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Destinations – 2 Days Tour

19 + Sightseeing.
First Bus at 8:30 am & every 45 mins for Red and 60 mins for Green route| Start Destination: HOHO Center, Baba Kharak Sing marg, Opp. Connaught Place Police station.

Highlights

Hop On Hop Off | On board Tour Guide | Flexibility of Time @ Sightseeing |Air Conditioned Buses | Free Entry Tickets (Domestic Only) to Heritage Monuments  | GPS Tracking

Ticket Rates: Rs 600

Child upto 3 ft height – half ticket | International : Rs 1200

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Baba Kharak Singh Marg :

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If you are an enthusiast of handicraft, this is your road to handicraft heaven. Baba Kharak Singh Marg is located at the heart of Delhi. This street is renowned for handicrafts as it is the hub of handicraft emporiums. People from all parts of India and abroad come here to hunt for handicrafts at these emporiums. Prior to freedom, this road was known as Irwin Road, after Lord Irwin, the Viceroy of India. Adding to the charisma of the street, BKS Marg is also marked by HO HO Dilli Dekho Bus Service’s i-Center which is the starting point of the route.

 

Interesting facts:

  • The street houses 18 state government emporiums.
  • Close to Hanuman Mandir constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh and Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, the biggest Gurdwara in Delhi.

 


Feroz Shah Kotla

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Your journey starts with a regal view of the citadel, Feroz Shah Kotla. In the tour of a city which is rich in historical monuments, Feroz Shah Kotla will be your first destination. Feroz Shah Kotla is a glorious structure built by Emperor Firoz Shah Tughluq in 1354. This 13 meter high sandstone obelisk has gracefully survived time’s ravage. The majestic Ashokan Pillar of Feroz Shah Kotla stands tall at the north end erected by King Ashoka between 273 and 236BC in Topra in Amabala, Haryana. This monument is a testimony to the rich history of this city which has seen Hindu and Muslim rulers over years.
Interesting facts:

  • Close Feroz Shah Kotla stadium where Anil Kumble took 10 wickets in an innings on this ground in 1999
  • Close to the Jama Masjid which is India’s largest mosque. Legend has it that Tamburlaine, the Mongol conqueror who ransacked Delhi in 1398, came for his Friday prayers here.
  • The imposing Ashokan Pillar in Delhi was a gift to Delhi by the third Sultan of the Tughlak dynasty, Firoz Shah Tughlak, who was known for his liking for structures of sorts.
  • Originally, it contained eight mosques, three palaces, a hunting box and several inns.

Red Fort :

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Next up is your date with the red architectural masterpiece of Delhi. Red Fort popularly known as Lal Qila is one of the most haunting spots for tourists. This magnificent fort on the banks of the river Yamuna, is a living piece of history from 17th Century Delhi. This fort was constructed by Shahjahan who also built the wonder of the world Taj Mahal as a symbol of his love. The whole structure is made of Red stone. Construction of Red Fort started in 1639 and within a span of 9 years, the colossal structure was built. The Red Fort has the highest pedestal as a historical monument in Indian democracy as the site plays a host for the Prime Minister of India as he addresses the nation on August 15. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Interesting facts:

  • The whole design within the palace is based on the theme of ‘Paradise’ as described in the Koran.
  • Largest monument in Old Delhi.
  • Once more than 3,000 people lived inside the premises.
  • Bahadur Shah Zafar was tried here.

 


Rajghat

Raj-Ghat

The calm yet dignified ambiance of your next destination will probably take you back to an era when great leaders were born. Surrounded by deep green lawns, Rajghat a simple black granite platform marking the site where, on January 31, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi’s last rites were performed. ‘Hey Ram’, his last words, are engraved on the black memorial stone. At the center of the square stone, an eternal flame burns to symbolize eternity of the great leader. To mark Gandhi’s birthday (Oct. 2) and death anniversary (Jan. 30), prayer ceremonies are held. The foreign leaders visiting Delhi pay their respects to Gandhi at Rajghat.

Interesting facts:

  • The memorial was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta.
  • 10,000 visitors visit this memorial everyday.

National Gallery of Modern Art

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If you are an Art fanatic, you are at your Mecca. The former residential palace of Maharaja of Jaipur was later transformed into National Gallery of Modern Art. It is situated at the eastern end of Rajpath near India Gate and is administered by the Government of India. Former Vice President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan inaugurated the gallery in presence of Jawaharlal Nehru on March 29, 1954. The gallery has a wonderful collection of around 15,000 paintings, sculptures and works of arts by Indian as well as international artists. The National Gallery of Modern Art bears witness of the transition taken place in the field of art in last century. The gallery obtains, preserves and displays works of modern art from mid 19th century till date. Explore the history of Indian contemporary art through ages under one roof. It is a tribute to art in the nation.

Interesting facts:

  • Building was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield which was later styled by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
  • The NGMA has two branches one at Mumbai and the other at Bangaluru.
  • The new wing of the National Gallery of Modern Art opened in 2009 is almost 6 times the space of the original gallery.

 


India Gate :

India-gates

Next up is your date with the red architectural masterpiece of Delhi. Red Fort popularly known as Lal Qila is one of the most haunting spots for tourists. This magnificent fort on the banks of the river Yamuna, is a living piece of history from 17th Century Delhi. This fort was constructed by Shahjahan who also built the wonder of the world Taj Mahal as a symbol of his love. The whole structure is made of Red stone. Construction of Red Fort started in 1639 and within a span of 9 years, the colossal structure was built. The Red Fort has the highest pedestal as a historical monument in Indian democracy as the site plays a host for the Prime Minister of India as he addresses the nation on August 15. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

 

Interesting facts:

  • The whole design within the palace is based on the theme of ‘Paradise’ as described in the Koran.
  • Largest monument in Old Delhi.
  • Once more than 3,000 people lived inside the premises.
  • Bahadur Shah Zafar was tried here.

Purana Qila :

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This destination will transport you to 5000 years back in history of great Mughals and Afghans. In the city of Dinpanah, Refuge of the Faithful, Purana Qila stood with its royal might. It was started by Humayun in 1533 AD and was completed by the Afghan ruler Sher Shah in five years time. This monument is a perfect blend of Hindu elements with Muslim style of arches and domes. Simply said, the style of architecture of the Purana Qila can be considered as a secular architectural style.

 

Interesting facts:

  • ‘Qila-i-kuhna Masjid’ is a mosque inside Purana Qila built by Sher Shah Suri in 1541.
  • Excavations in 1955 have revealed evidences of Gupta age.
  • The archaeological evidences established that this fort stands on the ruins of the legendary city of Indraprastha

 


Humayun Tomb

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Like a true example of Mughal imperial architecture, your next destination has a royal aura about it. Humayun’s Tomb was built by his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam in 1569 after his death in 1556. Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian, was the architect employed by Haji Begam for this tomb. It is considered as the first distinct example of proper Mughal style inspired by Persian architecture. The influence is evident as it was the first garden tomb built in the Indian Subcontinent. Humayun’s Tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Interesting facts:

  • It took eight years and Rs 1.5 million to build Humayun’s Tomb.
  • Humayun’s Tomb introduced the four-quartered garden concept into Mughal architecture.
  • The water channels at the garden reflect the four rivers that flow in jannat, the Islamic concept of paradise.
  • The first monument to use the Persian double dome.

Lajpat Nagar

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This destination is sure to bring your wallets and cards alive. The bargain experts would have a great time in the liveliest market of South Delhi. This market is named after Lala Lajpat Rai in his honor. Lajpat Nagar offers a wide choice of uptown accessories, clothing and other home essentials. This market is one of the oldest in India. Being located amidst two popular markets- Greater Kailash and South Extension, makes this market well connected. From branded showrooms to small local retails, this market has a lot on offer. If there is a heaven for shopaholics, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

Interesting facts:

  • Most of its early residents were Hindus and Sikhs moving east from newly formed Pakistan.

 


Lotus Temple

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This is the destination for those who are looking for nirvana. A visual delight, Lotus Temple is one of the most remarkable architectures of Bahai faith. This splendid structure is considered as the modern ‘Taj Mahal’. Since its dedication to public worship in December 1986, this Mother Temple of the Indian sub-continent has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. The place provides immaculate environment for meditation, peace and wisdom. The temple has no restrictions for visitors and is open to people from all religions. Fariborz Sahba, Canadian architect of Iranian origin, spent 10 years in designing and project management, and with the help of a team of about 800 engineers, technicians, artisans and workers brought to realization one of the most complicated constructions in the world.

Interesting facts:

  • Lotus Temple stands seventh in the international chain of Bahai House of Worship.
  • The central hall of worship in the temple has a capacity to accommodate 2500 persons at a time.
  • Ardishir Rustanpur of Hyderabad had been generous enough to donate his entire life savings to buy the plot for Lotus Temple to be constructed.
  • A CNN report has listed the Lotus Temple of Delhi as the most visited establishment in India.

 


Saket Malls

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Your next destination is a hub of luxury brands, cineplexes and the best food chains. Saket is one of prime location in Delhi and is a host to the finest malls. With 4 major malls and 2 upcoming malls, Saket provides the perfect blend of shopping and leisure. These malls offer top of the line international and national brands of fashion, accessories and luxury goods. Cinema lovers frequent these malls as they have the merchandise of India’s finest movie theater showing both Indian and International movies in the lavish ambiance. That’s not all. In a city of food lovers, these malls have the outlets of the most loved food chains, serving delicious fast foods and a wide variety of cuisines.

 


Qutub Minar

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Get ready to meet one of the architectural marvels in the world. Qutub Minar is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. The minaret was constructed by Qutab-ud-din Aibak and later completed by his successor Iltutmish in 1192. Qutub Minar holds the title for the highest individual tower in the world with a height of 234 feet. It also makes it into the list of the tallest and most famous towers in the world. It proudly displays the beauty of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture untouched by the time it has seen. Qutub Minar is a World Heritage Site. It is India’s most visited monument attracting around 3.9 million visitors every year.

Interesting facts:

  • The purpose behind the construction of Minar was for the use of mu’azzin (crier) to give calls for prayer.
  • The Minar contains numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters, which narrate its history.
  • As per the inscriptions on its surface, it was repaired by Firuz Shah Tughlaq and Sikandar Lodi.
  • According to the Archeological Survey of India, the site at which Qutab Minar is located was once occupied by 27 Hindu and Jain temples

 


Hauz Khas Village

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If you are looking for a place with a different ambiance, you’ve reached the right place. Hauz Khas Village is the hub of designer studios and themed restaurants. All the top designers of the country own a studio at Hauz Khas Village. If we look back at the history of the place, it is the historical battleground where Timur defeated Mohammed Shah Tughlaq in 1398. It was established by Alauddin Khilji in the year 1284. Hauz Khas is a blend of worlds. The Hauz Khas Complex has a water tank, tomb of Feroz Shah Tughlaq, six domed Pavilions, Madrasa and an Islamic Cemetery built during the reign of the Delhi Sultanate in 13th Century.

Interesting facts:

  • In 1988, Bina Ramani set up the first boutique here.
  • Adjacent to Tuhfewala Gumbad and Deer Park.

 


Dilli Haat

Dilli-Haat

It’s a treat for those who swear by traditional artisans and food. This place is bubbling with sheer energy of the visitors enjoying various craft products at 62+ stall and 25 + food stalls located within the complex. Craftsmen from different corners of India come over to showcase their products which are reasonably priced. Delhi Haat presents two passions in a platter- food joints and crafts market – both inspired from the village style. The regional food stalls offer the rich traditional delicacies from all regions. Thus this place offers a kaleidoscopic feel of the richness and diversity of Indian culture and handicrafts.

Interesting facts:

  • Spread over a spacious six acre area
  • Set up jointly by Delhi tourism and NDMC, D.C. (Handicrafts) & D.C. (handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India & Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.

 


Safdarjung Tomb

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The next destination on the route is Safdarjung Tomb. It is a monument from the Mughal era built in the year 1753-54 in memorial of Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan popularly known as Safdarjung by his son Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah of Awadh. The garden of Safdarjung’s tomb is laid down on the pattern of the Mughal Charbagh style. The Safdarjung tomb was erected roughly on the pattern of Humayun’s tomb.

Interesting facts:

  • Considered to be the final specimen of Mughal and Islamic architecture
  • Marble was allegedly stripped from other tombs to build Safdarjung’s tomb.

 


Indira Gandhi Museum

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum is a window into life of our legendary leader, Indira Gandhi. The former residence of Indira Gandhi has been transformed into a mesmerizing museum, displaying artifacts, photos and newspaper clippings, as well as personal belongings, including the blood-stained sari she was wearing when she was assassinated on 31st October, 1984. A collection of rare photographs of the National movement, the personal moments of the Nehru-Gandhi family and her childhood photographs with the Mahatma are on display.
Interesting facts:

  • The museum also contains burnt clothes of Rajeev Gandhi which he was wearing at the time of his assassination.
  • Dried blood spots are preserved enclosed in a glass frame at the spot of assassination.

 


Nehru Museum

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Walk through the life our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with the help of many precious moments captured on camera and original manuscripts. The Nehru Memorial Museum established in the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964) is located in the majestic Teen Murti House. It has four major constituents namely, a Memorial Museum, a Library on modern India, a Centre for Contemporary Studies and a Planetarium. Nehru’s bedroom, the drawing-room and study have been preserved the way they were in used. The Nehru Planetarium gives an overview of the Indian Space Program through interesting shows.

Interesting facts:

  • This building served as the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in India.
  • The massive granite rock in front lawn has Nehru’s first speech as the Prime Minister that he delivered on the eve of Independence of India.

 


Rashtrapati Bhawan

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You are now the epicenter of India’s political capital. Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India. This piece of engineering genius was built in the British period. Located in the Raisina Hills, this monument is one of the most popular attractions. It is a magnum opus of symmetry, discipline, outline, color and harmony. Prior to Indian Independence, this great palace belonged to the Viceroy and was known as the Viceroy House. Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of Edwin Lutyen’s designs – one of the largest Royal buildings he designed. The monument is a blend of the best architectural forms- the Mughal architectural designs, Persian art forms, Indian designs and the European architectural styles.

Interesting facts:

  • It is one of the largest residential houses of any Head of the State in the world
  • The building took over 17 years to complete.
  • The Arjuna Awards for Excellence is presented in the hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • The song Des Rangila from Fanaa was shot at Rashtrapati Bhavan including its rehearsal scenes.

 


National Museum

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It’s time to take a stroll down the lanes of history. National Museum of Delhi is the largest museum in the country. Here Indian history and heritage lived through the ages. The credit for the commencement of this grand museum goes to Jawaharlal Nehru. This initiative to preserve ancient history of India was his brainchild. The National Museum displays collection dating back to as far as five thousand years. The National Museum has several galleries. It has the largest collection of artifacts dating to the Indus Valley Civilization. It was inaugurated for the general people on the 5th June, 1978.

Interesting facts:

  • Possesses over 2, 00,000 works of art.
  • Has a prestigious collection of 800 sculptures.
  • It is run by the Ministry of Culture.

 


Jantar Mantar

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Often the venue for political protests, Jantar Mantar will introduce you to ancient science in India. It is a remarkable structure built by Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. The 5 astronomical observatories, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world wide. It consists of fourteen geometric devices used for measuring time, forecasting weather changes, predicting behaviour of planets and finding extraterrestrial altitude. Jantar Mantar is very popular among tourists and the people of Delhi. This structure shows the scientific acumen of ancient India.

Interesting facts:

  • It is maintained by the Jaipur Government because it was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur.
  • Jantar Mantar was the logo of the 1982 Asian Games
  • It is one of the oldest astronomical observatories in India
  • Among the devices inside the Jantar Mantar, the biggest instrument is the “Samrat Jantar”

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