Delhi: Capital City

Delhi: Capital City

Delhi is one of the grandest and oldest cities of the world, where the past and the present intermingle, and 500-year-old monuments rub shoulders with modern architectural marvels.

It has always been the most cosmopolitan of cities, absorbing influences from all corners of India and beyond, blessed with multiple cultures, languages, beliefs and cuisines.

Legend says “he who rules Delhi, rules India”. Kings, Emperors, Viceroys and Prime Ministers have ruled from Delhi. From Lodi to Modi, Delhi carries imprints of its rulers.

Nehru wrote of the ‘Delhi, where every stone speaks of history’, yet Delhi is so much more than an architectural history lesson. Often compared to Rome and Athens for its antiquity, Delhi doesn’t neatly compartmentalise the historical and contemporary views. History is palpably alive all around us, waiting to be revealed by those in the know. 

On this immersive, in-depth tour we are led by expert guides whose love and knowledge of Delhi is unmistakable. We explore Delhi’s monuments, markets, museums and well-kept secrets to reveal a thousand years of glorious and tumultuous history, its cultures and religions, and cuisines that make it the food capital of the India.

We’ll cover a lot of ground on this tour, but at a balanced pace. There’s time to linger, browse the shops, indulge taste buds, enjoy the company of locals and to put up your feet.  

We’ve carefully picked our luxury hotels to evoke the spirit of Mughal and Colonial Delhi with comforts and service second to none, so there’s always a relaxing haven waiting for you at the end of the day.

13 DAYS
FROM £3195
Expert-led Tour
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Day 1: Arrival

On arrival at Delhi’s international airport, you’ll be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Tonight, we have a short introductory talk by the tour leader(s), where we will provide an outline of our days ahead, followed by a group dinner at the hotel.

Dinner
Days 2-4: Pre-Sultanate and Sultanate Delhi
Over three days, we shall explore the remains of the Delhi’s earliest history – from the Rajput Tomar kings who founded the first of seven cities of Delhi at Lal Kot in the 8th century CE, followed by five consecutive dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate.
Breakfast
Days 5-7: Mughal Delhi

When most visitors think of the Delhi of yore, they often conjure up images of Mughal Delhi, with its majestic buildings of red sandstone, the markets and the lip-smacking food.

We shall dive into the rich architectural history and living traditions of Mughal Delhi over three days. We’ll explore the legacies Humayun, Shah Jahan and Bahadur Shah Zafar left in Delhi’s architecture, art, poetry and cuisine.

We’ll be staying at a lovingly restored haveli in the heart of Mughal Delhi, perfectly located for an immersive Mughal experience.

Breakfast
Day 8: A brief detour to the Taj

To cap off the Mughal extravaganza, we’ll depart for Agra the night before, for a dawn visit to the Taj Mahal, the epitome of Mughal brilliance.

The histories of Delhi and Agra intertwine as two capital cities of the Mughal empire, changing roles with imperial preferences and architectural visions.

Exploring Agra’s Fort, Jama Masjid and Itmad-ud-Daulah make it a perfect day trip before driving back to Delhi and checking into our hotel evoking colonial grandeur.

Breakfast
Days 9-10: Colonial Delhi

The British Crown took over the reins from the East India Company after the ‘First War of Independence’ or the ‘Indian Mutiny’ of 1857.

The period from 1857 to 1947 left a deep imprint on Delhi, bookmarked by the twin bloodsheds of the Mutiny and the Partition. In between, three royal Durbars were held to signify Delhi’s primacy at the heart of the ‘Jewel in the Crown’, at the last of them in 1911, Delhi took over the mantle of the Capital of British India.

Imperial New Delhi was built to symbolize the grandeur and certainty of British Raj but winds of change were gathering pace even as the grand edifices were being erected.

We’ll explore well-known landmarks and well-kept secrets to reveal the personalities and stories from the Raj in Delhi and observe how it went through phases and transitions even in the short span of a century.

Breakfast
Days 11 & 12: Post-Partition and Modern India

Partition and Independence marked a transition of Delhi’s society with population upheavals amidst trauma and hope. Changing geographies and demographics made Delhi the modern, cosmopolitan city of today.

Over two days, we explore the lives and political legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Indira Gandhi, and sample modern Delhi’s cultural and religious diversity. We visit trendy neighbourhoods and markets, its new monuments and museums to understand what makes contemporary Delhi tick.

Breakfast
Day 13: Departure
Our immersive Delhi experience comes to an end, as you check out of your hotel and transfer to Delhi’s international airport for your return flight.
Breakfast
Day 1: Arrival

On arrival at Delhi’s international airport, you’ll be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Tonight, we have a short introductory talk by the tour leader(s), where we will provide an outline of our days ahead, followed by a group dinner at the hotel.

Dinner
Days 2-4: Pre-Sultanate and Sultanate Delhi
Over three days, we shall explore the remains of the Delhi’s earliest history – from the Rajput Tomar kings who founded the first of seven cities of Delhi at Lal Kot in the 8th century CE, followed by five consecutive dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate.
Breakfast
Days 5-7: Mughal Delhi

When most visitors think of the Delhi of yore, they often conjure up images of Mughal Delhi, with its majestic buildings of red sandstone, the markets and the lip-smacking food.

We shall dive into the rich architectural history and living traditions of Mughal Delhi over three days. We’ll explore the legacies Humayun, Shah Jahan and Bahadur Shah Zafar left in Delhi’s architecture, art, poetry and cuisine.

We’ll be staying at a lovingly restored haveli in the heart of Mughal Delhi, perfectly located for an immersive Mughal experience.

Breakfast
Day 8: A brief detour to the Taj

To cap off the Mughal extravaganza, we’ll depart for Agra the night before, for a dawn visit to the Taj Mahal, the epitome of Mughal brilliance.

The histories of Delhi and Agra intertwine as two capital cities of the Mughal empire, changing roles with imperial preferences and architectural visions.

Exploring Agra’s Fort, Jama Masjid and Itmad-ud-Daulah make it a perfect day trip before driving back to Delhi and checking into our hotel evoking colonial grandeur.

Breakfast
Days 9-10: Colonial Delhi

The British Crown took over the reins from the East India Company after the ‘First War of Independence’ or the ‘Indian Mutiny’ of 1857.

The period from 1857 to 1947 left a deep imprint on Delhi, bookmarked by the twin bloodsheds of the Mutiny and the Partition. In between, three royal Durbars were held to signify Delhi’s primacy at the heart of the ‘Jewel in the Crown’, at the last of them in 1911, Delhi took over the mantle of the Capital of British India.

Imperial New Delhi was built to symbolize the grandeur and certainty of British Raj but winds of change were gathering pace even as the grand edifices were being erected.

We’ll explore well-known landmarks and well-kept secrets to reveal the personalities and stories from the Raj in Delhi and observe how it went through phases and transitions even in the short span of a century.

Breakfast
Days 11 & 12: Post-Partition and Modern India

Partition and Independence marked a transition of Delhi’s society with population upheavals amidst trauma and hope. Changing geographies and demographics made Delhi the modern, cosmopolitan city of today.

Over two days, we explore the lives and political legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Indira Gandhi, and sample modern Delhi’s cultural and religious diversity. We visit trendy neighbourhoods and markets, its new monuments and museums to understand what makes contemporary Delhi tick.

Breakfast
Day 13: Departure
Our immersive Delhi experience comes to an end, as you check out of your hotel and transfer to Delhi’s international airport for your return flight.
Breakfast

Departure Dates & Prices

The per person prices below are based on two sharing, and exclude international flights. A deposit is required to reserve a place.

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Mar 28, 2025
£3195 per person
Single Supplement £775
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Activities, excursions and safaris as specified
  • Entrance fees and tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers and transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling and sharing a room, outside peak periods. Prices may vary depending on the time of travel, and single supplements may apply.

Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)