NEW DELHI & OLD DELHI SIGHTSEEING
Starting New Delhi Sightseeing
& Old Delhi Tour
duration is 8 hours x 2 days.
Day 1 : New Delhi
HIGHLIGHTS : Qutub Minar , Lotus Temple , Humayun Tomb , Lodhi
Garden , Connaught Place area.
Then after lunch we will visit: : India Gate ,
Rashtrapati Bhawan , Teen Murti Bhawan, Jantar Mantar & Birla Temple
Day 2 : Old Delhi & New Delhi
HIGHLIGHTS : Rajghat , Red Fort , Jama Masjid , Jain Lal
Temple, Chandni Chowk
After lunch, we will visit: : National Gallery of Modern Art ,
Purana Quila , Nizamuddin Dargah & Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
New Delhi the capital of India,
is a city of marvellous contrast. Its past and present mesh
seamlessly to make it an exciting palace to visit. The sprawling
modern metropolis of Delhi enfolds within its limits the remains of
seven earlier cities. Today the imposing forts and tombs of these
earlier times co-exist comfortable with the elegant edifices of the
British Raj and modern high rise buildings.
Tomb, the red and white structure, was raised by his widow, Haji
Begum, as a tribute in his memory in the 16th century. This building
which is supported by a lofty, double-storeyed gateway costs 1.5
The tomb of Humayun, the famous
Mughal emperor, was commissioned by the first wife of Mughal emperor
Humayun, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569. The designs of the monument
are believed to be the brainchild of a Persian architect, Mirak
Mirza Ghiyas, Humayun’s tomb is believed to be the first garden tomb
constructed in India. Today a site for every heritage walk,
Humayun’s tomb is a top tourist attraction of Delhi tourism with
many national and international tourist visiting it every day. It
was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 by the UNESCO and this
has resulted in the historical monument gaining huge popularity.
There are many other small monuments within the premise of Humayun’s
tomb such as Isa Khan’s tomb which was built prior to the Humayun’s
tomb. The tomb’s complex accommodates the main tomb of the Emperor
Humayun along with the graves of Bega Begum, Hamida Begum and Dara
Shikoh as well as other significant Mughal members.
of the must visit places in Delhi, India Gate is one place you can’t
afford to miss. One of the best Delhi darshan places, India Gate
during the evening is a magnificent site to visit.
Originally referred to as All
India War Memorial, it has names of Indian soldiers who sacrificed
their lives in World War I, engraved on its wall. The names of
martyrs of Anglo-Afghan War are also engraved on its wall. Situated
opposite to Rashtrapati Bhawan, it’s on the other side of the
Rajpath. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the construction of India
Gate begun in 1921 and completed in 1931.
There are 4 eternal flames placed
under India Gate, referred to as Amar Jawan Jyoti. The famous
republic day parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and terminates at
Built in 1725 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is a
huge sun-dial known as the Prince of Dials. It was also used to
observe the movements of stars and planets. The instruments at
Jantar Mantar are fascinating for their novel approach. However, it
has now become impossible to predict the time accurately because of
the towering buildings that surround it. Recently the area has been
restored to it's pristine glory.
Said to be the remains of another city that was sought to be built
in Delhi, the tombs are in the midst of the famed Lodhi Gardens and
is believed to have been built by rulers of two dynasties, the
Sayyaids and the Lodis.
km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor
Rajputs, the 72.5 m high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of
a Muslim King Kutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. At Kila Roy Pithora, on
the dilapidated fort of the last Hindu king Prithwiraj, this victory
stand was made like throne in Gajni. In 1199 Kutub-ud-Din started
its construction and it was completed in 1236 by Iltutmish, the
son-in-law of Kutub. However, there is a 2nd opinion. Some say, the
construction came to an end around 1357-68 during the reign of Feroz
However, the Kutub which was built in Afghan style underwent
repairing and remaking for more than occasions. Revolving steps of
flights are 367 in number in slightly leaned Kutub. It has some spl
features- at its root the radius is being 14.40 m which gradually
reduced at its top to 2.44 m. In Kupee language it has been
inscribed on Kutub that- The Tower was erected to cast the shadow of
God over both East and West. Aayaat from Quran is also inscribed. At
the foot of the Minar a Mosque was built in 1197. The 5 storeyed
Qutub Minar is a remarkable instance of sculpture in India. The 1st
floor made of sand stone by Kutub, the 2nd & 3rd floors made of sand
stone by Iltutmis and the 4th and 5th in both sand stone and marble
by Feroz Shah Tughlok in 1368.
It is 5 km to the S-West from Connaught Place at Arvind Marg on the
way to Kutub. Between 1753-74, Nawab Suja-ud-Dulla erected
Safdarjung on the graveyard of Nawab of Ayodhya Mirza Mukim Abul
Mansur Khan, like the tomb of Humayun. In the middle of Mughal
Garden Charbagh, it is the last tomb or graveyard of 40 ft high. On
the 4 sides, there are 4 stone made Azan Minar. In the courtyard,
there is rose garden.
Beside it, mini airport, Safdarjung of Delhi Flying Club is located.
In 1980, Sanjay Gandhi died in an air crash in this airport.
Adjacent to the south, there is the battle field, where Mahammad
Shah Tughlak was defeated by Taimur in 12 Dec, 1398.
The Tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq lies 8km east of the Qutab complex.
The fort is partially in ruins, but still worth a visit. A well
preserved tomb which lies south of the fort is a fine example of
Feroz Shah Kotla
Erected by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1354, the ruins of Ferozabad, the
fifth city of Delhi can be found at Feroz Shah Kotla, Just off
Bahadur Shah Zafur Marg between the old and new Delhi's. In the
frortress-places is a 13-metre-high sadstone Ashoka pillar inscribed
with Ashoa's edicts The remains of an old mosque and a fine well can
also be seen in the area, but most of the ruins of Ferozabad were
used for the construction of later cities.
Palaces of Worship in Delhi Information
Mandir, DelhiThe Laxmi Narayan Mandir (temple) built by B.D. Birla
is a modern Hindu temple dedicated to Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and
Narayana (the preserver). It was inaugurated by Gandhi with the
stipulation that it should be open to all castes (including the
untouchables) and all faiths, so it is more welcoming to foreigners
than the average temple.
After visiting so many ancient Hindu temples, it was fun to see a
modern functioning one. The whole temple was quite garish, and noisy
with chants over the loud speaker system, but it was also strangely
peaceful. In the garden there was a tree wound with colored strings,
and two women were praying at the foot.
The highest tower in the temple reaches a height of 165 feet while
the ancillary towers reach 116 feet. The Geeta Bhavan, a hall is
adorned with beautiful paintings depicting scenes from Indian
mythology. There is also a temple dedicated to Buddha in this
complex with fresco paintings describing his life and work. The
entire complex, especially the walls and the upper gallery are full
of paintings carried out by artists from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The
rear of the temple has been developed as an artificial mountainous
landscape with fountains and waterfalls.
Temple - DelihBaha'i Temple, is known as one of the most beautiful
architectural temples in India. Popularly called Lotus Temple as it
is built in the shape of a Lotus flower and reaches a height of more
than 40m. It was completed in 1986 and one can enjoy its exquisite
beauty even from a kilometre distance, at night. The House of
Worship is surrounded by nine large pools of water that not only
enhance the beauty of the building, but also play a significant role
in the natural cooling system of the prayer hall. An adjunct of the
main building is its ancillary building which houses offices, a
conference hall, a library and an audio-visual room.
The common characteristic of Bahá'i Houses of Worship is that they
are all nine-sided. Nine is the highest digit and symbolises
comprehensiveness, oneness and unity. Within the prayer hall only
the Holy Scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith and earlier Religions are
read or recited, according to arranged programmes. At other times,
all are welcome to meditate and pray in silence. No lectures are
permitted, nor any rituals performed in the prayer hall.
km away from Janpath to the N-East of Feroz Shah near Delhi Gate at
Ring Rd on the bank of Jamuna situated Rajghat. Jawaharlal Nehru Rd
also ends opp. Rajghat. On 31st Jan. 1948, Mahatma Gandhi's last
rites was performed here. The memorial stone of Gandhi is square in
shape made of black stone. His last ward- 'Hey Ram' is inscribed on
Ordinary people, VIPs, foreign
tourists all come here at Rajghat to pay their homage to him. On
every Friday (the day of his death) a prayer is being held. Except
Monday, a regular feature of projecting Gandhi philosophy in
picture, sculpture and photos from 10-00 to 17-00 is being performed
at Rajghat. Besides, there is Gandhi Memorial Museum projecting his
life and the philosophy of Sarvodaya Movement in film from 9-30 to
17-30 except Thursday and on Sunday at 16-00 in Hindi and 17-00 in
Chandni Chowk is always filled with enthusiasts seeking different
adventures ,famous for its street food, Chandni Chowk hides a gem in
its heart. Nothing starts the day better than a delicious serving of
hot Parathas. Paranthe Wali Gali offers you a variety of breakfast
options ranging from aloo paratha, mixed paratha to khoya paratha.
The three remaining shops showcase the photos of all the celebrities
who have been in their shop. A famous hotspot for foodies, Paranthe
Wali Gali would be the perfect start for your day.
boasts many historical place and architectural marvels but the gem
in its crown has to be the Red Fort. One of the most popular
monuments, made by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the fort served as a
Mughal palace, housing Mughal emperors for almost 200 years. Not
just a palace, the fort also served as the cultural and strategic
hub of Mughal empire. Made out of red sandstone, the Red Fort is
purely an architectural marvel based on Mughal design. Holding
special significance in Indian Freedom struggle, Pandit Nehru, First
Prime Minister of India, gave the famous midnight speech from the
Red Fort itself. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, today the
Red Fort hosts many museums inside, showcasing Mughal history.
Jahan Numa, very close to Delhi’s heart, is the religious name for
the Jama Masjid. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in between 1644
and 1656, Jama Masjid is one of India’s largest mosques. Though
British wanted it to be annihilated, it still stands tall in the
centre of Chandni Chowk. Boasting a capacity of more than 25000
people, Jama Masjid is a sight to behold during Eid. One of the
holiest places in India, the last monument to be built by Shah Jahan,
today Jama Masjid is protected by Delhi Waqf Board. Best thing to do
is climb to the top of the minarets and soak in the beauty of the
Old Fort (Purana Qila)
English Name for Purana Qila is Old Fort. It is one of the oldest
surviving forts in Delhi. Built by Sher Shah Suri, the founder of
Sur empire. It is believed by the time Sher Shah Suri died in 1545,
the fort was not fully complete and it was completed by his son,
Islam Shah. According to historical facts, the fort which was
originally constructed by Mughals was used as the inner citadel of
the Mughal city. After conquering Humayun, Sher Shah Suri started
further construction to the existing fort. During the partition of
India and Pakistan, the fort was used to house refugees seeking
asylum. Until 1970, the fort had staged many cultural plays and even
till the day, it hosts many musical events and theatrical
performances. It also has a lake in which tourists can boat. Also,
another major attraction is the national zoo of Delhi.