Whenever we think of Delhi, resident or non-resident, our heart gets filled with various shades that this grand city offers. Each part of the capital of India has something unique and incredible to showcase and this entire episode leaves you with memorable moments. Many of us do include Dilli in the itinerary if not a resident and visit different places including Mughal Garden, historical monuments including Red Fort, several popular markets including Connaught Place, Janpath, Sarojini Nagar and myriad food joints serving mouthwatering delicacies. But has anyone of you thought of gaining real insight into the heart and soul of this regal city on bicycle. I’m not kidding at all. You may have different apprehensions especially crowded alleys, traffic packed roads and hawkers in every corner. But honestly stating what you may experience from taking a cycle tour, it is immeasurable and connects you to the people and culture.
DelhibyCycle is a novel initiative started by Jack Leenars in the year 2009 to unravel the true beauty of Delhi and since then it has gained great deal of appreciation and adulation. Jack, who was a media correspondent with De Telegraaf, fell in love with the city and began exploring it on bicycle and soon caravan got formed. With Jack and his Young Turks team, the guided tours may be picked up depending upon what hues of Dilli are you inclined towards. What is most fascinating is the fact that the team organizes these tours even for one individual. Isn’t it great?
If you feel smitten by the beauty of Old Delhi and yen to explore a great deal, three kinds of tours are available. The tours available are Shah Jahan tour, Yamuna tour and Haveli tour respectively. Talking of these tours, it opens gateways to veritable Old Delhi. It takes you through the charming alleys of this part of the city. The major places that you will see in different light altogether are Delite Cinema, Turkman Gate, Chawri Bazaar, Fatehpur Masjid, Spice Market, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi Railway Station, Yamuna River (read boating) and Ballimaran. There are other fascinating spots included as well and this incredible paddling day trip will have a tea break and sumptuous breakfast at Karim’s.
Talking of the contemporary Delhi which is New Delhi, you may sign up for either Raj Tour or Nizamuddin Tour. These trips take you through the otherwise hidden corners of the city and will showcase colonial imprints and rich heritage of the nation. The tour covers Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate, Connaught Place, Parliament House, India Gate, Agrasen ki Baoli, Nizamuddin Sufi village, Nehru Stadium, Golf Links, Lodhi Garden with filling breakfast at Bengali Sweet House.
These tours show the modern Delhi with historical soul intact and take you through different times in a simultaneous fashion. What is most encouraging, comforting and convenient is that these tours start during early hours of the day when the city wakes up and appears serene and charming beyond imagination. Every aspect in terms of comfort, safety and security is being taken care of and what you will say towards the end of it is
Wow. I need More.