With an estimated 16 million residents it is extraordinary that Delhi is only India's second largest city. The metropolis incessantly buzzes with life, and a remarkable contrast exists between the historic Old City and the wide avenues and government and business districts of New Delhi. Intoxicating and perhaps somewhat overwhelming, this city is where you will witness India’s past as well as taking a look into its future.
- The capital is the starting point for most tours of India’s Golden Triangle as well as a range of our featured tours and suggested itineraries
- Admire the beautiful Persian architecture of UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb
- For some peace wander through the beautiful Lodi Gardens or take a moment to reflect at the Raj Ghat Gandhi Memorial
- A stay in Delhi is easily combinable with some time spent Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, which can be reached by just a one hour flight
- During a walking tour you can experience the unique ambience of the historic streets and vibrant bazaars of Old Delhi
Delhi holiday highlights
As Delhi’s cultural beating heart, the chaos of the ‘Old’ city of Delhi has to be seen to be believed. Its warren of nooks and alleys are a sight in themselves, but the Old city also hosts many key sightseeing highlights. Although much of the old city wall has since disappeared and those parts that remain are crumbling, relics of a fortified past remain, including three of the impressive gates and the UNESCO-listed Red Fort which once served as the residence of Mughal emperors.
New Delhi was founded in 1911 as India’s new imperial capital and laid out in grand scale by the architects of Edwardian Britain including Sir Edwin Lutyens who the city is often colloquially named after. New Delhi boasts wide, tree-lined boulevards, magnificent landmarks and grand government institutions, all in stark contrast to the chaotic warrens of Old Delhi just a few miles to the north. It is here in New Delhi that the city’s finest hotels are located.
Visit the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid. Five distinct storeys of sandstone and marble complete with elaborate carvings and inscribed with verses from the holy Koran. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Site and Presidents Palace in New Delhi. India Gate was built in memorial of soldiers who lost their lives during World War 1, the North-West Frontier and Third Afghan War. An eternal flame burns for those who died in the 1971 Indian-Pakistan War. Add our classic North India Highlights of India – Taj Tour to your holiday, which covers the principal attractions of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.