The best way to crack Delhi is to walk through the its dirty lanes and impeccable pavements. Many organisations have been conducting city walks, which have qualified guides and intelligently planned itineraries.
Street Walk with Street Children
Guided by former street children, this walk takes you around New Delhi Railway Station. Organised by the Salaam Baalak Trust, it helps you discover the life of Delhi’s street kids. Knowing how they survive is crucial in understanding the underbelly of this city. Charge: Walkers are welcome to donate what they like, but R 200 is good.
Habitat World has conducted over 2,000 walks. Led by historians, musicologists, environmentalists, and architects, groups explore the city’s history, architecture and culture. Some places included in these walks are Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary and Hauz Khas.
Charge: R 50
Walk the Book
Walking in Old Delhi can assault the senses. If someone lifts the curtain from the clutter, point out the stunning carvings on rundown mansions, and explain contemporary settings in historical quarters, the experience is uplifting. Co-authored by two English ladies, Old Delhi - 10 Easy Walks (R 195) is an ideal companion for solitary excursions.
With maps and practical tips, this guidebook takes you to famous landmarks like Jama Masjid, as well as lesser-known places like the Chitli Qabar bazaar. If you are passionate about monuments and ruins, read Lucy Peck’s Delhi: A Thousand Years of Building (R 455). his book will help you solve the mysteries that lie between Mori Gate and Qutub Minar. Too bad that the city is not disabled-friendly.