Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators.
The city importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. No wonder chroniclers of Delhi culture - from Chand Bardai and Amir Khusro to present days writers - have never been at a loss for topics. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.
Delhi has been the political hub of India. Every political activity in the country traces its roots here. This was true even of the mythological era. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata had their capital at Indraprastha, which is believed to have been geographically located in today Delhi.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, we will greet you at the airport and facilitate your transfer at a pre-booked hotel. The transfer will be arranged in an air-conditioned car. After checking in at the hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city. Spend the afternoon on a half-day orientation tour of Delhi visiting Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, and drive past the Parliament House and other government buildings in Lutyen Delhi. This tour will include a stop at India Gate.
Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 2: Delhi
After an opulent breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. The streets of Old Delhi are narrow and bustling with activity. However, the beauty and serenity lies inside the courts of the main buildings. The boutiques and shopping arcades of Old Delhi offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts, from all over the country.
On this tour, you will visit Raj Ghat, Shanti Vana, Jama Masjid, and drive past the Red Fort. Also visit Humayun Tomb.
After the tour, proceed to the airport for your onward journey.
Parks in Delhi
- Garden of Five Senses
- India Gate Lawns
- Buddha Jayanti Park
- Mughal Garden
- Kalindi Kunj
- Central Park
- Deer Park
- Nehru Park
- Zoological Garden
Museums in Delhi
The museums of Delhi fascinate any visitors who are curious to know about the heritage and history of Delhi. The museums also have activity rooms for children to play and learn in. Some of the popular museums in Delhi are:
- Archaeological Museum
- Craft Museum
- Gandhi Museum
- Gandhi Smriti Museum
- Ghalib Museum and Library
- Indira Gandhi Memorial
- National Agricultural Science Museum
- National Gallery of Modern Art
Delhi has always been a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan culture which is reflected in every aspect of life. Delhi has plenty of entertainment spots to choose from. Entertainment Places like cinema halls, pubs, hotels and recreational centers are open on all weekends. It has world class multiplexes like the PVR, Big Cinema, Fun Cinema, DT Cinema etc. Night life in Delhi consists of clubs, bars, restaurants, etc., where you get a world class ambience with quality service.
Delhi Adventure Sports
Whether in spring, summer or autumn, sporting activities that keep your adrenaline rushing can be undertaken, like Water- Scooter Rides, Motorboat Rides and Pedal Boating. Delhi Tourism also underatkes Adventure tours for different age groups, which includes outdoor camping, soft adventure activities, trekking and mountain climbing.
Delhi Art Galleries
Delhi artistic infrastructure was developed post 1947 by the efforts of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra and India first private art gallery, the Dhoomimal Gallery. India adopted a cultural policy that established the Lalit Kala Academy and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. This made Delhi an important centre for art, a status that had been earlier granted Bengal and Bombay. Contemporary Indian art is flourishing and Delhi has an ever changing roster of paintings and exhibitions in its galleries. Everything from abstract art to sombre
studies of urban life can be found in these exhibits.
- National Art Gallery of Modern Art
- Lalit Kala Akademi
- Art Today
- Dhoomimal Art Gallery
- Gallerie Ganesha