Red Fort of Delhi, you know it’s the place where the Prime Ministers of India hoist the national flag to celebrate the country’s independence. It’s the very spot where the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, stood and delivered his famous “Tryst with Destiny” speech. However, how many of us truly understand the rich history that lies within the walls of this iconic structure?

Walk with us® on an incredible journey to explore the majestic beauty of the Red Fort’s architecture.  Immerse yourself in the captivating tales of its past that will certainly leave you awe-struck and gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles and triumphs that echo within its walls. With India City Walks and Delhi Walks, you’ll embark on an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For centuries, the imposing sandstone walls of Delhi’s magnificent Red Fort have stood witness to the epic saga of royal dynasties, struggles for power, and India’s historic march towards independence. It appears as if it has survived the whims of cruel time. Our walk in this historic structure also known as Qila-e-Mubarak takes place in a chronological order wherein stories of establishment of the Mughal dynasty mark the beginning of the walk. The saga of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, naturally, marks the end of this experience. Owing to this nature of the walk, one gains deeper insights into how Mughal history unfolded in the Indian subcontinent thus making the experience of history and culture enthusiasts, tourists trying to understand roots of India, and individuals part of the educational ecosystem.

Our tales from the Red Fort signature experience will immerse you in the triumphs, intrigues, and extravagant lifestyles of Shah Jahan’s mighty citadel like no other. One will be amazed to notice the precision of courtly etiquettes practiced in the royal court. If you are someone who spends hours watching period pieces, this is an experience designed especially  for you! Ofcourse, there is drama on one hand and extraordinary beauty of human relationships on the other.

Crossing the imperial moat, you’ll enter through the Delhi Gate – the same regal passage once graced by the emperor himself. Then marvel at the grand Lahore Gate, whose arches have borne witness to colonial subjugation and India’s defiant struggle for freedom.

Within the mighty sandstone ramparts, a dazzling new world awaits. Lose yourself in the buzzing Chatta Chowk bazaars, where vibrant awnings and fragrant delicacies conjure visions of royal opulence. Gaze upwards at the incredibly carved ceilings that once shaded Mughal princes and princesses alike. This pitstop is nothing less than a testament to the vibrancy of Indian markets. From embroidered shawls to Mughal handicrafts, you name it, they have it! Shopkeepers of the market claim to have been here since no less than a century.

From ancient stepping stones emerges a breathtaking panorama of Shah Jahan’s grand creations. Ever thought about the relationship that music shared with the Mughal court? Did you know that it was a love affair that was responsible for the deterioration of this relationship? Detailed answers to these questions will be woven into stories at the regal drum house of the palace- Naubat Khana.

Stand in awe before the vacant throne of the Diwan-i-Aam, envisioning the Peacock masterpiece that once embodied Mughal grandeur. Stories about this structure will certainly give one a sneak-peak into a day in the Mughal court.

The stunning Mumtaz Mahal palace named for the emperor’s cherished wife, the intricately tiled Rang Mahal with its mesmerizing cascade – all unfurl before you in timeless glory.  Glimpse the hammam baths to uncover long-forgotten bathing rituals with our expert storytelling. The structures, carved in white marble, convey flavours of royalty. These structures look no less than a set for a movie in their full glory.

 As you meander through ornate pleasure pavilions and private bedchambers, our passionate walk leaders® will bring tales of royal romance, political machinations, and hard-won freedom struggles alive in the most authentic way possible. From peak political drama to the beauty of human relationships, our heritage walk in Red Fort covers finest stories of portrayal of human emotions.

As you pass through lush, sculpted gardens and opulent palace pavilions, prepare to be regaled with thrilling accounts of some of the strongest women that Indian history has ever seen – the influential Jahanara and the defiant Zebunnisa -dotting the palace structure with their individual assertions of love and desire. Ever wondered about royal suitors  risking everything to indulge in forbidden romances? Our walk leaders® got your back with the finest soul-stirring stories about it!

And just when you thought you’ve experienced it all, prepare to be dazzled! From the exquisite marble domes of Moti Masjid to Sawan-Bhadon’s ornamental ode to nature’s cycles – every turn reveals another magnificent bygone jewel.

The experience will end at the Zafar Mahal which awaits to reveal sagas of pain, suffering, and regrets. How did such a mighty dynasty of Mughals decline? Was it because of internal or external reasons? To know more on similar lines, join our experience in the magnificent Qila-e-Mubarak.

This isn’t just any heritage tour – it’s an all-encompassing sensory odyssey transporting you into the heart of Shah Jahan’s epic rule. So don’t just visit Old Delhi’s crown glory – immerse yourself in its very essence- See Delhi from the Eye of Delhite®!

Be among the select few to experience tales of Qila-e-Mubarak with Delhi Walks® this season. Our limited-batch journeys grant you exclusive access to revel in the fort’s mysteries as few ever can. Walk With Us® into a realm where Mughal opulence still lives and breathes! This experience is no less than a time travel, do not delay!

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Chandni Raat mein Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi Heritage Walk)

From wedding shopping to tourist sight-seeing, one cannot experience Delhi holistically without going to Chandni Chowk once- living history, remnants of royalty, or a heaven for food lovers. Imagine strolling through the famed Chandni Chowk, one of the finest living historical markets in the world constructed during the Mughal era, as the moon’s mystical glow illuminates hidden alleyways and regal facades.

When Shahjahan was constructing his capital Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi), he entrusted Jahanara Begum with the project of building the central market, envisioned to be immortal in history. She conceived the concept of Chandni Chowk or the “Moon-Lit Square,” owing to a canal running through the middle of the market, which would reflect the moonlight, illuminating the entire street. This isn’t just any ordinary walking tour. It’s a chance to experience the mesmerizing transformation of Chandni Chowk after dark, when the bustling markets take on an entirely new persona under the soft moonlight. Your expert Walk Leader® will regale you with fascinating tales that whisk you back through the centuries as you marvel at the silver shops of Dariba Kalan, the “lane of impeccable pearls” and discover tales of power, romance, and wars associated with it.

The Mughal fascination with food extended beyond mere sustenance; it was a reflection of their cultural identity, a symbol of power and sophistication, and a means of cultural exchange and integration. The Mughal culinary legacy continues to influence and shape various regional cuisines in South Asia and beyond. An extension of this legacy lies in the range of food dishes that can be found in Chandni Chowk by the time sun sets. From chaat to Parathas, our walk leader® will have stories to tell that will help you make sense of the past of food items that we often take for granted. With this walk, inhale the intoxicating aromas wafting from the legendary Parathe Wali Gali-a place which has been graced by the presence of famous bollywood stars and pertinent political personalities.
According to Beto, a Japanese traveler, this canal was a lover’s destination at night. Amorous couples who had wished to keep their affairs away from prying eyes had met here in secret and disappeared among the confusing maze of alleyways, shops and houses on either side to elude observers and spies.Discover hidden lovers’ lanes once frequented by amorous couples escaping prying eyes (remember that mughal history is all about stories of love, revenge, betrayal and much more drama!).
“Chandni Raat mein Chandni Chowk ” promises a heritage walk of contrasts. At times, you’ll find yourself in the crowded Kinari Bazaar- a market specialising in the selling of borders or laces for lehengas, and suddenly transported to the realm of quietness in the lane of Naughara (the lane of beautiful nine houses). You’ll experience the hustle and bustle of the spice market, but will also step into the serenity and spirituality around Sish Ganj Gurudwara, a structure significant for its martyrdom, bravery, and courage.

But that’s merely a glimpse of the enchantment awaiting you. Moonlight has the power to transform the landscape of various historical monuments. As the moon casts its magic over majestic Mughal-era havelis and imposing colonial buildings like that of the Town Hall, their stories will captivate you in a whole new light.

From the Khazanchi Haveli’s chronicle of Mughal rise and fall, to the Fatehpuri Mosque’s commanding presence at the end of the iconic street – every monument has a spellbinding tale to share and in their nocturnal glory, these tales become even more soul-stirring. But remember, these tales will translate into moving experiences only when one sees them through the eye of a Delhite. See Delhi from Eye of Delhite® and make every step of the walk count!

A completely different aura surrounded the cultural fabric of Chandni Chowk in the evenings. Mehfils were an important part of the 18th century Mughal culture and were organized by nobles regularly in the evenings. Individual havelis also became a hub for organizing these mehfils.There were also a number of public women, dancing girls and courtesans, who performed in mahfils. With stops like Khazanchi’s Haveli, this experience will take you back to the charms of these mahfils- mannerisms and etiquettes of these mahfils will come to life as stories unfold in historic havelis of Chandni Chowk.As you reach the culmination of Chandni Chowk, a striking contrast awaits at Fatehpuri Mosque. To the right, the legendary Khari Baoli (Spice Market) glows with warm halos of light- naturally, the artificial ones, Yet look overhead, and the domed minarets are awash in the moon’s soft, opalescent white beams. One moment, the monument basks in earthly tones from the fiery bazaars. Next, it’s draped in cool, heavenly moonlight. This juxtaposition perfectly captures the coexistence of spiritual and commercial energies defining Old Delhi’s essence. From dawn’s first bazaar sparks to evening azaan calls echoing through lamp-lit alleys, Chandni Chowk personifies the endless dance between divinity and delicious indulgence.

Experiencing Chandni Chowk in moonlight is similar to tasting bits and pieces of the social life of the 18 th century Delhi. With stories instilling fascination and amuse , and lively contemporary realities, have an experience to cherish for a long amount of time.

Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip away. Walk with Us® on the “Chandni Raat mein Chandni Chowk Walk” and experience Old Delhi’s crown jewel in a way few ever have. Soak in the richness of culture, savor authentic flavors, and create cherished memories that will forever bind you to the magic of Chandni Chowk by moonlight.

Spots are limited, so secure your place today! Contact us to book this unforgettable immersion into the beating heart of Delhi’s ancient soul.

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The Moonlit Square

An arena of merchandise, Chandni Chowk besides being a major tourist attraction is one of the most famous market lanes in Delhi and India. The market place holds a charm of mystical in nature of an era of the royals Mughals. Built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor of India Shah Jahan, and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara. This market was once divided by canals which are now closed to reflect moonlight, and it remains one of India’s largest wholesale markets.
This grandest lane leads one directly to the Red Fort and often processions of Emperor Shah Jahan would pass through it. The Moonlight Square was designed and established by Princess Jahanara, Shah Jahan’s favourite daughter, in 1650 AD. The bazaar, which was shaped as a square, was given further elegance by the presence of a pool in the centre of the complex. In particular, the pool shimmered in the moonlight, a feature which was perhaps responsible for the nomenclature of the marketplace.
The shops of the complex were originally built in a half-moon shaped pattern, which, for some reason, is lost today. The bazaar was in the time of Shah Jahan, who was famous for its silver merchants. This could also have an important role to play in the nomenclature of the place as silver is referred to as Chandi in Hindi, a word which could have been slightly deformed to form Chandni Chowk.
Even today when you walk through this lane you will find it to be choked with congestion, vehicle, rickshaws and street vendors it’s totally a different world. The “City of Shah Jahan” and the” Bazaars of Old Delhi” are the 2 of the best walking tours you must attend the to explore the old city and its historic lanes.

Parliament House

Located in the northwestern side of the Vijay Chowk the Parliament House is in the vicinity of the secretariat buildings. The building marks the strength and governance of the world’s largest democracy.
Initially it was planned to be a part of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, but in 1919 according to the Montague-Chelmsford reforms it was announced to be designed as the Indian parliament. The Duke of Connaught laid its foundation in 1921 and the building was inaugurated in 1927 by Lord and Lady Irwin. The Parliament was designed by famous architect Herbert Baker and also previously it was known as Circular House.
The Parliament House of India has a central hall topped with a domed structure and three semi circular chambers. These chambers were initially assigned to house the council of state, legislative assembly and the chamber of princes. However, the Parliament House now accommodates the ‘ Lok Sabha’ or the Lower House of the Parliament and the ‘ Rajya Sabha’ or the Upper House of the Parliament and a library.
The three circular chambers are guarded by a string of 144 columns that adds to the extravaganza of the building’s beauty. The Parliament House is flanked by beautiful gardens and fountains which enhances the glory of the building.

Remembering the heroes

India Gate also known as “All India War Memorial” was constructed in honor of 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I and also the Third Anglo Afghan War. ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ or the flame of the immortal warrior is burning under it since 1971. This eternal flame reminds us of the heroes, those brave soldiers and their sacrifices who lost their lives in order to protect their country.
The 42 meter high gateway built in red stone and granite the India Gate was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyen the architect who laid out the plan for Delhi. The Duke of Connaught laid the foundation stone of India Gate and its construction was completed in 1921. India Gate Memorial has become one of the most popular destinations of Delhi as well as India.
Located in the heart of capital India Gate lies towards the east end of Janpath that leads to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The surrounding area of the memorial is also now a famous picnic spot and provides a variety of entertainment. One can spend a whole day watching monkey performances, viewing the soap bubbles that are blown all over the lawns of the India Gate, playing with balloons and more.
In the evening, Delhi’s India Gate is crowded with evening walkers as well as tourists and mobile vendors. You can taste the typical Indian fast foods, ‘fruit chaat’, ‘bhelpuri’, ‘chana jor garam’, ‘dal ka pakodas’, aerated drinks from the arcade of vendors stationed there.

Refuge of the faithful

Purana Quila, the fort was built between 1538 and 1545 by the Mughal emperor Humanyun. The fort originally lay on the bank of the river Yamuna before the river changed its course. The Purana Quila was built by Humayun in an attempt to build a city of his own. But characteristically, the Old Fort did not bear the name of its creator unlike the other emperors erecting such structure. When Sher Shah defeated Humayun most of the structures inside the old fort were demolished and was renamed as ‘Shergarh’ . But once again as Humayun recaptured his city from Sher Shah’s son he took the task of completing the city and rebuilding its old glory.
The walls of Purana Quila have three gates (the Humayun Darwaza, Talaqi Darwaza and Bara Darwaza) and are surrounded by a moat, which was fed by river Yamuna. The double-storied gates of the Purana Quila are quite massive and are built with red sandstone. The walls of the old fort are said to be built by Humayun while the buildings in the old fort are attributed to Sher Shar, the Sur ruler. Of all the surviving buildings in the old fort complex, the Sher Mandal and the Quila-i-kunha Mosque are notable.
The Sher Mandal was built by Humayun. It is a two storied octagonal tower, used by Humayun as his library. The Quila-I-kunha Mosque is an example of Indo Islamic architecture. The unique features of Indo-Islamic architecture like molding, bracketed openings, marble inlay, carving etc are very prominent in the structure. The prayer hall of the Quila-i-Kunha mosque measures 51.20m by 14.90m and has five doorways with the ‘true’ horseshoe-shaped arches. The mehrabs (prayer niches) inside the Quila-i-Kunha mosque are richly ornamented with concentric arches. The mosque has an inscription which says ‘As long as there are people on this earth, may this edifice be frequented, and people be happy in it.’
Excavations have revealed that the Purana Quila or the old fort stands at the site of Indraprasta, the capital of the Pandavas. Excavations near the eastern wall of the fort show that the site had been occupied since 1000 B.C. The PGW (Painted Gray Pottery) recovered from the site date back to the Mahabharata period.

North & South Block

Situated across each other on the Raisina hill the North and south Block actually represent the commanding attitude of the nation’s capital. They house the headquarters of the government offices and the Delhi assembly. Initially these two blocks were introduced as the secretariat buildings when the British relocated the government offices to north and south blocks in New Delhi. The buildings designed by the Edwin Lutiyen and Herbert Baker. The secretariat buildings were built in the designs of the imposition of superiority of the white masters over the natives.

Some of the major offices located in North block are:

  • Ministry of Finance

  • Ministry of home affairs

Some of major offices located in South Block are:

  • Ministry of Defense

  • Ministry of External Affairs

  • The Prime Minister’s office

These secretariat buildings are made of rose pink and pale yellow sandstone. The structure of the buildings gives a hint of the Mughal and Rajputana style. Both buildings are ornamented with stone screens which are known as ‘jali’. The buildings are provided with slants along the roof that shelters the artwork of the building from heat and monsoonal showers.

The government of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa donated the four Dominion columns that stand within the Great court. The centre of the court is adorned by the Jaipur Column of red sandstone with structures of a white egg, bronze lotus and six-pointed glass star of India.

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