Sightseeing Attractions: 10
Start Destination: HOHO Center, Baba Kharak Sing marg, Opp. Connaught place police station.
Reporting Time: 9:15 am & Departure Timings: 9:30 am. ( Limited Seats – 33)
Monday Tour Itinerary
(Note: It’s NOT a Hop On Hop Off Tour. It’s a single bus conducted tour with predefined itinerary.)
Baba Kharak Singh Marg :
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.
- 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.
Laxmi Narayan Temple, famously called the Birla Temple of Delhi, is one of the most popular temples in Delhi. It was constructed in the year 1938 by G.D. Birla. Dedicated to goddess Laxmi, goddess of wealth and the preserver, god Narayana, the temple gains historic importance being a symbol of unity among various castes. Gandhi had demanded that the temple be open for all castes if he were to inaugurate it and ever since its inauguration it remains open to all regardless of caste. Paintings that portray Indian mythology are seen in Geeta Bhavan in Birla Temple. The influence of Oriyan style of architecture is seen in the temple. With gardens and fountains adding beauty to the white marble and red sandstone construction, the temple is spectacular to look at. The paintings in the upper gallery are a fine specimen of artistic excellence of Jaipur artists. The Rajasthani paintings reflect the cultural heritage of the land.
Timings:- 6.00 am to 10.00 pm
Entry fee:- Free for all religion
Note:- All days open.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
It is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, an Indian ruler in the seventeenth century, and was known as Jaisinghpura Palace. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi in 1664. During that time, there was a smallpox and cholera epidemic, and Guru Har Krishan helped the suffering by giving aid and fresh water from the well at this house. Soon he too contracted the illness and eventually died on March 30, 1664. A small tank was later constructed by Raja Jai Singh over the well, its water is now revered as having healing properties and is taken by Sikhs throughout the world back to their homes.
Nearest metro station:- Rajiv chowk
Entry fee:- Free for all religion
Nearest eating point:- Bikanerwala
Note:- All days open.
India Gate :
India Gate was built in 1931 as a memorial to 90,000 Indian soldiers who laid their lives fighting in the First World War.
The name of 90,000 men who died during these conflicts are inscribed on the uprights of the arch. Under the arch is the memorial to the
Unknown soldier – an inverted rifle, and an eternal flame, guarded round the clock by a ceremonial guard drawn from three wings of the armed forces.
On one side of India Gate, at the far end of the Raj Path, stands the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and on the other side stands a canopy under which a statue of King George V stood before independence.
- The area around India Gate is called Princess Park, because it housed the residences of the ruling kings and princess.These includes Jaipur House which houses NGMA, Hyderabad House, Patiala House, Baroda House, Jodhpur House, Bikaner House, Jamnagar House and Kota House.
- After independence, all these were taken over by Govt, and now house various Govt. offices
Serves as the venue of Republic Day Parade
Rashtrapati Bhawan (Drive Pass)
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.
- 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.
Parliament House (Drive Pass):
Parliament House or Sansad Bhavan is one of the most impressive buildings in Delhi. Located at the end of Sansad Marg the Parliament Building was designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. This iconic building was inaugurated in 1972 by Lord Irwin, the then Governor-General of India. The Parliament House comprises of a central hall which is circular in shape and 98 feet in diameter. The Central Hall is considered to be a very important part of the Parliament building since this is where the Indian Constitution was drafted. The building houses the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and a library hall. In between these three chambers lies a garden. The building also has facilities for accommodation for ministers, important officers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Chairmen and Parliamentary Committees.
Air Force Head Quarters (Drive Pass) :
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its the World’s 4th largest Airforce. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire and the prefix Royal was added in 1945 in recognition of its services during World War II. After India became independent from the United Kingdom in 1947, the Royal Indian Air Force served the Dominion of India, with the prefix being dropped when India became a republic in 1950. Since independence, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai. Apart from conflicts, the IAF has been an active participant in United Nations peacekeeping missions.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
Red Fort (Drive Pass) :
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.
- 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.
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.
- The memorial was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta.
- 10,000 visitors visit this memorial everyday.
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.
- 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”