The City of Djinns - Delhi is a mysterious, historical and colourful city of India. Legend says it's the Djinns who are protecting Delhi for so long and they reside in the old monuments of the city. The fascinating city has always been the muse of many writers and painters. Delhi today is the most happening city of the country! You will fall in love with the imperious and grand charms of Delhi. On Delhi By Cycle - Raj Tour in New Delhi you will realise that like many ancient cities of the world, Delhi is rich in history.
Discover the city’s monuments which open up the long history of conquerors and blood-shed, of periods of glory and despondency, of exile and resettlement. Walk through Old Delhi and dig up the history of the ruins and the narrow lanes, the people and the lives, the royalty and the social pariahs.
There is nothing as a unique culture of Delhi. The capital of India has it all! The coming together of modern lifestyle with traditional culture and values! On one hand, we can see the Old Delhi still living in the past to an extent and still upholding the values of the past and in other we see the new generation progressing toward the future.
Built on the banks of Yamuna River, Delhi is a mixture of history and vibrant future. The city was founded in 1911 by George V, Emperor of India during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. The city was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. It started serving its functions as the country's capital in 1931 after inauguration by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin.
The walled city of Delhi originally had 14 gates out of which 5 are still standing. Ajmeri Gate: Facing Ajmer in Rajasthan, Lahori Gate: Facing Lahore in Pakistan, Kashmiri Gate: Pointing North to Kashmir, Delhi Gate: Road to earlier cities of Delhi, and Turkman Gate: Named after pious Saint Hazrat Shah Turkman. Many people choose to explore the interesting city by car, by walking or by bus! Nothing can be as de-stressing as cycling around the majestic city and exploring the heart of New Delhi.
You will start the tour at 6:30 AM and you will be picked up from Delite Cinema to begin your Delhi By Cycle - Raj Tour in New Delhi. You will explore the historical monuments of Delhi today starting with the Turkman Gate. It was named after the pious saint Hazrat Shah Turkman whose tomb is located near the gate. It was built in 1658 AD and located in the congested & forever bustling environs of Old Delhi. After this you will pass through the crowded New Delhi Station to reach Pahar Ganj. Stretching for about a kilometer, it is a bargainer paradise. Chaotic, noisy and dirty, the market is lined with shops full to the brim with books, music, jewelry, bags, clothes, shoes, incense, textiles, wooden statues, and handicrafts. The place has always been a haven for foreigners who backpack to India.
Your next stop will be Connaught Place, which is one of Delhi's most popular shopping centers. There is nothing that one cannot buy here. It also has several eating-houses. After riding for a while you will reach the Parliament house. It is one of the most magnificent buildings in New Delhi which has one of the brightest clusters of architectural gems possessed by any country in the world. It also houses ministerial offices, numerous committee rooms and an excellent library as well.
Continue riding your cycle to see the majestic Presidential Palace. This impressive building was once the palace of the British Viceroy and is now the seat of the Indian President. The entire estate covers an area of 320 acres (130 hectares), including the sizable Mughal Gardens, open to the public on only a few select days each year. You will ride through the beautiful Rajpath to see the heart of Delhi - India Gate. Located in the heart of the city, it is the most important monument of the city. India Gate is counted among the largest war memorials in India. It was built in the memory of 90,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. Next you will see the Agrasen ki Baoli, which lies in the middle of the business towers and residential apartments of the Colonial-era Connaught Place. The Baoli was built in 14th century and it's said to be one of the haunted places in Delhi. You will pass the Dhobi Ghat of Delhi.
Your last stop will be Bengali Sweet House restaurant. Relish a delicious breakfast which will make you realise you are in Delhi. The breakfast will make your day! After a scrumptious breakfast leave for Delite Cinema where your amazing date with Delhi will conclude.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Region: New Delhi
Landmarks Covered: Delite Cinema, Turkman Gate, Pahar Ganj, Connaught Place, Parliament house, Presidential Palace, Rajpath, India Gate, Agrasen ki Baoli, Dhobi Ghat, Bengali Sweet House Restaurant
Activity: Cycling, Sightseeing
Pick-up Time: 6:45 AM from Delite Cinema