Discover Agra by Battery Operated Rickshaw
Agra, the home to the iconic Taj Mahal, has many other delightful hidden treasures, on this eco-friendly tour explore behind the scenes and experience another said of Agra. Discover Agra by Eco Friendly Battery Operated Rickshaws in the company of passionate guides; see behind the scenes of this historical city dedicated to the iconic Taj Mahal. The early morning tour captures the cities wealth of history passing by Dara Shikoh's library, Mirza Ghalib's birthplace and the headquarters of the Radhasoami faith: also see the ancient Manka Meshwar Temple, the inspiring Jama Masjid, and Churches of the numerous Christian sects, plus St. Patrick's Junior College - Asia's oldest convent and the Akbar Church. The tour also takes you off the beaten tourist path and glimpses into the lives of people as the day awakens - in Johri Bazaar see the shoe makers at work, the paan sellers peddling their wares, the wonderful aroma of the food in Seth Gali… Discover Agra!
Cochin – Culinary Classes
Cochin with its plethora of seafood and spices is the perfect destination to learn the secrets of the Keralan Kitchen - wonderful aromatic fare with the freshest of ingredients tempt the palate, learn the secrets at the hands of the ‘Masters’ either with a hands on class, a full blown course or simply watch a demo at the hotel. One of the delights of a holiday in ‘Gods own Country’ is having a cookery class to learn the secrets of the cuisine - homestays offer hands on classes from one session to a full gastronomic course for serious culinary fans, whilst many hotels have their own nightly demonstration and culinary courses. Indeed Kerala is renowned for its cuisine - in particular its delicious seafood concoctions and aromatic spices- cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, garlic… highlighted by the generous use of coconut. Choose from traditional Kerala Syrian Christian - Nimmy Pauls Cooking School for example or Phillip Kuttys Backwater Farm using his own produce. Or try wonderful Malabar cuisine at Ayisha Manzil and learn the mysteries of authentic Muslim Malabar cuisine.
Delhi is full of hidden byways just perfect to wander to get a real feel of this effervescent city. Indus Experiences offer some fascinating tours with professional guides to allow their guests to taste the diversity and hidden charm of both old and New Delhi.
Meander, first thing in the morning, down to Moonlight Square aka Chandni Chowk the main street of the old capital area of Delhi - Shah Jahanabad. Imagine the canal that originally ran down the centre of the street with pools at major intersections - just perfect to glimpse the reflection of the slivery moon! Then back to reality as the cacophony of the street awakening assails all senses… alas the stream is no more instead Chandni Chowk is an extremely busy road - a melange of shops, schools, homes and places of worship. The densely populated market is a perfect place to shop. For over three century’s merchants from as far away as Holland, Turkey and China came to trade. Today the lively cries of the vendors still call out enticing passers-by to purchase curios, ‘genuine antiques’ and souvenirs. Each area has a special name and specialises in a particular product. Dariba Kalan is known for its pearl, gold and silver jewellery and attar (natural perfumes). A visit to Khari Baoli is a must to buy the fabled spices of India. Kinari Bazaar is the best place to look for zari and zardozi trimmings and tinsel. The cloth bazaar of Katra Neel offers all kinds of fabrics including beautiful silks, and satins, cotton and fine muslin. Moti Bazaar is famous for shawls and lustrous pearls.
Hauz Khas is a reservoir built in the early 14th C. and gave its name to the village and surrounding area. The water tank was excavated during Alauddin Khilji‘s reign (1296–1316) in the second city of Delhi to provide the extra water needed to supply the newly built fort at Siri. Over the years the tank was neglected and Firuz Shah Tughlaq (1351–88)of the Tughlaq dynasty re–excavated it, clearing the clogged inletchannels and removing silt. The tank was originally vast: about 50 ha (123.6 acres) area - 600 m (1,968.5 ft) x 700 m (2,296.6 ft) length with a 4 m (13.1 ft) depth. However today the tank is smaller due to encroachment, but none the less impressive and worth a visit - leave about 1- 1 ½ hr for a tour. Note the ruins of a large Madrassa and a Royal Tomb near the one side of the tank.
Lodi Garden, embracing 90 acres of grounds, was originally named Lady Willington Park, and is one of Delhi’s most beautiful and popular parks for local people to meander, it buzzes in the cool of the morning and evening when walkers and joggers come out for their exercise! Here ancient monuments lie amidst the lovely landscaped gardens- Muhammed Shah's Tomb; the last of the Sayyid rulers is the earliest of these and was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah, there’s also Sikander Lodi's octagonal Tomb and Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad square Tombs with imposing domes, turreted corners and facades, which give a false impression of being double storeyed. It takes a good couple of hours to enjoy the flowers, trees and wildlife as well as the architectural monuments.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Popularly known as Jamali Kamali, this Delhi Park is distinctive due to the ruins from early medieval times to the 19th c. dotted around the landscape. The Park encompasses over 200 acres and is close to the Qutub Minar World Heritage site and the Qutb complex. There are over 100 historically significant monuments, tracing a history of over 1,000 years of continuous years of occupation in ‘Delhi’. The main attractions include the Mosque and Tomb of Jamali. Jamali was the nom de plume of the Saint and Poet, Shaikh Fazlullah -who was also known as Jalal Khan. He lived during the reigns of Sultan Sikander Lodi and the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Such was his prestige that he became a favourite of both kings. To take in all the atmosphere and sights allow around 2 hours for a tour.
Jama Masjid & Lanes Of Old Delhi Walk
Start the walk exploring the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, fringed with palatial mansions, browse colourful bazaars, pass by a beautiful Jain Temple and linger by stalls selling aromatic street food before reaching the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia. The great Mosque of Old Delhi has a vast courtyard where 25000 devotees can congregate. Building commenced in 1644. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan of the Red Fort and Taj Mahal fame, completed the extravagantly decorated building with its three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets, constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Allow at least 2 hours to absorb the delightful walk and exploration of the Jama Masjid.
1857 Uprising: Kashmiri Gate And Neighbourhood
Kashmiri Gate, the Northern Gate, was one of the main city gates to the historic walled city of Delhi. It was built by the Military Engineer Robert Smith in 1835, and so named simply because it was the start of the road to Kashmir! The places of interest in this area mostly relate to the early years of the British Residency and the Uprising of 1857. During the Mutiny of 1857 Indian soldiers fired volleys of cannonballs from this gate at the British, evidence of the struggles are still visible today with damage to the walls. The tour will walk the main areas of interest of the Uprising and takes around 2 hours: preferably taken before the main rush hour!
Allow at least a few hours to wander the Tughluqabad Fort spread out over 6.5 km, and now a vast silent ruin. The massive complex, with sloping walls once 10-15 m high, had fortified parapets and circular bastions for extra protection. It was buil by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty. The interior includes a Royal Tomb (once set amidst a lake), palace buildings, eerie dungeons and a secret escape route for the Royal family and court! During its heyday it was said there were 52 gates, now only 13 remain.
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