Old Delhi City Tour (Half Day)

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In the 17th century the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, made his capital Old Delhi; today it’s a vivacious assault on the senses that you simply can’t miss. Our half-day guided tour of Old Delhi focuses not only on the Indo-Islamic art and architecture of this ancient area, but also todays culture that is still so heavily influenced by its Mughal past. The tour starts by navigating the bustling and narrow streets of the mile-long Chandi Chowk. We feel the most captivating way to explore this area is on food as well as a traditional rickshaw. This ancient wholesale market is popularly called “The Silver Street”, and is surrounded by tiny shops and bazaars brimming with bargainous goods. Following on you will head to India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, which accommodates up to 20,000 people at any one time. Its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes are a real highlight of Old Delhi. Afterwards we suggest visiting Gurudwara (a Sikh temple), which is often overlooked in classic tours of the area. This is one of the biggest (and cleanest) charitable kitchens in Delhi and here you can witness hundreds of people enjoying a free lunch. It’s a similar experience to that of The Golden Temple in Amritsar.  The volunteer cooks are more than happy for you to join in, perhaps rolling chapattis (Indian flat bread), stirring the huge pots of lentil stew or perhaps even serving! Afterwards head to The Red Fort Complex if time permits, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although impressive, The Red Fort in Agra is arguably more outstanding, so feel free to miss this out if you are heading to Agra. All in all this is a fascinating tour that’s not to be missed.

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