The People of Delhi - Many Faiths, Many Cultures
What this tour is about: This is a great tour that not only shows you many interesting places in Delhi, but also helps you to understand its diverse people - their beliefs, cuisine, culture and quirks.
Places we will visit: We start the tour with a visit to Akshardham, the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. During this visit, you will explore this stunning temple, and also take a 12-minute boat ride for a glimpse into India's history as well as traditional Hindu life. After Akshardham, we will drive through upscale as well as middle-class residential areas of Delhi, for a glimpse of how people live. We will visit a local market and see Delhites as they shop for their daily needs, clothes, bangles, bags and trinkets.
After a lunch break, we will will visit Nizamuddin, to see the tomb of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The lanes leading to the tomb showcase life in the Muslim sections of Delhi and you will have a chance to see traditional Moghlai food. From Nizamuddin, we will drive to a local college, where you can catch a glimpse of teenage life in Delhi. From the college, we go to our last stop - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, to see the Sikhs. Sikhism is a progressive religion (and in many respects, ahead of its time). At Bangla Sahib, you will see how this religion blends practices from Hinduism and Islam into something new. You can watch (and join if you like) the langar, the voluntary group cooking and feeding program at the Gurudwara.
Delhi is a micrcosm of India - so by the end of this tour, we hope to show you the diverse cultures and communities that make up the fabric of this country.
Total Time: 6 - 8 hours, depending on your interest
When: Starts at 9 a.m., any day of your choice.
What to wear: Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection. Some religious monuments require both men and women to cover the head with a scarf or a large handkerchief. If you forget to bring these, they will lend you something, but it is better to bring your own. You have to take off your shoes at places of worship.
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