Old Delhi has its own unique charm. The Capital of India and Most Populous city in world but contains a history in itself. Delhi is a unique city which was always India's capital since ancient times and was demolished, raged and reconstructed at least 7-8 times, Delhi is littered with monuments and historical places each one telling its unique story..
In this One Day tour, we Cover All Major Attractions of Medival Delhi Red Fort - Chandni Chowk - Jama Masjid - Raj Ghat - Humayun's Tomb - Qutub Minar. We pick you up from your hotel or Airport and procced on this unique Delhi Attractions Tour.
First point in our Walking Tour is the famous Red Fort, where Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag of newly-independent India on August 15, 1947, now it is a custom to raise national flag everu year at Red Fort. See the grandness of Redfort, See the Diwane-Aam and Diwane-Khaas and from the window of Diwane-Jhas, see the Yamuna river bed. Imagine the old muglia sultanet in Red form and its being razed by Nadir shal, taimurs.
Red Fort Tour - The Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, It was built in 1648 AD and was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. Its walls stretch for over two kilometers were built in 1638 to keep out invaders.A sound and light show describing Mughal history is a tourist attraction in the evenings.
Diwan E Khas - Red Fort Delhi
See the well preserved Fort complex where many buildings such as Diwane Aam, Diwane Khas are in fairly-good condition, with their decorative elements undisturbed. The mosque and hamam are closed to the public, although you can peep through glass windows or marble latticework. Today the extensive flowing water features, fountains are dry. but you can imagine the love of mughals for the water features.
Inside View of Diwa-E-Khas Red Fort
Enter Red fort from Lahouri Gate ( Front Entrance) and spend 2-3 hours in Red fort & visit Delhi Gate (southern public gate), Old Water Gate, Naubat Khana,Diwan-i-Aam ( Place for public appearance for Emperor - In the back in the raised recess the emperor gave his audience in the marble balcony),Nahr-i-Behisht, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas(Hall of Private Audience). Diwan-i-Khas was constructed of white marble, inlaid with precious stones. The once-silver ceiling has been restored in wood. François Bernier described seeing the jewelled Peacock Throne here during the 17th century, Moti Masjid ( Private Mosque for Aurangjeb), Historical Tea House - which is still a working restaurant ( Prnces Quarters were used by member of the Mughal royal family and was destroyed by the British forces after the 1857 rebellion. One of the palaces was converted into a tea house for the soldiers)
Walking tour in The chandni Chowk takes you through its ancient bazaars, Centuries old eateries, shrines. We will be Starting at the eastern (Red Fort) end of Chandni Chowk, Chandni Chowk is directly opposite of Lahouri gate.
Right at the entrance, we first visit the 16th-century Digambara Jain Temple. The devotional room at first floor has images and statues of revered Jain figures such as Lord Mahavira and Lord Parasnath. After Devotional Room, Visit the Charitable & Free bird hospital on the temple compound, Admire the noble task of doctors here who care for the injured Birds (donations appreciated).
Visit next door, The Hindu Gauri Shankar Temple built in honor of Lord Shiva. It has a 800 years old lingam (auspicious phallic symbol) & The marble chair is that of the Hindu saint, Bhagat Swaroup Bramachari, who spent over 50 years at this temple.
We Continue walking west until we reach 100 years old famous sweet shop "Jalebiwala" on the corner of Chandni Chowk and Dariba Kalan Road. Stop here to try some delicious sticky jalebis (deep-fried syrupy “squiggles”). If you venture more along Dariba Kalan Road, admire the silver jewellary shops.
Next turn right into the lane, which is popularly known as Kinari Bazaar, This bazaar specializes in wedding items including decorations and Indian bridal accessories.Keep walking until you come to the Svetambara Jain Temple, a slight diversion left, near the junction of Naughara Gali (lane). It houses sacred images and carvings including that of Lord Parasnath.
Turn left back on the Kinari Bazaar lane and follow your nose to Paratha Wali Gali, Parantha wali Gali is also a century old lane and oldest shop here is of Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthewala shop which was established in 1872. Parantha wali gali has little eateries specializing in Desi Ghee ( Pure Clarified Butter) Parathas (Indian-style Stuffed Fried flat bread). The aloo (potato) paratha is a traditional favorite, but for something a little different try the paratha stuffed with crushed almonds, Cauliflowers, Indian Cottage Cheese, If you want to try all, Go for the Mixed parantha. Paranthas here are not cooked on flat hot iron ( Tawa), instead they are deep fried in small wolks, resulting in crispy fried delicacies to be enjoyed with Spicy Potato Curry, Yoghurt, Loads of Butter.
All paranthas are cooked in strictly vegetarian way, Even do not include onion or garlic. Still the taste is divine. The owners of most shops are Brahmins, and traditionally their clientele has included Jains in the neighborhood. Varieties include exotic fillings like kaju, badam, matar, Mix Paranthas, rabri, khoya parantha, gobhi parantha, Parat parantha, etc. The parantha is usually served with sweet tamarind chutney, mint chutney, mixed vegetable pickle, paneer and potato curry, potato and fenugreek curry, and a sauteed mash of sweet pumpkin.
Another Speciality is Sweet lassi, often served in Kulhars along with the Delicious Paranthas
Our Lunch will be at Parantha Wali Gali. Eat and Enjoy
Also visit the Sisganj Gurdwara, With head covered with a Scarf in respect, Sisganj is a Sikh gurudwara built at the exact place Guru Tegh Bahadur-the ninth Sikh Guru was martared by Mughals in most inhuman way (By Beheading), thats why this gurudwara is called Sisganj ( Sis means head). Here you seek blessings from Gurus and listening to Gurbani (Sikh devotional singing) performed here throughout the day.
Finally - the Grand Finale of Chandni Chowk, We wind our way to Biggest Mosque in India - The Jama Masjid. Upto 25,000 devotees can offer prayers in Jama Masjid on JUma Day. The mosque was completed in 1650 and took 13 years to build. While in Jama masjid, it is recommended to climb to the top of its southern tower to have a stunning view of Old Delhi including Red Fort, and immediatly you will be lost in Nostalgia.
spend some time in Jama Masjid and fill in yourself with as much spirituality and admire the architecural beauty and quiteness. climb to one of the minarets and imagine the mughal period of 17th centrury & nostalgia by looking at Redfort.
Read More About Jama Masjid....
As a departing gift from Chandni Chowk, Visit Karim's is a restaurant located in Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian, to enjoy the mughlia tasty succulant kababas, Tikkas, Butter chicken, in 1911, when Delhi Durbar at Red Fort was held for the coronation of the King George V, Haji Karimuddin moved back to Delhi with an innovative idea of opening a Dhaba to cater the people coming from allover India to join the coronation. Haji Karimuddin started the Dhaba selling just two items of Alu Gosht and Daal served with Rumali Roti. Today according to Haji Karim "I want to earn fame and money by serving the royal food to the common man". Allah has 99 names and Karim is one of them.
It is because of this very name, Karim is growing day by day.Today, the fourth generation is running the show with Karim Hotels Pvt. Ltd. at Jama Masjid.
Next we proceed on Raj Ghat & Shanti Van Tour, Both mark the samadhi of Mahatma Ghandhi & Pandit Jwalahal Lal Nehru.
One of the most important National memorials, Rajghat was the the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The laste rites of Gandhiji were performed here on January 31, 1948. Since then, Rajghat has become a pilgrimage for all people and state heads. The samadhi/shrine is Black Marble square shaped stone platform. Mahatma Gandhi's last words “Hey Ram”nareinscribed on the divine samadhi. An eternal flame keeps burning in a copper urn.
There are several trees planted near the samadhi, which are labeled with the names of visiting dignitaries. British Queen Elizabeth II, Ho Chi Minh, Colonel Nasser, Marshal Tito, Yaser Arafat, Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitman, Paul Keating, US presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald etc
The Gandhi Memorial Museum is near by Raj Ghat has many possessions of Gandhi and photographs from his life.
Every friday, A commemorative ceremony takes place at Rajghat.The entry to the samadhi is free, every year on 2nd of October & 30th January, Prayers and cultural programmes,
Visit Shanti Van to see the National Shrine set around lush green lawns and trees. Shanti Van Shanti Van is the Samadhi of Pandit Jawar Lal Nehru, the great National Leader and the first Prime Minister of independent India.is known as Jawahar Lal Nehru memorial. It is located on the bank of River Yamuna, north of Rajghat.
The last rites of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (popularly known as Chacha Nehru by children) were performed here on 27th May 1964. A tombstone has been erected at his funeral place at the Shanti Van.Next to the memorial of Pandit Nehru, lies the tomb of his grandson Sanjay Gandhi, who died in a plane crash in 1980.
Events at Shanti Van - New Delhi
A prayer and cultural programme is organized every year on Pandit Nehru birthday (November 14- Childrens' Day) and death anniversary (May 27). Children perform various activities and dances on the occasion of Childens' Day every year.
Birla Mandir is one of the main temples in Delhi & north India. It is open to people of all castes while inaugurating the Laxminarayan Temple in 1939. This was the condition laid by Mahatma Gandhi “The temple would not be restricted only to the Hindus and people from every caste would be allowed inside.”. The temple was originally built in 1622 by Vir Singh Deo, and later renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793. From 1938 onwards, the Birla family came forward to take care of renovations,and funding. The temple was rebuilt (1933-1939) by Mr. B.D. Birla of Birla Group of Industries, one of the famous business tycoons of India. the temple later came to be known as Birla Temple and is located on Mandir Marg, near Connought Place, New Delhi. Laxminarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver and his consort, Goddess Lakshmi.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. One can also spot idols of Lord Krishna, Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman in the complex. A small temple of Buddha is also visited for its wonderful fresco paintings describing his life and work.People and scholars from all over the world visit the temple to learn about the Hindu religion and spirituality. There is a craze among the scholars to learn Sanskrit and other elements of Hinduism. During their time of learning, they can stay in the guest houses of the temple provided by the temple authorities.
The Temple has a dharamshala, where any visitor can stay for few days & pure vegetarian food is offered as a thali only at 10 Rs to the dharamshala pilgrims.
Behind Temple, there is a big forest with dancing peacocks, temple has fountains, childern play area, water features with fish.The temple is influenced by Orissan Style. It has unique tall spires made of red sandstone. The temple witnesses devotees in huge numbers on the festival of Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna). Laxminarayan/Birla Temple is famous for the grand celebration of Janmashtami every year.