|Travel in Delhi|
Delhi Travel and Tourism – HoHo Concept
Baba Kharak Singh Marg – FerozShah Kotla
Time Taken To Reach – 15 MIN
Distance – 4.7 km
Description: Our starting point from Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place (CP) or Rajiv Chowkis the heart of Delhi & one of its most popular hangouts. BKS Marg is known for Government Emporia which sell Handicrafts and Traditional products from different states in India. Every morning this very road is the venue for a wholesale flower market. In Between- BalBhawan, Maulana Azad Medical College, News Paper Office, GandharavMahavidalay (Music School of Delhi)
(CP is a shopping complex with buildings arranged in a circle. It is instantly recognizable on any map of Delhi, being the big circle in the middle with radial roads spreading out in all directions. CP was built by the British in early 20th century and its Architecture is distinctly ‘colonial’ with white facades, tall arches and pillared corridors. You can notice this as we drive through its outer circle. CP has some of the most famous shopping/dining hotspots in Delhi: the Palika Bazaar for electronic items; Janpath as the flea market for clothes and accessories; the Coffee home if you wish to sit and relax and of course popular fast food restaurants like McDonald’s & Pizza Hut. You might come across a cultural performance, exhibition or a street play in progress at the Central Park in CP).
(1) FerozShah Kotla
Description : Our first stop is Feroz Shah Kotla. It is one of the historic cities of Delhi, built in the 14th century by an emperor called Firuz Shah Tughluq. The most striking feature in the complex is the tapering 14 meters high monolithic Ashokan Pillar made of polished sandstone. South of the pillar is a circular stepwell(baoli) provided with subterranean apartments and water channels leadingto the palace gardens. The Jami Masjid or the congregation mosque here was one of the largest mosques in those times.There is a strong local belief that the citadel is inhabited by djinns (genie). You will notice that there are prayers and offerings places by believers among the ruins. The lawns in the central enclosure are ideal for a quiet afternoon picnic lunch. Also nearby is KhooniDarwaza (the gate of blood) which stands just outside Kotla on the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. This was originally a gateway to one of the cities of Delhi and gets this name from the fact that sons of the last Mughal emperor were killed here by British as an act of vengeance after the uprising of 1857. Again in 1947, after the Partition of the subcontinent, some refugees were also killed here. Local legends say that blood still drips from its ceilings.
Information – No Cafeteria & No Washroom.
Hidden Gems –ShaheedBhagat Singh Park
Neighbourhood- International Dolls Museum, Indian Express, Times of India Building
Timings – Sunrise to Sunset (6 a.m to 6 p.m) / All days open.
Entry Ticket- Rs. 5 for Indian,Rs.100 for NRI
|FSK – RED FORT||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 15 MIN||DISTANCE-4.7 KM|
|In Between : Ambedkar Terminal (Delhi Lahore Bus Service), Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Darya Ganj (known for its second hand book market every Sunday),left side – ChandniChowk, Meena Bazaar, DigamberJain Mandir (BirdsHospital), Gauri Shankar Mandir (old Shivling (800years), GurudwaraSizganj, On hand right side — Red Fort.|
(2) Red Fort
Description : Our next stop is Red Fort or LalQila, a World Heritage Site very close to the old city of Delhi. Characterizing both, the magnificent past of India as well as the future of her sovereignty, the Red Fort is one of the most symbolic features of the Indian capital. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan around 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort today is a busy market-place called the Meena Bazaar, selling a host of wares.
Information – Nearbythere is Rangoli Food Corner, For Old Delhi – (take rickshaw(tuk-tuk) to visit Old Delhi). Next to Subway- Washroom available, Museums inside Red Fort.
Tickets – Rs.5/- for Indian, Rs.250/- for NRI (Monday Closed) Contact No. – 011-23792949
Timings – Sunrise to Sunset (6 a.m to 6 p.m).
|TIMINGS ENGLISH||TIMING HINDI||ENTRY||CONTACT NOS.|
|Feb to April : – 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm||7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM||Weekdays : – Adult : – Rs 60||Ph No. 011- 23281802/ 011 23274580|
|May & Aug : – 9:00 pm to 10 pm||7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM||Child:- Rs 20|
|Sep & Oct : – 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm||7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM||Weekends:- Adult:- Rs 80|
|Nov to Jan : – 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm||6:00 PM TO 7:00 PM||Child:- Rs 30|
|RED FORT – RAJ GHAT||Â TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 20 MIN DISTANCE-22 KM|
|In Between : In Between- Stalls on road (On left side).|
(3) RAJ GHAT
Description : We are now travelling on the Ring Road in Delhi. Originally the river Yamuna flowed here. The river has now shifted course eastwards (due to natural causes). On the left side of the road are the memorials built to important political leaders of the country:SamathaSthala(Samadhi-BabuJagjivan Ram),Shanti Vana(Samadhi-PanditJawaharLal Nehru), VijayaGhat(Samadhi-LalBahadurShastri), Shakti Sthala(Samadhi-Indira Gandhi), Veer Bhumi(Samadhi-Rajiv Gandhi), Rajghat(Samadhi-Mahatma Gandhi), it is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He was fondly called ‘Bapu’ or ‘father’. The Rajghat marks Gandhi’s cremation spot. For Indians he is the ‘Father of the Nation’. A little ahead are the ruins of Kotla as visible from the road. Information – Every Friday prayer are held here. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum(right side):Film Show – 9.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m, Sunday – 6 p.m (Hindi). Washroom available.
Food /Shopping – Nearest place -Daryaganj
Timings – 9 a.m to 5 p.m /All days open
Ticket – free entry
|RAJ GHAT – NGMA||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 20 MIN DISTANCE-5.7 KM|
|In Between : IG Stadium (left side), backside of FSK(right side), ITO, DDA Building, PWD, Delhi Police Head Quarter, Delhi Sectarian( CM Office), Tax Offices (i.e. Sales Tax, Income Tax), Delhi Police Head Quarter,School of Planning and Architecture(right side), PWD Head Quarter, Institute of CA, Engineering(left side), Supreme Court of India (left side), College of Art (right side), Patiala House(left side), Major Dhyanchand Stadium(left side).|
(4) National Gallery of Modern Art
Description: Out next stop is National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) on the India Gate roundabout. NGMA has a huge collection of modern art by Indian artists. Some of the important exhibits are the Company paintings, paintings by RabindraNath Tagore & Amrita Shergill (known as India’s Frida Kahlo).
Information – Two Wings are there i.e. Jaipur House and New Wing (inaugurated in 2009 and there are 4 Level to explore). Cafeteria & Washroom available.
Ticket – Rs. 150 for NRI, Rs. 10 for Indian, 1 for Children and Student(Monday Closed)
Timings – 10a.m to 5p.m, (Entry from Gate No 3)
Opposite to NGMA – Children Park(on right side, which is closed on Monday).
Transport – Nearest Metro Station Central Secretariat.
(5) India Gate
Description: It is walking distance from NGMA. The 42 m high stone arch of victory, renowned as the India Gate, was constructed in 1931 in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the battlefield.The All India War Memorial popularly known as India Gate was raised in the memory of Indian soldiers killed during World War 1. Their names are inscribed on the stones of the arch. Now it is one of the popular hangouts for locals. On weekends & holidays especially, you can see Delhi-ites picnicking in the area.
Information: All days open, Cafeteria/Washroom/Boating available. Open till late night. All days open.
Things to see : Amar JawanJyoti, Raj Path, President’s House (RashtrapatiBhawan), Landscape Gardens, Colonial Buildings around the roundabout, Patiala House,Boating Club (Round About), Children Park, Connaught Place, Major Dhyan Chand Stadium , National Museum.
|INDIA GATE – OLD FORT||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 10 MINDISTANCE-1.8 KM|
|In Between : Hyderabad House(earlier it is palace and now it is used for offices) on left side Baroda House , Northern Railway Head Quarter, Delhi High Court (right side), next to Old Fort (BharioMandir), Zoo, MatkaPir.|
(6) Old Fort
Description : The Old Fort was the site of 2 of Delhi’s historic cities. Built successively first by the Mughal Emperor Humayun and then Afghan ruler Sher Shah. The Fort has some interesting monuments: a baoli or step well, a hammam (bath), SherMandal (which is believed to have been the library where Humayun fell to his death) and a beautiful mosque. The ruins around us were part of Sher Shah’s city. The monument to our right is a 16th century madrasa. It is called KhairulManazilbuilt by a lady, MahamAnga.
Ticket – Rs. 5/- for Indian, Rs. 5/- for Museum, Rs. 100/- for NRI.Photography Fees- Rs. 25/- All days open. Washroom & Cafeteria Boating available.
Timings – 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Mode of Transport- auto rickshaws, buses and taxis are available from different parts of Delhi.
Nearest terminals- The nearest railway station is New Delhi station, nearest airport Indira Gandhi airport and nearest metro station Connaught Place.
Inside : QilaKuhna Mosque, Baoli, SherMandal Field Museum, Hammam, HumayunDarwaza, Bara Darwaza, TalakiDarwaza, Sher Shah Suri Fort (opp. Old Fort), KhairulManzil Masjid(Special Note â€¦. Earlier there is canteen but now it is converted into Book Shop), Sound & Light Show.
Things to see – MatkaPir (Sufi Shrine), KharulManzil, Delhi Zoo, Craft Museum (Entry is free), Supreme Court of India
|OLD FORT – HUMAYUN TOMB||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 5 MINDISTANCE-1.9 KM|
|In Between : Sunder Nagar (left side), Hotel Oberoi (Right side), DPS School (left side), DPS School, GurudwaraDamdama Sahib|
(7) Humayun Tomb
Description : It is a world Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful in the country. It is the first great example of the Mughal garden tomb, built in mid 16th century. It served as model for TajMahal, built a century later. The tomb is an excellent example of combination of Persian & Indian elements. Persian: double dome, tile work, charbagh& traditional elements like the lotus motif, chhatris. The tomb complex has several other tombs and monuments: a caravanserai called Arab kiSarai, Isa Khan’s tomb and a tomb said to be emperor’s barber!
Inside Humayun Tomb : NilaGumbad, Bu Halima’s Tomb, SabzBurj(Blue Tomb-opp. Humayun Tomb), Nizamuddin’s Tomb, Khan-i-Khana’s Tomb, Arab Ki Sarai
Information – All days open / Washroom available/No CafeteriaPh. No : – (011) 24355275
Ticket – Rs. 10/- for Indian, Rs. 250/- for NRI, Rs. 25/- (for video recording)
Timings – 7 am to 5:30 pm
Food Outlet – Karim’s(famous for Kabab’s) in Nizamuddin Village, Sunder Nagar Market
Things to see – Barber’s Tomb, Arab Ki Sarai, Isa Khan’s Tomb, NilaGumbad, Ghalib’s Tomb,
|HUMAYUN TOMB – LAJPAT NAGAR||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 15 MINDISTANCE-2.8 KM|
|In Between : Nizamuddin Market (left side) JawaharLal Nehru Stadium (Right Side)|
(8) Lajpat Nagar
Description: The Central Market in Lajpat Nagar is a very popular market in South Delhi. You will find a range of things to shop: clothes, accessories, furnishings etc. From high end stores to bargains at dirt cheap prices, Lajpat Nagar has something for everyone.
Information – Very popular market for shopping in South Delhi. Cafeteria & Washroom available
Timings – 11 am to 9.00 pm /Monday closed
Specialty – Clothes, Furnishing, All International Brands available, 3Cs Food court
Food Outlet – Haldiram’s, Chinese, Mc Donald, 3Cs Cineplex
Contact No. – 011-24355275
|LAJPAT NAGAR – LOTUS TEMPLE||Â TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 25 MINDISTANCE-4.8 KM|
|In Between : Moolchand Hospital(on Left Side – As one of India’s foremost names in healthcare, Moolchand has been setting standards for the past half century. Many firsts in Indian healthcare have emerged out of Moolchand (e.g. first Minimal Access Surgery in India),|
(9) Lotus Temple
Description : The Lotus temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of the seven major Bahai temples built around the world. It was completed in 1986. It is set among lush green lawns. The architect FariburzSabha chose the lotus as a symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of all faiths are free to visit the temple to pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are 9 pools of water. It looks spectacular at dusk when flood lit.
Neighbourhood : Iskon Temple, Kalkaji Temple, Hotel Park Royal, C.R Park Market
Information – Washroom available – inside/outside, Entry Free (Monday closed)/Cafeteria & Washroom available
Timings – (1st April to 30th Sept’ – 9a.m-7 p.m) (1stOct’ to 31stMar’ —– 9a.m-6 p.m)
Prayer service timings – 10a.m/12p.m/3p.m/5p.m â€¦.
Food Outlet – Mc. Donald, Nehru Place (Local Market), G.K Market
|LOTUS TEMPLE – SAKET MALL||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 25 MINDISTANCE-6.6 KM|
|In Between : Ancient BhairavMandir(Left side), Nehru Place(Right Side), GK Part -2(left Side) , GK Part-1(Right Side), Chittaranjan Park Market (left side), Sheikh Sarai, JNU, Saket District Court.|
(10) Saket Mall
Description : Our destination is the malls which are the best in Delhi. You will get the choicest in clothing, accessories, entertainment and food. The malls have food courts, bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants specializing in different cuisines. We also have an Ice Lounge and the Hard Rock CafÃ© here.
Information – All days open / Cafeteria & Washroom available
Timings – 11 am to 11 pm
Neighborhood : Select City Walk, MGF Mall, DLF City Mall, Satpula or the seven arched bridge, Khirki Village
Shopping/Food – Branded showrooms, Food Court inside all Malls
Hidden Gems – KhirkiMaszid (Opp. to Select City Walk)
Transport – Nearby Metro Station Malviya Nagar
|SAKET MALL – QUTUB MINAR||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 15 MINDISTANCE-2.7 KM|
|In Between : Hauz Rani, Qutub Golf Course (Left Side), Delhi Police Training Centre(Right Side) Indian Handicraft Emporium|
(11) Qutub Minar
Description: It is a world heritage site. The QutubMinar is the highest stone tower in India, intended mainly as a tower of victory. Notice the stone carving: the bands of calligraphy and floral decoration on it. In the same complex is the Quwwatul Islam or the might of Islam mosque, one the earliest mosques in India. It is built from material taken from temples existing on this very site which were demolished to make way for the mosque. The Qutub complex also has the famous Iron pillar, which has not rusted even after 1600 years of existence.
Ticket – Indian – Rs.10/- , NRI-Rs.250/- and Video – Rs.25/-
Timings – Sunrise-Sunset / All days open
Information – Decorative light show 6.30 till 8 pm, Charges-Rs 20 for Indians / Rs250 for foreigners. Washroom available/No Cafeteria.Contact No. – 011-26643856
Things to see : Mughal Garden,Ala I Minar, Iron Pillar, Alauddins Tomb, Ashoka Pillar, BhulBhulaiya, SukhiBavadi, Rajon Ki Bain, JaffarMahal, Balbans Tomb.
|QUTUB MINAR – HAUZKHAS||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 15 MINDISTANCE-3.0 KM|
|In Between : IIT Delhi, Deer Park (Inside— Park Balluchi Restaurant and it is also National Awarded, Fitness Trail—1550 Mt. Track, Deer), HauzKhas Village|
(12) Hauz Khas
Description: It is a historic village, built in the last years of 13th century, for the use of the people of Siri, this large tank was known as Hauz I Alai. It was later cleaned and repaired by Firoz Shah Tughluq, who built a madrasa on the edge of the tank & renamed it HauzKhas. Firuz Shah’s tomb is part of the madrasa.
Timings – 7 am to 6 pm
Information – Historic Village, Famousmarket place for handicraft items, designer stuff.All days open. Public Washroom &Snack stalls available
Things to see – HauzKhas village, Madrasa Complex, Deer Park, Green Park, Aurobindo Place, Dadi-PotikaMaqbara, Green Park market.
|HAUZ KHAS – DILLI HAAT||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 10 MINDISTANCE-2.8 KM|
|In Between : AIIMS, SafdarJung Hospital, Yusuf Sarai Market, INA Market(opposite Dilli Haat)|
(13) Dilli Haat
Description : The Dilli Haat is a unique shopping complex. It is an upgraded version of the traditional weekly market (the haat), offering a delightful amalgam of craft, food and cultural activities. Built in the traditional village architectural style, the complex provides for easy shopping and dining at leisure. The food plaza has gastronomic delights from various regions of India, a mind boggling variety of food. Practically every state in the country is represented: the thupkas in Sikkim, wazwan from Kashmir, spicy prawns from Goaâ€¦the list is endless. You will find a food counter serving organic food too.
Information: Handicraft Market, famous for Cultural Performance, Washroom and Food courts available
Specialty : Regions, Food, Crafts, Festivals
Ticket- Rs.15/- (each) All days open
Timings : 10.30 am to 9 pm Contact No. – 011-26119055, 24678817
Neighborhood : South Extension, Lajpat Nagar
|DILLI HAAT – SAFDARJUNG TOMB||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 5 MIN||1.5 KM|
|In Between : Teen Murti round about|
(14) Safdarjung Tomb
Description : Safdarjung’s tomb, built in 1754. It contains the grave of MirzaMuqim Khan, whose title was Safdarjung. He was the Nawab of Awadh and the prime minister to the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. It is the last tomb in Delhi made in the Mughal garden-tomb tradition.
Information : Very similar to Humayun’s Tomb, also known as Garden Tomb, All days openWashroom available / No cafeteria.
Ticket- Indian-Rs.5/-, NRI – Rs.100/-Charges for Photography: INR 25
Timings – Sunrise to Sunset
Shopping – Khan Market, JorBagh Market, Khanna Market
Food – Lodhi Hotel, Indian Habitat Centre
Things to see – Tibet House Museum, Monuments in Lodhi Garden
Transport – Nearby Metro Station JorBagh
Note – Washroom available(inside)
(15) Indira Gandhi Museum
Description : Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was Indira Gandhi’s official residence. After her assassination in 1984 it was converted into a museum. It houses her personal belongings, a number of photographs of her & her son Rajiv Gandhi who too was the PM of India.
Neighborhood : India Gate, C.P, Indira Gandhi National Centre of Art , 10, Janpath (official residence of Ms Sonia Gandhi).
Timing – 9:00 a.mto 4:30 p.m / Monday Closed / Entry free / Washroom available/No Cafeteria
Things to see – Indira Gandhi& Rajiv Gandhi Belongings/articles
Transport – Nearby Metro Station Central Secretariat
|INDIRA GANDHI MUSEUM – NEHRU PLANETARIUM||Â TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 5 MIN||1.5 KM|
|In Between : Teen Murti round about|
(16) Nehru Planetarium
Description: Originally designed as the residence of the Commander in Chief of the British Indian Army, this imperial building was used after 1948 by Nehru as his official residence. After his death in 1964 it was preserved as his memorial and the building houses the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The complex also has a planetarium.The strength of the planetarium lies in its live interactions and programs for visitors, students and amateur astronomers. The building is popularly known as Teen Murti or 3 statues, after the memorial in the centre of the roundabout. It was built by the British for Indian soldiers from 3 Indian states (Jodhpur, Mysore & Hyderabad) who fought in WW1.
Neighborhood : Diplomatic Enclave, Residence of Government officials / MPs
Information – Outside (Cafeteria – NDMC), Souvenir shop/Cafeteria/Library/Auditorium/Seminar Room/Annexe, Nehru Memorial Museum Library.Monday closed / Cafeteria & Washroom available.
Things to see – Planetarium, KhuskMahal
Food / Shopping – Canteen in NMML, MPs Canteen on South Avenue, ChanakyaPuri, C.P
Ticket – Rs. 50/-(adult)/Rs. 30/-(4-12 Child)/ Ph.No. : 23014504/23012994
Timing – 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m
Show Time : 11:30 / 3:00 (English), 1:30 / 4:00 (Hindi) – Duration — 40 mins
Special School Shows – 9:30/10:30 and 12:30
Transport – Nearby Metro Station Central Secretariat
(17) National Museum
Description : The National Museum has some of the most well known, precious antiquities of India: from the prehistoric times onwards. Don’t miss the Harappan gallery which houses antiquities from Bronze Age civilization from 2500 BC. Some of the most exquisite stone sculptures and bronzes are housed in the Museum. Another great collection is that of the miniature paintings: you will get to see paintings on palm leaf, leather, textile and paper. The museum has a souvenir shop where one can buy replicas of these antiquities and prints of the paintings.
Information – Washroom Available/Cafeteria (Private/Public) available
Neighborhood – IGNCA, VigyanBhawan, Andhra Bhawan, National Archives of India, India Gate, Rajpath, Imperial Hotel, Defence Office, UdyogBhawan, Mughal Garden
Timing- 10a.m to 5 p.m(Monday Closed)
Ticket – Rs. 10/-, Rs. 300/-(NRI)
Charges – Rs. 20/- per camera (Indian), Rs. 300/-per camera (NRI)
Things to see – Harappa Gallery, Dancing Girl, Mohenjo-Daro, Sculpture – Stone & Bronze, Miniature paintings, Coins, Weapons
Food/Shopping – Canteen(indside), Le-Meridian, Shangrila Hotel, Imperial Hotel, CP, Janpath Market
|NATIONAL MUSEUM – JANTAR MANTAR||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 10 MIN||1.5 KM|
|In Between : India Gate (Right Side), National Archive of India, Janpath Market (Sunday closed), Shangrila Hotel|
(18) Jantar Mantar
Description : We are almost at the end of our journey back at Connaught Place. It is an unusual complex of monuments, being an astronomical observatory. Instead of the usual metal instruments, here observations are done using buildings, especially made for this purpose. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1724. The JantarMantar in Delhi is similar to observatories at Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi & Mathura.
We are now back to CP at HOHO Centre, our starting point. I hope you had a good time on board. Please take a few minutes to fill our feedback form. Thanks for coming. Have a good day/good evening.
Information – All days open
Timings – 7am to 5:30 pm
Tickets – Indian – Rs.5/-, NRI – Rs.150/-Charges for Photography: Video filming Charges are INR 25
Things to see : SamratYantar (Sun Dial)/Mishra Yantar/ Ram Yantar,Opposite (Park Hotel), CWG office National Museum – Jantar Mantar TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 10 min 1.5 km In Between : India Gate (Right Side), National Archive of India, Janpath Market (Sunday closed), Shangrila Hotel
|JANTARMANTAR – BKS||TIME TAKEN TO REACH – 5 MIN||1.2 KM|
|In Between : Gole Market, Sacred Heart Cathedral Church, State Emporiums|