Hidden Delhi: Lesser-Known Gems

BY Nico

Old Delhi is a bustling hub of history, culture, and commerce. While the city is well-known for its iconic sites like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, there are several lesser-visited and hidden gems that offer a glimpse into the rich heritage and daily life of the city. 

A cycle rickshaw tour of Old Delhi is an excellent way to explore the narrow lanes and bustling markets of this historic district. Sit back as your driver pedals through the colourful streets, taking in the sights and sounds of the city.

We encourage all Yonder guests to get beyond the bog-standard highlights and spend some time getting to know the ‘real’ India. Here are a handful of our recommended experiences in Old Delhi.

Nizamuddin Dargah

Located in the Nizamuddin East neighbourhood, this dargah (tomb) is dedicated to the famous Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The dargah is a popular pilgrimage site and is known for its qawwali (devotional music) sessions that take place every Thursday evening. Visitors can soak in the spiritual ambiance and witness the lively music and dance performances.

Paranthe Wali Gali

This narrow lane in the Chandni Chowk market is a paradise for foodies. It is home to several shops that specialise in making paranthas (flatbreads stuffed with various fillings) and other street food. Visitors can indulge in the mouth-watering flavours and aromas of the street food and experience the vibrant energy of the market.

Haveli Dharampura

This restored 19th-century mansion in the Chandni Chowk area offers a glimpse into the traditional architecture and lifestyle of Old Delhi. The haveli has been converted into a boutique hotel and restaurant, and visitors can dine in the beautiful courtyard or terrace while admiring the intricate details of the building.

Sunehri Masjid

Also known as the “Golden Mosque,” this stunning mosque is located near the Red Fort and is a lesser-known site. The mosque was built in the 18th century and is adorned with beautiful gold-plated domes and minarets. Visitors can appreciate the intricate craftsmanship and peaceful atmosphere of the mosque.

Khari Baoli

This ancient spice market in Old Delhi is a sensory delight. Visitors can witness the bustling trade of spices, herbs, and dry fruits, and take in the vibrant colours and aromas of the market. The market is also home to several shops that sell traditional perfumes and oils.

Chor Bazaar

Literally meaning “thieves’ market,” this market in the Old Delhi area is a treasure trove for antique hunters and collectors. Visitors can browse through the various shops that sell vintage items like furniture, jewellery, and curiosities. It’s a great place to find unique and unusual souvenirs.

Ghalib ki Haveli 

This historic mansion in the Ballimaran neighbourhood was the residence of the famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. The haveli has been converted into a museum and houses several exhibits that showcase the life and works of the poet. Visitors can also attend poetry recitals and other cultural events that take place in the haveli.

Agrasen ki Baoli

This ancient stepwell in the heart of Connaught Place is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by visitors. The stepwell dates back to the 14th century and is believed to be haunted. Visitors can explore the intricate steps and arches of the stepwell and learn about its history and legends.

Khooni Darwaza

This historic gate in the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg area has a dark and tragic history. It is believed to be the site where three Mughal princes were brutally murdered by a British officer during the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. Visitors can learn about the history and significance of the gate and pay homage to the martyred princes.


By Nico

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Yonder is a specialist India tour operator, including tailor-made, luxury holidays to India which can include any of the must see places discussed in this article.

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