Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) in detail

Planning Tips

Top Tips

  • Walking is the best way to get around, but take extreme care at all times – it's mayhem on many of the streets.
  • Take a walking tour to get your bearings. Street Connections runs one of the most rewarding; tours are guided by former street children.
  • Tuck in to Old Delhi's famous Dilli-ka-Chaat (street-food snacks). If you're not sure what to order, follow the lead from the locals – there will always be someone in the queue delighted that you're taking an interest.

Local Experiences

  • Market shopping Forget those shopping malls you love back home. It's all about street bazaars here. Join the throngs shopping for food, spices, clothing, electronics, wedding gear, religious trinkets and more. Kinari Bazaar is a good place to start.
  • Dilli-ka-Chaat Delhi's famous street-food snacks are what feeds this city, and joining the queues at hole-in-the-wall eateries is as 'local' as it gets. Try Natraj Dahi Balle Corner for starters.
  • Chill time The relentless chaos is part of the attraction in Old Delhi, but after a while, everyone needs a break. With a lack of parks, you'll find the calmest escapes are often inside the peaceful compounds of places of worship. You have to pay to enter Jama Masjid, so try some of the smaller mosques and temples instead; Fatehpuri Masjid, for example, or Digambara Jain Temple. In Paharganj, Ramkrishna Mission is a welcome retreat.