New Delhi Day Tour
New Delhi is the capital city and heart of India. This popular city is richly enriched with heritage and culture. This famous city developed from religious diversity and cultural influence of ancient Indian cultures, the Mughals and the British.
Delhi is divided into two areas: Old Delhi or Purani Dilli and Nayi or New Delhi. Both areas possess a striking contrast and are a perfect example of past and present.
Old Delhi – With its overcrowded streets, numerous gastronomical lanes and ancient monuments, Purani Dilli touches the hearts and souls of everyone who visit her. Founded in 1639 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it was formerly called Shahjahanabad. Consequently, it has Mughal inspired edifices, gardens and mosques. Old Delhi houses many forts and palaces such as Lal Qila fort, Daryaganj cantonment and Chandni Chowk, a busy shopping hub. There are many other ancient shopping markets in Old Delhi such as the Phool Mandi (Flower Market), Khari Baoli (dry fruits, herbs and spices) and Chawri Bazaar, Indian’s first hardware souk.
New Delhi – Designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens, this bustling capital features magnificent imperial buildings, expansive avenues, numerous cafes and restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to famous monuments such as India Gate, Akshardham Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Humayum’s Tomb and Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s home.
Connected by a vast metro line and intricate roadways, Delhi is an exciting place to visit.
Itinerary 1 Red Fort - Lotus Temple - India Gate - Birla Mandir
The day starts with a visit to the Red Fort which is a historic building in New Delhi. It was the primary residence building for the Mughal emperors for 200 years. It is a must visit place for someone who wants to know about the history of Delhi. Next, we get to visit the Lotus Temple which was created with an estimated cost of $10 million. Shaped like the petals of Lotus flower, this building has won many architectural awards. Indian Gate is an All India War Memorial located at the Raj Path. It is the memorial for 70,000 British-Indian soldiers who lost lives in the first world war. The Birla Mandir / Laxmi Narayan Temple, which will be the next destination, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu with his consort Goddess Lakshmi. This temple was constructed in 1939 & inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.
Itinerary 2 Qutub Minar - Raj Ghat - Indira Gandhi Memorial - Jama Masjid
Your day starts in New Delhi. You will be picked up from the hotel & will be taken to visit Qutub Minar. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. At the base, the Qutub Minar is 47 feet which shortens to 9 feet at the peak. It is almost 240 feet in height. It was built by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak, the founder of Delhi Sultanate. Next is the Raj Ghat. It is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. He was cremated there in 1948. It is open to the sky & an internal flame burns at one end. The following destination, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of the former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. A collection of photographs is present here, depicting the early days of Nehru-Gandhi family & the nationalist movement. The next destination is the Jama Masjid. This mosque was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 & 1656. About 25,000 people can pray at a time in Jama Masjid’s courtyard. After visiting all these famous places, you will return back to the hotel.