After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel. As the city wakes up, you will be transported to the times of the grandeur and subsequent ruin of the Mughal Empire. Colorful, vibrant, noisy and chaotic are words that best describe what many call Old Delhi. The empire was built by the mighty Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Here you will visit India’s second largest and most aesthetically designed Mosque, the Jama Masjid. Walk through the streets and markets of this 17th century imperial capital city of the Mughal empire where royalty once descended. Savor the fragrances of the boisterous Spice Markets, one of Asia’s largest, and be dazzled by the glitter of India’s largest jewellery markets. Catch a glimpse of the once-glorious Havelis (Royal Mansions) of Old Delhi. Discover hidden gems while exploring the narrow alleys and 350-year-old markets of the city built at the acme of Mughal Empire, India’s most glorious monarchy. In Old Delhi, you will also have an opportunity to enjoy a rickshaw ride.
Go for a ride in the old city market laid by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Pass through the colorful shops of bustling Chandani Chowk, one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia and an important landmark in the history of India. If you feel up to it, take a short walk in the market and explore another facet of Indian life.
This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Delhi, offering even more historical sites than Old Delhi. The city was founded by the imperial British government in 1911 to move their capital from Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta). Spectacular sights include a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament House and the President’s Residence. End your tour with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
In the evening, enjoy a personalized cooking session and dinner by renowned food expert and celebrity chef Komal Taneja for a look into the culinary traditions of an Indian home. Indian food is considered a delicacy; the spices and flavors of India have fascinated the world for centuries, and the brilliance of Indian cooking is documented in the logs of ancient travelers.
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