Old Delhi

Explore Old Delhi on a private tour with an expert guide uncovering the main highlights, but also the hidden side to this bustling and colourful corner of Delhi. Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal in Agra. Begin St James Church, otherwise known as Skinners Church, built in 1836. Skinner promised to build a church, Hindu temple and mosque as he lay dying on the battlefield of Iniara in 1800. You’ll find interesting inscriptions on the church walls, as well as tombs in the churchyard, all of which have stories that reveal interesting anecdotes about 19th century British India. Continue the short distance to the Red Fort (Lal Qila), the mighty fortress constructed by Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648. The most impressive part are its walls, which stretch for a total of two kilometres and rise. Inside, you find the Diwan-i-Am, the Hall of Public Audiences where the Mughal Emperor met his subjects, and the Diwan-i-Khas which is the hall of private audiences. Do note that the Red Fort is closed in Mondays. After seeing the Red Fort, you and your guide will hop into cycle rickshaws and wind your way through Chandni Chowk, a maze of small alleyways and markets that will immerse you in the colourful local life in this part of Delhi. You’ll then have a chance to walk through markets, especially the Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market. Continue to the Jama Masjid Mosque, that can hold up to 25,000 people and is known as the Friday Mosque, and again constructed by Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Climb the minaret for an amazing view of Delhi, seeing that the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Parliament House are in a direct line to one another.

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Hidden Rajasthan

Delhi - Chambal - Ramathra - Bundi - Shahpura - Deogarh - Delwara  

Get off-the-beaten track with a tour of hidden Rajasthan, perfect for a second-time trip to India. Explore the rural heartlands that many skip on their first experience of India.

14 days from £2815 p. p.

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