Our tour will start and finish in the capital city of India, Delhi where the unexpected can be expected at every turn…. whether a tiny private shrine in the middle of the sidewalk, street food vendors, a passing wedding or just being in the flow of traffic, Delhi can be a lot of fun.
Humayun’s tomb (is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum (Haji Begum)in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort), that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
The red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33 metres above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city.
The Red Fort derives its name from the extensive use of red sandstone Continue reading
The Jama Masjid mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Continue reading
Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top.
The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; Continue reading
The Sanskriti Kendra Museums are housed within Sanskriti Kendra, an artist village complex, spread over eight acres, 10 km south of New Delhi.
The purpose of Sanskriti Foundation is to cultivate an environment for the preservation and development of the artistic and cultural expressions of India and of the world as a whole. Continue reading
Agrasen ki Baoli is an ancient step well designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is a historical step well measuring 60 metres long and 15 metres wide in New Delhi. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen during the Mahabharat epic era and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharajah Agrasen. Continue reading
Jantar Mantar (literally meaning ‘calculation instrument’) is located in the modern city of New Delhi. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. It was constructed in 1724 by Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur who was given the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah .
The primary purpose of the observatory was tocompile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Continue reading