Delhi Old and New is the best starting-place for an adventure of a lifetime in one of the world's oldest, most colorful countries. Our independent tour includes a private car, driver and guide.
Short of time? We can customize this program to give you just two nights in a hand-picked hotel, and one full day with a private guide, car and driver, plus extras make this an easy introduction to India's capital city. Purple Dragon pioneered LGBT travel to India, but our tours welcome everyone.
Our Delhi tour gives you a taste of the rest of India
New Delhi was established in 1911 by King George V. He felt that Calcutta was too remote and wanted a new capital for the Indian Empire. The city is quite a bit older than that, of course. What is now "Old Delhi" was a principal Moghul capital in the fifteenth century. The city has two distinctly different parts, Old and New Delhi. The streets of Old Delhi are narrow & bustling. New Delhi has the finest museums in the country, stately government buildings, and boutiques and shopping arcades that offer a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. Begin any day you like since this trip uses a private car, driver and guide. Although Purple Dragon was founded as an LGBT tour company you don't have to be gay to enjoy "Old and New Delhi" since our adventures are open to everyone. Many mainstream guests choose Purple Dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
Day One: Welcome to Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel for overnight. Most international flights arrive late at night. If your flight arrives at a different time we will adjust the itinerary to accommodate you.
Day Two: Delhi Old and New
This day there is a combined Old and New Delhi tour. Drive by the impressive India Gate with its eternal flame, the Presidential Palace and Parliament House; then stop to visit Qtab Minar, a 200-foot high minaret and Humayun's Tomb, the first of the great Moghul Tomb complexes. Later, you continue to Old Delhi, and drive past Raj Ghat, the monument to Mahatma Gandhi erected on the site of his funeral pyre and an important place of pilgrimage for People from all over the world. In Old Delhi see the the Jama Masjid Mosque, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan, then continue past the bustling market place of Chandni Chowk, where silver merchants ply their trade.
Day Three: Explore on Your Own or With a Guide
If you add an extra night we can keep you busy! Use a tay to explore Old and New Delhi or shop on your own. (But if you want a guide, we can arrange that easily.) There are plenty of interesting things to see, including the Red Fort, built by Emperor Shah Jehan between 1636 and 1658. You can take in the Moghul Gardens, perhaps the Railway Museum, the Digamber Jain Temple which houses a hospital for birds, or even Birla House, where Ghandi was assassinated. You could spend days doing nothing but shopping in Delhi. It may be worth a return trip to Chandni Chowk or Janpath, a great place for bargain-hunting.
If you like we can even arrange a full day excursion to Agra to see Taj Mahal(closed Fridays).
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer numerous hotels in Delhi, ranging from standard to luxury class. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We use only hotels that are LGBT-friendly.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
"Old and New Delhi" includes LGBT-friendly hotel accommodation (three star hotels or better) for a total of three nights, daily American breakfast, private car/driver/guide throughout, sightseeing as shown, including entrance fees, assistance with airport arrival and departure, applicable taxes. Nit included: airport taxes, meals not shown, sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary, items of a purely personal nature.