Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
Morning do the sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Old Delhi is a mix of ancient monuments and modern commerce. Visit the historic Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) – Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, which was built as an octagon measuring 900m by 550m and surrounded by a 9-meter deep moat, which was at its inception fed by the waters of the Yamuna River. Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. Take a cycle –rickshaw ride through the crowded bazaars to the famous shopping street of Chandini Chowk, a good way to get up close and personal with Old Delhi.
In the afternoon, tour New Delhi. Visit the Qutb Minar, a Tower of Victory which was built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. The Tomb Of Humayun – the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture. Also, visit India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to Rashtrapathi Bhawan – the residence of the President of India, which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
Overnight stay at Delhi – Oberoi New Delhi