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Festive Magic in Delhi
These weeks of Sept we bring you our city’s many festive flavours!
“Pujo Aashchey!!! Annual Pre-Durga Puja Idol Makers, History & Mythology of Durga Puja, Cultural Heritage, Photography and Food Walk in Delhi’s Mini Bengal – CR Park”
PRIOR BOOKING IS MANDATORY, SO REGISTER & BLOCK YOUR SPOTS HERE
The soil is moist from the rains…and open wild spaces along the River Yamuna are sprouting the white-colored ‘Kaash Phool’ (Kans Flower Grass) heralding the symbolic onset of Autumn or as Bengalis say “Shorot Ritu,” which of course will bring with it, Devi Maa Durga!!!
Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, in the Bengali residential quarter of Delhi, CR Park, there is a distinct buzz in the air, as the most eagerly awaited & widely celebrated event of the Bengali community, the 5-day extravaganza of Durga Puja is just a few weeks away.
We at DBF invite you to the ONLY WALK-OF-ITS-KIND in Delhi to soak in the sights & sounds of the run-up to Durga Puja…to join and enjoy this hand-picked set of experiences that go into the preparations every year for Durga Puja…to get a dose of the Bengali brand of fun…the “Pujo Aashchey” (Literally meaning Pujas are coming) brand of fun!!!
1) Visit a ‘Kumor’, Potter’s/Idol Maker’s workshop to see how the idols are made and learn more about just what goes into turning a lump of Mother Earth into Maa Durga.
2) Understanding finer nuances of the complicated process of Idol-making as you chat with the idol makers. You can have a GO with some IDOL MAKING also if the artisans allow!
3) Listen to the historical aspects of Durga Puja celebration and what its evolution over the past few centuries.
4) Our master storytellers will recount myths & stories of the Goddess as you experience the typical vegetables and groceries markets which are being spruced up for Durga Puja.
5) Naturally we will indulge in some Bengali-style market stroll and savour the flavour of a traditional morning Bengali Jol-Khabar (Breakfast) along with sips of ‘Chaa’!!!
6) And a Bengali household essential will be the surprise gift that awaits each of you!
So rouse the photographer, foodie and connoisseur in you…and feel the beat of a Bengali heart, its vibrant culture…just for a few hours this Sunday. We promise you will be back for more!
We need to prepare the special Bengali breakfast beforehand so Advance Blocking of seats is mandatory CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
(The presentation will be done in English, Hindi and EVEN Bangla!!!)
DAY/DATE/TIME: Sunday, 15th September 2019, 8:00AM till 11:30AM
MEETING POINT: Market #1, Chittaranjan Park (CR Park) CHARGES: Rs.1200/person* (inclusive of charges for storytelling, experience sharing, the sumptuous traditional Bengali breakfast we feast on & a surprise gift too!!!)
* Children below 7 yrs are allowed free & between ages 8-14 are 50% only!
1) Delhi is reeling under plastic waste, let’s not pollute our city any further, so request you to carry your own bottle of water.
2) It is mosquito time in Delhi, so please carry your appropriate repellent creams/bug sprays.
3) We will have a walk of aroun 1.5kms, So wear comfortable walking shoes. Not that we will stop any flip-flop wearers from joining us!
TO SPEAK TO US CALL RAMIT @ 9871181775
Pics from our Pre-Puja experiences from previous years:
162 years ago, in May 1857 an action of ‘insubordination’ by the garrison of native Indian Sepoys (soldiers) of the British East India Company in the dusty little cantonment town of Meerut near Delhi threw the country into turmoil….By the early hours of 11th May, 1857, the rebels from Meerut Cantt. had reached Delhi and soon the rebellion spread across Delhi and parts of northern India….
Yet by Sept 1857 the English counter-attack, the famous “Siege of Delhi” by the East India Company soldiers and final capitulation of the Indian Rebel Sepoys in front of superior English planning and strategy signalled the culmination of what many historians today refer to as the 1st War of Independence.
This Sept join the storytellers of DelhiByFoot…Adventures Unlimited!!! as we take you back to the tumultuous months of May to September 1857 in Dilli….to those days of the 5-month face-off that saw Delhi, the capital of the crumbling, almost non-existent Mughal Empire, thrust into prominence and “Chalo Dilli” becoming the rallying cry for the revolutionary soldiers and civilians from all over North India.
Hear tales of courage, fool-hardy bravado and of bloody massacres that leave your pulse racing; stories that examine an alternate narrative of the stories of 1857; lesser known tales which galvanised generations to come; as we take you around a walk to some of the prominent & strategically significant spots related to the Revolt in Delhi on our specially curated “1857 September commemorative walk.”
1) The heritage walk/talk covers one of Delhi’s major fort entrances that saw pitched fighting on 14th-20th Sept 1857.
2) Memorials erected in the memory of Indian & British soldiers who lost their lives and a beautiful 19th century church which was crucial on 11th & 12th May 1857.
3) Learn why #Dilli was so important to both Indian Rebel Sepoys & the English who fought for supremacy 162 yrs ago.
4) Garrison/Armoury & Telegraph Office of British in 1857
5) Learn how the Siege of Dilli was done successfully by the English and finally how Delhi fell.
6) Examine the aftermath of the revolt and how it changed the cultural & social fabric of Dilli
Walk presentation will be done in a mix of Hindi/Urdu and British English!!
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TO REGISTER CLICK: https://imjo.in/GbJPqW
DATE & TIME: 7:30-11:00AM, Sunday, 15th Sept, 2019
CHARGES: Rs.650/person incl of Heritage Walk & Talk and breakfast
DISCOUNTS: Rs 2200/- for a ‘Rebel Gang of Four’!
*Children aged below age 10yrs go free and ages 11 till 15yrs are charged only 50%!
* 50% discount for enthusiastic Senior Citizens aged 60 & above
TO REGISTER & BLOCK YOUR SPOTS CLICK HERE: https://imjo.in/GbJPqW
MEETING POINT: Exit #7, Kashmere Gate Metro Station (McDonalds Outlet inside the Station or McDonalds outside the station) Pls call us on 965051513 in case of any problem.
Please reach by/before 7:20am, as we won’t be able to pick your calls after 7:40am.
BEST WAY TO REACH: Take the Metro for the station on the Yellow Line (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri Track) or Violet Line (Faridabad-Kashmere Gate).
ESSENTIALS TO REMEMBER/CARRY:
1- Delhi is reeling under plastic waste, let’s not pollute our city any further by buying Mineral Water Bottles, so request you to carry your own bottle of water.
2- Suitable sun-shades OR umbrellas depending on weather forecasts.
3- Comfortable walking shoes. Not that we will stop any flip-flop wearers from joining us!
4- A sword or spear just in case we bump into an old British Soldier there!!!
Monsoon Magic in Mandu-Maheswar, MP
The month of Aug we bring you our culture & history-heavy innovation as we explore other parts of India on our 15th Aug Wknd Trip to Madhya Pradesh!
मेघ, मल्हार और माण्डू – A mesmerising mystical and musical sojourn!बारिश शराब-ए-अर्श है ये सोच कर ‘अदम’
बारिश के सब हुरूफ़ को उल्टा के पी गया
~ अब्दुल हमीद अदम
[शराब-ए-अर्श – celestial wine, हुरूफ़ – alphabets]
“Once upon a time somewhere in central India, a dark cloud came to rest on the mountain peak which looked like an elephant kneeling down by a river bank. At the sight of this majestic cloud, a yaksha felt a surge of hope. ‘Why don’t I send a message to my beloved through this northward-bound cloud’, he wondered, and approached the cloud with an offering of flowers.
‘O mighty cloud capable of carrying immense quantities of water, O noble relative of Pushkara (which in the Hindu mythology is the cloud associated with the Deluge-Pralaya – the great flood that submerges the universe at the end of every cycle of four eras), KamarUpa (one who can assume any form), ‘MaghOnaha prakrti puruSHam, oh Indra the dispenser of rain, take a message from me to my wife.’”
The scorching heat of May and June melts away with the first showers of rain, and the entire earth seems to sing to the tune of nature. The months of ‘Aashadh’ and ‘Saawan’ brings a whole new season of celebrations in Indian culture. There is no parallel in the world to the celebration of rains in India – festivals, feasts, songs, and needless to say that it has inspired numerous poets and writers, with rains and clouds forming the backdrop to Kalidas’s Meghdoot way back in the 5th Century…
School textbooks invoke the volcanic-origin of the Malwa Plateau of west-central India which lies to the north of the Vindhya mountain ranges. To visit cities like the industrial hub of Indore and Dhar, and spiritual centres like Ujjain and Dewas is barely scratching the surface of Malwa and its historical connections dating back to the 6th Century BCE- the Avanti kingdom, through Ashoka’s era to the famous Raja Bhoja of the Parmara kings, to the Malwa Sultans of 14-15th century CE and Akbar’s Mughal empire to the Marathas of the 18th century, several ambitious regimes have left their imprint on this region.
Towns with historical importance dot the massive plateau, the blackish volcanic soil is irrigated by rivers like Narmada, Chambal and Betwa and many more in this place made lush green during monsoons.
And of all the many ruined cities of yore, the grandest is the fort city of Mandu, perched on an outcrop of the Vindhyas, sitting even higher than the Malwa plateau. A city which has been in existence since the 6th century BCE, Mandu is a shelter to numerous palaces, mosques, Jain temples and home to numerous ancient Afghan/Malwa Sultanate architectural marvels.
The sleepy-town still echoes the mesmerising beats of music & poetry describing the eternal romance of Rani Roopmati and Sultan Baz Bahadur; inasmuch that the tales of their legendary love are embedded in the monuments, the folklore, and even the menu of local restaurants.
Team DelhiByFoot/IndiaByFoot and Parwaz invites you to a journey to this ancient ruins of a fort city-Mandu during monsoons, a time when the natural beauty mixed with ruins of Mandu….makes it a heavenly experience!
An immersive experience of a lifetime, brought to you in our trademark DBF-style, replete with long-lost tales of yore, insightful architectural explorations of formidable monuments, photography opportunities galore, the music and culture of Malwa and of course lip-smacking culinary delights!
Apart from the monuments and getting drenched in their stories, we will also eat our way through exquisite street food @ Saraffa bazaar in Indore, enjoy the monsoon at its greenest and soak in some ‘Saawan’ songs of folk singers of Malwa and eventually end our journey at the banks of the mighty river Narmada, at the ghats of the erstwhile capital city of the Holkar Dynasty at Maheshwar and seeing the famous Maheswari saree weavers of M.P. work!
DATES: 15th to 18th August
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