|Duration||1 Night / 2 Days|
|Destination Covered||Old Delhi, Jama Masjid, Red fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Dilli Haat|
|Highlights||• Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
• Sightseeing & excursion by expert English speaking local guides in each city.
1100 Hours: Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi which was the capital of Muslim India between 17th and 19th century and has many mosques, monuments and forts. Begin your day with an exploration of Old Delhi – visit the Jama Masjid, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. It is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world and is constructed in red sandstone and white marble. The main prayer hall has a seating capacity of more than 20,000 worshippers. In the old city of Delhi, walk through the by-lanes of the spice market, the wedding street and the jeweler’s lane to savor the 350 years old culture up-close. There will be great photo opportunities here.
Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi. Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Shah Jahan designed this commercial place in 1648. Red fort, built in red sand stone by Shah Jahan in 1648, this magnificent monument is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon.
If time permitting visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.
Return to hotel after the above visits.
Overnight at hotel.
0900 hours: Proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi
Visiting The Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) is where the Viceroy once lived and now is the official residence of the President of India. It is an imposing structure with 340 rooms, constructed high up on Raisina Hill. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War.
Continue to Humayun’s Tomb, the first great example of Mughal architecture in India, it developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. Culminate your tour at Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5meter high with five distinct stories. The construction of this minaret commenced in 1193 and was completed in 1368. Built on the foundation of a Hindu temple, many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins. Within the complex, there are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs. Drive through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi designed by the Edwin Lutyens in 1920. Lutyens’ Delhi includes the grand government buildings and parliament house.
1500 Hours: Visit Dilli Haat
“Dilli Haat” – an open-air traditional market of India showcasing a variety of cultural traditions of India. Explore and experience the enthralling world of Indian Artifacts, Painting, Metalware, Stonework, Woodwork, Terracotta, Jewelry, Lac and Glass work, Leatherwear, Blue Pottery, Home Decor items and traditional Indian Puppets.
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