City tour of Delhi

City tour of Delhi

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Overview

Delhi City Tour
Morning pickup from Delhi Airport / Railway Station / Bus Stand / Hotel by placard carrying driver and transfer to your respected Hotel. Morning tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.

Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre. Evening Drive to Delhi Airport / Train Station for your Home Destination or Hotel. (Service Ends).

 

Hotel accommodation for this tour

Hotel which have been tested in the past by us and are good value of money (subject to availability).


Transport for this Tour
01 to 03 people - Medium sized cars - Indian make cars like Ambassador or Tata Indica with one baggage each
04 to 05 people - Large cars - Toyota Innova/ Qualis or GM Tavera with one baggage each
06 to 09 people – Tempo Traveller Mini Van with 8 to 9 seats
08 to 14 people – Small coaches with 18 seats
15 to 32 people – Coaches with 27 or 35 seats
All the vehicles are air-conditioned




Included in the Tour

Services of qualified English Speaking Guide for Local Sightseeing tour.
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an individual Air Conditioned vehicle with English Speaking Driver.

Excluded in the Tour

Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
Any Flight Charges.
Unspecified Meals etc.
5.15% service tax

India is a land of snake charmers and mysteries and the capital of this mysterious country is Delhi. Delhi, the political and cultural capital of several empires including the Mughals added yet another chapter to its glorious history as it marked 100 years of its re-emergence as modern India’s capital. While a section of city dwellers were proud of this achievement and the fact that it still continues to serve as the capital, others stayed away pondering over Delhi’s lack of values, rising corruption and dwindling culture.

Delhi has assumed a metropolitan character with citizens from all parts of the country inhabiting it. Years of transformation, great trade, home to an amalgamation of cultures and languages build up the amazing city that Delhi is today. This city that many of us call home is a most peculiar mix of old and new in every corner, lifestyle, cuisine, religion, and language, with no distinct delineation. Years of massive, monuments of kingdoms and empires that have come and gone stand proudly side by side its people who bend and sway with the changing times. From a population of 240,000 in 1911 it has grown to 22 million now. The burgeoning population has seen single units with sprawling lawns give way to skyscrapers and concrete jungles. Delhi has witnessed many changes in its culture and lifestyle in these 100 years. There are so many things that were not readily available to expats in terms of commodities and services earlier. All that has changed now and there are services available that will really make your head shake. The nation’s capital is perhaps the best example of the variety and diversity of the country.


                              


Though Delhi has evolved over the years, from an imperial capital to the capital of a thriving economy, the fact that the growth of its people and its social and economic indicators are barely satisfactory cannot be overlooked.  To many, Delhi has witnessed unplanned expansion and abnormal congestion. The city has lack of values, shrinking cultural places and growing corruption. All this is deteriorating the city and the life that it nurtures. The heritage of the city has been compromised and there has been directionless growth over the years. Chaos, poorly maintained roads and illegal constructions present Delhi as an unplanned city.  The picture of urban sprawl’s growth as a whole remains incomplete. Granted, not everything is easy here - and it is a veritable nightmare, for example, for an expat to open a bank account here if you don't have diplomatic status or to even get a prepaid SIM card for a mobile phone - but like every city in the world, there are pluses and minuses to living here. Wine was tricky to come by, but now all the wine shops around town carry a decent selection at reasonable prices. In addition, several malls have "imported wine and liquor shops" where you can find just about anything your heart desires - at a price of course, but it is available!

Delhi has come a long way since 1911, there is no denying that. It will, however, never be able to ignore its glorious imperial past and is a daily reminder to Delhites why they should carry this heritage with honor and pride as they look ahead to a dynamic modern world.  But in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, most of us forget this and remain detached from the essential reality that we too are a part of the ecosystem and will be impacted by any unnatural adverse changes. It is now time to realize this truth and be more aware and informed about our surroundings. On this 100 year ‘Capital Celebration’, give Delhi the gift it deserves: give it some of your time and it will only be an investment in your own future. Here’s a toast to a ‘forever’ Delhi!

I am one of many thousands of victims of Delhi's most imaginative tourist scam – even though I've lived in the city for many years and really should have known better. I have now been outsmarted four times by the phantom shit squirter of Connaught Place, and my memories of each occasion make me feel a little foolish. The crime scene in question, Connaught Place, is in the heart of New Delhi and was built by the British in the dying years of the empire, as the city's commercial and shopping district. And although its curving colonnades are less favoured by the modern citizens of Delhi, who flock to huge new air-conditioned shopping malls, they continue to draw large numbers of gullible foreign visitors.


          


I first became aware of the phantom squirter 11 years ago. I was emerging from an underpass in Connaught Place when a shoeshine man came up to me, and whispered into my ear the word "shit". He then pointed at my right shoe on which sat, to my amazement, a small slug of brownish goo. He offered to wipe it off, in return for 100 rupees – but I suspected something was, well, afoot, and I cleaned it with a few leaves. Some months later it happened again and I had a minor altercation with the shoeshine man. One day, I decided I'd photograph the person who had squirted my shoe. But I was daydreaming as I wandered through the underpass – and was squirted again. This time, I'm embarrassed to say, I became incandescent with rage. To the consternation of passers by, and to my everlasting shame, I grabbed the man and rubbed the filth off my shoe on to his trousers.


I soon became obsessed by the shit squirter. I began researching the history of the scam. There are dozens of accounts on the internet, and several acquaintances had similar stories. The scam goes back many years. Only foreigners get squirted, it seems, and only those wearing closed shoes. I returned several times to the underpass, but to my great disappointment my shoes remained spotlessly clean. I wanted to find out the scam artist's life story. How much money did he make on a good day? Had he ever been caught? What are the mechanics of squirting, how does he get such a neat worm of shit on to a passing shoe? And what does he tell his family he does for a living?
                            
As I began to write about the city, I realised the shit squirter scam was an archetypal Delhi story. An example of jugaad, the Hindi word that describes that spirit of ingenuity and improvisation in the face of adversity on which the city prides itself. The scam is undoubtedly irritating for tourists, but is hardly life-threatening – and presumably provides an income for a poor family. And the presence of the squirter is a sign that Connaught Place , for all its recently restored 1930s charm, really is a tourist trap, in a city which is so under-explored by its many visitors. A large number of tourists fail to do much more than visit the Red Fort and shop in Connaught Place – and so, often beset by hawkers and beggars and scamsters, have an entirely different experience of the capital from more adventurous travellers.

Historically, Delhi is one of the world's great cities, containing an astonishing array of forts, tombs, mosques and government buildings constructed over the past 1,000 years. It is also a brashly intimidating modern megacity, with more than 15 million inhabitants – and many first-time visitors find it all a bit daunting. But it has a gently addictive quality, and deserves to be explored slowly, and for anybody who is interested in architecture and history it is one of the most remarkable cities in the world.

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