Itinerary 2

Day 01

The Delhi exploration starts with a guided tour of the eight theme cities that make Delhi. Our first destination will be Quila Rai Pithora. Although the city of Delhi has been thriving for several centuries, but the 'first city' of Delhi dates back to the 10th century. Qila Rai Pithora was created by Prithviraj Chauhan, also known as Rai Pithora, the popular hero of the stories of Hindu resistance against Muslim invaders. Prithviraj's ancestors captured Delhi from the Tomar Rajputs who have been credited as the founders of Delhi. Anangpal, a Tomar ruler created the first known regular defense-work in Delhi called Lal Kot - which Prithviraj took over and extended to his city - Qila Rai Pithora.The ruins of the fort ramparts are still partially visible in the area around Qutab Minar.

Next is the second city of Delhi which is also known as Siri Fort. Built during the reign of Ala-ud-Din Khalji this was the first city of Delhi to be constructed entirely by Muslims. Today this area is totally ruined with only a few remnants. The fort was once considered the pride of the city for its palace of a thousand pillars called the Hazar Sultanate Palace, which was built outside the fort boundaries, and had marble floors and decorated stone walls. Its Darwaza (door) is supposed to have been beautifully decorated. Today also in the eastern part there are remnants of flame shaped battlements, holes for shooting arrows and bastions, which were considered to be very innovative in that period. From here we move to the third city of Delhi known as Tuglaqabad. This city was founded by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty, of the Delhi Sultanate of India in 1321. Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq was a feudatory of the Khilji rulers of Delhi. Once while on a walk with his Khilji master - Ghazi Malik, he suggested that the King should build a fort on a hillock in the southern portion of Delhi. The king lightheartedly told Ghazi Malik to build the fort himself when he will be the king. This finally came true, when Ghazi Malik drove away the Khiljis and assumed the title of Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq, starting the Tughlaq dynasty in 1321.

After this we will head to Jahanpanah, the fourth city of medieval Delhi, established in 1326-1327 by Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq of the Delhi Sultanate. The ruins of the city's walls are even now discerned in the road between Siri to Qutab Minar and also in isolated patches behind the Indian Institute of Technology. The mystery of the city's precincts has unfolded over the years with excavations revealing a large number of monuments in the villages and colonies of South Delhi. Due to the urbanization drive in Delhi, Jahanpanah is now part of the upscale urban area - South Delhi.

After lunch we will head to the city of Firozabad. One of the Tughlaq rulers, Firoze Tughlaq created the fifth city of Delhi - Firozabad or Kotla Firoze Shah, next to the River Yamuna. This place was a large enclosure of high walls containing palaces, pillared halls, mosques, pigeon towers and water tanks. On the top of this palace, King Firoze planted an Ashokan pillar. He also built several hunting lodges in and around Delhi, as well as mosques; some of them still exist.

Next historical city of Delhi is Shergarh, which is known as the Purana Qila today. It was created by Sher Shah when he acquired Delhi from Humayun in 1540, the second Mughal king. It was originally being built by Humayun as his capital Dinpanah. Sher Shah razed Dinpanah to the ground and started building his own capital introducing ornate elements in architecture. This massive fort runs for around 2 kms and has walls of the height of 18 meters. You can spend your time here either exploring the monument or you can enjoy boating at the lake situated in Purana Quila. After that it will be time for you to return back to your hotel and relax.

Day 02

In the morning we will start with a trip to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is the official residence of the President of India, where you can get a chance to witness the Change of Guard Ceremony. After this we will visit Shahjahanabad the seventh city of Delhi. Built by the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639, Shahjahanabad remained the capital of the Mughals till the end of the Mughal dynasty. You can also enjoy the heritage walk through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. After the heritage walk we will head to Jama Masjid and then the Red Fort both of which are architectural wonders of Delhi.

After spending ample time in Shahjahanabad we will move to the eighth city of Delhi known as Luytens Delhi, which was built during the British Era. India Gate, Parliament House and National Museum are the key attractions of this place. The artifacts of the Harrapan civilization at the National Museum will delight you. Next will be Dilli Haat, where you can taste a variety of Indian cuisines and purchase some traditional souvenirs of Delhi. This brings an end to the second day of the Delhi excursion.

Day 03

Your third day will start with a trip to the National Gallery of Modern Art, a gallery which has a marvelous collection of Indian paintings and sculptures. Located in the Jaipur house, the erstwhile residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur it exhibits over 12,000 paintings and sculptures. You can spend a quality time here, appreciating the excellence and expertise of Indian artists. The tour of Delhi is incomplete if you do not visit its famous markets. So for the rest of the day you can enjoy shopping at Delhi's market places such as Sarojini Nagar, Janpath, Khan Market, Connaught Place, etc.

Note: We will provide 3 star category accommodation, buffet breakfast and dinner at Delhi. The package price includes train/cab fares and entry ticket charges for various monuments.