Delhi Sightseeing Tour by Car

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Delhi Sightseeing Tour by Car


  • Delhi Sightseeing Tour by Car

    Morning Tour (New Delhi): 9.00 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.

    Laxmi Narayan Temple: Popularly Known as Birla Mandir, it's a large Hindu Temple built in 1938 , by the renowned Industrialist Mr. Birla. The architecture style is taken from the state of Odisha.

    Qutub Minar: This 72.5 meter victory tower , an excellent example of architecture in Afghanistan has been given World Heritage Site status . Qutub Minar was built in the 12th century by Qutubuddin Aibak.

    Bahai Temple: Situated in South delhi , Bahai temple is also known as "The Lotus Temple" due to its unique lotus shaped design in Marble. The temple was built in 1987 by the followers of Bahai faith.

    Lunch could be enjoyed at Epicure, In Nehru Place which houses upmarket speciality restaurants as well as a food court.

    After this drive by the India Gate, Parliament House and Chanakya Puri - area where all the embassies and the high commissions are located.

  • Delhi Sightseeing Tour by Car

    Afternoon Tour (New Delhi): 02:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Red Fort: Built by Shahjahan, the builder of Taj Mahal in Agra, The construction lasted from 1639 to 1648 (Monday Closed) Old Fort: Monday Only.Built in 1648 ,by Shahjahan, who also built the Taj Mahal in Agra .Visit Chandni Chowk market area to get the feel of old Delhi charm.

    Rajghat: The simple design of a square platform built in black marble marks the place where Mahatama Gandhi was cremated.

    Humayun's Tomb: Built by Humayun's widow, Queen Haji Begum in the sixteenth centuary, it is supposed to be a prototype of the Taj Mahal.

    DRIVE PAST: Feroz Shah Kotla stadium , Indira Gandhi Stadium, Shakti sthal, Purana Qila etc.

    The above is just a sample itinerary and could be modified according to special interests , time constraints and the conveniences .


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Delhi Sightseeing Tour By Car

The capital of India presents a captivating combination of ancient and modern. As a major cultural centre, Delhi offers a glimpse of the diversity of the country's many states

Delhi is the political and administrative centre of the world's largest democracy. It has a population of more than 10 million and covers an area of 1 500 sq km (579 sq miles). Presenting a curious mixture of old and new, this Sprawling city has two main parts, Old Delhi (former Shahjahanabad) and New Delhi (the former British capital) consisting of ancient villages and sites have been engulfed by newer residential areas (colonies). The city struggles cope with the effects of expansion — pollution, traffic congestion, shortages water and power, continual construction — and an extreme climate. However, recent positive moves include the introduction of a law forcing all public transport (autos and buses) to convert from diesel to compressed natural gas, and the start of work on Delhi's long-planned metro system; both of these developments should have an effect on the city's appalling atmospheric pollution.

Ancient cities of Delhi

Strategically located between the Aravalli hills and the Yamuna river, Delhi has been the site of more than a dozen cities. It is named after an earlier settlement, "Dillika". The first of the cities was Indraprastha, legendary capital of the Pandavas, epic heroes of the Mahabharata. Recent excavations at Purana Quila (Old Fort) date the settlement to between 1st century BC and, 4th century AD.

The next documented city was Lal Kot, founded in the 8th century AD by Tomara Rajputs. It was captured and renamed Qila Rai Pithora by the Chauhan Rajputs in the 12th century. Later it was occupied by the Slave King Qatb-ud-din, who founded the Delhi Sultanate and began construction of the Qatb Minar. The monuments and ruins from this era stand in and around the Qutub Minar complex in South Delhi. The ruins of Siri, a capital established by the Turkish Ala-ud-Din Khilji, can be seen around Hauz Khas colony. In 1320 Ghias-Din Tughiaq moved to his fortress city of Tughlaqabad east of Qutub Minar. His tomb stands across road from the ruins, overrun by monkeys.

Ferozabad, once the richest city in the world, was founded In 1351 by his successor, Feroz Shah Tughlaq, on the banks of the River Yamuna. The ruins of his place and other monuments are situated in Feroz Shah Kotla, south of the memorials on the Ring Road.

They were followed by the Sayyids and the Lodis, who tombs stand in Lodi Gardens, south of India Gate. Their defeat by the Central Asian invader Babur, in the 16th century, marked the end of the Delhi Sultanate and the dawn of the Mughal Empire.

Din-Panah fort (Purana Qila) was built above the Yamuna River by Babur's son, the studious Humayun, who was forced to flee by Sher Shah, an Afghan invader. Sher Shah began constructing his new capital of Shergarh, but Humayun won back Delhi in 1555 only to die a few months later when he fell down his library stairs. Akbar, Humayun's son, moved his capital to Agra. His grandson, Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, returned to Delhi in 1638 to build the glorious Shahjahanabad. This walled capital, bound by 14 gates, included most of Old Delhi, Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), the bazaars around Chandni Chowk and Lal Qila (Red Fort) from where he ruled his empire. Successive invasions from Persia reduced the power of the Mughals until the British took over Delhi in the 19th century. In 1911, during the visit of King George V, Delhi was declared the capital of the British Empire in India. The present city of New Delhi, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, was completed by 1931.

Delhi Sightseeing Around Connaught Place
Delhi Sightseeing Around Connaught Place

The circular shopping arcade of Connaught Place forms the heart of modern Delhi The colonnaded corridors were built for the British to shop in style. Concentric roads create an inner, middle and outer circle lined with shops, restaurants, street stalls and cinemas. The underground market ofPalika Bazaar on the Outer Circle has tiny shops overflowing with tourist tat and touts. The tourist theme continues to the north, with the backpacker's ghetto of Paharganj Bazaar, opposite New Delhi Railway Station, which offers cheap food and accommodation, and colourful shops.

To the west, Baba Kharak Singh Marg has a row of State Government Emporia where regional handicrafts are available at regulated prices. Opposite is Hanuman Mandir, a temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, a deity much revered by wrestlers. At the end of this road, to the left, rises the golden dome of Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). Going southwest along Sansad Marg (Parliament Street) is the red sandstone Jantar Mantar , an open-air observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh I of Jaipur. It has become a focal point for political protests. To the south, Janpath is popular for its street stalls, market, western Indian women peddling embroidered fabrics and the huge Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIE), which offers a glimpse of the wide range of handicrafts available in India.

Kasturba Gandhi Marg leads south to India Gate past the cultural centres of the UK and the US, which have good libraries and reading rooms in addition to cultural programmes. To the southeast, Barakhamba (Twelve Pillar) Road leads to the cultural circle with Rabindra Kala Sangam, Triveni Theatre and cafe, and various auditoria hosting regular performances of dance, music and theatre.

Delhi Sightseeing around India Gate and Rajpath
Delhi Sightseeing around India Gate

The area around India Gate formed the British administrative centre of Delhi with the local "Champs-Elysées" of Rajpath surrounded by lawns and shady trees, water channels and fountains. India Gate, a 42-metre (138-ft) high archway, was built at the eastern end by the British in 1931 to honour Indian soldiers who died during World War I and on the Northwest Frontier. From hereRashtrapati Bhavan , the presidential residence (former Viceregal Lodge), can be seen at the western end of Rajpath with the circular Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) nearby. South of Rashtrapati Bhavan is Teen Murti Bhavan (9.30am-4.45pm, closed Mon) , which houses the Jawarharlal Nehru Memorial Museum in the prime minister's former residence. Nehru's study, sitting room and bedroom have been preserved and them is a very detailed exhibition of the history of the Independence struggle. The story of the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty is continued at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum (9.30am-5pm) at 1 Safdarjang Road. Close by, on Tees January Marg, is the Gandhi Museum (9am-5.30pm) in the house of the industrialist G.D. Birla. In the garden is the place where Gandhiji was assassinated, marked by a simple memorial.

South of India Gate is the National Gallery of Modern Art (open 10am-5pm, closed Mon), housed in the former Delhi home of Jaipur's royal family. Its permanent collection Includes 1930s paintings by Jamini Roy and Nandalal Bose and 18th-century Indian landscapes by Thomas and William Daniell. The ground floor is devoted to contemporary Indian artists. The National Museum (open 10am-5pm, closed Mon, ), south of Rajpath on Janpath, is noted for its Indian sculpture and jewellery collections, Chola bronzes and a Buddhist gallery, including a carved Buddhist gateway from Sanchi. Especially good is the new gallery of Adivasi culture on the second floor.

Delhi Sightseeing Around Chanakyapuri

Southwest Rajpath is Chanakyapuri, the diplomatic enclave where the majority of foreign missions and embassies are located. The Rail Museum (open 9.30am-Pm 1.30-5pm, closed Mon) `) on Shanti Path is worth visit to see period Coaches and train paraphernalia. Shopping areas nearby includeSantushti Complex (opposite the Ashoka and Samrat hotels), Yashwant Place for leather and furs,Sarojini Nagar colony market for its street selling surplus export garments.

Delhi Sightseeing Around Lodi Gardens
Delhi Sightseeing Around Lodi Gardens

South of India Gate lie most of the sites of the former cities of Delhi and many good shopping areas, such as Khan Market , which has bookshops and up-market stores selling everything for the house, including fresh flowers.

A short walk southwest along Subramania Road brings you to the beautiful Lodi Gardens with fascinating tombs set in lawns lined with rows of flowerbeds, immense trees, a bridge and walkways. Cross Lodi Road to the Jorbagh Colony Market opposite for a snack at Chocolate Wheel Bakery, or check out Steak House for a variety of Indian-made natural cheeses (yaks milk, cheddar, mozzarella) and other foodstuffs. C. Lal & Sons sells handicrafts.

Safdarjung Tomb and its adjoining rose garden are just across Aurobindo Marg. Turning south past Safdarjung Airport brings you to the popular INA fruit and vegetable market consisting of warrens of covered shacks selling meat. fish, poultry and every imaginable household good. Across the road is the Delhi Haat Food and Crafts Bazaar, which provides a pavilion for regional crafts-people from all the Indian states and an opportunity to taste their varied cuisine.

Delhi Sightseeing around South Delhi

Hauz Khas Village poised at the edge of a 14th-century water reservoir surrounded by parks and monuments, is south along Aurobindo Marg from Lodi Gardens. The village has been transformed into an enclave of expensive boutiques, art and antiques shops, and restaurants. Traditional dance performances are often held here in the evenings.

Monuments dot the area: the ruins of Siri Fort stand near the Asian Games Village complex to the east. Southwards on Aurobindo Marg, past the Outer Ring Road and Aurobindo Ashram, stands Qutub Minar This remarkable 72-metre (278-ft) high tower, engraved with verses from the Koran, was built in the 13th century by Qatb-ud-Din-Aibak, the first Muslim sultan of Delhi, to celebrate his victory over the Hindu kings. In the grounds, Aibak's Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque is believed to be the oldest in India, built using parts of demolished Hindu and Jain temples. The ruins of Lal Kot, Delhi's first city, are in this area.

Other historic sites dot Mehrauli Village to the west amid a labyrinth of old Indian bazaars. Further west on Gurgaon Road the tombs of Jamali Kamali, noted for their coloured ceilings, and a giant statue of Mahavira face each other. Turn south again to see the spectacular modem temples and ashram complexes of Chhattarpur. These offer courses in yoga, naturotherapy, colour therapy, pyramid power and more traditional religious studies.

Delhi sightseeing of Lal Qila and the Red Fort
Delhi sightseeing of Lal Qila and the Red Fort

If there be paradise on the face of earth.
It is this! Oh it is this! Oh it is this!

This Persian couplet by the court poet Amir Khusrau is inscribed on the walls of the Diwan-e-Khas (private audience hall) in the magnificent Lal Qila, which once housed the legendary Peacock Throne and the Koh-i-noor dia-mond (later looted by Persian forces) Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, built the immense red sandstone fort with its palaces and halls in 1648. It is open daily from dawn to dusk; the entry point is Lahori Gate.

Inside passing through the Chatta Chowk covered market, one enters Shah Jahan's elaborate gardens. To the far right is Mumtaz Mahal (former harem) and next to it the Rang Mahal (Palace of Colours, open 10am-5pm, closed Fri), and Khas Mahal, the emperor's private apartments. The octagonal tower was used for royal public appearances (including that of Britain's George V and Queen Mary during their visit to India in 1931). Other buildings include the Diwan-e-Am (public audience hall); the royal baths and the tiny white marble Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque).

Now that the Yamuna has retreated, the fort, originally built on its banks, overlooks a large open ground. On Sundays, this becomes Chor Bazaar (the thieves' market).

Old Delhi Sightseeing
Old Delhi Sightseeing

The peaceful 18th-century Qudsia Gardens near the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ism mark the northern boundary of British Delhi with its cantonment bungalows and administrative buildings of the Civil Lines and the University campus South of the gardens lies Mughal Shahjahanabad, Delhi's seventh city, with the spectacular Lal Qila (Red Fort) facing Chandni Chowk (meaning moonlit or silver crossroads), once the central avenue of an ancient bazaar that is still an important commercial centre.

Chandni Chowk is best explored on cycle rickshaw. Each side street has its own speciality: silver and gold at Dariba Kalan, wedding paraphernalia as theatrical props at Kinari Bazaar, silk saris, copper and brassware and a fascinating, wholesale spice market (with dry fruit and nuts from Kabul) at Naya Bazaar. On Main Street is Digambara Temple, the oldest Jain Temple in Delhi, and the Bird Hospital,where injured birds are nursed back to health.

The Sisganj Gurudwara (Sikh temple), Sonehri Masjid (Golden Mosque), and Fatehpuri Masjid (1650) are some of the sites crowded between stalls selling a jumble of wares, street photographers using ancient cameras and screaming hawkers and touts. The famous sweetmeat shop of Ghantewala,established in 1790, is worth a visit. Specialities include Sohn Halwa and Sohn Papri (caramelised sweets made with clarified butter). South of Central Road, follow Dariba Kalan to the massive red sandstone and white marble Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), the focal point for Delhi's Muslims. Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1644, the mosque can hold 20,000 people.

Delhi sightseeing on the banks of the Yamuna
Delhi sightseeing on the banks of the Yamuna

Eastward, behind the Red Fort, the Ring Road along the River Yamuna is connected by three bridges to the Trans-Yamuna residential areas. On the river bank from Red Fort to ITO Bridge are cremation grounds, now memorial paths dedicated to national leaders such as Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi. The Gandhi National Museum (open 9.30am-5.30pm, closed Mon) displays his few personal belongings and photographs.

Further south is Pragati Maidan - a huge exhibition complex. The adjoining Crafts Museum 21. (open 9.30am-6pm, closed Mon) has demonstrations by regional craftsmen, huts built in regional styles and an excellent crafts shop. Facing its entrance stand the ramparts of the Purana Quila . which offer panoramic views of the city. The Sher Mandal Observatory, library and a boating lake (once part of the moat) surround the fort.

Delhi Zoo (open 9.30am-5.30pm, closed Fri) noted for its white tigers and pleasant grounds, is next door. It shares a border with the wealthy Sunder Nagar colony, with a market famous for antique/re production shops and sweets stalls. Mathura Road leads to Humayun's Tomb . Set in beautiful gardens, the red sandstone monument is the prototype for the Taj Mahal: Close by is the shrine of the great Sufi saint of the Chisti order, Sheikh Nizamuddin Aulia . (1236-1325) after whom the surrounding colonies are named.

South of Nizamuddin, the modem white marble, lotus-shaped Bahai Lotus Temple Stand on Kalkaji Hill. This was completed in 1986 as a pilgrimage site for the Bahai sect. At the ISKON culture centre,east of Kailash, there are performance where robots from Hollywood recreate Hindu legends. Nearby the colony markets (M & N Block) of Greater Kalish offers good shopping and restaurants.

South of Nizamuddin, the modem white marble, lotus-shaped Bahai Lotus Temple Stand on Kalkaji Hill. This was completed in 1986 as a pilgrimage site for the Bahai sect. At the ISKON culture centre,east of Kailash, there are performance where robots from Hollywood recreate Hindu legends. Nearby the colony markets (M & N Block) of Greater Kalish offers good shopping and restaurants.

South, on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, the 14th century ruins of Tughlaqabad Fort . Delhi's third city, dominate the landscape. (Warning! This area can be dangerous to visit alone).

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Delhi Sightseeing Tour by Car

Delhi Sightseeing Tour by Car

Although there is no one best way to explore Delhi, there are areas which can be reached by metro, there are lanes in old Delhi which can only be accessed by Rikshaw or on foot, and then there is a bus service which connects all the areas in Delhi which are yet to be connected by Metro. The most convenient way to explore Delhi is by car.

As the sightseeing spots in Delhi are spread all over, it is better to discuss the itinerary with our travel counselors and depending on your specific interests such as heritage, museums, temples, shopping, culinary experiences, theatre, art, etc, we could customize a Delhi sightseeing tour package just for you!

The city of Delhi is large in size and traffic is not very organized, to get the maximum in short duration, one needs to avoid certain areas which are high in traffic during certain hours, the local shopping areas are more structured in selling comparing to the touristic areas, Delhi city tour should be divided into morning and evening durations e.g. temples should be visited during evening Aarti hours and similarly shopping areas in morning to avoid crowds. Monuments such as Qutub Minar, Red Fort, etc are quite far from each other and it is important to follow the schedule of itinerary to enjoy the Delhi sightseeing tour to the maximum.

We would suggest to start the Delhi City tour early morning and to use smaller cars for commuting, as there are areas where the roads are ver. narrow and parking is an issue all over the city.

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