For foodies, we suggest exploring the bustling streets and bazaars of Old Delhi by bicycle rickshaw, stopping at various traditional food stalls en route. At each stop you will unravel the history, traditions and culture behind the ‘house specialties’. The experience will end with lunch at a well-known Mughlai eatery in Old Delhi. For those wanting to see Delhi from a different viewpoint, we suggest cycling through Mehrauli District. Starting early to avoid the heat and traffic, you’ll be led off the beaten track to unknown temples teaming with monkeys, deserted tombs, colourful markets, rose gardens and much more. The beauty of this time in the morning is that there is rarely another tourist in sight. Alternatively, the Nizamuddin Basti walk will introduce you to life on the streets: vendors selling sewiyan, the calligraphy and attar shops, the tombstones of unknown ancestors, children enjoying themselves on a broken cart. Interactions with residents make the Basti come alive and give it a soul that leaves behind an impression that cannot be captured by a camera. It is the experience of everyday life from the perspective of the Basti youth that makes this tour unique.
Today you will be collected from The Imperial hotel and driven to Delhi International Airport in plenty of time before your onward flight to Laamu. Once you arrive at the domestic airport after having enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Maldives archipelago, you will be met by your butler who will accompany you on the 20-minute speedboat ride to Laamu island. Laamu Atoll forms the southern limit of Central Maldives. It is mostly rimmed by barrier reefs, the broadest of which are topped by islands. There are many islands along its eastern and southern boundaries, however only 12 of these are inhabited. This atoll is quite regular except for the projection of the reef at its NE corner. Its reefs are generally of little breadth, with no signs of vilu (deep pools), except for its eastern fringes which are covered with islands that are quite large by Maldivian standards. The lagoon is comparatively open, containing scattered shoal patches.