Essential Guide to Walking Tours in India

  • 01 of 05

    Overview of Walks in India

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    India's streets are among the most fascinating places in the country. By exploring them on foot, you'll really be able to get in touch with daily life in India.

    In many cities, you'll find companies that offer India walks through the streets and to other places of interest. Scroll through the following pages to discover some of the best walking tours in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. Or, see below for other companies offering India walking tours in other locations.

    • Walks of India: Offers a variety of themed walking tours though older and more historic locations right across India. Everything from temples to bazaars are covered.
    • Chennai Magic: Offers a walking tour through Mylapore, the religious and cultural epicenter of the Tamil people. The tour covers temples, bazaars, alleyways, and old-style homes.
    • Cochin Magic: Offers a heritage walk through fascinating Fort Kochi. It includes the seaside promenade, where you'll get a glimpse of daily life in Kochi.
    • Goa Magic: Offers a heritage walk through the oldest district of the capital Panjim, Sao Tome. It's a quirky place that still retains its Latin charm. Enjoy quaint painted bungalows, churches and cafes.
    • Jodhpur Magic: Offers a bazaar walk though Ghantaghar Market (the clock tower area). It provides a great insight into the region.
    • Virasat Experiences: Offers immersive heritage walks in Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur.
    • Royal Mysore Walks: Offers various themed walks though the city. They focus on royalty, markets, the Old City, and handicrafts.
    • Varanasi Walks: has walking tours that run in the morning and evenings. They will take you through a maze of hidden temples, lanes, ghats, and bazaars.
    • Vedic Walks: Offers theme based history and spirituality walking tours (and other unique experiences) in Jaipur, Pushkar, and Varanasi.
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  • 02 of 05

    Best Walking Tours in Delhi

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    The best Delhi walks will take you through the labyrinth of streets of the Old City, and immerse you in Delhi's rich heritage. Many focus on the fabulous food that Delhi is known for. These Delhi walking tours are just a selection of what's available. Explore each tour company's website for even more options.

    Street Life of Delhi City Walk

    • Company: Salaam Baalak Trust
    • Description: Not only will you be learning about Delhi street life on this tour, you'll be helping a good cause. The tour, through the streets of the inner city of Paharganj and the area around New Delhi railway station, is led by underprivileged children who have trained as guides. The aim is to make the story of the children of the street heard, a give a view of their world through their eyes.
    • More Information: Salaam Baalak Trust Website

    Old Delhi Bazaar & Food Walk

    • Company: Masterji Kee Haveli
    • Description: This tour will take you on a walk through the lanes of local bazaar, where you'll learn about the ingredients and essentials of Indian cooking. Then, you'll visit a restored haveli (old mansion with a central courtyard) in Old Delhi where a meal will be demonstrated to you. It's a chance to visit a home and get a glimpse of daily life. The haveli has a terrace offing fabulous views of the tangle of Old Delhi. You can even fly a kite there! This tour is highly recommended and very popular.
    • More Information: Masterji Kee Haveli Website

    Old Delhi Food Walk

    • Company: Delhi Food Walks
    • Description: Another popular food related walking tour, this one will take you on a culinary voyage through fascinating Chandni Chowk and Old Delhi. The area is renowned for Delhi street food and chaat. Apart from the food, it's just a fascinating place to explore!
    • More Information: Delhi Food Walks Website

    Old Delhi Bazaar Walk

    • Company: Delhi Magic
    • Description: This tour will lead you through Dariba Kalan (the silver market), Kinari Bazaar (wedding market) and Paranthewali Galli (Lane of Parathas). You'll also see Gurdwara Sees Ganj Sahib, Jama Masjid (Delhi’s famous mosque), Hindu temples, and Jain derasars and churches, all mingled in together.
    • More Information: Delhi Magic Website

    Mehrauli Village Walk

    • Company: Delhi Heritage Walks
    • Description: You may be familiar with the famous Qutab Minar complex, but what about the area behind the it? The historic village of Mehrauli is built around a Sufi shrine. Each monument in the area has a story to tell. Your imagination will come alive!
    • More Information: Delhi Heritage Walks Website 
    • View Delhi Heritage Walks Monthly Walking Tour Schedule

    The Trail of Nizam Piya

    • Company: 1100 Walks
    • Description: This tour is subtitled Stories of sufis, emperors & poets in one of Delhi’s oldest village. The bustling village named after Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya (1236-1325), one of the most popular Sufi saints of North India, is a treasure trove of stories and history. It has a medieval ambiance, narrow alleys, and bazaars. At its center is Dargah of Nizamuddin. You'll visit this area and nearby monuments, including Humayun’s Tomb.
    • More Information: 1100 Walks Website
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  • 03 of 05

    Best Walking Tours in Mumbai

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    Taking a Mumbai walking tour is an excellent way to explore the city's old colonial architecture and bustling bazaars. You'll be able to get a glimpse of how the city was way back in the days of the British Raj. These Mumbai walks cover a range of attractions, including the eye-opening Dharavi slum which will expose you to another side of "Maximum City".

    Dharavi Slum Tour

    • Company: Reality Tours & Travels
    • Description: This tour will take you on a walk through of Mumbai's (and possibly Asia's) largest slum. However, it's far from the shallow poverty tourism that you might expect. The tour aims to show the sense of community that exists there, and the productive small scale industry that residents are involved in. It's an inspiring tour that changes the way people view the slum. Think determination instead of devastation. Read about why you should go on a Dharavi slum tour.
    • More Information: Reality Tours & Travels Website

    Maximum City Tour

    • Company: Beyond Bombay
    • Description: Read Suketu Mehta's acclaimed book, Maximum City? Then retrace his footsteps in this hard-hitting tour, and find out why the title is reflective of Mumbai. Also add to this Babbanji Bihari’s Bombay tour, which will take you along the route of a typical Bihari migrant who comes to Mumbai full of dreams for a better future.
    • More Information: Beyond Bombay Website

    Architectural Heritage Tour

    • Company: Bombay Heritage Walks
    • Description: Mumbai has remarkable architecture and you can really discover the Bombay of old on one of these tours, created by two architects. Various itineraries are offered during the year, except for the monsoon season. Places visited include the Kala Ghoda Art District, sleepy lanes of old Colaba, the historic Dockyard Road, and arcades and bazaars along Victorian style D.N. Road. If you have anything in particular you want to see, it's possible to arrange custom tour. It's really worth taking a walk around the old Portuguese style homes in Khotachiwadi.
    • More Information: Bombay Heritage Walks Website

    Themed Walking Tours

    • Company: Raconteur Walks
    • Description: This young company, which encourages students to be tour guides, offers three different walking tours that also focus on the city's heritage. The Apollo Gate and Front Bay Walk covers the northern part of the Fort, where Bombay was first inhabited. It starts at the Ballard Estate business district and ends at the Gateway of India. The Churchgate and Heritage Mile tour goes into the heart of the Fort and ends at Marine Drive. The Bazzargate Walk, named after one of the three main entry gates to the Fort, begins at the Town Hall and covers areas from the original British defense establishment.
    • More Information: Raconteur Walks Website

    Mumbai Bazaar Walk

    • Company: Mumbai Magic
    • Description: Explore Mumbai's maze of markets on this tour, which starts out from Crawford Market. You'll visit Mirchi Galli (spices market), Mangaldas Cloth Market, Zaveri Bazaar (where everyone's crazy about gold), Phool Galli (Flower Street), Mumbadevi Temple (where the city gets its name from), and the quaint Madhav Baug.
    • More Information: Mumbai Magic website

    Bandra Portuguesa

    • Company: Zamorin of Bombay
    • Description: Retrace the fascinating heritage of this Catholic-dominated suburb of Mumbai on this tour, which aims to promote cultural understanding. Bandra was originally a tiny fishing village until it was acquired by the British East India Company, while the rest of Mumbai belonged to the Portuguese.
    • More Information: Zamorin of Bombay Website

    Mumbai Street Food Tour

    • Company: Amaze Tours
    • Description: On this walking tour, a qualified chef will take you through Khau Galli (food street) to try local vegetarian street food, followed by a visit to Mohammed Ali Road famous for its meaty delights.
    • More Information: Amaze Tours

    Khaki Walks

    • Company: Khaki Tours
    • Description: Step back in time as Khaki Tours brings Mumbai's past back to life with untold stories. Their walks are immersive experiences that recreate the magic of bygone eras of many historical districts of Mumbai.
    • More Information: Khaki Tours Website

    Other Self Guided Mumbai Walking Tours

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  • 04 of 05

    Best Walking Tours in Kolkata

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    Kolkata has a diverse and fascinating history, which you'll really be able to immerse yourself in on one of these Kolkata walks. Alternatively, there are also walking tours in Kolkata that will give you a modern day look inside the city.

    Mesmerizing Markets

    • Company: Calcutta Photo Tours
    • Description: Kolkata's largest wholesale vegetable market is a photographer's delight, and a complete assault on the senses. There are so many experiences beyond your imagination just waiting to be captured.
    • More Information: Calcutta Photo Tours Website

    Culture Kaleidoscope

    • Company: Calcutta Photo Tours
    • Description: Especially for those with an interested in photography, this tour focuses on the various communities that have made the city their home. It visits rare religious places, and also provides an opportunity to taste local food and witness life as it unfolds in front of you.
    • More Information: Calcutta Photo Tours website or Read About the Tour Experience

    College Street Bengal Renaissance Walk

    • Company: Kolkata Magic
    • Description: A visit to College Street provides an interesting insight into the social and intellectual concerns that shaped India, culminating in the struggle for independence from British rule. The area around College Street was the heart of an intense social reform movement called the The Bengal Renaissance. It questioned existing orthodoxies, particularly with respect to women, marriage, the dowry system, the caste system, and religion.
    • More Information: Kolkata Magic Website

    Bringing the Goddess to Earth at Kumartulli

    • Company: Calcutta Walks
    • Description: Kumartulli is the place where artisans delicately craft the statues of Goddess Durga for the hugely popular Durga Puja festival. This walk will take you along the riverside, where you'll be able to see how the statues are crafted, the conditions in which the artisans live and work, where their material is sourced from, and which industries depend on their creations for their survival.
    • More Information: Walks of India Website

    The Star Still Shines at Sovabazaar

    • Company: Calcutta Walks
    • Description: If you're interested in Bengali culture and cuisine, this tour is for you! Wander though Sovabazaar, where the natives of Kolkata have long resided, and see the cosmopolitan blend of architectural that made up the old world dwellings of the city’s wealthier Bengalis.
    • More Information: Walks of India Website

    Bengali Cooking Experience

    • Company: Calcutta Walks
    • Description: Fabulous for foodies, this tour will take you through a market so you can become familiar with the ingredients that go into making authentic Bengali cuisine. Afterwards, you'll get a cooking demonstration by a housewife in a Kolkata home.
    • More Information: Walks of India website
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  • 05 of 05

    Best Walking Tours in Bangalore

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    The number of companies conducting walking tours in Bangalore has grown in recent years, giving rise to some diverse offerings. Some of the companies also run regular scheduled group walks that you can join in.

    Bangalore Heritage Walk

    • Company: Yours Truly India
    • Description: Get acquainted with the history of Bangalore, dating back to the 15th century, as you explore a palace, fort, temple and a secret dungeon. The tour also visits Bangalore's wholesale flower market.
    • More Information: Yours Truly Website

    Unusual Bangalore

    • Company: Yours Truly India
    • Description: This offbeat walking tour showcases strange practices and rituals. You'll get a glimpse into traditional Colonial style homes, a century old temple, and a Sikh place of worship.
    • More Information: Yours Truly Website

    Bangalore Food Walks

    • Company: Bengaluru By Foot
    • Description: Love food? You can't miss one of these specialty walking tours! Choose from a Muslim dining experience, vegetarian delights in the Old City, evening snacks, breakfast food walk, spare parts for hardcore meat eaters, and the best biryani.
    • More Information: Bengaluru By Foot Website
    • View Bengaluru By Foot's Monthly Walking Tour Schedule

    Bangalore "Pete" (Market) Heritage Walk

    • Company: Unhurried
    • Description: This walking tour focuses on the original area of Bangalore, complete with its oldest markets and ancient temples. 
    • More Information: Unhurried Website

    Green Heritage Walk

    • Company: Bangalore Walks
    • Description: For nature lovers! This weekend group walking tour departs Saturdays and Sunays at 7 a.m. It meanders through the Lalbagh botanical gardens. You'll be able to learn a great deal of surprising information about trees and nature.
    • More Information: Bangalore Walks Website

    Military Heritage Walk

    • Company: Bangalore Walks
    • Description: Even if you're not a military buff, you'll find this group walking tour interesting. The walk takes place inside the premises of the Madras Engineering Group (MEG) and uncovers the rich history of the military, in which the Madras Sappers won wars from China to Egypt. Note that only Indian citizens can go on this walk, after getting special military clearance, due to security reasons. Cameras are not allowed.
    • More Information: Bangalore Walks Website