• Sufiyana Silsilas and Heritage in Nizamuddin Basti

    Dargah Stitch2WHAT: Join DelhibyFoot to explore centuries-old Sufi traditions of music, qawwalis & shayari at Nizamuddin Basti (settlement), the home of Delhi’s most famous Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. History tells us that the people’s saint Hazrat Auliya witnessed the rise & fall of thirteen Sultans in the Delhi Sultanate era. These ancient alleys where every brick, cobblestone, house & dome is steeped in more than 700 years of history; Where the living & breathing Sufi symphonies of music, colors & spiritual healings teach us lessons of love, hope & co-existence…Meander lanes where the mundane and mystical blend seamlessly, jostle in crowds who sell kaftans & kebabs, flowers & fragrances. Murmur a silent prayer, as Qawwals mesmerise you with soulful Qawaalis; Hear a thousand stories unravel as you gaze in awe at the architectural wonders of a bygone era!

    ATTRACTIONS: We visit the ‘Urs Mahal’ where all the Dargah’s (mausoleum of a holy man) annual festivities are held and the ‘Chausanth Khamba’ (64-Pillared hall) made entirely of white marble. Know more about the world-renowned Urdu/Persian Shayar (Poet) Mirza Ghalib, for whom history says that ‘he was a great poet, but an infamous one!’ and hear stories of another great Poet, but of another era, Amir Khusrau. Gaze upon the hidden gem of a well-preserved Mughal architecture, Atgah Khan’s tomb, tucked away in the narrow alleys of Nizamuddin Basti and the 14th Century Baoli which caused the downfall of a city and its arrogant Sultan! We end our visit at the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, where lie Mazaar-e-Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Mazaar-e-Hazrat Amir Khusrau (Tombs of the revered Khwaja and his disciple Khusrau) and numerous other unknown graves, and which forms the backdrop for Sufi musical performances by famous Qawaals (Singers of mystic Sufi verses) who sing Qawwalis in praise of the Holy Saint and the Almighty.

    BEST TIMES TO VISIT: Evening 5PM onwards

    DURATION & TOTAL WALKING DISTANCE: 2.5-3 Hours, 1 Km in a loop.

    STARTING POINT: Police Station Gates, Humayun’s Tomb Roundabout, on Mathura Road (Google Maps: )

    BEST WAY TO REACH: Take the Metro till Jor Bagh Metro Station on the Yellow Line (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri Track) & then take an Autorickshaw (INR 50) via Lodi Road to the Humayun’s Tomb roundabout.

    1- All participants should carry a covering for their heads, so be it caps, duppattas, scarves, handkerchiefs etc for entry to Dargah.
    2- We are guests at a place which places a lot of importance on traditional & ancient customs, hence conservative clothes, especially for the ladies which cover their arms and legs is advised strongly.
    3- Do wear a good pair of walking shoes or flip-flops.

    1- Bi-Lingual exploration leaders and facilitators.

    To book customised versions of this chapter of Delhi’s story, mail us at explore@delhibyfoot.in/ramit@delhibyfoot.in  OR call us on 9871181775  OR send an online query here

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    9 Responses to Sufiyana Silsilas and Heritage in Nizamuddin Basti

    1. malabika
      December 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Interesting and very informative,wish you “The best of wishes”

      • December 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Hi Malabika….

        Thanks so much for stopping by to read through and for leaving behind your kind words. If you are from Delhi or travel to Delhi, do not hesitate to be in touch with us for participating in any of our weekend walking explorations….

        Cheers and wishing you best of Festive & Holiday season…and a very Happy New Year


    2. Hemali
      April 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

      Super interested in this walk. Could you let me know when it would be happening.

    3. June 30, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Interested in heritage food walk with qawwali.

    4. Melissa
      September 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Hi, will be in Delhi on the 10th and 15th Oct, any walks planned for those days.
      May Thanks

    5. Surendran Menon
      December 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Interested. We are a family of four ( all adults) . We would like to do this tomorrow if possible. CAn i know the cost please??

    6. Garima
      May 29, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      When is the next walk. Can u please mail me the details

    7. Garima
      May 30, 2016 at 2:04 am

      I am interested. Plz confirm dates for Sufi- Nizamuddin Walk and share details on my id. Tx. Garima

    8. akanksha agarwal
      November 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

      would love to go for this walk. please let me know when its happening next 🙂

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