A full day guided tour of Delhi allows us to dip into two contrasting but equally compelling areas of Delhi: Old Delhi and New Delhi. Designed by Sir Edward Luytens and Herbert Bake, New Delhi offers a very different and contrasting experience to the ancient backstreets of Old Delhi. It is here where we start our tour. Most of New Delhi dates back to around 1911 when the British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi, although many monuments date back a lot further. It is here you’ll find tree lined avenues, formal parks, magnificent colonial buildings as well as some ancient highlights dotted around the area. This morning’s tour takes in Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Qutab Minar, and Humanyun’s Tomb. If time permits you may wish to visit the small National Gandhi Museum that showcases the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall historic buildings. This afternoon takes us to the famous Red Fort Complex surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride with your guide. If time permits we highly recommend visiting Gurudwara (Sikh temple), which has one of the biggest (and cleanest) charitable kitchen’s in Delhi. Here you can witness hundreds of people that come here to eat each day for free.