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Explore the multifaceted city of Delhi with mindfulness teacher, Shantum Seth:

Full day and half day tour.  The seven historical cities and their grand monuments; the markets, the streets, the places of religious devotion, the crafts and its diverse people.


Diversity of Faith: Old Delhi -Full day

Diversity of Faith: New Delhi - Full day

Gandhi and Craft – A Way of Life - Full day

From Chandini chowk  to Meena Bazaar (evening tour) - Half day

Capital Story – The City of Djinns (Part 1) - Full day

Capital Story –  Medieval Delhi (Part 2) - Full day

Capital story – The Corridors of Power – Modern and colonial Delhi (Part 3) - Full day


Diversity of Faith: Old Delhi

Delhi is known for its unity in diversity where people follow different religions and have mutual respect for each other’s faiths.  A full day tour covering the main sites of worship in Old Delhi for Islam, Jainism, Hinduism and Sikhism. We will visit Jama Masjid, India’s oldest and largest mosque,  We will walk through the narrow alleyways of Old Delhi via a perfume and incense shop established more than 200 years ago, past the silver street, the wedding finery alley, the dental street and the famous parathe wale gali (bread alley). We will eat lunch at a famous street food restaurant chain, tasting the culinary delights which are the delicacies of Old Delhi. You will sense the calm as we step into Gurudwara Sisganj, one of the holiest shrines for the Sikhs where Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred. We will visit  the  Digamber Jain temple and its amazing bird hospital and also visit the famous Gauri Shankar temple dedicated to Shiva and his wife Parvati, which is more than 800 years old.


Diversity of Faith: New Delhi

A full day tour around Delhi, covering Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism, Islam and the Bahai faith.  We will start with the spectacular Bahai or Lotus temple  with its twenty seven unfurling  petals made of white marble. We then visit Nizamuddin Dargah which is the mausoleum of one of the famous 14th century Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. We will walk through the alleyways of this vibrant Muslim community settlement and have lunch at one of  the best known places for typical Mughlai food  We then visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral and feel its sense of peace and then to the nearby Maha bodhi temple, and hear stories on the life of the Buddha and his teachings.  The mood changes sharply from modesty and grandeur to ritual and colour at the famous Lakshmi Narayan temple which houses a large number of idols of Hindu gods and goddesses. It was among one of the country’s first temples which had no caste restrictions and Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated it on that condition.  We will end at Bangla Sahib, one of the famous Sikh Gurudwara (house of worship) and includes a visit and demonstration at  the ‘langar’ kitchen which offers free food throughout the day to people regardless of class, caste or religion.


Gandhi and Craft – A Way of Life 

A full day tour visiting Gandhi Smriti where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated as he was coming out into the gardens for a prayer meeting.  This building also houses one of the best museums on Gandhi including his worldly possession at the time of his death and a depiction of his life in doll form. Shantum Seth will lead you and talk to you about the Mahatma’s life, his politics, his emphasis on village industries and artisan way of life, his religion and humanity.  After lunch, we will visit the Crafts Museum with over 20,000  fabulous objects  of both beauty and practical use, tribal, folk and classic,  including intricate textiles from all over the country.  We will also meet artisans  from across India who will be demonstrating their skills and selling their work.


From Chandini chowk  to Meena Bazaar (evening tour): 

Rub shoulders with the old and the antique as we go on a tour of Old Delhi.  The myriad lanes and by lanes conjure up intriguing memories of Delhi’s historic past where both religious activity and commerce mix happily together. Established in 1648 this bustling trading hub of old India is still the centre of festivities, processions and the base for one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia.  We will visit whole sale markets and alleyways of spices, parathas (Indian bread), wedding finery, silver jewellery, perfume, bangles, paper, much of which has not changed in the last four centuries.  We will end with a spectacular sound and light show that gives you the history of Delhi till Independence, at the magnificent  Red Fort of Delhi commissioned by Shah Jahan, the  Mughal Emperor who built the Taj Mahal at Agra.


Capital Story – The City of Djinns (Part 1)

To the west of the river Yamuna and amid the rocky arid plains below the Aravalli hills are the remains of the seven cities, now known as Delhi, from where chieftains, sultans and emperors ruled Hindustan or India.  This area has been continuously settled for atleast 2500 years and since the 12th century, Delhi has seen the rise and fall of seven major powers who have built themselves a capital here.  We will visit Qutub Minar built in 1193 with the famous 4th century iron pillar, drive past the massive fortifications of Tughlaqabad, visit the Lodi Gardens which has the beautiful tombs of the Lodi and Sayyid sultans who ruled north India in the 15th and 16th century . Designed with exotic flowers and trees and the tombs and mosques stand amid a beautiful park, frequented by many ‘Delhites’ for their walks and leisure.  After lunch we will visit the National Museum which gives us five millennia of Indian history with a collection of 150,000 pieces of Indian art, from Mohenjadaro and Harappa to the relics of the Budha, stone and bronze statues from temples and stupas, Mughal miniatures, jewellery and much more.


Capital Story –  Medieval Delhi (Part 2)

We will visit Old Fort or Purana Quila that stands on a site believed to be Indraprastha mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. The fort was started by Humayun, the second Mughal emperor and built by Sher Shah Suri after he deposed Humayun. Humayun returned to re- establish the Mughals in India and died at the fort. We will visit his Mughal garden tomb (Humayun’s tomb) , one of the most beautiful buildings in Delhi, built of sandstone and marble by his wife, that became the inspiration for later mausoleums such as the Taj mahal. After lunch we will visit the magnificent Red Fort, with its 2 kilometre long red sandstone walls and gates, that was commissioned by Shah Jahan, Humayun’s great grand son and used by the Mughal emperors till the mid 19th century. Even today, it symbolises India’s political power as the Prime Minister addresses the country and unfurls the national flag every year on India’s Independence day.The evening will culminate with a dramatic sound and light show at the Red Fort which tells us the history of Delhi from the Mughals to independence.


Capital story – The Corridors of Power – Modern and colonial Delhi (Part 3)

This tour will focus on the colonial city of Delhi, designed by Lutyens and Baker and post independence leaders.  We will begin by visiting Gandhi Smriti where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated as he was coming out into the gardens for a prayer meeting.  This building also houses one of the best museums on Gandhi including his worldly possession and a depiction of his life in doll form.  We will go on to Teen Murti House the former residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru where we get a fascinating insight into the history of the independence movement and of Nehru himself, followed by a drive past India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan where the President of India lives.  We will visit the Parliament House  Museum depicting the history of Indian democracy and end at the residence of Indira Gandhi, another former prime minister who was shot there by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.


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