I’d been recommended ‘Delhi by Bike’ Tour of Old Delhi and I was not dissapointed. The tour started early at 6 am to beat the city traffic and crowds. There were two guides, one rode at the front and the other rode behind. The ride was relaxed and the pace was perfect for a non athlete! The traffic was OK and I always felt safe.

We often left our bikes and wandered the lane ways and markets. This is an example of one of the old haveli (palaces). The process to restore them is slow but gradually gaining momentum.

The tour stops at various markets, including the spice market. We walked up a few flights of stairs to get an excellent overview of the local market and streets below. Even at 6am in the morning, the city of Delhi is bustling with activity.

My guide Tenzin had excellent local knowledge and shared an excellent insight into life in Delhi. We saw areas where men wait for casual work each day as labourers and tradesmen. We also saw a charity which offers medical help to street people or the poor. People que for hours to have wounds dressed or get medication. The service was run by volunteers and I was more than happy to offer a donation.

Our Royal Rajasthan tour includes a walking tour of Old Delhi.