Optional Tours

Indiattitude, the local conference secretariat, has arranged for four optional tours, for those of you interested in exploring New Delhi.  Costs and information on available tours are provided below. Sightseeing tours are not included in the conference registration.

You can book tours online in advance, or you can book a tour at the travel and information desk at the 5th Global Forum.

7:30 - 19:00* Approx. 12 hours

Agra/Taj Mahal Day Tour

Please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Agra is a 3-4 hour drive from New Delhi. Return time and length of tour may vary based on traffic conditions and the amount of time spent at the sites on the tour.

Tour Overview

Agra is a city of architectural wonders and numerous historical cultural landmarks, including the famous Taj Mahal. Several of these landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Construction started in1632, and the complex was completed in 1648. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.  NOTE: The Taj Mahal is closed to visitors on Fridays. It is also in the midst of a major renovation, and scaffolding may block views of certain sections.

Agra Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The Agra Fort complex is a walled city, with many palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah was built between 1622 and 1628. It was commissioned by Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father. This was the first Mughal structure built completely from marble, rather than red sandstone.

Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 – 1585, when it was abandoned when it’s water supply failed. The complex of monuments and temples includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Costs

# of People Cost per person
1 INR 10400 + tax
2 INR 5200 + tax
3 INR 4135 +tax
4 INR 3100 +tax
5+ Contact Secretariat

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle (Medium car, Innova or similar)
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide
  • Per person price is quoted on sharing basis

Exclusions

  • Cost of meals during the tour
  • Entrance fees (Taj Mahal, international tourist INR 1000 / Indian tourist INR 40; Agra Fort, international tourist INR 550 / Indian tourists INR 40; Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daaulah, international tourist INR 21 / Indian tourist INR 20; Fatehpur Sikri, international tourist INR 510 / Indian tourist INR 40)
  • All currently applicable taxes (tax rate as of 1 July 2017 is 18%)

Terms and Conditions

  • Tours can be booked online or through the information desk at the conference venue.
  • Payment Terms: 100% advance payment is required to book the tour. Payments are non-refundable.
  • Please meet your tour representative in the lobby of your hotel 20 minutes prior to the tour departure time.
  • Any major price increases (for example, fuel/taxes) may result in a revision of rates.
8:00 - 13:00* Approx. 5 hours

Old Delhi Tour

Tour Overview

Old Delhi is a walled part of New Delhi. It was founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639 when Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan moved the capital of the Mughals from Agra. It remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal dynasty in 1857. It was renamed Old Delhi by the British. Old Delhi has numerous historic and cultural sites.

 The Red Fort, also known as the Lai Quila, was built in 1639 as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years. Its name is derived from its red sandstone walls. The Red Fort is the largest monument in Delhi and one of its most popular tourist attractions.

Jama Masjid, also known as Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (World-reflecting Mosque), is one of the largest mosques in India. It is one of the last monuments built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Its construction started in 1650 and was finished in 1656, after which it remained the royal mosque of the emperors until the end of the Mughal period.

Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. It was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and designed by his daughter Jahanara. The market was once divided by canals (now closed) to reflect moonlight and remains one of India’s largest wholesale markets.

On the way back to the hotel, we will visit India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidents House). (Note: A photo stop is subject to security on the day of the tour).

Costs

# of People Cost per person
1 INR 4000 + tax
2 INR 2000 + tax
3 INR 1600 +tax
4 INR 1200 +tax
5+ Please contact Secretariat

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle (medium car, Innova or similar)
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide
  • Per person price is quoted on sharing basis

Exclusions

  • Cost of meals during the tour
  • All Entrance Fees (Red Fort, INR 250/person; Camera fee of INR 150 for still/video cameras at Jama Masjid)
  • All currently applicable taxes (tax rate as of 1 July 2017 is 18%)

Terms and Conditions

  • Tours can be booked online or through the information desk at the conference venue.
  • Payment Terms: 100% advance payment is required to book the tour. Payments are non-refundable.
  • Please meet your tour representative in the hotel lobby 20 minutes prior to the tour departure time.
  • Any major price increases (for example, fuel/taxes) may result in a revision of rates.
8:00 - 17:00* Approx. 9 hours

New Delhi Tour

Tour Overview

Delhi has a unique and rich history, and serves as a perfect introduction to the cultural wealth, complexities and vitality of India. Due to its legacy and historic past, Delhi is divided into two sections – New Delhi and Old Delhi. This tour will give you glimpse of New Delhi with its unmatched aura. The tour will include visits to four of New Delhi’s famous cultural and historic monuments – three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites – as well as an opportunity to drive by the India Gate, Parliament House, various embassies, and other important local sites.

Humayun’s Tomb was built in the 16th century by Humayun’s widow, Queen Haji Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and it inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the famous in Agra. Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jantar Mantar is among the most popular places to visit in Delhi. It is one of five ancient observatories built by Maharaja Jaisingh of Udaipur between 1724 and 1734. Jantar Mantar has 13 instruments, which were used to compile astronomical tables, and predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.

Qutub Minar is a 73 m-high tower of red sandstone built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Qutab-ud-din Aibak initiated construction of Qutub Minar immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bahai House of Worship, situated atop the Kalkaji Hill, is also known as “The Lotus Temple” due to its distinctive lotus shaped design. It was built in 1987 by the followers of the Bahai faith. The temple signifies the purity and equality of all religions. (Closed on Mondays).

Costs

# of People Cost per person
1 INR 4000 + tax
2 INR 2000 + tax
3 INR 1600 +tax
4 INR 1200 +tax
5+ Contact Secretariat

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle (medium car, Innova or similar)
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide
  • Per person price is quoted on sharing basis

Exclusions

  • Cost of meals during the tour
  • Entrance fees (Humayun’s Tomb: INR 250/person; Jantar Mantar: INR 100/person: Qutub Minar: INR 250/person)
  • All currently applicable taxes (tax rate as of 1 July 2017 is 18%)

Terms and Conditions

  • Tours can be booked online or through the information desk at the conference venue.
  • Payment Terms: 100% advance payment is required to book the tour. Payments are non-refundable.
  • Please meet your tour representative in the hotel lobby 20 minutes prior to the tour departure time.
  • Any major price increases (for example, fuel/taxes) may result in a revision of rates.
9:00am Length of tour variable

Delhi Shopping Tour

The length of the Delhi Shopping Tour depends on the number of shopping areas visited and the length of time spent at each.

Tour Overview

Shopping in Delhi is an exciting experience. Shopping ranges from jewelery carpets, invaluable stones, bamboo works, handicrafts, garments and fabrics, pottery, and so on. This tour will provide an opportunity to shop in three unique and famous markets in New Delhi.

Dilli Haat is an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar located in the heart of Delhi. There are stalls of crafts from all over India, and from a variety of cultural traditions.

Cottage Emporium is the leading source for Indian handicrafts created by skilled Indian Artists & Masters of Craft, with a large selection of woodcarvings, jewellery, pottery, papier mâché, stationery, brassware, textiles (including shawls), toys, rugs, beauty products and miniature paintings.

Connaught Place Market is a street market hundreds of small shops and stalls selling all kinds of local and ethnic clothes, shoes, jewelry, carpets and gift items.

Khan Market is located in the heart of New Delhi, near India Gate. It is a high-end market, with shops for many well-known brands and a wide. range of showrooms with a variety of choices.

Costs

# of People Cost per person
1 INR 4000 + tax
2 INR 2000 + tax
3 INR 1600 +tax
4 INR 1200 +tax
5+ Contact Secretariat

Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle (medium car; Innova or similar)
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide
  • Per person price is quoted on sharing basis

Exclusions

  • Cost of meals and purchases during the tour
  • All currently applicable taxes (tax rate as of 1 July 2017 is 18%)

Terms and Conditions

  • Tours can be booked online or through the information desk at the conference venue.
  • Payment Terms: 100% advance payment is required to book the tour. Payments are non-refundable.
  • Please meet your tour representative in the hotel lobby 20 minutes prior to the tour departure time.
  • Any major price increases (for example, fuel/taxes) may result in a revision of rates.

*Please note that the return times for optional tours are estimates, and may vary based on traffic conditions and the length of time spent at the sites on the tour.