Lost Havelis and Legendary Food of Chandni Chowk
Lost Havelis and Legendary Food of Chandni Chowk
with Gaurav Sharma


This is a heritage and food immersion focused on the once grand Haveli’s of the Chandni Chowk area, some of which date back to the Mughal period and some even beyond. In this walk, you will get to see some of the lost Haveli’s of the area, including the old St. Stephens College building and Ghalib ki Haveli, most of which now bears scant resemblance to its once grand origins.

The second part of the immersion focuses on the stories of the food that we eat today and the journey of the delicacies served to you, with modifications made by every generation, through the last 3000 years. While meandering through the famous “Paranthe Wali Gali” you will understand what the ingredients of “Do waqt ka khana” (two course meal) of Dilliwalas were. As you walk, you will unravel the interesting stories behind the arrival of “Jalebi” and “Chaat” in Delhi. You will get to know why Dahi Bhalle were compared to women’s cheeks, explore where the first Ice was brought to Delhi and how the technique of making Kulfi from it was discovered.

You will not only go on a historical and culinary journey on the history and origins of the famed Chandni Chowk area, but you will also visit the most famous vegetarian food shops of the area for either a taste or a meal.

Key Food Items covered Dahi Bhalle, Matar ka Samosa, Kachori with Alu Sabzi, Khurchan, Kalme Bade, Daulat ki Chaat, Jalebi, Stuffed Paranthas, Lassi, Lemon Soda, Kheer, Halwa, Kulfi, Bedmi and more…

WARNING: Given the significant array of lip smacking food abundant in richness, it will be prudent to bring a bunch of people along with you in order to be able to accommodate all of the delicacies on offer – sharing is key although the walk route is designed in a way to help you build an appetite by walking to reach any food shop!

Target Audience Food (Vegetarian) and Story enthusiasts
Meeting/Start Point Chandni Chowk Metro Station, Gate No. 5

  • Please rcontact GointheCity on these numbers for any information and assistance. Aditi - 9818688010; 9582891707 - Ajay
  • Food costs are not included in the ticket and the bills will be shared amongst all the participants on actuals
  • Although some places accept e-wallets (PayTM etc), we strongly suggest carrying cash of Rs. 700-1000 if you plan to eat one full plate of each dish covered

Gaurav Sharma's Profile
Gaurav was born in 1987 and has been a lifelong Dilliwala. He grew up amidst the multilayered culture of Delhi. He has a degree in History (honours) from Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi and subsequently he enhanced his passion for history by completing the 'INDIA: ART & CULTURE' certificate from the National Museum Institute. His experience of working in art galleries gave him a fair idea of what art connoisseurs look for. He was a history consultant with the TIMES Newspaper in Education and had a short stint at Khalsa college, St. Stephens Colleges and the Department of History at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. His long experience of researching on historical personalities has lent him enough credentials to narrate historical events in a well researched/factual and storytelling manner.

2 Hours

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