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.
With such a variegated history, it is not surprising that Delhi should abound in relics and remains of its long chequered past. The most ever-present yet overlooked of these relics are the identities embodied by the people who call Delhi their home. What seems like a singular identity during the day, unfolds in a multilayered exhibition of identity at dawn. Proceeding through the tour, at every stop, the city reveals its secrets to those who dare to venture into the darkness and accompany it to the light.
In a classic case of contradiction, when you first traverse through the city, you see it devoid of any activity. Turn a corner and you will be amidst the tranquillity of Yamuna. As we converse about religion and the mysticism of Yamuna, you’ll experience the veneration with which cows are treated in the country.
Arrive at the next stop to witness an old Indian sport 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.
We will then make a quick stop for a bite at Shahjahanabad, for a taste of Delhi’s original breakfast: The Nahari (Aloo Puri, if you’re a vegetarian). Developed by the Mughal emperors in Old Delhi, Nahar means morning. This breakfast dish was consumed by Royalty after the morning prayers. Piping hot*, served with freshly made Khameeri Roti, it’s a royal treat for your tastebuds.
Satiated, we move from Old Delhi to New Delhi and drive past (Or make a quick Photoshop) at the iconic monument of India Gate. Hear stories about the making of the new city, as you reach the next stop which is the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.
Breathtaking is the only word to describe the next stop, especially a visit in the morning. Humayun’s tomb is an ode of love much like the Taj. However, unlike the Taj, Humayun’s tomb was constructed by a Queen for her beloved King. A masterpiece in architecture, Humayun’s tomb is a must visit and we’ve included it at the most beautiful hour.**
If time permits, we will move towards our last stop, which is shrouded in mystery and many a haunted tale. This stepwell dates back to the 14th century and is a fitting end to our morning. Legends apart, this Baoli is a serene end to your city adventure as you sit on these historical steps and relive your morning journey with your walk leader.
So, wake up with us as we traverse through its timeline and come face to face with those who make Delhi, Dilli.
*The food is freshly made and served hot and is safe to consume