Delhi - City Sightseeing Old Delhi and Enjoy The Live Show Mohabbat The Taj
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day of sightseeing in Delhi.
Start with Old Delhi, visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India (Mosque will be closed during praying hours). After this visit, hop on to your rickshaws and enter the colorful, narrow alleys and gullies of Old Delhi. Discover the gems of the main street of Chandni Chowk. Then proceed into busy streets which are forever bustling with the clamor and routine of daily trade, offering a glimpse of life back in the day and age when the city started as a commercial hub. Proceed to Kinari Bazaar or wedding market where one can buy all the paraphernalia required for an Indian wedding. At night, the gold and silver decorated borders, laces, and colorful embellishments in this lane twinkle, glitter, and shine, casting flirtatious looks upon innocent passers-by. Visit Asia's largest spice market, where spices, which in times gone by were once so valuable that they caused invasions and fierce battles, is still traded! On the way, you have the option of sampling some of Delhi’s delicious street food from Jalebis to samosas! Here you will also visit Red Fort the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire.
Continue to visit Lutyens’s New Delhi. New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards, impressive Government buildings, green parks, and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal-style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.
Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar (Historical construction of a landmark in 1199, Qutub-Ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 47 feet it tapers to 9 feet at a height of 238 feet) & Humayun's tomb (This tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the center of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra).
Your drive also takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate (At the center of New Delhi stands the 138 feet high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. It’s almost like its French counterpart war memorial. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the North-western Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens), President House (The palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen) and the Parliament House (This is the symbol of Indian democracy).
Included Experience: Volunteer with Wildlife SOS Bear Sanctuary
The Agra bear rescue center is the largest Sloth Bear rescue facility in the world housing over 250 sloth bears who have all been rescued from their lives of torture as dancing bears that used to ply the villages and highways of the region. The visit includes a personal guided tour of the facility including a video presentation of the 'dancing bears' and a short talk on bear conservation and its challenges in India. Interact with the bear keepers and learn about the unique habits of the bears, their rehabilitation, and their new world of play, foraging, feeding, and digging. This is truly one of India wildlife's success stories and is a heart-warming experience.
Included Experience: Live show - Mohabbat The Taj
Spend your evening enjoying the amazing Mohabbat- e - The Taj show that depicts the romantic love story of Emperor Shajahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. You will be blown away by the creative dance and dramatic lighting with the 12’ x 12’ Taj Mahal replica as well as the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal Empire.
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