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Sir Edwin Lutyens and Imperial New Delhi

February 10 - 17, 2018

Tour arranged by Classical Excursions

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to offer this tour of the architecture of New Delhi, with a special focus on the works of the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Participants will explore the architecture and wonder of this fabled city. The tour is presented in collaboration with the Indian National Trust for Art & Culture Heritage, which provides exclusive entrée to government and other notable buildings. An optional extension, The Golden Triangle: Agra, Jaipur, Alsisar, and the Shekhawati Region of India from February 17-24, 2018, will immediately follow the main tour.

Five-star accommodations have been reserved at the legendary Imperial Hotel, ranked the top luxury hotel in Asia.

Tour highlights include:

  • Visit to Hyderabad House, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1926. The House was known as the Palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, and was one of the princely residences in New Delhi.

  • Tour of India Gate, designed by Lutyens and completed in 1931. Located on the eastern edge of the ceremonial axis of New Delhi, it is a memorial to the soldiers of the Indian army who died during the First World War.

  • Visit to the National Archives Building designed by Lutyens in 1926, which was originally known as the Imperial Record Office.

  • Tour of Sansad Bhawan (Parliament House), designed by Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912 and opened in 1927.

  • Visits to the North Block and South Block Secretariat Buildings designed by Herbert Baker in 1912.

  • Tour of Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1565 by the Persian architect Mirak Ghiyas and commissioned by Humayun’s senior widow. The Tomb inspired the design of the Taj Mahal, and is one of the first great Mughal gardens.

  • Visit to Qutub Minar, built in 1193 to commemorate the arrival of Muslim sultans in the 11th Century. Visitors today can witness Sultanate architecture of the complex, which is a fusion of Islamic and Hindu styles.

  • A tour of Coronation Park, the site of the Royal Durbar held in 1911 to proclaim the accession of George V as King Emperor of India.

  • A visit to the Delhi Cantonment area, built in the 1930s by the Military Works Department, as well as St. Martin’s Church which features a classical interior and was designed by Arthur Shoosmith, one of Lutyens’ associates.

  • Tour of Western Court, designed by Robert Tor Russell in the 1930s as a hostel for legislators.

  • Visit to Connaught Place designed by Robert Tor Russell, which was originally inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath and intended to be a commercial and residential hub.

  • Visit to the Cathedral Church of the Redemption designed by Henry Medd, among the most beautiful churches in India.

  • Visit to Teen Murti Bhavan, designed by Robert Tor Russell and completed in 1930. It was the former residence of the Commander in Chief of the British Army when built, but later became the residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. It currently houses the Nehru Museum.

  • Private tour of the palace, gardens, stables, and staff bungalows at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Viceroy’s Palace.


Optional Extension: The Golden Triangle: Agra, Jaipur, Alsisar, and the Shekhawati Region of India:

  • Visit to the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, considered to be one of the architectural forerunners of the Taj Mahal.

  • Visit to the Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 as a large complex constructed of red sandstone.

  • Visit to the Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaz.

  • Tour of the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar as the capital of his empire.

  • Visit to Chand Baori, a 9th Century stepwell consisting of 3,500 steps and 13 stories, making it one of the deepest and largest in India.

  • Visits to the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, as well as the Amber Fort, once the capital of the Rajout rulers with its picturesque narrow passageways and magnificent halls.

  • Lunch at the Samode Palace, after which will follow a tour of the palace and its intricate and exquisitely decorated formal rooms.

  • Visit to the Jaipur City Palace with its fine Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, as well as to the Jantar Mantar, a medieval observatory.


Tour price for the main tour is $6,200 per person based on double occupancy. Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this Travel Program.

For further information, contact contact@classicalexcursions.com, 860-926-4895.
Make your required donation here.

All Travel Program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.

Image Credit: John Margolis, Lani Summerville