• Humayun's Tomb

Delhi Holidays

Welcome to India’s capital. Delhi is a massive, multidimensional metropolis. A vibrant fusion of cultures and pasts, sprinkled with ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene, countless modern hotels and an abundance of fantastic places to eat and shop. Delhi holidays introduce you to a mesmerising mayhem - there’s much to explore in this fascinating city.

Past meets future on a Delhi tour

Delhi epitomises India’s intoxicating world of contrasts. A city of two halves, ancient meets modern on almost every street corner, often in ways bewildering and beautiful.

Old Delhi is a place of ancient splendour; home to incredible monuments such as the dusky-hued Red Fort, sprawling Jama Masjid mosque and breathtaking Jain Mandir temple - a sanctuary of calm in the city’s hustle and bustle. Once known as Shahjahanabad - the walled-city built by the mighty Mughal emperor Shah Jahan - Old Delhi is chaotic and alive. A maze of narrow streets, twisting back-alleys, labyrinthine bazaars and bustling street markets, discover real India and Delhi’s soul. Lose yourself (literally) in India’s most iconic market, Chandni Chowk, a bazaar filled with a dazzling array of spices, twinkling trinkets and vibrant local clothes.

New Delhi presents an entirely different scene. Once the British colonial stronghold, a place of power and prestige, you’ll traverse a terrain of impressive government buildings, wide avenues and well-manicured lawns. Highlights include India Gate, Lotus Temple and the President’s Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan. This part of Delhi offers all the comforts of the modern world, with gigantic malls, world-class restaurants and an efficient metro system. For a taste of luxury on your Delhi holiday, stop for high tea at the Imperial Hotel.

Delhi is the place to explore the abundance of flavours and fusions in Indian food. Wherever you wander, your senses will be inundated by aromas, whether it’s parathas being cooked along the Paranthe Wali Gali or sizzling stalls selling chaat. Mouth already watering? Book your Delhi holiday today.

Destination Highlights
  • Gaze up at the exquisite red sandstone tower, Qutub Minar, standing tall and narrow at 73m
  • Get lost in the twisting lanes of iconic Chandi Chawk market in Old Delhi
  • Visit the vast and magnificent Humayun Tomb, built by Emperor Humayun’s wife
  • Explore New Delhi, the purpose-built capital of the British Raj

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Flight Time

Approx. eight hours and 30 minutes, Direct flights from London Heathrow to Delhi.

Currency

INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

British citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Why not explore every side of Delhi both New and Old and enjoy some of our suggested excursions? Ideal to add on to your tour or just as a way to explore a new part of the city.

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    Kite flying and Afternoon Tea

    A great family activity, or just as suited for the big kids inside us, this excursion is the perfect way to spend some time admiring the beauty of Old Delhi's skyline.

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Join an Old Delhi Heritage walk to really get to know the city and its most beautiful monuments. Visit Connaught Palace for a true contemporary Delhi experience, and Janpath Market for your sari’s, suits and souvenirs.”

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    James

    Destination Specialist

    “The Salaam Baalak Trust organises morning walking tours of Delhi, led by teenagers who used to live on the streets. Support an important cause and experience a different side to Delhi.”

Events & Festivals in Delhi

Like many cities in India, Delhi comes alive during festivities and celebrations. Join a festival to see the city in its element.

  • Janmashtami

    Janmashtami is one of the biggest events in India, taking place on 24 August. Celebrating the incarnation of Lord Krishna, Indians take to the streets for parades and festivities. The ISKON temples in Delhi see particularly elaborate celebrations and a huge mahaprasada of 56 delicacies is offered to the deity.

Local Cuisine In Delhi

As one of India’s more cosmopolitan cities, you can find almost any cuisine in Delhi. During your Delhi trip be sure to sample some authentic dishes in one of the gourmet restaurants, or take an evening walking tour of Old Delhi’s street-side cafes.

  • Paratha

    Paratha is a widely popular flatbread found all over India. The dough is often mixed with vegetables such as potato or cauliflower and served with dahl.

  • Mughalai Cuisine

    Mughlai Cuisine originated during the Mughal era, in the medieval Indo-Persian cultural centres. There are a variety of dishes, including an array of rich, Mughalai curries. A Mughalai course consists of a buffet of food and various accompaniments.

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