Places explored in this full day city tour include the Red Fort, India Gate, Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple, and Qutub Minar – with a great lunch!
The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Red Fort as his ruling palace. Also known as, ‘Lal Qila’, it is one of the most magnificent monuments in Delhi. Red Fort has two main gateways; Lahori Gate and Delhi Gate, situated on the center of the Western and Southern sides, respectively. Lahori Gate is the main entrance of the Red Fort. Shops inside the Red Fort will attract you to purchase some traditional stuff of Delhi.
After the Red Fort Tour you will experience a rickshaw ride, then we move to India Gate and drive past by parliament and the president’s house.
The India Gate holds some similarities to its French counterpart, and which honors around 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for British Army during the World War I. The Duke of Connaught put the foundation stone of India Gate in 1921. Designed by Edwin Lutyens, the monument is 42 m high that is like an “Arc-de-Triomphe” in the middle of the crossroad. After independence, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added to remind the nation of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
Humayun’s Tomb was built in 1565 A.D., posthumously, in the memory of Humayun by his widow Hemida Banu Begum. Also known as Tomb of the Perfect Man or ’Insan-i-Kamil’, which now stands as a UNESCO Heritage site, was once used as a refugee camp for the war affected populace and travelers during the British rule.
After exploring Humayun Tomb, our driver will take you at Lotus temple.
The Lotus Temple is in the form of a white half-opened lotus flower. This is one of the most visited structures in India. It is estimated the temple has attracted more than 50 million visitors since its inception. Prayer sessions are conducted four times a day. After the Lotus Temple, our driver will bring you to a restaurant for your lunch, and then visit our last tour highlight – Qutub Minar, Built in red sandstones, the inscriptions of verses of holy Quran and some elaborated carvings displayed on the tower. Besides this, you can also see the tomb of Adham Khan and Zafar Mahal within Qutub complex and the tomb of Jamali-Kamali behind it.
After Qutub Minar, our driver will drop you off back at your hotel.