What you will see and experience
You will be driven to New Delhi – driving past some of the main government buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi. The interesting buildings of Lutyen’s Delhi that you will see are the India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House) and Parliament House. You may stop over to take some photographs.
Continue to Humayun's Tomb – a magnificent Mughal building built in 1565-66 and set in a square enclosed garden. This amazing red sandstone and marble structure somewhat resembles the Taj Mahal. End your trip at Qutab Minar – the victory tower is 73meter high and has five storeys. In the Qutab Minar Complex you will also see other early medieval structures and an ancient Iron Pillar, which was but in early Christian era but has not rusted through the centuries.
Significance of each site you visit
Significance of Lutyens' Delhi
When the British Raj decided to move it's capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1931, the Raj brought in British architect Edwin Lutyens (1869–1944) to design and build administrative buildings and other green spaces in the city.
Lutyens team of architects were hired to design and build out the city's central administrative area, with the instruction to retain and develop most of the city's green spaces.
It all began with the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan (formerly known as Viceroy's House), at the top of Raisina Hill.
The Rajpath, also known as King's Way, connects India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan, while Janpath, which crosses it at a right angle, connects South End Road (renamed as Rajesh Pilot Marg) with Connaught Place.
Currently, Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, and stays in the official house of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The Secretariat Building, which house various ministries of the Government of India including the Prime Minister's Office, is beside the Rashtrapati Bhawan and was designed by Herbert Baker (one of the architects lead by Edwin Lutyens).
India Gate Is a war memorial located besides the Rajpath. It is memorial dedicated to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afgan War. Some 13,300 servicemen's names have been attributed on this magnificent architectural marvel. (Wikipedia)
British Raj Tour of Delhi
Significance of Humayun's Tomb
Is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi.
It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is complete.
Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.
The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of Bega Begum herself, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, great-great-grandson of Humayun and son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals. (Wikipedia)
Significance of Qutub Minar
Qutb Minar, at 72 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Qutb Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi.
It is made of red sandstone and marble, Qutb Minar is a 73-meter (240 feet) tall tapering tower with a diameter measuring 14.32 meters (47 feet) at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at the peak. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top. Qutb Minar station is the closest station on the Delhi Metro.
In 1200 AD, Qutb al-Din Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate started construction of the Qutb Minar. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son-in-law Iltutmish added three storeys to the tower. In 1369, lightning struck the top storey, destroying it completely. So, Firoz Shah Tughlaq carried out restoration work replacing the damaged storey with two new storeys every year, made of red sandstone and white marble.
Qutb Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments, which are historically connected with the tower and are part of the Qutb Complex. These include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din's Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. Other minor monuments include Major Smith's Cupola and Sanderson's Sundial. (Wikipedia)
Old Delhi Tour
Google Map view of the places of visit
Cost of the guided city tour of New Delhi
- INR 3251 (Adult 12+ years)
- INR 1625 (Children between ages of 5 and 1)
Prices are based on minimum 2 adults. If there is just one adult OR if there is one adult + 1 child, please select ‘2’ adults to complete the reservation. We will charge for a minimum of 2 adults.
What is included in the guided city tour
- Pick up and drop off
- A private air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English speaking guide on private basis
- Complimentary mineral water for consumption during the tour
What is not included in the guided city tour
- Entrance Fee
- Camera Fee
- Any other item not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
What you should know about the tour package
- You will be collected from and dropped off at your hotel (within 15km radius of Connaught Palace in the heart of Delhi).
- Earliest starting time is 9AM IST, and the latest starting time is 2PM IST.
- Maximum trip duration is 4 hours
- Best time to do this experience is between 9AM and 5PM