A kaleidoscopic feast for the senses, this bustling metropolis combines its ancient past and vibrant historic traditions with the sweeping avenues and glimmering skyscrapers of modern-day India.
Our Golden Triangle tour begins in the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi. Wander labyrinthian alleys and shop for hand-crafted souvenirs at the buzzing and vibrant bazaars as aromatic spices cling to your nostrils and customers barter prices with market vendors. Weaving through this timeless city, you’ll marvel at the grand beams, alcoves and arches of the magnificent garden tomb of Humayun, built in 1572, before admiring the architecture of the Red Fort, its towering red sandstone ramparts and the Stream of Paradise. Visit the grand Qutub Minar minaret, fashioned from marble, quartzite and sandstone, and the fascinating 11th century ruins of the surrounding Qutb Complex – the site of Lal Kot, Delhi’s oldest fortified city.
Step into the modernity of New Delhi, a world away from its historic counterpart. Gaze up at the India Gate war memorial, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, then observe the grandeur of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Stroll through the meticulously manicured Mughal Gardens and admire tranquil fountain channels, neighboured by creepers of jasmine, rose, adenocalymma and China orange trees.
Observe avant-garde paintings and sculptures at the National Gallery of Modern Art; excite your taste buds with the rich spices of Delhi street food, from panipuri (fried dough filled with spiced potatoes, chili, onions and chickpeas) to mouth-watering kebabs; and silently reflect in the serenity of the Lotus Temple.
Alternatively, experience Delhi as part of a luxurious four-day rail journey aboard the Maharajas’ Express. Enjoy sumptuous gourmet meals as you travel across the dramatic Indian landscapes, taking in striking vistas of rolling hills, soaring monuments and futuristic skyscrapers, stopping off at Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
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“If you happen to visit Delhi around India Republic Day, the Rashtrapati Bhavan (official residency of the Indian president) is illuminated in a rainbow of dazzling colours, making for a wonderful photo opportunity.”
“It would be criminal to visit India and not sample the delicious street food. It’s hard to resist with the aromas of aloo poori (a blended spicy potato curry dish including onions, chili and tomato), tangy sizzling kebabs and paratha (Indian flatbread filled with your choice of vegetables and spices, traditionally a breakfast dish) wafting through the air.”
“The Delhi metro is a cheap, convenient and efficient way of travelling around Delhi. Failing that, an exhilarating ride across the city in a tuk-tuk is sure to bring a smile to your face.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What currency should I bring with me to India?
The official currency of India is the Indian rupee. We recommend carrying cash while visiting Old Delhi, as market vendors in the bazaars will not usually be able to accept credit or debit cards, and you may find it difficult to locate an ATM in the older sections of the city. ATMs are more prevalent throughout New Delhi, and many restaurants, hotels and bars will accept card payment. Please keep in mind there may be international usage fees, depending on your bank.
When can I visit the Mughal Gardens?
Currently, the Mughal Gardens are only open to the public during the month-long festival of Udyanotsav, from February through until March. While there are instances of the gardens being open outside of these months, travellers should keep in mind that this is uncommon if they intend on visiting the gardens.
What language is spoken in Delhi?
The official language of India is Hindi, though it is worth mentioning that dependant on where you’re visiting, locals may speak a variety of either Punjabi, Urdu or Bengali. English is recognised as a second language by many here, but you should not expect fluency and complete understanding, especially the further from the city centres you travel.
An explosion of colour, noise and fragrances – seamlessly traverse the wide and modern avenues of New Delhi before stepping into Old Delhi’s ancient maze of alleys, bazaars and historic architecture. Delhi is a spectacular juxtaposition of old and new, where skyscrapers meet age-old temples in a whirlwind of excitement and frenetic energy.
Why you'll love Delhi...
• Sampling delicious kebabs and aromatic kachori aloo (baked dough filled with spicy lentils, curried potatoes and tart chutney)
• Exploring the ancient Qubt Complex
• Meditating in the Lotus Flower temple
• Travelling in style aboard the luxurious Maharajas’ Express
• Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient Red Fort
• Observing the ornate Delhi Secretariat buildings
• Discovering the historic Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1572
• Strolling through the serene Mughal Gardens during the month of Udyanotsav (February – March)
• Bartering with the local vendors for spices and souvenirs at Old Delhi’s traditional bazaars
• Witnessing the grandeur of the president’s palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan
Did you know?
• New Delhi is home to the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – a museum dedicated entirely to the advancement of sanitation systems dating as far back as 3000BC
• Delhi has been the capital city of potentially eight different empires since AD1100
• Delhi’s Khari Baoli spice market is the largest wholesale spice market across all of Asia
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