Walk down memory lane with these heritage walking tours, monuments, and restored hotels.
1. Walking Tours
The Delhi chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage organizes expert-led walks through Mehrauli Archaeological Park each weekend.
Delhi Heritage Walks with Sohail Hashmi
Writer, academic, and historian Sohail Hashmi is a font of knowledge about Delhiâ€™s oldest quarters; check his Facebook page for upcoming events.
Delhi By Foot
Run by a group of self-confessed ghoomakars (a Hindi word for â€śwandererâ€ť), these heritage walking tours include everything from the oldest bazaars and shrines in Delhi to the â€ścursed fortsâ€ť of Tughlaqabad and Adilabad.
2. Must-see Monuments
The cityâ€™s most evocative building is Humayunâ€™s Tomb in South East Delhi. From here itâ€™s a short distance to Lodi Gardens, whose beautifully manicured grounds are dotted with the 14th-century tombs of the last sultans of Delhi. And if youâ€™re in town on a Thursday night, stop by the 700-year-old Sufi shrine of Nizamuddin Dargah for a Qawwali performance.
3. A Hotel with History
Located down a narrow lane in Old Delhiâ€™s Chandni Chowk area, Haveli Dharampura occupies a recently restored and converted 19th-century mansion. It may not come with all the five-star trimmings, but it is arguably the most atmospheric place to stay in the city (91-11/2326-1000; doubles from US$168).
This article originally appeared in the December 2017/January 2018Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śRestoration Dramaâ€ť).