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Old Delhi and New Delhi Tour - Sightseeing

(Top 10 Fav. Tourist Places of Interest)

Being the national capital and the third-largest city of india, Delhi has gained the position of India’s political hub since olden times. Delhi is studded with mementos and edifice of the 17th and 19th century that give a fair idea about India’s bygone era.



INDIA GATE

Situated in the heart of Delhi. India Gate is a 42 meters tall structure and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1921.
It is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the members of the erstwhile British Indian Army; around 90,000 soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the India Empire in World War I and the Afgan Wars. Originally, a statue of King George V has stood under the now-vacant canopy in front of the India Gate.
Following India’s independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, named Amar Jawan Jyoti. This Amar Jawan Jyoti is burning in a shrine under the arch of India Gate since 1971. A rifle is placed in the middle of the shrine barrel, crested by a soldier’s helmet. Each face of the cenotaph has inscribed in gold the words ‘Amar Jawan’ (Immortal Warrior). This cenotaph is placed on an edifice which has on its four corners, four torches that are perpetually kept alive.

Visiting time: Open throughtout the week.

Entry fee: Free and open to all.



HUMAYUN’S TOMB

The first mature example of Mughal architecture in India is Humayun’s Tomb, built by the Mughal Emperor Humayan’s grieving widow, Hamida Banu Begum, in 1562 AD. The red sandstone complex’s architectural style was designed by a Persian architect. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna and adjoining the shrine of the famous Sufi Saint Nizam al-Din Auliya, this tomb is said to have been a precedent of later Mughal mausoleums in India. The tomb took 8 years to complete. This is listed in UNESCO Heritage buildings and was the first Indian building to use the Persian double dome.

Visiting time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm daily

Entry fee: Indian and visitors of SAARC, Rs 10 per head. For others Rs 250/- per head, Children up to 15 years free.

Camera charges: Rs 25.



LAL QUILA (THE RED FORT)

The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed this classic fort in 1639 AD. This fort had many developments added on after its construction by the Emperor. The significant phases of development were under Aurangzeb and later Mughal rulers. The fort lies along the Yamuna River and the wall at its north-eastern corner is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh. Red Fort showcases the very high level of art form and ornamental work. The fort consist of Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal (palace of colours), Khas Mahal (Emperor’s Palace), Diwan-e Khas (hall of private audience), The Hammam (bathing area) and Shah Burj. The art work in the fort is a synthesis of Persian, European and Indian art which resulted in the development of unique Shahjahani style which is very rich in form, expression and color.

Visiting time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. And Monday closed.

Entry fee: Entry tickets to the fort cost Rs 10 per person (for Indian nationals) and Rs 150 per person (for foreign nationals). Entry to the fort is free on Fridays.

Camera charges: Rs 25.



JANTAR MANTAR

Jantar Mantar in Delhi is an astronomical observatory with masonry instruments, built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, the mathematician and astronomer king. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments and is one of the five built by him. He was given the task by Mughal Emperor Muhommad Shah to revise the calendar and astronomical tables. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables and to predict the times and the moments of the sun, moon and planets, nowadays classified as astrology. Samrat Yantra, the largest structure shaped like a right-angled triangle, is actually a huge sun-dial; the other five instruments are intended to show the movements of the sun, moon etc. The Jayaprakash consists of hollowed out hemispheres with markings on there concave surfaces. Crosswires were stretched between points on there rim. From inside, the observer could align the position of a star with various markings or a window’s edge. The mishra Yantras was able to indicate when it was noon in various cities all over the world and is the only structure in the observatory that was not invented by Jai Singh II.

Visiting time: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Entry Fee: Rs 100.

Camera Charge: Rs 25.



PRESIDENT HOUSE

President’s House ( Rashtrapati Bhavan) was formerly known as ‘Viceroy’s House’ and was occupied by the Governor General of India, until independence. Designed by a British architect, Sir Edwin Luthyens, this classical building uses colors and details peculiar to Indian architecture. It was completed by 1929 and it was in 1950 that the President of India started living in this ceremonial building. The ‘Viceroy’s House’ was thus renamed ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’. It has 340 decorated rooms and a floor area of 2,00,000 sq ft. It presents a blend of Mughal and European architectural styles. The Beautiful works that make the architecture of the Parliament House include, the layout of fountains both inside and outside the building, statues, murals and marble ‘jali’ (mesh) that adorn its windows. It houses Lok Sabha (House of the People), Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and the erstwhile Library Hall. Along with this, there are well-planned garden courts, accommodation for ministers and chairmen, parliamentary committees, party offices, important offices of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha here. Secretariats and offices of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs are also located here.

Visiting time: Entry here requires official permission. Visitors can enter the public galleries of the India Parliament with prior permission, after receiving and official pass.

Entry Fee: Free but as said, requires official permission.



RAJ GHAT

Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Shakti Sthal, Veer Bhumi etc.

One of the important places to be visited in delhi are the Samatis of the grat leaders of India. They are:

Raj Ghat (King Court): is the place where the body of the Father of the Nation (India) Shri. Mahatma Gandhi cremated on 31st January 1948 a day after his assassination. It is a beautiful place to be visited in Delhi. Admission is free but you have to remove your footwear to enter the Raj Ghat.

Shanti Van (Garden of Peace): Adjacent to Raj Ghat is the samati(cremation ground) of late Indian Prime Minister Shri. Jawaharlal Nehru.


Shakti Sthal (Place of Power): is located adjacent to Shanti Van where the body of late Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gadhi cremated.


Vijay Ghat (Victory Platform): is the Samati (cremation ground) of Late Indian Prime Minister Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri.



Veer Bhumi (Land of Brave): is the Samati (cremation ground) of Late Indian Prime Minister Shri. Rajiv Gandhi. It is also situated near by Raj Ghat.



Visiting time: Open throughout the week 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Entry Fee: Free and open to all.

Camera Charges: Permitted.



QUTAB MINAR

The Qutab Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret, It is one of the finest stone towers in India and an important landmark of Delhi. The minaret is 234 Feet high and the highest individual tower in the world. Construction commenced in 1193 under the order of India’s first Muslim ruler Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The top most story of the minaret was completed in 1386 by Firuz Shah Tughluq. It was built to celebrate Ghori’s victory over Rajputs. The Qutab Minar is not able for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Built in red sandstone, this tower sports the inscriptions of verses from the Holy Quran and some intricate carvings. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutab complex.

Visiting time: Throughout the week 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Entry Fee: Rs 250.

Camera Charge: Rs 25.



JAMA MASJID

One of the important place to be visited in Delhi is Jama Masjid. This is oldest (1656 AD) and largest mosque in Old Delhi built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He also built the Taj Mahar in Agra, India. It is very near to Raj Ghat and just opposite Red Fort. Its courtyard can hold up to twenty five thousand people.

Visiting time: Open throught the week, 6.00 am to 7.00pm (Except Friday & Prayer Time).

Entry Fee: Free and open to all, Footwear is to be removed for entering the Mosque.

Camera Charge: Rs 100.



LODHI GARDEN

Spread over 90 acres Lodhi Garden is a park in Delhi. It has architectural works of Sayyid and Lodhis, a Pathan Dynasty which rules much of Northern India during the 16th century. The garden is situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road. Today Lodhi Garden is not only a place of historic significance, it is also turning out to be a place where Delhi Locals and tourists come to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. There are several tombs in this area. One can even climb to the top of some of them. Despite the large number of visitors, Lodhi garden is home to various species of birds. From Green Parakeet to Weaver bird, all manage to thrive in this little haven in the middle of concrete jungle.

Visiting time: Open throught the week, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (in winters 5:30 pm).

Entry Fee: Free and open to all.



Religious Landmarks

SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE

Located on the banks of River Yamuna, Akshardham Temple is a magnificent shrine. This shrine is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, a Jain deity. The temple enshrines a 11 ft tall gilded statue of Bhagwan Swaminarayan made in Bangkok with five different metals (Panchdhatu). The building is constructed entirely using Pink sandstone and Italian marble, without any concrete or steel.

The intricate carvings all over the magnanimous structure make the temple a masterpiece of art. Akshardham is also a part of BAPS’s initiative to promote Indian art, culture and values. BAPS also has a charitable arm, know as BAPS Care, working for the betterment of the people.

Every evening the center comes to life with a colourful musical water fountain that echoes Vedic rhymes and is worth watching.

Visiting time: April-Sep 7:15 am to 7:00 pm & Oct-Mar 6:15 am to 6:30 pm, Daily.

Entry Fee: Free and open to all.

Tip: Carry only necessary things, as you have deposit everything (except money) at the counter for security reasons.



LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE (BIRLA MANDIR)

Lakshmi Narayan Temple is situated to the west of Connaught Place in Delhi. Constructed by Raja Baldev Das in the year 1938, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Also known by the name of Birla Mandir of New Delhi, this temple has quite an interesting history attached to it. Built over a period of 6 years, the temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The temple constitutes of one of the major draws of the city and is visited by numerous devotees and international tourists every year.

Lakshmi Narayan 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 highest Shikara (tower) in the temple soars to an altitude of 165 ft, while the ancillary one is about 116 ft. Facing east and standing on an elevated platform, Birla Mandir of Delhi also enshrines the holy Vedas. The main shrine is dedicated to Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi, while the smaller ones are of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga.

Visiting time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, throughout the week.

Entry Fee: Free and open to all.



ISKON TEMPLE

This is located at Hari Krishna Hill, east of the Kailash area of New Delhi. It was built as recently as 1998 and is one of the most lavish and grand temples in the city. A fine example of architecture, it sports ‘Shikharas’, rising to a height of 90-ft above ground level. The fine art paintings by Russian artists here depict lives and events related to Hindu mythological characters, like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Special sermons and prayer meeting are held at the temple every Sunday afternoon. Dedicated mainly to Lord Krishna, the elegant temple was built by the followers of ‘Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna’ cult. The temple remains opened every day from 4:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There is a museum in the temple that organizes multimedia shows to explain the philosophy and teachings of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Aarti, Bhajans and sermons are a regular feature of th temple, which provide peace to body, mind and soul. Thousands of devotees throng the temple on auspicious occasions like the festival of Janamashtmi (the birthday of Lord Krishna).

Visiting time: 4:30 am to 9:00 pm throughout the week.

Entry Fee: Free and open to all.



LOTUS TEMPLE

One of the most beautiful place to be visited in Delhi is Lotus Temple. This temple is built in the shape of a Lotus Flower, so this temple is known as Lotus Temple. This temple is surrounded by a beautiful 26 acre garden. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall, capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The central hall is slightly more than 40 meters tall and its surface is made of white marble. Since its open for the public worship in December 1986 this temple is one of the most visited places in the world. Millions of people came over to worship God Silently. It has won numerous awards for its architectural design. Temple is open for all religions and this is a place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions.

Visiting time: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (Apr to Sep), 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (Oct to Mar) & Monday Closed.

Entry Fee: Free and open to all.

Camera Charges: Permitted.


Additional City & Day Optional

Garden of Five Senses, Dilli Haat, National Museum and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.



Tour Start from Office/Railway Station Option 1:
Jama Masjid (Mosque), Red Fort (Lal Quila), RajGhat (Shakti Sthal), Akshardham Temple / Lotus Temple, Garden of Five Senses, Qutab Minar, Dilli Haat, Lodi Gardens, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, National Museum, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir).

Tour Start from Airport Option 2:
Qutab Minar, Garden of Five Senses, Lotus Temple / Akshardham Temple, RajGhat (Shakti Sthal), Red Fort (Lal Quila), Jama Masjid (Mosque), Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jantar Mantar, Rashtrapati Bhavan, National Museum, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Lodi Gardens, Dilli Haat.

    » Duration of Travel : 01 Night / 02 Days.
    » Best time to Travel : 12 Months.
    » Tour / Day/Night Optional : Yes / Add - Changeable.
    » Car A/C Type : Tata Indigo (2-3 Pax), Toyota Innova (4-6 Pax).
    » Bus A/C Type : Force Traveller (9-12 Pax), Bus/Coach (15-50 Pax).
    » Hotel Type : Economy, 3 Star and 4-5 star on requirement.
    » Kilometer cover city to city : 80 to 100.



Tour Includes:
01. Daily Breakfast.
02. Travel Guide and English Speaking Driver.
03. Night Accommodation in Hotel on Twin Sharing Basis.
04. Arrival, Sightseeing and Departure as per above Itinerary by A/C Car and Knowledgeable Driver with English Speaking Driver.
05. All Hotel, Transport and Government Service taxes applicable.

Tour Doesn't Includes:
01. Entrance fees during sightseeing.
02. Any meals other than those specified.
03. Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
04. Any other item not specified.
05. International Airfare.

Terms and Conditions:
01. The hotels and services mentioned in the itinerary are subject to confirmation.
02. The rates given below may change in case of change in hotels, transport rates or Government Service taxes.

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