Begin today with a hearty breakfast followed by a tour briefing by your tour manager to familiarize with your tour details.
This afternoon, we start with a visit to Old Delhi. There is no better way to immerse oneself in all the sounds, colors, and scents of India than a visit to Old Delhi. As we arrive at the old quarter, the first impression will be of the mammoth walls of Red Fort, which was the living bastion of the Mughal empire in Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. This magnificent mega structure is a true testament to symmetrical Islamic architecture. The mosque stands in the middle of the well-ordered chaos of the old city, a little calm oasis in the middle of the bustling storm.
Next, we will take a thrilling cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the most famous market of the city. We will pass through Dariba Kalan – home of the metal smiths, Kinari Bazaar – the wedding street, and wind your way to Khari Baoli – India's largest wholesale spice bazaar.
Leaving the charms of the old quarter, the tour moves to Raj Ghat – a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India. The Raj Ghat memorial is a large open-air park and square in the middle of Delhi, where a black marble monument topped with a carpet of flowers and crowned with an eternal flame marks the spot where Gandhi was cremated.
One of the highlights of today is a visit to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh temple. Sikhism has been one of the most tolerant and inclusive religions in the world. Hundreds of volunteers of the faith dedicate a few hours of their lives daily in the up-keep of the temple compound by helping with the sweeping and polishing. The temple also houses an open kitchen that feeds more than 20,000 people daily. The food grains, flour, and vegetables are all donated, and the volunteers assist with cooking. A visit here is a must; you can walk the floor of the open kitchen and try your hand at making round chapatis.