Delhi is intense and overwhelming. And in this intricately designed royal holiday you will travel through the fascinating history of the 16th century Mughal conquerors, the wonderful symmetry of Islamic architecture, serene interiors of monuments and mosques, and the vibrant life of the streets of old Delhi. The gems we have chosen for you will fascinate you and transport you to a different era altogether. In old Delhi, the Mughal capital, our first stop is the Red Fort, completed in 1648 for Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal ruler, an architectural visionary. We will lead you to a walk through the city’s oldest neighborhoods (the walking tours of Delhi are legendary) to see the Qutb Minar, built by Delhi's first Islamic ruler, Qutbuddin Aibak, the Ashoka pillar, a 7.2 m wrought iron column believed to be at least 1600 years old and Humayun’s tomb, commissioned by Emperor Humayun’s widow as a tribute to him. Some of these walks will be accompanied by expert guides. We also suggest rickshaw rides through Chandni Chowk – a dense, chaotic centre in old Delhi around Jama Masjid filled with traders selling their wares.
Delhi tourism also lets you experience the beautiful architecture of Lutyens Delhi as you marvel at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, once the official residence of the Viceroy of India during the British rule and now that of the President of India. When you stand on the highest point of the Raisina Hills, looking down toward the 1931 India Gate, an arch that commemorates the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died during the First World War, we promise you it will definitely be a defining moment.
Our customized holiday package in Delhi recommends you to spend one evening at Hauz Khas that celebrates India’s cool urban creative communities. The Hauz Khas Village is a favourite haunt of the literati and the young and trendy. You should also indulge yourself with some great local Mughal cuisine. We suggest Karim’s whose recipes date back to the Mughal era and have been closely guarded secrets of generations of chefs, don’t leave without tasting the shahjahani kebab (deep fried minced lamb stuffed with dried fruit) and lehmee biryani (rice cooked with lamb and spices)!
Moving on to Agra, no matter what you have heard of the Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World – your first experience of it will be something completely different. Its beauty will move you. We’ll guide you on the timings of watching the luminescent Taj on a moon-lit night. While you are here, also visit Agra Fort, where emperor Shahjahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangazeb and Fatehpur Sikri, a red sandstone architectural marvel built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as the Mughal capital. Our final stop in this holiday is the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary-Keoladeo National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Boating is an excellent way to see the Kingfishers, white-cheeked Bulbuls and Partridges from close quarters in this sprawling stretch of water, bushes and burrows.
Delhi can also be explored along with Agra and Jaipur (Rajasthan); just let us know