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Delhi

Description

India's capital and a major gateway into the country, contemporary Delhi is today a truly cosmopolitan city that juxtaposes modern and traditional with a graciousness that is her very own unique heritage. Historical capital of influential dynasties down the ages, the site of as many as seven different cities whose legacies one can see.

A kingdom that has created more than one empire, 'Delhi' today is an incredible combination of the ancient and the contemporary. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi gives out a stark contrast for a first-time traveller. You may find high rise towers, swanky malls and BMWs' in harmony with the historical monuments, rustic ruins and bullock carts. An excellent doorway to unwind flashback without compromising on luxury, this city is sure to take you by surprise.

Arrival text

Today you arrive at Terminal 3 of New Delhi International Airport. Once you are done with customs, immigration, and baggage collection you will notice our representative waiting for you with a placard when you are just about to exit the Arrival Terminal.

Sightseeing

While Old Delhi unravels the old charm and speaks volumes about India's history, culture and tradition, enchanting New Delhi exhibits the picture of modern India.

The tour will begin with a visit to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques. It was built in red sandstone and marble by more than 5000 artisans. Later visit Chandni Chowk, Asia's largest wholesale market, a massive area packed with shops, bazaars, and people (most of the shops remains closed on Sundays). Drive past the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 17th century. Also visit the Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Proceed towards New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The first stop will be a UNESCO World Heritage site - Qutub Minar, the second tallest minar in India. It is made of red stone and marble covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an. Later visit the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style and a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour to Imperial Delhi will also include a drive past of India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch, the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India.


Monuments

Jama Masjid


Description

The Masjid-i Jahan-Numa, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India. The mosque is an example of great architecture that existed during the Mughal period and features a blend of both Hindu and Mughal style of architecture.

Built in 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it features the best of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Approximately 25,000 pilgrims can offer their prayers in this mosque together. It has three gates, four towers and two 40m high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. The mosque houses several relics of Islamic religious significance like an age old transcript of the Quran printed on deer skin and a red beard-hair of the Holy Prophet Mohammad.

Red Fort


Description

This 17th century monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has served as a residence of the Mughal Emperors. The key rooms to visit in the fort are: the Diwan-i-'Am (Hall of public audience), Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of private audience), Rang Mahal, the Mumtaz Mahal, the Khas Mahal and the Hammam.

Red Fort, previously known as 'Qila-e-Mubarak', was constructed in 1639 when Mughal emperor Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The Red Fort (closed on Monday) complex is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity and also involves a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. The fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for around 200 years, until it fell into British hands.

Qutub Minar


Description

Qutub Minar, the second highest minar in India, is a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful minaret stands as a structure to commemorate the victory of the Islam over the Hindu kings.

Qutub Minar is a soaring 73 m-high tower of victory built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The first three of its five distinct stories are made of red sandstone, with the two at the top made of marble and sandstone. Each storey is marked with a balcony and tapers and the entire exterior is marked with detailed carvings and verses from the Qur'an. It is surrounded by several historically significant monuments including the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Alai Darwaza and the Tomb of Iltutmish.

Humayun's Tomb


Description

Built in 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The Humayun's tomb is a delightful amalgamation of the Persian and Indian style of architecture.

Built in 1572, Humayun's Tomb is one of the most magnificent tombs built in Delhi during the Mughal rule. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an excellent example of Persian and Indian architecture. The tomb is made with red sandstone along with use of white and black marble. It was considered as the first and foremost garden style tomb in India. This tomb complex is also known as the 'Dormitory of the Mughals' as it houses more than a hundred graves from the Royal family.

Safdarjung Tomb


Description

Built in 18th century, Safdarjung Tomb is a sandstone and marble mausoleum. It remains the last monumental garden tomb depicting Mughal architectural style. It has several smaller pavilions like Jangli Mahal, (Palace in the woods), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Badshah Pasand (King's favourite). The complex also comprises of a Madrasa and a library.

The tomb was built in 1754 as mausoleum of Safdarjung, the viceroy of Awadh under the Mughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah. Safdarjung Tomb was planned and built like an enclosed garden tomb in line with the style of the Humayun's Tomb. The tomb has four key features: the Char Bagh plan with the mausoleum at the centre, a nine fold floor plan, a five-part façade and a large podium with a hidden stairway. Safdarjung's Tomb has been described as 'the last flicker in the dying lamp of Mughal Architecture of Delhi'.

Jamali Kamali Tomb&Mosque


Description

Built in 16th century, Jamali Kamali mosque and tomb comprises of two structures that are adjacent to each other. It is located within Mehrauli Archaeological Park, which actually shares boundary with Qutub Minar premises. It was built in memory of 'Jamali', a highly renowned Poet and Sufi Saint during the pre-Mughal rule.

It comprises of two monuments adjacent to each other; one is the mosque and the other is the tomb of two persons with the names Jamali and Kamali. The tomb stands beautifully with some striking stucco work on the structure, laced on the interior and blue tiles lacing its exterior. Herein, on closer observation, one will also be able to identify verses composed by Jamali. The mosque, on the other hand, is beautifully laced with stucco work all over, together with being flanked with five arched openings and its west end bearing inscriptions from the Holy Quran.

India Gate


Description

India Gate, 42mts high, is counted among the largest war memorials in India. Built in 1921, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a leading war memorial designer at that time. The names of all the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during the World War 1 and the Afghan war are scripted on the walls of India Gate.

Designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1921, this landmark commemorates the members of the erstwhile British Indian Army who sacrificed their lives fighting for the Indian Empire in the Afghan Wars and World War. An added memorial- Amar Jawan Jyoti was introduced in 1971 after the Indo-Pak war in the memory of the many deceased Indian soldiers. A flame burns day and night in remembrance of the lost lives. It is counted among the largest war memorials in India.

President House


Description

The magnificent edifice of Rashtrapati Bhavan - the official residence of the President of India - is one of the largest buildings of its kind in the world. This structure of red and cream sandstone was designed to be the home of the Viceroys of India. Lord Edwin, the then Viceroy and Governor General of India was the first to live here.

Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, stands on a 330-acre estate and the building itself covers an area of five acres. The building, designed by the British Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, is a mixture of Indian and Western schools of architecture. The building contains 11/2 miles of corridors, 340 rooms of which 63 are living rooms, 227 columns, 35 loggias and 37 fountains including the roof fountains. The main palace building was formerly known as Viceroy's House and Lord Irwin was the first Viceroy to move into it.

President House Museum


Description

President House Museum, sprawling across 1.30 lakh square feet space, is the country's first underground museum and boast of state-of-the-art virtual reality exhibitions. The museum helps visitors to get an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and get educated about lives of past presidents of India.

Designed by museologist Saroj Ghose, the uniqueness of the museum lies in its projection of historical artefacts in the form of virtual-reality storytelling projects. The museum showcases a collection of relics associated with each of the past presidents of India along with a range of vestiges reflecting upon the history of India's freedom struggle. The museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 0900-1600, except on gazetted holidays

Mehrauli Archaeological Park


Description

Spread over 200 acres, Mehrauli Archaeological Park encloses a series of tombs, palaces, step-wells and ruins spanning the Sultanate, Mughal and British periods. Some of the most prominent monuments include the Tomb of Balban, Quli Khan's Tomb, Gandhak ki Baoli, Rajon ki Baoli and the Jamali Kamali mosque.

The Mehrauli Archaeological Park is home to the crumbling ruins of tombs and palaces that date back to early medieval times and up to the 19th century. It is known as being the only place in the city which has been continuously inhabited for 1000 year. It consists of over 100 historically significant monuments. The park has ancient relics dating from the times of the Khalji Dynasty, Tughlaq Dynasty, Lodhi Dynasty, the Mughal Empire and the British Raj.

Tughlaqabad Fort


Description

The Tughlaqabad Fort was built in 14th century by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty. The style of the tomb imitates to the Indo-Islamic style of architecture, which was in vogue at that time and was the hallmark of the buildings belonging to the period of the Delhi Sultanate.

Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq built the Tughlaqabad Fort as part of Tughlaqabad, the third city of Delhi. The fort is spread over an extensive area and is a piece of architectural marvel. The fort served twin purpose of a defensive structure as well as the imperial capital of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq. There are a number of monuments within the precincts of this massive fort.

Akshardham Temple


Description

Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, known as the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple, displays the soul of Indian culture, civilization, traditions and spirituality. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India's glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is the quintessence of the Indian rich legacy, traditions, ancient architecture and everlasting spiritual messages. The temple is inspired from the Akshardham Temple in Gujarat and spread over 100 acres. The main monument at the centre of complex is built according to vastu shasthra and pancharatra shasthra. The complex showcases the Indian heritage through various exhibitions like Sahajanand Pradarshan, Nilkanth Kalyan Yatra, Sankruti Vihar, Yagnapurush Kund, Bharat Upavan and Yogi Hraday Kamal.

Laxminarayan Temple


Description

Laxminarayan Temple, built in 1939, is the first large Hindu temple built in Delhi. The temple is built magnificently, although with a modern touch. Adorning the interiors of the temples are beautiful carvings depicting the scenes from mythology. Numerous Hindu symbols and quotes from the Gita and the Upanishads ornament the temple walls.

The Laxminarayan Temple, also known as the Birla Mandir, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (Vishnu, the preserver). The side temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that the temple would allow entry to people of all races. The temple is spread over 7.5 acres, adorned with many shrines, fountains and a large garden and also houses Geeta Bhawan for discourses.

National Gallery of Modern Art


Description

Established in the year 1954, National Gallery of Modern Art is the best place to explore Indian contemporary art. The gallery is a repository of the cultural ethos of the country and showcases the changing art forms through the passage of the last hundred and fifty years starting from about 1857.

The royal building of the museum was formerly the residence of erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur. It houses a splendid collection of paintings, some of which are as old as 150 years. It houses a collection of more than 14,000 works including works by artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as foreign artists, apart from sculptures by various artists. With 12,000 square meters of exhibition space, this National Gallery is one of the world's largest modern art museums.

Jantar Mantar


Description

Jantar Mantar in Delhi is one of the five observatories built by the Maharaja of Jaipur - Sawai Jai Singh II for the pursuit of scientific knowledge. It was built to trace the astronomical phenomena and to ascertain scientific data from the same region. The name Jantar Mantar is a colloquial form of the actual terms yantar and mantra.

Built in 18th century, Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. The Jantar Mantar comprises of various instruments which helped with these predictions, such as the Ram yantra, the Samrat yantra, Jayprakash yantra and the mishra yantra among others.

National Museum


Description

Established in 1949, the National Museum is one of the largest museums in India. The museum building is divided in three floors and each floor features different collections of arts, painting, memento, exhibitions, medieval art, antiquities, carving, arms and armours among others.

The National Museum holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. The museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years of Indian cultural heritage. Pre-Columbian and Western art, antique arms and armour, ancient coin collections and delicate miniature paintings from 1,000 to 1,900 AD are just some of the collections on display. It remains closed on Mondays and National holidays.

National Rail Museum


Description

The National Rail Museum focuses on the rail heritage of India. The museum features a unique collection of more than 100 real size trains and engines from the beginning of the Indian railways. The attractions of the museums are Fairy Queen, Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Fire Engine, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Electric locomotive Sir Roger Lumley and Cranetank among others.

Opened its door in 1977, the National Rail Museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signalling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs and related literature, among others are displayed in the museum. The star attraction is the Fairy Queen, built in 1855 and considered to be one of the best preserved steam locomotive engines of her age. When here, don't forget to ride in joy train and monorail, which is a most exciting experience. Museum remains closed on every Monday and National Holidays.

Heritage Transport Museum


Description

Heritage Transport Museum showcases the evolution of transportation in India and sets a benchmark in interpretation, exhibition and in communication. Vintage and classic cars, railway, aviation and two-wheeler displays dating back to when it all started, coupled with details of evolution of the automotive industry, Heritage Transport Museum is every automotive buff's paradise.

As the first private museum of its scale in India, it is conceived that engages visitor participation in learning while remaining a family experience. It houses the exhibition galleries, library and reference centre, conference rooms, mini auditorium, the museum shop and a restaurant facility. The museum collection is a mix of pre-modern and the modern: howdahs, bullock carts, palanquins and a boat that used to ply in the Yamuna to motorized vehicles of different makes and kinds, including classics as a 1924 Ford, a 1932 Chevrolet, a 1935 Buick. Apart from them there are vintage scooters and rural Indian contraptions such as chakda and phatphat.

Sound and light Show (Red Fort)


Description

Every evening (Monday Closed) there is a spectacular display of history and events related to the city of Delhi in the form of light and sound show organized at the Red Fort. Three hundred years of history will be recreated as the Red Fort; a magnificent symbol of Mughal power comes alive with impressive sound and light effects.

Experience a sound and light show at the Red Fort, Delhi. Music and storytelling combine with the visual wonder creates an experience for all of the senses. Admire the clever fusion of a modern spectacle with a historic site. The show re-enacts Delhi's history with emphasis on the Mughal Era. The show is presented in Hindi&English language in an evening.

Purana Qila (Old Fort)


Description

Purana Qila, a 16th century fort, is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. It was constructed on the historical site of Indraprastha by Mughal emperor Humayun and the Afghan King Sher Shah Suri. The walls of the old fort are said to be built by Humayun while the buildings in the old fort are attributed to Sher Shah Suri.

The fort is an architectural marvel and a quintessential example of the Indo-Islamic architecture that flourished in India during the long reign of the Mughals. The qila is another reminder of the bygone Mughal era which excelled in architectural styles. The fort is famous for its elaborately decorated giant gates, otherwise known as "Darwazas": the Humayun Darwaza, the Bara Darwaza and the Talaqi Darwaza, which are double storied and built with red sandstone.

Surajkund


Description

Surajkund is an ancient reservoir of the 10th century located in Faridabad. The enchanting aura of the place won the heart of a Tomar chieftain Surajpal, a worshipper of the Sun god, who got a sun pool and an amphitheatre built here. Surajkund was a simple tourist destination till 1987, later on it became a famous site which celebrated the centuries old crafts and traditions of India.

Surajkund, meaning is 'Lake of the Sun', is an artificial lake built in the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills with an amphitheatre shaped embankment constructed in semi-circular form. It is said to have been built by the Gujjar king Suraj Pal of Tomar Dynasty in the 10th century. Place is known for its annual fair "Surajkund International Craft Mela", that is visited by millions including foreigners.


Experiences

Lodhi Garden


Description

Earlier known as Lady Willington Park, this historical garden is a favourite picnic spot and a joy for morning walkers with lots of greenery and trees. Spread over 90 acres, it contains tombs and architectural works of the 15th century by the Sayyid and Lodhi rulers.

Lodhi Garden, one of the historical gardens in Delhi, was built between 15th and 16th centuries and houses the tombs of Sayyid and Lodhi rulers. Beautifully landscaped and well laid out with small water bodies, fountains and a jogging track, the garden is very popular with people of all ages in the city. A walk around the serene oasis of the Lodi Gardens is sure to prove a refreshing break from the urban rush of bustling Delhi.

Delhi Haat


Description

Delhi Haat is an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar.

Delhi Haat is an upgraded version of the traditional weekly market, offering a delightful amalgam of craft, food and cultural activities. Spread over a spacious six acre area, imaginative landscaping, creative planning and the traditional village architectural style have combined to produce the perfect ambience for a Haat or market place.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib


Description

Dating back to 17th century, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the prominent Sikh pilgrimage centres in Delhi. It is easily recognised by its golden dome with a sculpted bronze cupola and also a tall flagpole called as Nishan Sahib. People from various religions, castes and places visit this holy place.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh gurudwara or Sikh house of worship and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. It also houses a pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar". It was originally a Bungalow (Haveli) used by Mirza Raja Jai Singh, a well-known military leader of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The complex of Gurudwara is quite big and has a community kitchen hall, higher secondary school, charitable dispensary, library, museum and a multilevel parking.

Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib


Description

Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, constructed in 1675 AD, is one of the oldest and historical gurudwara in Old Delhi.

Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is associated with the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, who was beheaded by the Mughals under the orders of the Emperor Aurangzeb. The gurudwara is built in the Mughal architectural style with mesh-work windows, pavilions&parapets all in sandstone instead of the usual white marble like the other Gurudwaras. The main prayer hall is a beautiful two-storey structure with a high ceiling, huge glass chandeliers&the Guru Granth Sahib; the Sikhs' Holy book is kept in all regalia at the front.

Kingdom Of Dreams (Closed on Monday)


Description

Kingdom of Dreams is India's first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination. This fabulous experience brings to life a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art...all with the technological wizardry of today.

Kingdom of Dreams is a destination in itself that is capturing the imagination of the world. Nautanki Mahal showcases an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical. Culture Gully is an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and Food Boulevard. Showshaa Theatre is a fabulous, colourful drama marquee spotlighting Indian mythology productions, a mock wedding show and the great Indian talent circus. Iifa Buzz is a glamorous Bollywood themed cafe. It is closed on Mondays

Khan Market


Description

Khan Market is Delhi's most upmarket shopping enclave and is favoured by the elite and expats.

Located in a posh area it is ranked as one of the most prominent markets in Delhi. It has a wide variety of stores including modern showrooms of the well-known brands like Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Benetton, Goodearth and others. The market has Silver Jewellery stores, delicatessens, bookstores, electronics, kitchenware and fabric stores mingling with some of the best restaurants in the city.


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Old Delhi by Rickshaw


Description

A tour of Old Delhi through the eyes of a local on jazzy rickshaws exploring the bylanes and heart of the Old city.

One of its kind tour in specially designed rickshaws that attempt to transport guests 400 years back in history through the vibrant narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. On the tour, visit monuments such as the Jama Masjid; Asia's largest spice market and witness delightfully decorated shops, famous eateries, colourful bazaars, architectural marvels of Old Delhi. Hear interesting stories and live the sights and sounds bringing history back to life.

Chandni Chowk by Night


Description

A walk to experience life of Old Delhi at night.

This excursion explores the life of Old Delhi at night. The walk starts at Sisganj Gurudwara, followed by a visit to the next door Sunehri Masjid and a quick sweet stop at Kanwarji's. Walking through Ballimaran's plentiful bakeries and chai shop, wander towards Jama Masjid and revel in the glittering bazaars around the mosque that shine on till the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy dinner at the legendary Moti Mahal Restaurant, Daryaganj and finally conclude the walk at Delhi Gate, going through Daryaganj's eclectic mix of art deco colonial buildings.

Old Delhi Bazaar&Food Walk with Masterji Kee Haveli


Description

Walk through the charming quarter of Old Delhi, discover variety of food and visit a private Haveli.

Walk through the charming quarter of Old Delhi, discover variety of food and visit one of the best well maintained Haveli (Private Mansion), a 3-storied home with a central courtyard flanked by rooms all around and having a total of 58 doors.

Before visiting the home for a cooking demonstration and tasting of traditional home-style Indian vegetarian cooking, take a walk through a local bazaar. Old Delhi Bazaars has colourful and interesting street food and is crowned with the old shops with many original delicacies. Try few of the local delicacies from carefully selected shops. The area is also home to several small temples, shrines, old mosque and protected monument sight. The walk ends at the host's home.

Kabootar Baazi – Pigeon Flying


Description

A fascinating insight into the art of pigeon flying.

Get introduced to the art of pigeon flying that received royal patronage in medieval India. Explore the lanes and markets around Old Delhi. Meet the Kabootarbaz (pigeon fancier). Experience a truly unique activity - the art of controlling 50 pigeons using a whistle, stick and a bag of seeds.

Delhi by Cycle – Shah Jahan Tour (Old Delhi)


Description

Tours on bicycles on planned routes which promise to show the city up close and personal.

At the time of its construction in the 17th century, Shahjanabad was arguably, the most prosperous and beautiful city in the world. Pass through its four hundred year old web of alleys held together with great big meshes of electric cables and infused with the smell of brewing tea and simmering breakfast curry, witness the mind boggling co-existence of the past and the future. Emerging from this rainforest, thick with traditional architecture- typical of Shah Jahan's time, explore Delhi of another time and also see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, the Spice Market and tranquil Civil Lines, the former British colonial area as a sharp contrast to hectic Old Delhi.

Delhi by Cycle (Raj Tour - New Delhi)


Description

Tours on bicycles on planned routes which promise to show the city up close and personal.

This tour is a truly breath-taking ride down Delhi's more recent history. Starting from the narrow labyrinthine back lanes of Old Delhi, passing through quaint old 'socialist-style' quarters of government employees and almost magically landing in the midst of a spectacular view of the Presidential Palace and India Gate encircled by spotless clean, tree-lined wide roads – the tour is a very stimulating and comprehensive catalogue of the lives of people who make this great capital today.

Delhi by Cycle (Yamuna Tour)


Description

Tours on bicycles on planned routes which promise to show the city up close and personal.

Behind every historical capital there is a great big river. The route is an ode to this river that has been a silent witness to Delhi's history and is now a recurrent victim of its excesses.

Starting from the little lanes of Shahjahanabad, while the city is still sleepy in its proverbial sockspassing along the magnificently formidable walls of the Red For, reach the meditative quiet banks of the Yamuna at Nigambodh Ghat. A boat-ride along its shores – migratory birds circling above the calm waters - unravels the ritualistic devotion with which the Hindus treat this historic river.

Despite its current struggles with pollution, the River Yamuna is a goddess to the eyes of her devotees. Concluding with a memorable view of the Jama Masjid back through the streets of Old Delhi, the Yamuna Route is a true experience in the stimulating contradictions that is India.

Please note: During the summer season (February-August), the Yamuna tour does not include the boat ride due to the water condition. The Yamuna tour will still include a fascinating stop at the riverbank and a visit to the nearby cow shelter.

Delhi by Cycle (Nizamuddin Tour)


Description

Tours on bicycles on planned routes which promise to show the city up close and personal.

Through the many lanes of Delhi - the Nizamuddin tour leads through a city of mystics, saints, poets, rebels, forgotten kings, English ladies, refugee colonies and nameless tombs - all buried in the giddying contrast offered by the up-scale South Delhi neighbourhoods. Starting in the over-700-year-old settlement of Nizamuddin, this tour hacks its way through the 21st century concrete jungle and flashy lights of South Delhi to showcase a city alive in unimaginable fragments. The tour is 15kms long and includes tea and breakfast in the lush Lodhi Gardens. It is offered in the mornings (all through the year) and afternoons (from October till April only).

Sufism, the Heart of Islam


Description

A walk through a relatively unexplored part of city with a student trained as a guide exploring Sufism. The walk is a part of an initiate by a local NGO and the money goes towards the development of the area.

Visit the historical Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti with a local resident of this 14th century village, who grew around the shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

On this walk experience the sights and sounds of the Nizamuddin Basti, passing by Urs Mahal, the white-marbled Chausanth Khamba, the little-known tomb of Atgah Khan and a 14th century baoli. These sites are associated with famous Sufi saints Nizamuddin Aulia, Amir Khusrau and Mirza Ghalib. Get introduced to Sufism, a mystical version of Islam.

On Thursday, after the visit to the Basti, visit the Dargarh and listen to Qawwali, which is a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Often listeners and even artists themselves are transported to a trance-like state where they feel at one with the Supreme.

Delhi on a String


Description

Learn from a professional puppeteer how to assemble your own Rajasthani puppet.

Learn from a professional puppeteer how to assemble a Rajasthani string puppet and all that goes into manoeuvring these traditional marionettes. Learn why the selection of colours is important and why puppets look like the way they look. At the end of the session have your own puppet show.

Morning in Hauz Khas


Description

A walk in Hauz Khas: Delhi's own Soho neighbourhood. Hauz Khas Village holds a plethora of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and so much more.

Start the day by visiting an Oriya Temple, unique in its architecture. The temple belongs to the ethnic community from Odisha, a state bordering Bengal. See the priest offering prayers on behalf of the devotees, temple bells ringing and strong temple incense wafting through the air. Hauz Khas Village is just a ten minute walk from here.

From quant little shops selling antique maps, books and film posters to avant-garde fashion houses, Hauz Khas offers an eclectic mix of places to shop, dine and explore with a constant buzz of new outlets mushrooming up and old ones closing.

After exploring, stop for a meal at one of the village's restaurants, particularly the south Indian specialty restaurant, Naivedyam - the rasam (spicy tomato soup) is brilliant and the dosas (south Indian rice pancakes)&idlis really authentic.

Acclimatization Photo Workshop


Description

An essential guide for shooting in a foreign country. Get comfortable with the surroundings and understanding the local psyche in this tour.

As a photographer, it is very important to get comfortable with the surroundings. Therefore, all photographers usually reserve a day or two in their itinerary to familiarise themselves with a new place. Once this bond of familiarity is established, photographing local sights, particularly people, becomes easy.

It is considered acclimatising is an important aspect of the process of photography therefore a slightly different approach with foreign participants is taken. One whole day is reserved for acclimatisation.

The photographers, who are well versed with the surroundings and can foster interactions between the participants and the locals, will help to overcome the hesitations. Such a workshop will help them break the ice and be comfortable with their surroundings.

Street Photography


Description

Discover the various layers of city that coexists together, buried below the mundane with the young photographer of India.

The tour shows the transition of the city from the old to the modern. Discover the city with its longitudes and latitudes, its popular and the shady, well known and ignored, old and new, rich and poor, its hierarchies and pitfalls. See the various layers of city that coexist together, buried below the mundane. See the shift of the city's architecture from the modern to its glorious past.

Shahjahanabad- A Journey through Old Delhi


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On this walking tour explore the history of more than 350 year old city of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan.

Explore the history of more than 350 year old city of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. This walk starts from monuments of the Pre-Shahjahan period like Kalan Masjid, Tomb of Turkman Shah. Walking through the lanes and by-lanes one comes across different Havelis of the rich and famous people of that time like the Haveli of Chunna Mal, the colourful bazars, religious places of all faiths, the famous Jama Masjid, Sis Ganj Gurudwara, churches, the educational institutes and certain buildings of the British period in Old Delhi which came up during the Mughal Rule.

Highlight: The tour is being conducted by an artist who is adept in both photography&sketching, with an in-depth knowledge of Old Delhi.

Delhi before New Delhi


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A walk to see the British buildings from 1800 to 1900 AD and related to the Mutiny of 1857 in Delhi.

The Mughal power had declined by the 18th century. At that time, the main control and administration over India by the East India Company was managed from Calcutta. With Delhi as a new centre it was important to build some administrative buildings. Thus came the Residency building in 1803 and many more of these buildings came around the Kashmiri Gate area and the Civil Lines.

The tour is divided into two phases and is done through by walking and partially through a vehicle. The walk/tour starts from the British Magazine and ends at the Mutiny Memorial covering various buildings related to the British Period from 1800 to 1900 AD before the making of New Delhi.

Sketching Tour of Mehrauli


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A specialized tour for client's interested in sketching with a sketch artist for expert guidance.

A specialized tour for client's interested in sketching. The tour will be conducted by a creative professional, who is an expert both in drawing (pen&paper sketching) and photography. An author of 4 books - Patiala, Amritsar, Kapurthala and Sentinels of Raisina Hill, his books contain rare sketches and photographs of these places. He has also contributed towards drawing various colonial buildings for the Indian Army.

The area of Mehrauli is probably the oldest continuously inhabited area of the city and contains the architectural legacy of many centuries. Over 300 listed buildings of archaeological, architectural and historical significance dot the Mehrauli area with many more are still to be uncovered. This location has been carefully chosen to give the artist, limitless possibilities to select the subject of interest. Get expert guidance and discuss the finer details of this form of artistic expression.

Delhi by Night (Photography Tour)


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This is a photography tour with an expert photographer taking in the sights and sound of the city along and learning how to shoot at night.

A unique way to see the city. Explore New Delhi, which by now would be draped in natural darkness and man-made light. Capture the various forms and shapes being formed by the interplay of these lights. Be it the crowded bazaars for the human patterns or the random patterns being formed due to the lights of the vehicles. Follow the expert's footsteps to some of the important landmarks of Delhi and the night life surrounding it.

Mutiny Tour


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A walk that offers fascinating insight into Delhi's British roots.

The walking tour will start from the Mutiny Memorial, erected by the British to commemorate those killed during the First war of Indian Independence. Continue onto the Nicholson cemetery, an Anglican Church built in 1836 (making it one of the oldest churches in Delhi) and then onto the William Fraser Bungalow (the former home of the British Commissioner of Delhi and constructed in 1803). The walk lasts for 3-4 hours and will be a fascinating insight into Delhi's British roots.

Laughter Yoga


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Experience the tremendous power of laughter and its efficacy as the best prescription for wellness.

Started in India in 1995 with just five people, today, the Laughter Movement is widely accepted and has become a global phenomenon with over 6000 clubs in 60 countries. Realizing the tremendous power of laughter and its efficacy as the best prescription for wellness, Laughter Clubs have brought smiles and laughter in the lives of many people suffering from physical and mental and emotional upsets. Take this opportunity to participate in this session with a Laughter Yoga Practitioner in the beautiful backdrop of one of the best gardens of Delhi.

Saffron Palate – Meal with Indian family at their residence


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Learn to cook Indian cuisine and enjoy a meal with the local family at their residence.

Located in chic and modern Hauz Khas, the host has a delightful house with a beautiful terrace garden. Enjoy an evening / afternoon of fun, food&laughter. From having a simple meal with the family which gives a glimpse into a Indian family to cooking lesson which are uncomplicated and easy to reproduce at home, to a visit to a local handicrafts&spice market – this is a great way to spend an evening in Delhi.

Art Tour


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Come on an exciting Art Tour accompanied by one of India's young breed of avant-garde artist.

On the tour get to know about the contemporary art practice in India through interactive sessions with well know faces of India art by visiting studios, one to one dialogues , PPT&demonstration on the techniques of art and allied (paintings, sculptures, installations, video art, public art, Indian craft).

Shopping Tour


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An excellent way to explore Delhi!

Start the day by visiting a quiet lane (an oasis) in the middle of the hustle bustle which also has a Jain temple followed by a visit to a jewellery shop. Look at the spice market with a few tips on the Indian spices&tea, followed by shopping of spices, if needed. Visit an open air craft bazaar that has different handicrafts from all across India, visited by locals and foreigners alike. Stop at one of the residential markets in New Delhi. There are small souvenir shops as well as outlets for Indian and semi western attires.

Food Walk


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Enjoy the food paradise which is Old Delhi on this curated walk with our friend.

Delhi has learnt to preserve its cultural history, appreciate distinctiveness and create a spirit of its own- all while becoming the heart and treasured capital of the nation. The same goes for the food. Through years of cultural interaction, many joints have opened up which offer not only a taste of authentic Dilli food at reasonable prices but are considered landmarks on Delhi's culinary map. These places, along with their special secret recipes, have been handed down through generations. Community identities are expressed in their food and they help foster this spirit of oneness by sourcing ingredients locally. This walk was started because the food in these places has stories to tell and they wish to share these stories.

Shahpur Jat – Delhi's Urban Village


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Soon to be the next "in" destination of the city, Shahpur Jat is the perfect mix of old meets new and the place to go see some brilliant street art.

The lively eclectic jungle of creativity and art is the "other village", the design and lifestyle hamlet. Explore the changing hues of this urban village, making the way through meandering streets, past tailoring sweatshops and hole-in-the-wall vendors selling beads and baubles, unpainted brick buildings, overhanging wires and the numerous chaiwallahs serving hot chai {interesting snippet of how they started}, to understand the co-existing cosmos of cultures.

The Lodhi Garden&Meherchand Market Experience


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Explore the history stored in the green landscape of Lodhi Garden. Also enjoy an exclusive shopping experience in a fledging marketplace that's home to some of the country's most vibrant, young enterprises.

A four kilometre stretch, located not so far from the heart of Delhi, is flanked by mosques, architectural marvels, dargahs, step wells, colonies from the British era, cultural centres and a fledging marketplace that's home to some of our country's most vibrant, young enterprises. Go back in time while walking through the beautifully manicured gardens of Lodhi. Also, get acquainted with a few of the best and most quaint lifestyle stores in town.

Spice Tour in Old Delhi with our Expert


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Get introduced to largest spice market of Asia on this walk.

Explore Khari Baoli or the Spice Market, a 17th century market with an illustrious past and an even more exciting and eventful present. Explore a variety of indigenous spices, dry fruits, herbs, perfumes through the winding lanes and piles of spices. It is a very picturesque location with lots of activity.

New Delhi Cycling Tour


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Explore Delhi in an eco-friendly&healthy manner through cycling!

New Delhi is the heart of India. With its lush greenery, beautiful roads, breath-taking monuments and a taste of the true urban spirit of Delhi along with its political prowess, New Delhi would be both picturesque and memorable. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single spin. Taste the true urban spirit of Delhi.

The Tasting Home


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Three women and three generations bring a unique experience of interacting with an Indian family.

The Tasting Home – where soul and sensibility join hands to conjure a tale of tastes and textures, three generations of women recreate the fantasy of India's best known loves: food, fabrics and quintessentially Indian, Chai. The décor is an ode to old world glamour and a connoisseur's delight, redolent with the heritage and legacy of the family: the original builders of New Delhi. Every wall, surface and corner has been elegantly curated in an eclectic mix of styles – Mughal, Persian and Kashmiri – woven together in perfect harmony.

Experience home food cooked with family recipes handed like treasured secrets down the generations. The spices used by the chefs are a fragrant masala mix especially prepared for each dish. A selection of classic Indian teas and wine will end each feast.