Few cities in India could claim the long continuity and status that Delhi has enjoyed. From being Indraprastha, the capital of the heroes of the epic Mahabharata, to being the powerful capital of modern day India, Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many influential cultures in the country.
In a classic case of contradiction, when you first traverse through the city, you see it devoid of any activity. Till you reach the first stop. Dive headfirst into a chaos of colors, fragrances and hustle bustle of daily life as you navigate through an explosion of flowers from every corner of the country.
As we move towards the next stop, you’ll experience the veneration with which cows are treated in the country. From bathing them everyday to prioritizing their meals over their own, the people involved truly believe that servicing the cow’s needs is a way to cleanse their soul.
As dawn approaches, converse with the city’s most ancient monuments that have left behind a culture of aesthetics that runs in the veins of its residents. Stop at the pre-historic marker of Delhi’s existence from the time of Mahabharata, a mythological epic set in 3137 BC. After the rush of the morning, welcome the tranquil sunrise with the quintessential wake up call of ‘Chai’.
Walk through settlements that have been here for almost a century and that carefully balance modernity and antiquity on a daily basis. Arrive at the oldest extant wrestling school in India where you’ll understand the depth of teacher-disciple relationship. You’ll experience first hand how an ancient art has a huge place in the hearts of those who grew up dreaming of a gold medal.
As your mind reels with the experiences of the morning, look over at the bird’s eye view of the city and ponder on the syncrecity that runs through every stone that has laid its foundation. Inhale the smell of spices and close your eyes to be transported across the cities of Delhi.
Wake up at the crack of dawn and embark on an experience that attempts to bridge the distance across occupations, sports, religions, monuments and residents to make up the cultural and social fabric of the city. Every question leads to doorways that unravel novel identities.
As the city slowly wakes up, we traverse through its timeline and come face to face with those who make Delhi, Dilli.