After a refreshing breakfast this morning you'll be met by your guide to explore buzzing Old Delhi. You will start your journey by driving towards the Red Fort and this will denote the beginning of these 15 days of the trip.
The Red Fort is the signature building of the Republic of India which served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. It was constructed by Shah Jahan in the year 1939. This citadel of red stones has some magnificent white marble made palaces and buildings inside it. Ruled by the Mughals for centuries, this citadel still vibrates the memories of the bygone era. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the political center of the Mughal state. Today, this monument is home to many museums that have a variety of precious artifacts on display. Every year on Independence Day, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the National flag here.
Old Delhi consists of many such places where the Mughal era is still alive. Thus after Red Fort, we move towards Jama Masjid which is one of the largest mosques in the country. It is more commonly known, which means "World Reflecting Mosque".
From the Jama Masjid, the views of the Old Delhi revive before our eyes a period of royalty and valor. A rickshaw ride from this mosque to the market place of Chandni Chowk adds some more flavor to our jaunt. The foundation of this world-famous marketplace was laid by Jahanara, the eldest daughter of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. The different streets in this ever-busy market represent several specialties.
By the early evening, we reach the central part of New Delhi to visit India Gate popularly known as the All India War Memorial is located along the Raj path. Dedicated to 85,000 Indian and British soldiers who died during the First World War, this monument has the names of 13,329 servicemen carved on its surface. On the way to Raj Ghat, one can get a glimpse of the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the official residence of the president of India.
Raj Ghat is a place where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation was cremated followed by his assassination in the year 1948. Visitors from all around the world come here to pay homage.
After a visit to the Old and the New Delhi, we will return to the hotel for a night's stay. Those who are shopaholics, they can enjoy some shopping in the local market of the city if the time allows.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.