Tongas have been an integral part of Delhi since the 18th century when the Mughal empire was at the height of its glory. While the mighty emperors, princes and princesses traveled in elaborately decorated carriages, the members of the middle-class trotted in the humbler horse-pulled baggas.
By the time the British colonialists strengthened their hold in the country, the tongas had become the lifeline of the capital city. The advent of automobiles on Delhi's swanky roads failed to dampen the business of the horse-driven carriages, which continued to enjoy mass popularity in the serpentine lanes of old Delhi. The charming carriages are a relatively cheaper and interesting way of traveling between popular attractions like Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Cannaught Place.