After breakfast explore New Delhi, driving past Rajpath or “King’s way” the wide tree lined avenues of New Delhi, which served as the capital city for the former British Empire. Today, it is the address for some of the most iconic building of modern India. Among the buildings you drive past are the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace (Rashtrapathi Bhawan), and India Gate, a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21.
You stop at one of the architectural triumphs of the Mughal Empire – Humayun’s Tomb. It is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former splendour and the fountains working, it is a very attractive site. Architecturally the mausoleum drew its inspiration from the styles prevalent in Samarkand, and the design of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb.
Next, visit the Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), a feature of which is a free community kitchen for visitors of all religions. Today, we will donate food supplies as a contribution for the day’s meal and there will be opportunity to lend a helping hand while food is being cooked and served.
After a hearty lunch, you drive to Old Delhi where you trade your vehicle for cycle rickshaws. Travel through the narrow lanes selling an astonishing range of wares from silver, jewellery, aromatic spices, leather, fruit and vegetables. Apothecaries sell home grown medicinal items, and roadside dentists display their bizarre array of equipment and false teeth. This is a wonderful introduction to the organized chaos that is quintessentially Indian!
Disembark at India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid believed to be the largest in India and was Shah Jahan’s last architectural legacy.
Tonight, enjoy a private cocktail reception and later a dinner of Southeast Asian cuisine at one of the city’s top restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler.
Overnight at hotel.