Combined tour of NEW DELHI & OLD DELHI with visit to ‘MASTERJI KEE’ HAVELI’
Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where ‘old meets new’. A tour of Delhi will provide the visitor ample experience to understand at once the historic time-honoured Mughal monuments to modern structures.
It is an opportunity to experience a unique and refreshing tour of Old & New Delhi. Your senses will come alive as you encounter the many captivating sights this amazing city has to offer. The tour will give you a taste of the city and make you sink in the frenzy of it colours, vivacity and irresistible charm of the modern and the old.
On picking you up from the hotel, our tour begins with a drive looking at the impressive
Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House)
Rashtrapati Bhawan, spread out on Raisina Hill, is the official residence of the President of India and the central point of New Delhi. Designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, the architect of New Delhi, it housed the Viceroy during the British Rule in India until 1947.
The Parliament house is a cirular colonnaded building. This is where the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha sessions of the Indian Parliament are held.
Driving from Rashtrapati Bhawan down on Rajpath, standing on a cross road at the centre of New Delhi is the India Gate. This 42 metre high monument was built in 1931 as a memorial for Indian and British soldiers martyred during World War I (1914-1918) and the Afghan War (1919). The names of the martyrs are inscribed on this imposing monument. Under the arch of India Gate is the Amar Jawan Jyoti or the ‘Flame of the Immortal Warrior’. The eternal flame burns day and night, paying homage to the soldiers who died in the Indo-Pak war (1971). The black marble cenotaph has a rifle placed on its barrel, crested by a soldier’s helmet and guarded by the flags of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
We then visit the monuments.
This magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb, designed by a Persian architect, was built by the widow of second Mughal Emperor, Humayun (1530-1556). Humayun’s Tomb stands second only to the Taj Mahal in merit. It lies at the centre of a massive, square garden complex enclosed by high walls on three sides and the river Yamuna on the fourth. Within its premises lie several small monuments. It was from here that the last Mughal ruler was captured by the British in 1857.
The old Lady Willingdon Park, now known as Lodi Gardens was laid out during the 15th and 16th centuries by Sayyid and Lodi rulers. Today it serves as one of the best jogging parks in Delhi. The picturesque gardens are dotted with several monuments, such as,
- Muhammad Shah’s Tomb (r.1434-1444).
- Bara Gumbad and a mosque built in 1494 during the reign of Sikandar Lodi (r.1489-1517).
- Sheesh Gumbad (glazed dome) decorated with tiles in 2 shades of blue.
- Sikandar Lodi’s Tomb built by Ibrahim Lodi in 1517.
- Athpula, a stone bridge with 8 piers and 7 arches, which is the only remaining structure here from the times of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Savour the flavours of Indian Vegetarian Food at a local restaurant.
Walk down Janpath Street
Walking down Janpath Street, earlier known as the ‘Queensway’, looking at the local Indian artifacts and apparel, reach the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a Government of India Enterprise, and you can shop for memoirs and gifts if you require for your family and friends.
Delhi Metro to Chawri Bazar
We park the car and take the Delhi Metro to Chawri Bazar station.
Old Delhi Bazaar Walk and Street Food
Coming out from Exit No. 3 of the Metro Station, on to the narrow streets of Old Delhi, it is an unforgettable experience. We take a walk down the old bazaar, exploring its uniqueness and also tasting the street food of this amazing part of Delhi, called Shahjanabad.
Visit to ‘Masterji Kee Haveli’
Masterji Kee Haveli (private mansion) is a fine edifice that has been built on the lines of traditional Mughal architecture. Any onlooker is sure to be impressed with the carved stone pillars where a complimentary delicious traditional meal will be served in bronze utensils. You can choose to participate in the cooking, or merely watch and learn. Please note this is not a cooking lesson; it is a chance to visit a home and get a glimpse of daily life. The haveli has a beautiful terrace from where, during the clear day there are spectacular 360 degree view of Old Delhi and its higgledy-piggledy chaos which includes view of Jama Masjid, Chawri Bazar Metro Station, New Delhi Railway Station, Airport Metro Station, Jeevan Bharti Building – Connaught Place, Parikrama revolving restaurant, Gopal Das Building, MCD Civic Centre (the tallest building in Delhi) etc.
The family is Hindu vegetarian; are old time residents of Shahjahanabad; and this is one of the few homes that hasn’t been broken down or divided into pieces and sold to multiple people. It is a chance to visit a traditional home and see what life is really like in this narrow crowded part of Old Delhi, where adjacent houses share a common wall and everyone knows everyone else!
The day ends here and you are dropped back to the hotel.
Tour Cost: USD100.00 per person (group tour of up to 6 persons)
- Hotel pick up/drop at an additional cost of USD50.00.
- Private tour can be arranged just for you and your
- Family/friends at an extra cost of only USD50.00 in all.
- All payment to be made in advance.
- Travel by air conditioned car in New Delhi area.
- Friendly services of an English speaking escort cum photographer.
- Bottled water.
- Lunch at a moderate Indian vegetarian restaurant.
- Delhi Metro tickets.
- Street food during the Old Delhi Bazaar walk.
- Cycle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
- Dinner at ‘Masterji Kee Haveli’.
IMPORTANT: Strictly NO TIPS are accepted at any place or for any services rendered.
- Entrance Fee at monuments, where applicable.
- Camera/Video charges where applicable.
- Personal expenses, such as table drink, telephone calls, etc.
- Any additional expenses caused by disturbance in program due to weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots, etc.
- Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
- Any other services not mentioned in the ‘Package Tour’.
What to wear:
- Please dress modestly, wearing full pants, and ensure that you have adequate protection against the sun.
- Usually you have to take off footwear to visit religious places and Indian houses. Check with your host as this rule may apply only to some areas of the house.
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