In the year 2009, it all started with an Idea that let’s use the best vehicle of the planet to explore the lanes of Old Delhi, capture thousands of expressions, activate all your senses, dive into the chapters of history, have a deep look in the buildings of lost era with their own amazing style of architecture.  Jack, Founder of Delhi By Cycle, then reporter of a Dutch Newspaper came up with this beautiful idea to explore Old Delhi on cycles and make others explore the same. And since then Delhi By Cycle has been through a glorious journey of showing Delhi to more than 30000+ people from across the world.

Why named Shahjahan Tour?

As the city of Old Delhi was constructed by Mogul emperor Shahjahan when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The richest empire in the world decided to move it’s capital therefore, they were in need of a completely new city and therefore, Shahjahan decided to construct one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Indeed, this city was one of the most beautiful city and now one of the most interesting cities in the world. Hence, we named this tour as Shahjahan Tour.

Beautiful Journey

Since 2009, DBC hosted a lot of cycle lovers from across the world! Inspired a lot more cycle tour teams in different Indian cities. Bike tours in India received a new meaning and we received several accolades from across the world. Team DBC hosted few celebrities, ministers of several nations, few national sports teams of other countries, CEOs of fortune 500, and thousands of beautiful souls. Sharing smiles and stories with them was a beautiful journey for Delhi By Cycle team.

Showing The Real India

Since the beginning, we never decided to hide anything and just present the artificial beauty to the world. We presented what is real, we present the good, bad and ugly with any censor! Shahjahan Tour made a lot of things open to the world, from the hidden secret spice market rooftops(not hidden anymore) to the hidden chai lanes of civil lines. The stories of Chandani Chowk and Sishganj Gurudwara traveled the whole world. Managing through this beautiful organized chaos created a lifetime experience for every single person and people mentioned this in their reviews all the time.

As we are going to celebrate 10 years of Delhi By Cycle and Shahjahan Tour next year. A lot will happen in the year 2019! We would like to invite everyone to experience some special tours of DBC which will only happen in that time period. Bike Tours in Delhi changed forever since Shahjahan Tour was started in 2009. We promise to come up with new ideas to show to real Delhi and India to make to listen to hidden stories and to make to ride the unknown lanes. As smiles can only be shared while traveling slow.

Best Things in Life Comes for Free

As I always say that it is impossible to explore Delhi in a few days, you need at least 8-10 days if you want to explore and understand the city. There are more than 1300 monuments in the city with timeline going back to 850 AD, 10 dynasties, amazing history, and stories, several museums, gardens, round the year cultural events and not so known but amazing nightlife. So, in this blog, I am going to share a day where you need not spend on anything except traveling and food and enjoy the city, because the best things in life come for free.

RAJGHAT – GANDHI MEMORIAL

You can start your day by paying homage to Father of Nation and peace icon of the world, Mahatma Gandhi. His memorial is situated quite near to central Delhi and old Delhi, known as Rajghat (Google Maps). There is also an interesting picture gallery on the other side of the road, near parking known as ‘Gandhi Darshan’. There is a beautiful lake behind Rajghat within the connected gardens and other memorials, a place to sit peacefully and enjoy the nature.

Suggested time to visit: Morning
Nearest Metro: ITO | Delhi Gate (Under Construction)

AKSHARDHAM – LARGEST HINDU TEMPLE IN THE WORLD

Akshardham (Map) is the largest Hindu temple in the world. The art on the wall, stonework and stories written along with the art is a reflection of India’s ancient tradition and architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. You cannot take anything inside except purse, wallets and small lady handbag. You need to deposit everything in the locker room near the entrance. So, you cannot click pictures inside, which is good in a way, because you will focus completely on magic created by hands! Everything is so perfect that it is difficult to describe it in words. You need to visit it to feel the immortal beauty. Iron is not used in the construction of this temple as the ancient tradition of construction in India. If you want to see the light and sound show, you need to be there by evening.

Suggested time to visit: 10 am | Closed on Monday
Nearest Metro: Akshardham Metro

LODI GARDEN

Lodi Garden (Map) is considered as one of the most beautiful gardens in India, this garden has something for everyone. With monuments dating back to 1300 AD, to exotic trees and more than 40 species of birds. A perfect place to sit, walk, explore and even to jog. Several ancient tombs and mosques are there in the garden compound. Beautiful place to click pictures and relax. I usually cycle to Lodi Garden early morning and jog around over the trek. Khan market is next to Lodi garden, you can visit the market for food, shopping, books or just coffee. Garden also has an exotic restaurant!

Suggested time to visit: Anytime before sunset
Nearest Metro: Jorbagh | Khan Market

Lodi Garden

MEHRAULI ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

If you really want to visit an amazing offbeat place in Delhi then you have to visit Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Map)! You can call this place the first Delhi of the modern period. The structures over here are as old as 900 AD with the first true arc of Indian architecture in the tomb of Balban. This whole place is covered with the trees and looks like a mini jungle. More than 5 big and several small monuments in the park to visit, this place has everything to amaze you. Suggested to visit with someone, not alone. It’s good even if you are even two people. Don’t miss the step well known as Rajon Ki BawoliTomb of Quli Khan and several other monuments. MAP is quite near to Qutb Minar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and you can see it from almost all the monuments of MAP.

Suggested time to visit: Morning and Noon | Not Evening
Nearest Metro: Qutb Minar

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HAUZ KHAS – RUINS, LAKE & LIFE

Hauzkhas District Park (Map) is home to magnificent ruins of an Islamic school as old as 700 years, a lake, an urban jungle and place to experience the beautiful sunset. Just with somewhere in the ruins and see the sunset over the lake. It is amazing to experience that how that back the school used to accommodate students in hostel dorms with the separate room for students. Hauzkhas is also the place to experience the nightlife of Delhi, with some of the best cafes, bars, and restaurants situated at this place. You can choose to be at anyone after the sunset. Just experience that how two different timelines merge at this point, ancient India and the modern one.

Suggested time to visit: Evening
Nearest Metro Station: Hauzkhas Metro | Walk or tuk-tuk for Rs.50

Hauz Khas