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DELHI SIGHTSEEING

Half day city tour of New Delhi


Take a tour of New Delhi, also known as Lutyen's Delhi - visiting the Qutab Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century, and India Gate - a war memorial. Drive past the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Also visit Humayun's Tomb. The tomb of Humayun - the magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.

Half day city tour of Old Delhi

Visit the older section of the capital, known as Old Delhi. Board cycle rickshaws meandering through the little lanes of the Old town, where time has virtually stood still for hundreds of years. This ride will be most fascinating as you get a first-hand view of the merchants, the little food and artifact stalls and the teeming population, busy in their daily activities. Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India's largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal.

The cycle Rickshaw ride will culminate at the Red Fort - Shah Jahan's elegant citadel in red sand stone. The fort is entered from the Lahori Gate and leads into the halls of Private and Public Audience and then to the beautiful Pearl Mosque built by Shah Jahan's son, Aurangazeb, the last of the "Great Mughals". While at Old Delhi, visit Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Half day tour of The National Museum & The Crafts Museum

The National Museum is one of the largest and most prestigious museums in India. This museum has a good collection of Indian bronzes, terracotta and wood sculptures dating back to the 2nd century BC to the Mohanjodaro period. It also has one of the finest collections of Indian miniatures. (Closed on Monday)

Also visit the Crafts Museum (Closed on Tuesday), built in 1956, located in the heart of New Delhi, where you will see some of the finest exhibits of tribal and traditional crafts. Meet master craftsmen and women from all over India who demonstrate their work here. Leisurely explore the museum on the second floor and see the extensive display of fabrics. The visit to the Craft Museum will be followed by a visit to the Handicrafts Centre known as `Dilli Haat', established with the objective of providing a forum for the development of handicrafts in India.

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