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DBF’s HERITAGE WALK SERIES #8
Emperor of the Peacock Throne: Shahjahan’s Saga
1) Our presentation will be done in English & Hindi.
2) To register, send us a mail on <email@example.com>
“Agar firdaus bar rue zamin ast,
Ta hamin ast-o, hamin ast-o, hamin ast-o “
(“If there is paradise on earth,
it is here, it is here, it is here!”)
These beautiful words by Hazrat Amir Khusraw were inscribed inside the Diwan-e-Khas (Chamber of Special Audience) of the Red Fort, on orders of its builder, the 5th Mughal Baadshah (emperor) Shahjahan, since he felt that the fort & his new city of Shahjahanabad, was truly like paradise on earth. So beautifully was the city planned and the gradual unfolding of the grand dreams which the Emperor had for his empire’s future glory, it wasn’t hard at all to believe the reference of paradise.
The world knows of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal, but it was his mega-city of ‘Shahjahanabad’, which rose up on the banks of River Yamuna here in Delhi; a city planned in great detail, with grand gardens, havelis, palaces & markets and the Red Fort as the proverbial ‘jewel’ in the crown, which inspired many a city planner around the world for centuries! seeing this grandeur was the emperor himself, seated on his magnificent, jewel studded, gold throne, the world-famous ‘Peacock Throne’, who took the empire to dizzying heights of wealth, artistic & cultural refinement and architectural opulence!!!
Join Ramit Mitra, Co-founder of DelhiByFoot for a heritage walk on the ‘Hazaar’ tales of the Emepror who ruled Hindoostan from his ‘Peacok Throne’ and also get a glimpse into the mysteries of the grandest Mughal Fort in India, the ‘Quila-e-Mubarak’ or the Lal Quila/Red Fort. The walk also includes a generous helping of typical local ‘Shahjahanabadi Nashta’.
Jump onto the DBF Time Machine & go back into time when the Mughal power was at its peak, hear tales of those glorious times, interesting tid-bits of palace intrigues & a few mysteries of the last fort-palace built by the Mughals in India…..A monument which you may have seen many a times before, but this time you will explore the unexplored and hear the unheard of stories of this amazing monument!!!
DATE & TIME: 30th July, Sunday, 8:00AM-12:30PM
MEETING POINT: Chandni Chowk Metro Station (Exit Gate#1) In case of any difficulty call us on 9871181775. Please reach by/before 7:50am, so as to not miss any bit of the fun!
CHARGES: Rs.600/person, includes generous helpings of traditional ‘Shahjahanabadi Naashta’ & Entrance Tickets to the fort. (The charges exclude bottled water and rickshaw commuting costs, if any.)
*Group Discounts: Rs500/person for groups of 4 or more
*All non-Indians who join will have to pay for their own Fort entrance tickets.
*Children aged below 8 years go free! And till age 15 are charged 50% of usual.
Starting with a traditional breakfast as the city wakes up, we walk the main city avenue of Chandni Chowk and into the Red Fort, to regaling you with the story of Shahjahan and the time he spent a the Lal Quila which will give you a fresh new perspective of the Mughal Dynasty and help you add an exciting new adventure to your bunch of Delhi experiences!
Presentation will be done in a mix of Hindi and also in English.
Confirm your spot with a mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org> OR call Ramit @ 9871181775.
ESSENTIALS TO WEAR & CARRY:
1- IT IS SUPPOSED TO RAIN so wear your most rain-worthy dress or get your ‘Chatri’ or ‘Raincoat’!!! We will also have enough shaded areas if it rains too much!
2- Avoid carrying any large bags/unnecessary weight to avoid any hassle in getting into Red Fort.
3- A camera for capturing the ‘monumental’ ruins.
4- Comfortable walking shoes. Not that we will stop any flip-flop wearers from joining us!
5- Delhi is reeling under plastic waste, let’s not pollute our city any further, so request you to carry your own bottle of water.