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  • Mukul Goyal
    Jaipur, India36 contributions
    Food in Chauri Bazaar to Chandani Chowk , Old Delhi in the Pre Corona days.

    “It was a soothing reiki of sights, sounds and smell , of a different world all together. Eating there was just incidental.”

    One fine evening, I got off at the Chauri Bazaar Metro station and walked the narrow lanes upto the South Gate of Jama Masjid to the famous ‘food street’ of Kareem’s and Al Jawahar for a hearty meal of Kali Mirch Chicken and a huge Khameeri Roti. This is where the real foodies go.

    After spending two hours there, took a loop round the whole Jama Masjid through the east gate night market, to exit on the Chandani Chowk side and after travelling through another set of streets reached the Metro station of Chandani Chowk and went back home. So this was the plan.

    Back at the South Gate of Jama Masjid, looking at the multitude of eateries........with food in so much of abundance, one wonders ; how can people go hungry. The list of food items besides the endless grill shops of mutton, chicken and fish , go on to the exotic dishes of the Mughal period. Be it sweets, bakery rusks, roties, everything was available. In fact besides the usual Khameer roti, the most exotic roti one can have there was the sweet dry fruit laden desi ghee Sheermal roti.

    Of course I couldn’t miss the amazing historic sweets like the extra long Gulab Jamun, the Kala Jamun, kali Jalebi, white gajar ka halwa, chawal til ke pakore besides the whole range of the usual fare. The ‘sweet milk’ stalls with a variety of other milk based sweets were mouth watering.

    Oh yes, I also had the amazing Shahi Tukra ...... the famous Mughal dish which was fabled to have been brought by Emperor Babur, learnt through an Egyptian cook to make use of left over breads. Everyone trying to please me by giving a bite to taste........
    Probably today I managed to touch the tip of the iceberg in this milieu of Chauri Bazaar......but with subsequent visits the rusks and bakery biscuit shops that I conveniently overlooked, have to be explored.

    This place is cluttered, chaotic, congested and probably the only place in the world where traffic jams are caused by cycle rickshaws,two wheelers and pedestrians !!
    But it has its character ...... vendors calling out to clients, a suspected thief being beaten outside a jewellery shop, people standing in the centre of the road deep in discussions , oblivious of the traffic chaos they have caused and ....... so on.

    And the cultural transition is so evident when one walks from the muslim dominated lanes of Chauri Bazaar to the front side of Jama Masjid multi talented handicraft markets, melting into the Hindu dominated delicious chaat stalls and sweet shops of Chandani Chowk. Suddenly non veg disappears from the roads and poori /kachori/bewri with aloo Sabzi and thick Jalebis becomes the order of the day.

    This food trail of course ends at the strictly vegetarian Parantha wali gali behind the Gurudwara. That’s the only place in the world where you get paranthas fried in shallow pans of desi ghee, stuffed with whatever vegetable you can imagine. Oh yes. I had a sweet banana stuffed parantha !! And the ka^rela parantha is not to be missed. The menu is so vast that you could have every vegetable / dry fruit stuffing possible with mix and match options.

    But, there was one common food on both sides of Jama Masjid. This common delicacy is called ‘DAULAT ki Chaat.’ And it is not the traditional chaat!!

    Lodged in a straw basket on the back side of a bicycle, this heritage sweet is made from the froth of sweetened milk mixed with kesar/Elaichi flavours and dry fruits. It’s variant is called Makhan Malai in UP and is available only in the winter days as the froth is frozen in the cool breeze of the night. Here the vendors were visible till 10pm.

    For many folks, this place may seem dirty and unhygienic compared to modern day kitchens and restaurants , but at the same time it is fascinating to see and smell the exciting delicacies being freshly prepared in front of you.

    So go challenge your self, if you are a true foodie !!!

    Written March 23, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Neil v
    12 contributions
    Although impossible to grasp the rich culture and long history in a short trip, we had the pleasure of being whisked around India by the world class team of Trinetra Tours. Awe struck by the grand Taj Mahal and Red Fort, a visit to the pink palace of Jodhpur, the blue city of Jaipur, and marveling at the architectural feats of the past. A visit to the beautiful city of Udaipur paired with a cooking class and a visit to the historical center of India to watch the cremation process in Varanasi along with the Hindu ceremonies along the river. We also had the pleasure of seeing the blend of colonial and Indian architecture in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai.

    Trinetra set us up in amazing, elegant hotels (some of which were former homes of Rajs). We experienced world class Indian food that kept us craving more. The food alone could make you feel as if you have been missing out all your life. Transportation and flights were all arranged and the travel was seamless. Despite the recent flare up of Covid that coincided with our trip, we felt save and still managed to experience a lot. Granted the experience would’ve been richer had there not been a need for masks and some decisions to avoid crowded areas; we still had a blast.

    The trip was so memorable that I still find myself bringing it up in conversation and want to go back and experience more of India. Our trip was shorter than my families’ due to having to return to work but there was still and endless array of sights to see. Overall we visited Agra, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai, Udaipur, and Varanasi. It was a quick trip in my eyes but Trinetra Tours managed to make it possible and customized the trip to afford has a good introduction to some of the rich culture and history of India.
    Written June 23, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • MuditaAshteadUK
    Ashtead, UK169 contributions
    No Delhi belly !

    A curated food walk targeted at foreign tourist providing Good food sample of Old Delhi . Our tour guide Prithvi was awesome .
    Written December 5, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Carmen381
    Houston, TX1 contribution
    I had a trip booked with this company and unfortunately had to cancel due to medical reasons. Nazir was very helpful to me and went above and beyond to try to get my refund back from the airline. He was wonderful to work with and he also has an incredible sense of humor. I regret I was not able to travel with this company because I am sure that if you take a trip with them you will be in excellent hands.
    Written June 19, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Trebes
    1 contribution
    We had a great tour with Joyful Holidays Sonias team was amazing. Highly recommended. We did Delhi Agra Jaipur Rajasthan and Delhi. Full day one more day
    Written March 4, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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    Goreme, Turkey1 contribution
    Coming from Amsterdam, two ladies alone in Delhi.
    We felt soo safe thanks to our 2 guides from
    Delhi By Cycle
    Great guys, great guides
    Rajoon & Ammar
    It was a tour by bike, within (old) Delhi.
    Our guides Rajoon & Ammar were very knowledgeble; keep watching an eye on us.
    We had a great bike tour, drink and lunch and saw a lot of Delhi in a few hours.
    Written June 10, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Ninakurt1124
    Yorkville, IL122 contributions
    This was my second bike tour with Delhi by Bike and Tenzin. This time I was with a group of seven people who did the New Delhi bike tour.

    We started at 8:45am and finished around 1:30pm.

    Some hadn’t been on a bike in over 30 years but everyone managed just fine. We biked a little over 8 miles at a slow pace.

    Tenzin has another guide riding behind you so you don’t get separated. He does a great job keeping you safe while you go through the roundabouts and sometimes are biking on very busy streets.

    We did many stops and he explained a lot about the area. One of the best parts is we were able to try a lot of different foods. My favorite was the fire paan. It’s betel nuts, cashew nuts and Chuna that’s lit on fire and wrapped in a betel nut leaf. You chew it and can either spit it out or swallow it. It’s a digestive. I also tried goat (mutton) for the first time.

    He provides you a helmet and bottled water.

    Great tour! Nice to be able to bike and cover a bigger area. Next time I’m in Delhi I plan on doing the old Delhi bike tour with him. Thank you again for the great tour!
    Written February 21, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • jhauser22
    Aargau, Switzerland40 contributions
    Perfect Tour in Old Delhi, amazing impression and very informative with a great tour guide, a must to do ...and chaos on the street 😳
    Written February 7, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • mo71ey
    147 contributions
    Delhi Dance Academy are fantastic. I was really looking forward to this class, I found them through trip advisor, when I left a question on their page another dance company in Delhi contacted me - I’m sure they are also great but I’m so glad I stuck with Delhi Dance Academy. We were running late due to a miss communication with our driver but Nazir was very understanding. Our dance teacher was wonderful, very patient but still fun. The 2 hours went so quick. My husband has literally never danced in his life and even he had the best time (he was still doing the moves this morning around the hotel room lol) If you are in Delhi even just for a day you MUST do this. If I lived in India I would be here every other day. Can’t wait to see the video and again Thankyou so much for an awesome time!
    Written March 6, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • vonkiedrowski
    1 contribution
    It was wonderful!!!!
    Everything was fine.
    The guide was brilliant.
    The food as well.
    We would do it again.
    Written March 12, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • K W
    1 contribution
    We were lucky enough to see the Taj at sunset and at sunrise. It was well worth the crowds and heat. We hired a photographer while there. He took great pictures and was able to make sue we got the right spot. Be sure to ask what you are getting and for how much before you agree to it.
    Written March 5, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Sara S
    Paris, France89 contributions
    I did the tour of the Golden Triangle with Vijay as a guide and it was an unforgettable experience. The itinerary was really well planned and I got to see not only the main touristic attractions but also some of the more authentic and local sites. We traveled by train and local transport whenever possible as well which added authenticity and fun to the experience. I also got to see Sanjay Colony (Delhi’s slum) and learn about the life of its inhabitants which is one the most enriching experience of my trip. In addition to a wonderful experience, I highly appreciated Reality Tours & Travels values and effort as they support locals and give back to the community in reinvesting 80% of the profit in its development. Finally, I am particularly grateful to get the opportunity to be accompanied by Vijay whom I cannot thank enough for having shared his knowledge and kindness with me. I highly recommend to book a trip with this amazing tour operator to see and appreciate the real India.
    Written December 22, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Maijamae
    Toronto, Canada22 contributions
    I am not sure what is the actual tour that we took by the titles. It was more like 5 hours than 3 and we met at the Mosque, Jama Masjid, across the road from the Red Fort. Our guide was, Hamanish. We had only been in India for a few days and were still feeling jet lagged and getting use to the energy level in Delhi. His commentary and calm demeaner gave us the confidence to enjoy our surroundings. The old town was hectic with crowds, motorcycles, cows, dogs, monkey and general chaos. Hamenish did a super job in guiding us through, stopping at a few places to eat, showing us the jewellry street, the wedding market, the spice market and Delhi in full activity. We were a big group, 8. We must thank him as half of our group had trouble connecting with our Uber. He communicated with the driver and guided him until we connected. This added another 20 minutes to his day. We were really grateful to him for not abandoning us in the traffic chaos. We were very lucky to have gotten Hamanish as our guide. Our hotel concierge had only called in the morning of the same day. When we returned to Delhi we had hoped to see a new neighbourhood with India Walks but we were not so lucky. My recommendation is book them ahead if you have specific time for touring, We ended up hiring a taxi driver to drive us around to historical monuments and surprisingly that worked out as well.
    Written January 21, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Margot D
    1 contribution
    This city walk is very interesting because it is leaded by former street children. It is also a good opportunity to better understand the life in the street but also the work of the NGO Salaam Baalak Trust, who rescues those children.
    Written June 21, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Sakshi Sondhi
    New Delhi, India23 contributions
    We had the most wonderful time with Kunal! His knowledge on birds is so in-depth that I went from being a person who really didn’t care much about birds to being excited to see the different species, spot them in trees, hear the sounds, learn more about their nesting & mating habits! We ended up seeing rhinos, elephants, water buffaloes but at the end just loved being out in the wild with a knowledgeable & trustworthy guide and travel partner to show us the ropes! Highly recommend!
    Written June 13, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.