Delhi tours are famous among the global travelers who visit the place to witness the beauty of great monuments. Delhi, the capital of India, has always been one of the greatest tourist attractions, representing a blend of the old and the new. Constructed by Shah Jahan in the 17th century, the old city is the perfect example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Designed and built by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, New Delhi is motley of East and West.
Old Delhi exhibits old charm while New Delhi showcases the new extravaganza. During Old Delhi tours, you will see old-fashioned narrow alleyways with small and big shops selling various items. Have the first hand experience of the city of maharajas and make your Delhi tours a memorable one.
Some of the major locations for sightseeing in Delhi are:
• The Red Fort was constructed in red sand stone between 1639-1648 AD and is three kilometer in perimeter. The Delhi Tourism Department arranges a light and sound show, which recites the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort.
• Chandni Chowk, most famous for its old world charm, is situated opposite Red Fort. The scurrying crowd, vendors and overcrowded shops are its real identity. Selling a host of items, a visit to Chandni Chowk is worth it. Gurdwara Sisganj is also one of the major tourist attractions in Delhi.
• Constructed by Shah Jahan in 1650 AD, the architectural wonder Jama Masjid is a must visit place in Old Delhi. It is one of the largest mosques in India.
• Rajghat, situated along the banks of the river Yamuna, is an essential element of your Delhi tours. The father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was cremated at Rajghat after his assassination in 1948.
• Another must visit is the Qutab Minar. Built by Qutubuddin Aibak in 1199 AD, this is the highest tower in India. The Sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish, completed the tower.
• Lotus Temple, also called Bahai Temple is the highest epitome holding forth the notion of love towards all. Completed in 1986, people from all faiths come here to pray and meditate silently.
• India Gate is a 42-meter-high stone arch of triumph. Names of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the WWI campaign have been written here. Below the arch is the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. A wonderful place to visit; never miss to include this in your Delhi tours.
• Constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar is a strange collection of astronomical instruments. The observatory calculated several astronomical movements in the past in the most accurate manner!
• In the place of the ruins of the Old fort was housed the Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas. Prithviraj Chauhan ruled from here until Abdali defeated him in the battle of Panipat. Delhi Tourism department organizes a new light and sound show every evening.
Delhi has one International and one domestic airport. A number of direct daily flights connect Delhi to several major cities in the world. It is also well accessible on rail and road from all the neighboring states and cities within India.
Shopping in Delhi
Delhi is the right place for all the shopping buffs. It has a number of shopping malls, and markets like Connaught Place, South Extension, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Delhi Haat, Karol Bagh, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar. Other than shopping, they are also great places to enjoy your evenings and hang out on weekends.