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Drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar.

Tour of Old Delhi - visit the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk (Silver Street) and Raj Ghat - the site of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation.

Old Delhi by foot - drive from hotel to Red Fort and start walk around the lovely old buildings and gardens of Shah Jahan's Palace fortress - the heart and soul of Mughal Delhi. Continue walk to Jamma Mosque - which was originally called "The Mosque commanding a view of the word; (Masjid-i-Jahanuma) as it was built on a rocky outcrop higher than the surrounding land. It begain in 1650 by Shah Jahan and took five thousand men six years to complete. After visiting the Mosque follow the road round the corner and walk past the fascinating car parts bazaar to a very busy thorough- fare called Chawri Bazaar. In the 18th century this street was occupied by great nobles and there were several huge mansions here which were destroyed after the Mutiny by the British to straighten the road.

In the 19th Century the Chawri Bazaar also became famous for "Dancing Girls". Now the market has groups of shops selling wholesale and retail copper and brass goods as well as stationery and wholesale paper. Continue little way down Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), which in the 18th Century was famous for gold and silver smith shops. Return to the coach by cycle rickshaws. Drive past Raj Ghat (Mahatama Gandhi's cremation ground) before returning to the hotel.

Visit the fascinating "Crafts Museum". Here one can spend hours watching craftsmen from all parts of India at work. A recent creation, the museum portrays both the aesthetic skills & the beautifully handcrafted products of "rural India's" rich heritage. National Museum - one of the finest of India's museums, it has a vast and almost completely comprehensive selection of Indian art ranging from the pre-historic to the late medieval periods visit the Indira Gandhi Memorial, the residence of the former Prime Minister which has now been converted into a museum cataloguing the life of one of the most powerful and enigmatic women of India.

Birla House, where Mahatma Gandhi the Father of the Nation lived and was finally was assassinated. It now houses many belongings of Gandhiji and photographs depicting his life. Visit to the Laxmi Narayan Temple, popularly known as the Birla Mandir, is a large Hindu temple built in 1938. People of all faiths can enter and worship, but one must walk barefoot into the courtyard and further on. A visit to the Baha&i Temple situated atop the Kalkaji Hill. This distinctive lotus shaped marvel, surrounded by a landscaped garden, has been dubbed the Taj Mahal of the 21st Century.

OLD DELHI taking rickshaws from the Red Fort, through Chandni Chowk or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Chandni Chowk literally means moonlit crossroads and an area which best represents the super-Oriental-the glory and the guile; the grandeur and the grime, with its crowded bazaars, twisting lanes, maze of small streets strange aromas, the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries of shopkeepers, coolies and rickshaw-walas and the clatter and whirr of furious industry.

Delhi - is the capital of India, the center of Indo-Islamic culture and in existence since before written history. This ancient city is replete with architectural marvels, such as the Red Fort, the imposing Jama Masjid, (the largest mosque in India), both built between 1638-1648 by Shah Jahan, India s most famed Moghul emperor and fervent architect. The Qutab Minar, a 234 ft minaret dating back to the 13th century and the tomb of Humayun. We will wander through Chandni Chowk, once the richest street in India, today a picturesque bazaar teeming with covered arcades, tiny sacred temples and thronged with novelty stores. Delhi remains distinctly British, the old imperiousness of the Viceroys now the political gentry of the Indian ruling class.

National Museum: Located on Janpath, just south of Rajpath, the National Museum has a good collection of Indian bronzes, terra-cotta and wood sculptures dating back to the Mauryan period, exhibits from the Vijayanagar period in South India, miniature and mural paintings and costumes of the various tribal people of India.

National Gallery of Modern Art: This gallery stands near India Gate at the eastern end of Rajpath and was formerly known as the Delhi residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It houses an excellent collection of works by both Indian and colonial artists.

Nehru Museum: Located on Teen Murti Road near Chanakyapuri, the residence of the first Indian Prime Minister, Teen Murti Bhawan has been converted into a museum. Photographs and newspaper clippings on display give a fascinating insight into the history of the independence movement.

Rail Museum: This museum at Chanakyapuri will be of great interest to anyone who is fascinated by India's exotic collection of railway engines. This exhibit includes an 1855 steam engine, still in working order and a large number of oddities such as the scull of an elephant charged by a mall train in 1894.

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