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Indian Cities To Explore By Foot

Exploring cities on your foot is a great experience, as it gives you more time to observe every building, street, meet locals, and learn various aspects of life around you at all times

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Pradeep Chamaria
Pradeep Chamaria
I am a photojournalist. Love to travel to unknown and unexplored vistas. Since 1992, I make places desirable for other travelers through experiential Travel Writing.

INDIA: It’s a very common saying among travelers that the best way to feel a place is to explore it on your feet, as it gives you more time to observe every building, street, meet locals, and learn various aspects of life around you at all times. Also, while walking, you are the master of your own time and you can stop anywhere and also spend as much time you want to spend at a location. I personally love cities and destinations where I don’t need to do anything but start walking.

During my 27 years of travel, there are plenty of cities in the world and India as well, that I have enjoyed exploring on my foot. Here are my most favourite cities in India that I have loved.  

Historic Red Fort in Delhi, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria
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Delhi: Sure, Delhi is a big city, but that means lots of historical sites, impressive monuments, parks, beautiful walks around different markets and through endless lanes in both the old and new sides of the town, etc. You can schedule your walks based on the five zones and enjoy spectacular views no matter which walking route you take. You can also search on the internet or on social media for various walking groups active in Delhi, and join them if your schedule matches theirs. My favourite walk in the town is the old walled city zone of Chandani Chock which lets me indulge in exotic foods along with amazing shopping opportunities besides various touristy attractions.  

Read Also: The Wallahs Of Delhi

Historic Howrah Bridge, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria
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Kolkata:  The city of joy is colorful and exotic. People are so friendly that you don’t miss your near and dear ones on your long travels. Plans should be made for walks in areas which attract fewer tourists, especially the streets of old Kolkata. In Kolkata, you can walk for days, meeting new people, visiting local shops and workshops, finding hidden British era houses, and incredible places to eat. Walking in the Chowringhee area is especially recommended. When tired, you can hire a human pulled Rickshaw to relive British era moments.

Read Also: The Life Of Hand-Pulled Rickshaw Wallahs

Rickshaw Wallahs in Kolkata, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria
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Also don’t miss walking in vegetable markets as well as fresh fish markets – they are located in almost every locality. Just watching people bargaining for fish can be an unbeatable experience.

Also don’t miss walking through the flower markets under the Howrah Bridge at the banks of River Hooghly to enjoy different hues of flowers. You can opt to buy a few for your beloved too.  

Read Also: Symbol of the Pride of Bengal: The Howrah Bridge

Heritage walk in Ahmadabad
Heritage walk in Ahmadabad, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria

Ahmadabad:  Pols in Ahmadabad are neighbourhoods having their own small hypnotic cities. It’s great fun and a learning experience as you walk through these closed localities and experience the daily lives of the residents. Don’t forget to join a walking group to go on the Mandir to Masjid Walk, which covers almost 21 points in the old city. The city is full of old architectural wonders, and exotic handicrafts. When tired of walking, just walk into a market and make yourself comfortable at a cafe to relish Masala Tea, and some delicious Fafdas and Jalebies. If you walk into a local tea shop named Lucky Cafe, you can enjoy a cup of tea sitting on a grave.

Read Also: ‘Mandir to Masjid’ – Heritage Walk In Old City Of Ahmedabad

View of markets in Jaipur, Photo Credits: Pradeep Chamaria

Jaipur:  Modern and peaceful, Jaipur offers many different walking opportunities. Markets full of local handicrafts, exotic Rajasthani dresses, and mouthwatering delicacies. Jaipur is called the Pink city and walking through the narrow lanes, you have great photography opportunities. For eh history buffs, the city offers a various options in form of old forts, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, etc.

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  • Pradeep Chamaria

    I am a photojournalist. Love to travel to unknown and unexplored vistas. Since 1992, I make places desirable for other travelers through experiential Travel Writing.

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