After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel. As the city wakes, 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 can describe what many call ‘Old Delhi.’ With a mix of walking and rickshaw rides, discover hidden gems in the narrow alleys of this 350-year-old imperial city built at the height of the Mughal Empire. Walk through the streets and markets once frequented by royalty. Savor fragrances of the boisterous spice market. Be dazzled by the glitter of India’s largest jewelry market. End with a tour of Jama Masjid, India’s second largest mosque.
This afternoon, peer into the early 16th century, to the tales which make up the rise of the Mughals. With humble beginnings, the Mughal Badshahs – Babur, Humayun and Akbar, laid the foundation for the longest-running reign of a single royal dynasty in the documented history of India. A walk exploring the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of the sixth fort city of Delhi, Purana Quilla, followed by a visit to the first grand Mughal mausoleum of India – the beautiful architectural wonder of Humayun’s tomb.
This evening, you will have a twin-location exploration of Feroz Shah Kotla Fort for its unique Sufi traditions of the Djinns of Delhi, followed by a visit to the dargah (mausoleum) of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya. Meander lanes where the mundane and mystical blend seamlessly. Jostle with crowds who sell kaftans and kebabs, flowers and fragrances, masalas and meats, where the living and breathing eternal wisdom of the Sufi mystics fill the essence-laden air and Sufi spiritual healings teach lessons of love, hope, and coexistence even today.
The ClaridgesMeals: Breakfast