OLD DELHI FOOD TOUR
Owing to its finding empire and being the seat of the Mughal Empire for almost two centuries, Old Delhi is deeply influenced by the Mughlai cuisine. Karim’s, one of the most famous restaurants is located in near the Jama Masjid. The famous Paranthe Wali Gali and Ghantewala Halwai are the talk of the town. Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar areas have many street joints that sell spicy chaat and scrumptious snacks.
Paranthe Wali Gali
The very famous and the very old Paranthe Wali Gali offers a huge variety of hot Parathas (Indian flatbread). It started off with Pandit Gaya Prasad’s single shop in 1876 and eventually, grew up to 16 of them in the same lane. It is run by the family of Pandit Gaya Prasad and his relatives and the sixth generation continues to run the four of the sixteen original shops that remain.
Lotan Chole Wala
If you relish spicy, lip smacking Chole Kulche, you must stop by this joint that has been on the streets since years and generations. The cholas served with in a hot, spiced up curry, with diced potatoes and a garnish of fresh coriander should be at the top of your ‘must try’ list.
Natraj, near the Chandni Chowk metro station has mouth-watering dahi bhalla and aloo tikki on their menu which only leave you wanting more.,/div>
Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
The crispy crust and tender, flavoursome filling of the kachoris are one of the most talked about dishes. They serve a variety like dal kachori, pyaaz kachori, matar kachori, dry fruit kachori etc.
Address: 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
THE CHAAT BHANDARS
Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar, Bishan Swaroop and Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar
The chunky fruit chaat and aloo ke kulle, crispy papris, tangy tamarind chutney, golgappas are all an absolute bliss!
Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar even offers you gobhi-matar samosas and the
Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar offer a rare kachaalu chutney.
1. Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar – 1462, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
2. Bishan Swaroop – 1421, Near Ashish Medicos, Chandini Chowk, New Delhi
3. Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar – 77, Chandini Chowk, New Delhi
FOR THE MEAT LOVERS
From Mutton Barrah to Tikkas and from their flavourful mutton dishes to their Chicken delicacies, you’ll keep craving for more.
Address: 8, Jama Masjid Matia Mahal Road, New Delhi
The extremely famous Nihari from Kallu Nihari is said to be cooked slowly, steadily, for hours for just the right taste and the tenderness. Passed on from generations, it is undoubtedly Delhi’s best Nihari.
Address: 180, Chhatta Lal Mian, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, New Delhi.
As the legend goes, Mohammed Aziz was a cook in the court of the Mughals and one of his sons, Haji Karim Uddin moved to Delhi with ambition to open a food joint and it was then, that the Karim Hotel was established in 1913. All meat lovers must take a flavourful stop at Karim’s for their divine and tender kebabs and mutton nihari.
Address: Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi.
If you are a kebab lover, Qureshi is the place for you. Known for their delicious and succulent kebabs, the shop offers both chicken and mutton which are widely loved.
Address: Opposite Gate no. 1, Jama Masjid, New Delhi
This street food joint is immensely loved for their toothsome preparations. It is extremely famous for its Butter Chicken. Their Roasted Chicken and Chicken Tikka is also worth a try.
Address: 540, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, Delhi
Daulat Ki Chaat
The unique, rich, foamy dessert made of churned milk is a delight to have. The luscious flavour of khoya and saffron instantly soothes your senses.
Address: Gail Prathe Wali Naughara, Jain Temple Kinari Bazar, Old Delhi, Delhi
Old Famous Jalebi Wala
The beautiful swirls, fried and glazed with sugar syrup is an inviting sight in its own. The jalebis here are fried in home-made desi ghee and cooked over coal-fire.
One of the oldest sweet shops in India and it is famous for its very palatable Sohan halwa, Karachi halwa, Badaam barfi, Pista Samosa and the evergreen Mootichoor Ladoo.
Address: Katra Shah N Shah, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Hazari Lal Jain Khurchan Wale
The gooey, soft heavenly Khurchan sticky sweet, made out of scraping out leftovers of boiled milk and garnished with pistachios is an absolute delight to treat yourself with.
Address: 2225, Kinari Bazaar, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Kuremaal Mohan Lal Kulfi Waale
A legendary shop that offers a scrumptious range of flavoured kulfi that will you leave you wondering which one to try. Do get your taste buds on their Jamun and Falsa kulfis.
Address: Shop No. 526, Sitaram Bazaar Road, Kucha Pati Ram, Old Delhi
Last, but definitely not the least the Cool Point is the talk of the town, especially for their ambrosial Shahi Tukda and Mango Ice cream. Their Shahi Tukda, the bread pudding dessert is one of the best in Delhi owing to its mild saffron and cardamom touch.
Address: 972, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, New Delhi
Old Delhi has multitude of appetizing dishes to offer and a variety just enough to suit everyone’s palate. It is safe to say; this place is a little ‘Food Festival’ In itself and is sure the hallmark of the country’s capital.
One of the most euphoric and every woman’s treasured places in Delhi is the very radiant Janpath market.
The extremely widespread market, acts as a stop-shop for almost everything, ranging from Tibetan market, Gujarati market, Central Cottage Industries Emporium to the flea market side full of fancy artificial jewellery, oh-so-in clothes, shoes, handicrafts and all of it, at extremely minimal prices.
Janpath translates literally to People’s Path and true to its name, offers anything and everything that people would want. It is a joyful heaven for shoppers to buy garments, shoes, jewellery, handicrafts and even cherish little stops at fast-food outlets and everything falls right under your budget! Not just all this, the market is extremely popular for some exquisite items like original Pashmina Shawl from Kashmir and other Kashmiri wool scarves and shawls. You’ll see a wide range of Indian Kurtis and Churidars as well as a myriad of western garments, the kind of options that will dazzle you. A variety of brass ornaments, artefacts, handicrafts carpets, wall hangings and musical instruments are displayed for sale, in case you thought Janpath is just confined to fashion.
The Tibetan Market has a wide range of Himalayan arts and crafts like the Tibetan Thangka paintings of gods and goddesses and just beyond these stores is the Gujarati market where a number Gujarati craftsmen and women sell you extremely colourful, scintillating, embroidered bags, pillowcases, umbrellas, shirts and what not. The main market and the flea market that offers shops and walking vendors selling a diverse collection of chunky jewellery, jootis, handicraft items, garments etc.
If the approximately 1.5 km long market, stretched from the Outer Circle of Connaught Place to Windsor Place gets you all exhausted and famished, you’ll never fall short of options to treat yourself for all the hard work with varied fast food stops, around the market.
STORES YOU MUST TRY !!
- Asha Handicrafts, S-12, Gujarati Market, Janpath – for all the Gujarati handicrafts you need.
- Mohan Garments, N-53B, Municipal Market, Janpath – they have a wide range of dresses, blouses, sarees in various styles- printed, embroidered, plain.
- Lovely Jewellery, 14, Main Market, Janpath – for the right junk jewellery to match all your outfits
- Monga Handicrafts Corner, Shop no. 1, Old Mini Market, Janpath – for pretty home decor handicrafts like dreamcatchers, little dazzling lights, vintage wall clocks, frames, puppets, boxes etc.
- Depaul’s, 22, Janpath Bhawan- If visit Janpath and you have to try Depaul’s coffee and the momos stall beside it.
- MBS Book Stall, Janpath Subway, Near Shop no. 1, Janpath Market – since you cannot call it complete shopping, without a book or two.
- Arihant Fragrance, 17, Main Market, Janpath – for rare attars, natural and pure perfumes.
CLOSEST METRO STATION: Janpath Metro Station on the Violet Line,
Rajiv Chowk Metro Station on Blue Line
It is safe to say that the Janpath market is situated in one of the most happening areas of the city, hence along with it there are quite a few iconic landmarks one is likely to visit, these are:
Agrasen Ki Baoli
Hungarian Cultural Centre, 1 Janpath
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS NEARBY
The Imperial, Shangri-La’s Eros, The Park, Le Meridien, The Lalit are few of the finest options to stay when one wishes to stay near Janpath Market.
1911 at Imperial, Saravana Bhawan, Masala Trail, Informal by Imperfecto, Tourist Cafe, Banta Bar, Sorrento at Shangri La are lovely options to dine at when near Janpath.
All in all, the Janpath market is nothing less than a heaven for any shopaholic. A wide range of anything and everything trendy, myriad of options for shopping stores and eateries within a minimal budget. Isn’t that something all of us believe of as a utopia?
You must have heard about Taj, even if you have never been to India. This glorious monument of India has brought a lot of pride to our nation. There is a reason the Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, with people travelling miles to see it.
The beauty of the foundation is incredible and it has a captivating story behind it. There are tales that the Emperor planned to build an exact copy of the Taj on the other side of the river in black marble as his own tomb. However, he is buried within the Taj Mahal, sharing it forever with his late wife. In poetry, the Taj has been called ‘a tear drop on the cheek of eternity’.
Celebrities like Princess Diana, Leonardo Di Caprio , Mark Zuckerberg , Hilary Clinton , Julia Roberts , Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton have graced this monument with their presence and fell in love with its beauty the very moment.
Agra – Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
After you have enjoyed the Taj, you must head to the following two places which are also recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This mighty fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty. Located about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a four-square formal garden. Within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town.
Fatehpur Sikri is 37 km west of Agra. Akbar, Humanyun’s son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14. While hunting around Sikri his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu’inu’d-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS.
Akbar, who was without a male heir heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568, the saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri, built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan -I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal’s house, Marian’s house and the Panchmahal.
Explore Hidden Gems
After you have lived the wonders of architecture and the rich history of the 3 beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites, make some time to explore the hidden gems of the city.
Itmad-Ud-Ullah (Baby Taj)
The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. One of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, it was built by NurJahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar’s court. After Akbar’s death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiya named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir’s court and was called Nur Mahal, the light of the Place. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.
If you wish to have a different prospective of Taj or you want to jump the queue for Taj Mahal entry you can clearly see the Taj from across the river bank. One such place with a view to remember is Mehtab Bagh, the “Moonlight Garden”. This 25 acre Mughal garden complex is situated directly opposite the monument and was actually built before the Taj, by Emperor Babur (the founder of the Mughal Empire). It fell into ruin but has been beautifully reconstructed. The entry cost is 200 rupees for foreigners and 15 rupees for Indians, and it’s open until sunset. Alternatively, you can get a close-up view of the Taj Mahal for free by walking down the side road until you get to the river bank.
Where to Head When Hungry
While you are hogging to different monuments in the historic city, do not go hungry with this list of the best restaurants in Agra.
Pinch Of Spice
Good Vibes Café
Café Sheroes Hangout
Taj Bano – ITC Mughal
Peshawari – ITC Mughal
Bellevue – Oberoi Amarvilas
Home to historic mighty monuments , heaven for shopoholics with crazy options for local street food , Agra is a must visit city on every traveler’s list worldwide.