Rediscover Delhi
Sketches of Delhi

You don’t know Delhi until you have seen the core of its heart- the oddly famous Old Delhi or should I say Purani Dilli! Addressing the chaotic city as Purani Dilli fills up my heart with a sense of curiosity and adventure than to call it Old Delhi. I believe that’s the power of language that connects people to the said place and its stories more strongly.

Purani Dilli is a perfect example to witness what a city looks like when it thrives in its chaotic order.   Each time as my wheels leave behind the urban set up of New Delhi and head towards Purani Dilli, I am transported into an age-old city as if the Fairy Godmother suddenly granted me my wish to witness the most beautiful and 7th city that makes up our very own Delhi. It doesn’t take a creative eye to notice the incredible gem like remnants of yesteryear havelis peeking out between the not-so-organized urban buildings of today. Just like these beautiful structures from Mughal era standing strong and defiant but silently amidst the never-ending paradigm shift in the neighborhood, the humans of this part of the city also seem to be relaxed, almost seeming lazy, in their own disorderly surroundings.

Every soul and each pair of eyes that I see here has a story to tell; tales of forgotten beauty given birth by poems, art, dance, music and design. It’s the friendly people here who open their homes and hearts and unknowingly make all of us experience a time bygone. What the civic authority hasn’t been able to preserve well enough, the inhabitants held on to it dearly.

Walking past the narrow lanes I wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel, just then it sparks its own magic and engulfs me into its own history. As they say, even walls have ears and rightly so when I lean on it closer, I can hear the murmur of the moments these walls have stood by.

Each visit to this cocoon of a city that was known as Shahjahanabad during its glory days instills in me a sense of realisation and acceptance of the different lives people lead across the world. 

Every time I say goodbye to it I know I will miss the person I become in this mildly adventurous city that resides like a conjoined twin happily with the cosmopolitan city of New Delhi. As I start my car engine and my wheels take me back to the twin city, I await eagerly for my next adventure in the walled city of Shahjahanabad that once was.

Spice Market Top View

Isn’t life a cycle of learning and unlearning to appreciate the little things it has to offer? Then why not do that on actual wheels! Come and have a ride of your life that surely will make you leave a piece of your heart here at Old Delhi, my Purani Dilli.

And the memories are yours to keep…

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Tulsi Sinam


Sekharjit Sinam
February 22, 2019
You surprise me again - what an excellent piece! Purani Dilli is calling me back again.
March 18, 2019
Thank you so much!!! It has always been great to have the support. Come to visit Delhi once again, and would love to have you back on the tour.
February 25, 2019
This article really makes me want to visit the area and soak in all its glory. What a well written piece, can’t wait to try the cycling experience on my next trip!
March 1, 2019
Glad to know it stirred an emotion in you to visit Delhi back again! Please do and we would love to give you the cycling experience at DBC :) Thank you for your kind comment. :)
February 26, 2019
Delightful to read this. Excellent piece. Missing Delhi now. 😊😊
March 26, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind feedback! :D Visit Delhi soon again.
Ayushi Misra
February 28, 2019
Such a personal insight! Having attended one of the DBC sessions myself, I couldn't agree more with the article. Made for such a fun read.
March 26, 2019
Hey!! Glad to know if you liked the article. Hope to see you on the tour again sometime soon! Thank you
March 8, 2019
Excellent write-up and a genuine presentation of Old Delhi in words as if I can touch it again. Beings back memories of the Delhi By Cycle tour guided by Tulsi and her team and the fun I had with my wife exploring the inexperienced part of Delhi. The dried chilly and spices smell is still fresh in my mind and the ambience of having tea at the roadside stall is still lingering in my heart. Will definitely join another tour for sure when the opportunity comes .
March 26, 2019
Wow! It is amazing to know that the tour memories are fresh in your mind still! That's what we at DBC try to achieve. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the feedback. Hope to have you back again on the tour some day.
March 12, 2019
Hi there! Such a good write-up, thanks!
March 26, 2019
Thank you Megan for your kind words! Appreciate it.
March 15, 2019
Love the post. I 'd never thought of it in that way prior to.
March 28, 2019
I lived in Delhi for 7 years and never really explored much of the Old Delhi. It's calling my heart to come back and listen to the tales of ancient India live in those walls.

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