New Delhi Arrival. New Delhi is the capital of India and one of the prime heritage destinations in India and home to many renowned heritage sites (Some of them UNESCO heritage sites). In Afternoon visit to Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb (UNESCO Site) and Dilli Haat (Craft Market where artisans from different states of India have set up shop).
Morning visit to Old Delhi for Red Fort (UNESCO Site) and Jama Masjid. Afternoon spend time shopping in Karol Bagh or exploring Connaught Place. Guests with interest in further sightseeing have option to take a drive to India Gate, Parliament House and/or visit Zoo, Railway Museum, Sulabh Toilet Museum, Rajghat (Mahatma Gandhi Memorial).
Depart for onward journey.
India Gate is a stone arch that was built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. An eternal flame burns beneath the India Gate. This landmark has thousands of names engraved on it, it bears the names of over 90,000 soldiers.
The Red Fort or Lal Qila was started in 1638 by Shah Jahan and completed in 1648. The Red Fort was the seat of Mughal power from 1639 to 1857.The red sandstone walls of the fort vary from 18m to 33m and the fort covers over 2 kilometres. This is UNESCO World heritage site.
Established in 1959, the zoo provides a natural habitat to more than 2,000 animals and birds species. The abundant wildlife is representative of all the continents such as Africa, North and South America, Australia and Asia. Some of the animals found at the National Zoological Park include chimpanzee, hippopotamus, spider monkey, zebras, macaque, hyenas, Fallow deer, Peafowl, and jaguar. The underground Reptile Complex houses a variety of snakes such as King Cobra and Pythons.
Rajghat is home to memorials of several Indian past leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru etc. It is popular for dignitaries to arrive here to pay homage to past leaders of India. Its also become a well visited tourist site.
Rashtrapati Bhavan (or Presidential House) is the official home of the President of India. It was built during the British Raj and was home of British Governor General of India till 1950 when President of India took it over. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a large and vast mansion with four floors and has 340 rooms. Due to security reasons, one can only look at it from outside and take a few pictures. Parliament house is visited alongwith Rashtrapati Bhavan. Parliament house is an impressive structure that can only be looked from outside much like Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Humayuns Tomb is a lofty mausoleum set in a square garden. The tomb was constructed with white marble and red sandstone, and was designed as a prototype of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Humayuns Tomb is one of the most visited monuments and has kind of become must visit. Isa Khans Tomb is a popular monument that is also visited along with.
A market where artisans from all over India have set up shop. Its an excellent one point stop for souvenirs and some genuine handicrafts.
Collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signalling equipments, antique furniture, historical photographs and related literature etc. are displayed in the museum.
The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi also popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape. It's spread over a large area with gardens around it and is a major tourist draw.
The Qutub Minar is a UNESCO world heritage site and was completed in the 13th C. The Qutub Minar rises over 230 feet in the air, has five stories and is covered with intricate carvings. The carvings feature the history of Qutub and inscriptions from the Koran. The Complex is also home to Imam Tamims Tomb and Alai Minar. There is a large garden around it as well for tourists to spend some time to marvel at the monument.
A Museum by Sulabh, pioneer in Sanitation and Public toilets in India. It features toilet collection from 2500 BC to modern times. There are hundreds of them on display and can be an interesting visit.
Delhi is the capital city of India and a major International arrival point and a major tourist destination. Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Birla Temple, Mughal Gardens, Lodi Gardens, Rail Museum, Doll Museum, Zoological Park etc remain major tourist attractions of Delhi.