India Trip offers you the unique opportunity to visit the charming Old Delhi on a half-day tour. Meet your private guide in your hotel lobby and drive to the mystical lanes of "Purani Dilli", as the locals call it. We first head to the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, The Raj Ghat. Located on the west bank of the Yamuna River, Raj Ghat pays homage to Gandhiji. Beautiful fountains and exotic trees surround the Samadhi on which the Mahatma's final words, "Hey Ram" are inscribed. We then head to one of the most magnificent creations of the Mughal dynasty, the iconic 'Lal Qila' or Red fort. Originally built in white, like the Taj Mahal, and named 'Qila-e-Mubarak', the Red Fort was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The fort derived its new name after it was painted red by the British when the white sand began chipping off. See the fairytale-esque buildings like the Diwan-i-Khaas and Rang Mahal within the fort's enclosure. After this, we enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride through Old Delhi's narrow lanes to visit the colourful markets. We halt to admire the magnificence of the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, where 85,000 devotees can offer prayers at the same time. Commissioned by Shah Jahan, the Jama Masjid was built over a period of 6 years with 5000 labourers at work. After marvelling at two of Shah Jahan's most splendid contributions to Delhi, we head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
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Duration of Delhi Sightseeing : 8hours Approx Places Covers : Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk,
Old Delhi has lots of sightseeing opportunities where you can enjoy to your fullest. But on each Sunday Old Delhi remains closed.
Red Fort :
At first visit the Red Fort. It’s one of the World Heritage Site listed in UNESCO that was made by Shah
Jahan in the year 1638. For 200 years, it was the residence of the Mughal ruler of India. The structures in
the fort are constructed of red sandstone, bordered by a four-storeyed minaret which is covered by
three large domes banded of 'black and white marble. Transact pass through outside & then proceeds
for Jama Masjid.
Jama Masjid :
In the year 1656, the Masjid was made by Shah Jahan & one of the biggest Mosque in India & this was
also made by Shah Jahan. Thousands of believers come here to worship. You will get some robes outside
the markets to get internally the mosque. Only gents are allowed to go inside the mosque for prayer but
ladies can stand outside and pray according to Muslim’s rituals.
Chandni Chowk :
After drive pass through Red Fort proceeds towards some nearby places like Chandni Chowk - literally
means ‘moonlit market’and was established during the 17th century. It was once known for India’s
biggest wholesale markets. The bazaar is also called as the Fatehpuri Bazaar. Here you can find all types
of garments shops, spices, dry fruits markets, street foods like chats, bhelpuri. Roam around the market
& travel some matchless & select some best out of it.