Walking, rather than riding, through Old Delhi is the best way to experience this exotic place. Wend your way through narrow passages and see old residential areas impossible to reach by rickshaw.
Just hire one of the rickshaw guides by Jama Masjid Mosque and request a walk instead. It’s best to arrange a price beforehand and expect some attempts at bargaining afterward, but the trip is well worth it.
The smell and smoke of incense, spices, and a multitude of foods waft up as you stroll through the shadowy passages viewing the kaleidoscope of captivating sights that surround you. Most shop people nod politely and do not hawk as at tourist sites. This ancient mall is divided into sections for the shoppers convenience: saris, shoes, jewelry, housewares, herbs, spices, foods, everything necessary for daily life.
Old Delhi also has its neighborhoods. See homes painted in varying and colorful pastels standing side-by-side with a maze of antiquated wires hanging amongst them, men having trims in tiny barbershops with room enough for one, women in elegant saris running their daily errands, all at a slower pace than the blur of the rickshaw trip.