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There are various ways of experiencing ‘Old Delhi’. ‘Heritage Walks’ have long been popular in this part of Delhi. And with good reason! Conducted by architecture and history experts, they help visitors to tie up the various strands of influence for the all important larger picture to emerge. But these walks cover small areas given that they are done by foot.
Adding a new dimension to the ‘Old Delhi’ circuit is a cycling tour. The brainchild of a Dutchman (on the lines of popular cycling tours in European cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, London), this tour exposes you to life in the walled city in a short 3 hour burst covering around 11 kilometers. Negotiating the labyrinth with dexterity you chance upon hidden delights on this tour. Watching Fatehpuri Masjid from the terrace of Gadodia Market building right behind it is one such moment. Observing the morning routine of daily wage earners at Khari Baoli, children in rickshaws on their way to school yelling ‘hi’, street cleaners going about their job in the midst of hectic morning activity, jalebi making at the local halwai…the scenes keep unfolding rapidly and the entire experience is akin to watching live snapshots.
Another amazing way to explore Pushkar is to go for a cycle tour. It is as simple as it sounds: hire a bicycle and explore the town at your own pace. Instead of undertaking the task of cycling alone, tourists should move about in a group. For safety reasons a tour should ideally have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 tourists. That way you are enough people to look out for each other and not too many that you lose track. Led by a local guide, these tours take you around the important temples and landmarks of the city. Cycle tours are not restricted to within Pushkar, but are also organized to other nearby towns.