City of Gardens & Stately Buildings


New is a bit of a misnomer as you will discover as you explore this ancient Mughal city and its rich arboreal heritage on foot. Take a guided walk through the city before browsing the warren like evening market...

New Delhi resonates with its older sister always aware of the history of conquests and the phoenix like nature of the place. India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Qila, Hauz Khaz and Jantar Mantar are all places of immense history and intrigue.

The National Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum, Gandhi House, Raj Ghat, Teen Murti Bhavan all offer ample sightseeing and some of the best trees.  ‘Trees of Delhi’, a surprise best-seller has lovingly captured the history of the trees in both words and images and is a good read for more details. Amble about the lush Lodhi Garden, or the Garden of Five Senses and the numerous sprawling parks are ideal for jogging or cycling. Spring in Delhi sets all the trees on Shanthi Path to bloom, the round-abouts are full of flowers and the famous Mughal Gardens in the President's estate thrown open to the public. 

Explore Lutyens' Delhi, designed by Edwin Lutyens with sandstones from Rajasthan, domes inspired by the Mughals, tiles from every state and columns like in the West. The harmonious architecture of the stately Rashtrapati Bhavan, the North and South Blocks, Parliament and the Judiciary is a revalation. It is not hard to understand why the trappings of power in the rows of charming white bungalows housing the elected representatives are often the bone of contention among political squabbles.

New Delhi has quite a few temples, Gurudwaras and mosques like the Hazrat Nizamuddin with its impressive weekly Qawwalis, Sufi style devotional music performed with much fervour. Visit the Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir and Akshardham Temple known for their architecture and light and sound shows to learn more about the Hindu way of life. 

Shop in Khan Market for high-end clothes and expect to bump into authors like Arundhati Roy or Vikram Seth or even Bollywood celebrities. Connaught Place has more shopping and is the nerve centre for the Delhi Metro rail service, which is the quickest way to get around especially during peak hours.

New Delhi is always full of events, festivals and art and craft shows and the best of all India can be bought in the state emporiums on Barakhamba Road.

A trip to Dilli Haat takes you straight to the stalls of artisans with food stalls from almost all states adding to the whole India experience.

A short way off near the Qutub Minar is Olive Bar and Kitchen in Mehrauli which serves up Mediterranean food in Mughal mansion turned into a bistro with an open courtyard festooned with bougainvillea flowers and the canopy of huge Banyan tree.

Highlights

  • Well planned city with ancient ruins!

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  • Colours of India 18 Night in Rajasthan & North West

    The best tour to enjoy the incredible burst of colours all over Rajasthan and North West India. Each segment is carefully chosen to include the best of the region with possible experiences to choose from included. 

  • Golden Triangle and Ganges 8 Nights

    The spiritually inclined tend to follow the Ganges and her path from the mountains to the plains where ancient rituals and ablutions are still performed en masse. Couple this with most visited sights and experiences of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and this itinerary will seem a coup...

  • Golden Triangle and Spa 8 Night Tour

    See the classic North India before pausing in foothills for a few days of yoga and relaxation. Includes Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Haridwar, Ananda Spa!

  • Golden Triangle and Tiger Tour 7 Night Tour Package

    Most often it is the tiger that tantalising on any Indian itinerary and unlike other places this is Ranthambore is where the Royal Bengal cat walks freely... Need we say more? The package is simply the best when Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are added to give you the most coveted sights and experiences in one go! 

  • Gwalior, Palaces & Splendour

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  • In Search of Tiger - 13 Nights in North India

    This is a tour that is truly the best quest for the tiger with the Golden Triangle added to make your India travel of the north west ideal. 

  • Literary Tour of India

    Tour Delhi with Dalrymple's City of Jinns, Srinagar with Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Jaipur with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Mumbai with Katherine Boo's, Behind the Beautiful Forevers or Gregory David Roberts's  Shantaram, Pondicherry with Yann Martel's Life of Pi, Kochi with Rushdie's Moor's Last Sigh and Aymenam with Arundati Roy's, God of Small Things.

  • Monsoon tour of India

    Monsoon season is ideal weather for the arid cold of Ladakh, perfect season for the wild blossoms of the Valley of Flowers and the rain-drenched beauty of off season Goa and Houseboats of Kerala with calming Ayurvedic massages. In fact, the monsoons wash across the country rendering experiences that defy all the clichés and preconceived ideas about India.

  • North East Package

    Two week tour to experience the best of the North East India with smaller towns like Pelling, Bagdora, Kalimpong and more. 

  • Romance of the Desert 13 Nights in Rajasthan

    Two weeks of romance of the Thar Desert and the cities of Rajasthan that have been lavished love by Kings across generations with spectacular palaces and forts not to be missed. 

  • Spectacular Rajasthan

    Five days holiday tour covering palaces and museums in and around Rajasthan, including Taj Mahal.

  • Treasures of India 23 Day Holiday

    A 23 day extended Indian holiday itinerary covering many of the most exciting places in India.

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