Redfort, Delhi, India
DELHI | TOUR CODE: 0301
1 NIGHT / 2 DAYS * DELHI *
The capital of India - Delhi blends a historic past and a vibrant present. The Majestic City planned for the British by Lutyen’s is set in parks and shaded avenues. Legend has it that Delhi, then called Indraprastha, was originally founded around 1200 BC by the Pandavas, the August heroes of the epic Mahabharata. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities. Its character is most fascinating varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi kings set in a sprawling park to ultra modern chrome and glass skyscrapers. From imperial India’s Parliament House, Parliament House, India Gate and the President’s Palace to the never ending bustle of the walled city surrounding Jama Masjid, Red- Fort, Raj Ghat, Qutab Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb.
DAY 1: DELHI
Arrive Delhi & transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you are taken on a half-day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid-the largest mosque in India. Here you will also enjoy Rickshaw Ride in narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk- once an imperial avenue of Mughal Royalty which today is the busiest commercial market of City.
Visit Raj Ghat – the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the magnificent Red Fort - a marvel in red sandstone, built on the banks of River Yamuna by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Optional Son et Lumiere Performance at the Red Fort (evening) Perhaps one of the most fascinating sound and lights displays in the world, this son et lumière show will take you through the history of Delhi from the 1st century AD to India's struggle for freedom and its declaration of independence in 1947. Optional walking tour of Old Delhi (half day) Your walking tour of Old Delhi will start at the Red Fort.
You will pass the Jain Temple and the Dariba, the silversmiths' market. Continuing down Chandni Chowk, you pass the Sisganj Gurdwara where the Muslims martyred the 9th Sikh Guru. You then walk down the Oarsmen's Street, home to the boatmen who plied their boats on the river Yamuna and past the gates of the Fatehpuri Mosque. You will then be taken past the Red Fort to the Jama Masjid where you will walk around the Muslim dominated area of Delhi.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: TO NEXT DESTINATION
After breakfast, begin your journey with the half-day tour of New Delhivisit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand- carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time not rusting even after 1500 years.
Later proceed to Humayun’s Tomb – Humayun’s wife Haji Begum had this tomb built after nine years of his death. It was designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of the Indian soldiers), Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's house) - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, Parliament House and the Secretariat Buildingsan interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture.
In the afternoon, transfer to airport / railway station for your onward journey to next destination.
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