Witness the past and present glory of Old Delhi.
The Haveli (=Noblemen’s mansion) tour is a spirited and satiating plunge, straight into the deep-end of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad). At the peak of Emperor Shah Jahan’s rule, his loyal noblemen (Emirs) controlled the social, cultural and economic affairs of the great metropolis of Shajahanabad from their imposing, fortress-like lavish mansions that were built as ‘earthly reminders of the pleasures of Paradise itself’. Three hundred years of decadence, war, re-building and several regime changes later, the much smaller Havelis of today still manage to preserve a stunningly placid beauty that echoes haunting reminders of a much grander past.
Transporting you to this 17th Century city of decadent Emirs, ruthless Persian invaders, woeful poets, mystical men, masterful artists and forgotten architects who wove dreams into the now crumbling contours of Old Delhi – we recreate for you, a spectacularly evocative experience pieced together through the lives and stories of the people who called these Havelis home.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Delhi By Cycle Meeting Point
Delite Cinema, Old Delhi
|DEPARTURE TIME||06.30 Am|
Highlights: Delite Cinema – Turkman Gate – Jama Masjid – Chandni Chowk – View Point (Red Fort) – Lajpat Rai Market – Old Delhi train station – Sadar Bazar – G.B. Road – Ballimaran – Haveli (breakfast) – Turkman Gate – Delite Cinema
Meeting point :
We choose the most famous movie house in the old city, Delite Cinema, as our meeting point. Located at Asaf Ali Road near Turkman Gate, one of the remaining entrance gates in Old Delhi. Every driver should know the place! Opposite the cinema is a car parking. Walk inside after crossing the street (few steps down) and follow the lane leading inside the parking area. Once you are there, you can’t miss the orange bicycles. Welcome!
Meeting Point Map
The Raj tour is the most beautiful and green ride that we offer.
Starting in Old Delhi to give you an even better feeling of the historical differences of Delhi the tour takes you into New Delhi. Well known for its great monuments like India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace).
After designing the Shah Jahan tour and Yamuna tour, both Old Delhi experiences, it was time to cycle into the capital established by the British. Neighboring the great Mughal capital Shahjahanabad (= Old Delhi) New Delhi was built for the eternal glory of the Indian British Empire. But like so many empires it didn’t last that long.
From the moment I left Old Delhi and cycled into the imperial avenues and passed the colonial architecture, I was deeply impressed. Feeling small and big at the same time. The most important criteria if a cycle route works out or not are the ‘WOW’ moments. The Raj tour has these moments for sure. I’m not going to tell you them in advance. I want you to experience these highlights yourself. When you see or feel them, just scream “WOW” loudly! Officially allowed by Jack 🙂