Old Delhi always manages to roll back the years for anyone looking to experience the city. So why don’t you roll with the city and put a new spin to experiencing its glorious Mughal history? There are a bunch of amazing Cycling Tours of Old Delhi that you can be a part of. You might not be big on sightseeing, but cycling around the bylanes, narrow streets and the historical sites of Old Delhi is a lot more than sightseeing. It’s unlike any conventional tour and is more fascinating than you would think. So if you’re ready to get pedalling (don’t get any twisted ideas here) for an amazing experience, here are a few things you should know.
When does it start?
Like we said, it’s not a conventional tour, so you get a chance to channel your inner morning person. The Cycling Tour of Old Delhi starts at 6:00 am and lets you experience what the loud and energetic giant is like when it’s peacefully sleeping. Depending on the time of the year, the early morning start also lets you witness the pleasant sight of the sun dawning upon the majestic sights of Old Delhi. The tour lasts 4 hours but take it from us, you won’t have to worry about being supremely fit because the tour takes place at a modest pace suited to everyone.
How much does it cost?
The tour costs about 1650 per person and it’s totally worth the price. Best part is that the cost includes all the safety equipment, the guide and even a hearty breakfast. Now, these tours are all group tours, which means you’ll always have company to mingle with. Probably even bond over a few travel tales. But if you’re someone who prefers experiencing new places with your own gang, you can always book the tour for a group. These operators also accommodate couples so you always have the option of experiencing it with your partner if you’re not one to go solo!
Who is it suited for?
This tour can be experienced by just about anyone. As long as they can ride a bicycle and have a basic level of fitness. Usually, families having kids below the age of 10 are advised a private tour of their own. But hey, age is just a number, right? So if your kid is ahead of the curve in terms of bicycling then you can always speak to the operators and they will be more than happy to accommodate. That’s as long as your child below 10 years of age can keep up with the adults. And like we said above, age group aside, the tour is suited for solo travellers, couples and larger groups alike.
What makes the tour special?
A lot of things about the Old Delhi Bicycle Tour are special. But what stands out for us is the fact that the tour is run by experts who know the city inside out. Exploring and experiencing Old Delhi through their eyes gives you so many interesting insights and stories that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Moreover, you get a good taste of diverse experiences like discovering spice markets and monuments like Jama Masjid or spinning around Chawri Bazaar. The bicycle tour is a good way of feeling liberated and as though you truly are a part of the city. You get to visit Gurdwaras and witness their community kitchens, while getting a glimpse of how a local bakery kick starts its day.
Once again, we really have to emphasize that this is not a sightseeing tour. It’s a way for you to connect with the culture, history and stories that Old Delhi has to share. And having a bicycle to help you discover both famous and lesser known sights just makes the whole experience a lot more fun.
If you’re in the capital or are planning to visit, then check out Delhi Bycycle and Spin Monkey. They are two of the tour operators in the city who provide amazing cycling tours of Old Delhi.