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Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila) Tours and Activities

Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila)
Construction of the red sandstone Old Fort (Purana Qila), Delhi's oldest surviving fort, was begun in the middle of the 16th century under Sher Shah of the Sur Empire. The fort was later the location of Dinpanah, built by rival Mughal Emperor Humayun and destroyed by Sher Shah.  Purana Qila’s location may also have been the site of the ancient city of Indraprastha.

The Basics
Legend has it that Shah wasn't able to finish Purana Qila, so Humayun completed construction of the fort, only to die here later by falling and cracking his skull. It's a fascinating place to explore, with elements of both Lodi and Mughal design including intricate carvings and inlay. Going with a guide can make the experience more educational still, as there’s lots of history to learn about and hidden spots to discover.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Purana Qila is a must-visit for history lovers. 
  • Wear sun protection and comfortable shoes, as much of the attraction is exposed and on uneven terrain. 
  • The use of video recording equipment costs extra.
 
How to Get There
Purana Qila is located on the eastern edge of Central Delhi, about a 15-minute drive from Connaught Place or 10 minutes by car from India Gate. It's easy to get to by car or auto rickshaw, but travelers relying on public transportation will have to take the metro to Khan Market (on the Violet Line) and then walk 20 minutes.

When to Get There
Purana Qila is open from Tuesday through Sunday from sunrise to sunset, though it's generally best visited earlier in the day when temperatures are lower. Sound and light shows are held here in the winter months (November through January), every day except Friday. Hindi shows are from 6pm to 7pm, while English-language shows run from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

The Sher Mandal
One of the highlights of a visit to Purana Qila is the chance to check out the Sher Mandal, a two-story octagonal tower that was originally built as an observatory and library, though travelers can only observe it from the outside. It was here that Humayun fell down the stairs and cracked his skull; he succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
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Old Fort Sound n light show with Tuk Tuk ride in Delhi

Old Fort Sound n light show with Tuk Tuk ride in Delhi

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Delhi's Purana Qila, or Old Fort, is a mysterious place as its history is largely unknown. During an awe-inspiring sound and light show using state-of-the-art laser technology, you'll learn about Delhi's centuries of history. Many travelers miss this lesser-known fort, but those who visit are amazed by its beauty and majesty, which is highlighted during this entertaining show.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$41.34
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$41.34
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Private Custom tour of Delhi Inclusive of Entrance Fees

Private Custom tour of Delhi Inclusive of Entrance Fees

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Experience Delhi your own way with a 6-hour private customizable tour. Select six sights from a choice of 16, and travel to each by private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and a guide. Perhaps tour historical heavyweights such as the Humayun’s Tomb, visit religious temples, and mix and match them with time at Delhi’s best shopping hot spots. Entrance fees, carbon offset, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.40
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$105.40
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Private Tour: 'Purana Qila’ Sound and Light show with Dinner and Transfers

Private Tour: 'Purana Qila’ Sound and Light show with Dinner and Transfers

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Enjoy a Sound and Light show at Delhi’s Old Fort (Purana Qila) on this 4-hour experience. Take your seat for the 1-hour extravaganza, and learn Delhi’s story through the lights, music, and commentary. Watch the ever-changing lasers and projections, and see the fort’s towers and walls standing bright against the night sky. Your experience includes a 5-course pre- or post-show Indian or Chinese dinner, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.74
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$59.74
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Eclectic full day city tour of Delhi

Eclectic full day city tour of Delhi

This tour include visit to any 6 selected sites of Delhi. Entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking guide service is well included. We provide pick up and drop off from city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust the guest requirement during the tour if possible.
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  • 6 to 9 minutes
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$124.80
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$124.80
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Delhi Urban & Heritage Adventures

Delhi Urban & Heritage Adventures

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Tour the best historical spots by using public transport which used by 11 millions locals in the mega city of Delhi. Hop and Hop Off a TUK TUK, Tube trains & Bicycle Rickshaw. Touring a Mega City like Delhi with a whooping population of 11 Millions is not less than an adventure. Have an amazing Cultural sojourn in Delhi with our expert local guide.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$36.00
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Join Historic Delhi Segway Tour

Join Historic Delhi Segway Tour

Discover the long history of Delhi in this tour, all while riding on Segway! Learn as much as you can about its lost history from your English speaking guide as you tour each vital destination. Your tour starts at the Secretariat, before heading to the President’s home at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Then you head to the seat of Indian politics, the Parliament House. Don’t miss getting photos of the beautiful scenery of the Ministry Buildings and various other government buildings. At the Amar Jawan Jyoti, you will pay your respects to the martyrs of the Indo-Pakistani war and learn of the important events from your tour guide. You’ll then head to India Gate, one of the most famous memorials in all of India, before proceeding to other famous historic destinations such as Baroda House, Pragati Maidan, Purana Quila, Delhi Zoo, Masjid Khairul Manzil and National Arts Gallery. Your tour ends where it began at the Secretariat.
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  • 1 day
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$82.55
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Delhi Old Fort Tour by Locals

Delhi Old Fort Tour by Locals

Tour Delhi with a local guide immersed in culture and history of Delhi for exploring the "Old Fort" & its subsequent sound and light show. It is named so since no historian has been able to certify its origins, and is simply named Old Fort. The towering ramparts in the evening rise dazzlingly in the dark sky and you will experience an awe-inspiring performance of the sound and lights show being held in its premises. Enjoy the tour with a TUK TUK Ride & breathtaking souns and light show.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Delhi Liquor Temple & Old Fort tour

Delhi Liquor Temple & Old Fort tour

Yes you heard it right, A temple where whiskey is offered to the presiding deity for seeking his blessings. Also Visit “Old Fort” dating back to 1000 B.C era!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$45.34
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Same day Delhi Tour by Car

Same day Delhi Tour by Car

Our endeavor is to make every travel, a special experience make this unique. Services are great and worth for.
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  • 12 hours
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$37.41
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Guided Tour To Delhi Top 5 Attraction with e-tickets & transfers

Guided Tour To Delhi Top 5 Attraction with e-tickets & transfers

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Skip The Line Delhi Composite 8 Attraction Admission with Private Transportation & Guided Trip Starts and ends in any Delhi Location
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  • 8 hours
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$70.15
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Hidden treasures of Delhi - Forgotten Forts

Hidden treasures of Delhi - Forgotten Forts

A guided tour in a private A/C car into the Delhi’s must-visit places which are the essence of the capital. You will be accompanied by a local govt licensed tour expert. Highlights of the tour include visiting the Jama Mosque, the old city of Delhi, Firozshah Kotla Fort which was built in 1354 which is one of the oldest monuments in Delhi, Old Fort(Purana Qila) with a sheer blend of Mughal, Hindu, and Afghan architecture, creating an impressive sight. You will also see the India Gate, the President Palace, and the Lotus temple. By the end of the day, you would know the history as well as the local culture and daily life of this important political center of India as the capital of many empires. Tour can also be customized on visitor requests.
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  • 8 hours
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$43.40
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$43.40
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Delhi sightseeing excluding monuments entrance fees

Delhi sightseeing excluding monuments entrance fees

This private city tour of Delhi include visit to any 6 listed sites of your choice with English speaking guide. Experience Delhi your own way with a 6-hour private customizable tour. Select any sights from a choice of, and travel to each by private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and a guide. Perhaps you can mix and match historical sites with religious temples, and Delhi’s best shopping hot spots. Hotel pickup and drop-off included. Entrances to be paid by visitor directly, and our guide will help/ purchase the ticket.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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$76.96
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Delhi Oldest Indian Fort with delicious lunch

Delhi Oldest Indian Fort with delicious lunch

Old Fort" is named so since no historian has been able to certify its origins, and is simply named Old Fort. The towering ramparts boastfully narrate the architectural genius of ancient Indians. Also visit "Humayuns tomb" said to be the precursor of Taj Mahal. Get inspired by the Wonderful grandeur of this monument which will look exactly like Taj Mahal if coated with marble from outside. End the day with a delicious lunch at a famous local restaurant.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$50.67
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Full-day Private Tour of Delhi's hidden gems

Full-day Private Tour of Delhi's hidden gems

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Skip the crowded tourist track and discover the Delhi that locals know and love. On this full-day private tour, you’ll discover the hidden highlights of the capital, from the under-the-radar Mughal-era tomb of Safdarjung to verdant, ruin-filled Lodhi Gardens. You’ll also visit two historic fortresses, the Feroz Shah Kotla and the Purana Qila. Tours include comfortable transfers in a climate-controlled car.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Monuments of Delhi (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour)

Monuments of Delhi (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour)

First word that come in your mind when someone talk about Delhi is it's Monuments; built by various dynast who ruled Delhi. If you are running short on time or just come down to explore touristic destinations in and around city, half day city tour is the best option. We have picked up all the spilled pieces together and created a beautiful garland of it in our Monuments of Delhi, an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifesytle. Small car- Upto 3 people Big car- Upto 5 people
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  • 5 hours
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Explore Monuments of Delhi - A Guided Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore Monuments of Delhi - A Guided Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Since Delhi is rich in cultural, it also affirms one of the old adages, Unity in Diversity. With breathtaking views, Delhi stands perfect harmony to tradition and modernity. Here the Mughal Empire and the British Empire, both are seen as the ones who have done some brilliant constructions in their times. The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid and Lotus are the best examples. Delhi is heaven for shopaholics several small and big markets are which have been able to fascinate the travelers. Explore the Red fort with this tour. It is a historic fort in Delhi. It was built from 12 May 1639 to 6 April 1648. It took 8 years, 10 months and 25 days to build this structure. Explore Jama masjid was build between 1650 and 1656. Visit the India Gate a War Memorial for more than 70,000 soldiers who died in First World War. Timing: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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  • 4 hours
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$58.08
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$58.08
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Delhi full day city tour including monuments entrance fees

Delhi full day city tour including monuments entrance fees

This private city tour of Delhi include visit to any 6 listed sites of your choice with English speaking guide. Experience Delhi your own way with a 6-hour private customizable tour. Select any 6 sights from a choice, and travel to each by private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and a guide. Perhaps you can mix and match historical sites with religious temples, and Delhi’s best shopping hot spots. Entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.36
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$139.36
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Delhi Antique Forts & Palaces Tour

Delhi Antique Forts & Palaces Tour

Discover the antiquity of Delhi dating back to thousands of years before Christ era. This is is not just a mega modern city with concrete jungles, Delhi was always ruled by the mightiest of all empires since time immemorial. The antiquity of Delhi is hidden deep beneath its forts and palaces of the illustrious bygone era. Be a archaeologist/explorer and adventures by being a part of this eyeopening trip to delhi
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$54.40
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$54.40
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Private city tour of old delhi and rickshaw ride in chandani chowk

Private city tour of old delhi and rickshaw ride in chandani chowk

This city tour is private tour of delhi which is mainly a cultural tour where you the old delhi, old market ancient cultures. The tour starts from delhi/gurgaon hotels or airport. JAMA MASJID Around 8 am we will be in jama masjid ,see the traditions over there ,1 to 2 hours are more than enough. CHANDANI CHOWK 10 am there is a rickshaw ride for you in chandani chowk where you see the old delhi local bazaar, shops for world famous indian spices. RED FORT 12 pm After having beautiful visit of chandani chowk we proceed to red fort. 2 pm we stay for lunch in best local restaurant. PURANA QILA(OLD FORT) 3 pm we proceed to old fort of delhi 1 hour is more than enough there. RAJ GHAT 4 pm we will go to see raj ghat which is the memorial of mahatma gandhi. 5 pm SHOPING 6 pm droping to hotels or airport
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  • 10 hours
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$53.34
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$53.34
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Monuments of Delhi (Guided Full Day Sightseeing City Tour)

Monuments of Delhi (Guided Full Day Sightseeing City Tour)

First word that come in your mind when someone talk about Delhi is it's Monuments; built by various dynasty who ruled Delhi. Experience the history that they represent from where they stand with our english speaking guide and delight with amazing glimpses of the vintage Delhi on this private Monuments of Delhi guided sightseeing tour by car. Monuments which are spilled throughout the city, we have picked up all the spilled pieces together and created a beautiful garland of it in our Monuments of Delhi Tour, an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.55
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$87.55
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Private City Tour of Old Delhi With Rickshaw Ride

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Private City Tour of Old Delhi With Rickshaw Ride

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Get ready to travel through the time of Mughal era in the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi. Old Delhi is the most interesting part of Delhi. You will be picked up from your hotel and the tour will start from the Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India built in 1648 by fifth Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Take a Rikshaw ride in the happening bazaar of Chandani Chowk, a lifetime experience of being in the middle of traffic and riding through the narrow roads of Old Delhi. Drive past through Red Fort and take pictures of this medieval fort from Outside and reach the old fort. Old Abode of Mughals, Purana Quila Consist some of the Finest Building of Mughal Period, Roughly rectangular in shape having a circuit of nearly two kilometres. Now only a few couples and tourists come to visit here. After Visiting Purana Quila Move Towards, RAJ GHAT. The place where Mahatma Gandhi, the Pioneer of Truth and Non Violence had been cremated. Time for Shopping and later transfer to hotel.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.60
$42.00
$8.40 savings
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$33.60
$42.00
$8.40 savings
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Delhi's Formidable History - A Light and Sound Show at Purana Quila

Delhi's Formidable History - A Light and Sound Show at Purana Quila

This is a Sound and Light Show at Purana Qila, meaning the Old Fort in New Delhi. The show is called Ishq-e-Dilli or for the Love of Delhi. It takes place in the evening and is impressive and highly visual. The one-hour performance begins with the illumination of the South Gate or Humayun Gate. Highlights: • Special Lighting effect on Humayun’s Gate • Technological projection • Intense Narrative
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.00
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$104.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Full-day Private Tour of Delhi's hidden gems with lunch

Full-day Private Tour of Delhi's hidden gems with lunch

Explore the hidden gems of the city’s rich heritage on this private full-day tour. Visit one of the oldest forts of Delhi, the Purana Qila, where time seems to have stood still. Visit the 18th century tomb of Safdarjung, the prime minister of Emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur. This is the last remaining garden tomb of the Mughal architectural style. Next go to the beautiful Lodhi Gardens, a verdant expanse of green within the city that is home to several indigenous species of plants as well as archaeological ruins dating back to the 15th century. Your guide will share with you stories of a bygone era as you walk through this park. Highlights • Old Fort dating back to 3rd century B.C. • 14th century fort of Feroz Shah Kotla • Tomb of Safdarjung • Lodhi Gardens
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.00
Price varies by group size
From
$155.00
Price varies by group size
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Full-Day Private Tour of Delhi Hidden Gems

Full-Day Private Tour of Delhi Hidden Gems

Enhance your experience of Delhi’s treasured monuments on a private full-day tour of the historical city. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, travel to magnificent attractions like the Old Fort, the Tomb of Safdarjung and the 15th-century structures within Lodi Gardens. Feel like royalty as you are chauffeured around the city in a private, luxury vehicle and receive undivided attention from your guide during this truly unforgettable tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.40
From
$38.40

Monuments of Delhi (Guided Half Day Tour)

Monuments of Delhi (Guided Half Day Tour)

First word that come in your mind when someone talk about Delhi is it's Monuments; built by various dynasty who ruled Delhi. Experience the history that they represent from where they stand with our english speaking guide and delight with amazing glimpses of the vintage Delhi on this private Monuments of Delhi guided sightseeing tour by car. Monuments which are spilled throughout the city, we have picked up all the spilled pieces together and created a beautiful garland of it in our Monuments of Delhi Tour, an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.07
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$51.07
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 29 Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila) costs USD 41.34. Guided Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila) tours start around USD 41.34 per person. See all 29 Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila) tickets and tours on Viator.
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