Delhi weekend events

Delhi weekend events that will make you laugh, cry, shout and wonder!

One of these Delhi weekend events is about these Qawwals who have sung non-stop for 12 hours!

I hope you will like some of these events in Delhi.

A small request; if you think there is an event or a cultural evening in Delhi that has not been included here, please drop me an e-mail.

Delhi weekend events

 

Heritage and History Walks

 

  1. Red Fort Harem Stories- Badshahs, Begums, Princesses and the Concubines

 

One of the most exciting things to do in Delhi this week is to participate in a story-telling trip to the Delhi Red Fort.

Delhi weekend events
Meet the Wyler family of Boston. In the background is Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

If you ask me, this one of the most exciting events this weekend in Delhi; go check it out.

Trip  Details

This Delhi weekend event is different from the rest of the tours because it focuses on real stories about the people who lived in the Delhi Red Fort.

Red Fort Baoli
This is Nicholas Forage with his friends at the secret baoli in Red Fort Delhi. It alos served as a prison.

This Delhi Red Fort tour is structured in a logical, yet interesting format so that the participants go back home as more informed students of history.

Red Foert Delhi
Lahori Gate- Red Fort
  1. We will understand the brief history of the Mughals and their relationship with the Chagtais and Timurids.
  2. The difference between a Sultan and a Badshah
  3. The Battles of Panipat and Khanua
  4. Babur and Humayun- their comparison
  5. The beautiful Gulbadan Begum and Humayun Nama
  6. Did Hamida Bano Begum really want to marry Humayun?
  7. Akbar and his relationship with his daughters and sisters
  8. Who was Jodhabai? Did she really exist?
  9. Akbar, Salim, and Anarkali- their true history as per English travelers
  10. The Jahangir- Khusro conflict; the tragic end of Manbai
  11. Noorjahan and her influence on the Mughal empire
  12. What was living in the Mughal harem like?
  13. Jahanara and Roshanara- two powerful women in the Mughal Empire
  14. Shahjahan, Aurangzeb, and Dara

    Salimgarh Museum
    Did you know Red Fort Delhi is also the site of a 3,000-year-old habitation? Red Fort Delhi

These walls of Red Fort Delhi hide several secrets

Dates- All of November, December, and January. This event does not take place on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays such as the Republic Day etc.

Timings- 9 am-12 pm

Tickets- INR 1400 per person

Inclusions- Snacks + Beverages. Exclusions- Ticket price to Red Fort Delhi

To book your tickets, click here– http://go.eventshigh.com/dkp9

Red Fort Delhi
This brass gate of Red Fort Delhi still carried bullet marks!

Alternatively, you can mail me at swayamt@gmail.com

Delhi weekend events
Meet Anuradha Somani, she runs the Somanu School in Mumbai. One of my happy guests

In case of any problem, please contact at 91-8851367241

  • Palace of the Dead – A Trip to Humayun’s Tomb

Wondering which things to do in Delhi this weekend? Well, we have a suggestion.

Why not make a trip to the Humayun’s Tomb, also known as the Palace of the Dead!

How is this Delhi weekend event different from the others?

Humayun Tomb
You can gaze and gaze upon this building for endless hours.

Unlike the other experiences, this trip dwells more upon historical events that were centered around the Mughals.

This trip is 99 % of stories and history. You can find a lot of details about this monument by reading various guidebooks and using Google.

Humayun Tomb
Feng Li and her friends fell in love with Humayun’s Tomb when they visited it this June

This is definitely one of the best Delhi weekend events.

But what about the stories?

A lot of research has been done on this trip and all stories are backed up by research and this is is the reason why this trip is unique.

Brief history

There is a fair bit of controversy about who made this UNESCO heritage building.

Humayun's Tomb
Humayun’s Tomb is a favorite destination for the photographers.

Was it the first wife of Humayun or did Hamida Banu, the mother of Akbar, commission this masterpiece.?

There are no inscriptions on the grave of Humayun either.

Humayun Tomb
Humayun Tomb complex is rich in history and architecture

Then there is an account of a French traveler to India in the 19th century who says in his book that the Humayun’s Tomb was a Vishnu Temple originally.

Whatever be the truth, this building is indeed a traveler’s delight.

Who was Humayun?

The person who is supposedly buried in this tomb is Emperor Humayun, who was the son of Babur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty in India.

Dates- All of November, December, January, and February. This event does not happen on Mondays and Government holidays.

Timings- 3 pm-6 pm

Ticket Price- INR 1100. This price includes- snacks and beverages but excludes ticket cost to the monument.

To book your slot, please click here- http://go.eventshigh.com/nr4s

In case of any problem related to this Delhi weekend event, please contact at 91-8851367241

The Angrez, The Sultan and The Pigs- Mehrauli Archaeological Park -Delhi Weekend Events

This 3-hour heritage walk is all about the enchanting history of Delhi and is surely one of the best Delhi weekend events that you have ever attended.

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
You will return from this trip happy and relaxed

                                                                        The Sultan 

We soak in the interesting facets of Delhi’s history in this 3-hour walk through the Mehrauli Archeology Park. The trip will rummage through the forgotten, not so forgotten and the unknown chapters of Delhi history.

Delhi weekend events
What secret does this building hold?

They say that whoever bows his head to this grave meets an untimely death? Whose grave is this? And why does this grave emit that heady aroma? Who is this Sultan who rests in this grave and why is he called the Dracula of Mehrauli?

most haunted places in Shimla
These corridors in Mehrauli have haunted tales to tell

The Angrez

This ‘Angrez’ (slang for Britisher) was one of the most colorful figures of his time.

Stationed as the Agent of the Empire in the court of the Emperor, this man lived an opulent life. He needled the Mughal Badshahs and the Begums and their Vazirs by having drunken parties in the tombs of high and mighty Mughals! Who was he? And how did he die?

Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Curious travelers gather in front of an ancient palace in Mehrauli Archaeological Park

The Djinns

Do you believe in Djinns? If you do, then be mindful of the attire you wear when you visit this tomb. There are spirits that may get attracted by your perfume that you are wearing so be mindful of that too!

Rajon ki Baoli
The amazing step well at Mehrauli

We will hear and ponder on these and many other stories!

The experience will also introduce you to the Tomar, Mughal and Turk monuments, and the significance of each one of them.

Quli Khan's tomb
Quli Khan Tomb that served as a resort for honeymooners

Lastly, the experience will touch upon an interesting subject- the controversial history of Lalkot.

This walk will be an interactive storytelling session.

Dates- All of November, December, January, and February

Time- 9 am-12 pm

Tickets- INR 1000 per person. Inclusions- Snacks + Beverage

Point of Assembly- Qutub Minar Ticket Counter

Link to book tickets- http://go.eventshigh.com/42rmm

Please contact at this number to know more- 91-8851367241

Delhi weekend events-Theatre

 

For those travelers who like attending theatres and plays, here is a short list of my favorite Delhi weekend events.

  • Raju Raja Ram aur Main- Orana Convention, Sector 64, Golf Course Extension, Gurugram- December 9, Time-7pm. City industrialist Madan Sukhnandani catches his second wife in a compromising position with his PA. Tickets- Rs. 1,500-4,500
  • Deal Wali Dulhaniya- Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Date- December 10, Time-7pm. Sanjana and Avinash have been happily married for more than 5 years now. One day, all hell breaks loose and the couple is on the verge of a divorce! Tickets- Rs. 100 onwards
  • TIFLI- International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences- National Bal Bhawan, near ITO. Date- On until November 9, Time- 5/6/7 pm. Take your kids to this masterclass on theatre. Watch world-class theatre performances by national and international child artistes. Tickets- Rs. 200
  • Chand Roz Aur Meri Jan- Celebrated Urdu poet Faiz’s letters to his English wife Alys are brought alive on stage by Salim Raza and Banwari Taneja. Date- December 10, Time- 7 pm. Tickets- Rs. 700



Music Concerts

  1. Jashn-e-Qawwali- Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. Date -December 10, Time- 6.30 pm. Tune into a magical performance by Sufi Hayat Brothers, Ustad Hamsar Hayat is the lead vocalist and the mentor of the band. Tickets- Rs. 200-300
  2. Udaipur World Music festival- Bikaner House, Pandara Road. This is a 2-day Jazz event and has been arranged by Seher. Date- December 13 and 14. Time- 7 pm. Entry is free.
  3. Hindustani Vocal Recital- India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Hindustani vocal recital by Manjusha Patil with Pandit Vinod Lele on tabla and Dr. Vinay Mishra on harmonium. Date- December 10, Time- 10.30 am

Other Delhi weekend events

  • Cinema Screenings- Raj Kapoor Retrospective, Roseate House, Aerocity, Indira Gandhi International Airport. Date- December 8-10. Awara, Mera Naam Joker, Bobby. Ticket-Rs. 1,000 and above
  • Cinema Screenings- 6th Internantional Film Festival, NDMC Convention Centre, Sansad Marg. Date- On until December 9. Time- 10 am inwards.

 

How to book your favorite Delhi weekend events?

Click these websites to directly book your tickets;

  1. India Habitat Centre 
  1. Akshara Theatre  

  2. Alliance Francaise

  3. Kamani Auditorium 

That’s it folks for now. Please let us know any other interesting  Delhi weekend events. You may call me at 8851367241 or mail me at swayamt@gmail.com



Bye for now.

Lodi Gardens Delhi – magic and much more during this time of the year

A few days back, I got the chance of visiting the famous Lodi Gardens Delhi. Have you visited this park, yet? No? I would strongly recommend you to spend a few quiet hours in this glorious place along with your family. Weekends would be fine but this beautifully landscaped garden is visited by thousands of people even during the weekdays.

Lodi Gardens Delhi as a battlefield

 

Not many people know that this park was the site of a major battle several hundreds of years ago between the forces of Timur Lame and the Sultan of Delhi. After that battle- which was won by Timur- Delhi lost more than 100,000 citizens in a massacre ordered by the victor.

I have taken some images of this garden, I hope you will like them.

Lodi Gardens Delhi
Nature and History come together in the Lodi Gardens Delhi

These images were taken at 11 AM, so there is a little bit of haziness in them.

Lodi Gardens Delhi
These buildings are tombs and contain graves of long-dead Muslim kings
Lodi Gardens Delhi
Park for different reasons
Lodi Gardens Delhi
Picture Perfect
Lodi Gardens Delhi
Interesting architecture

All the buildings in the Lodi Gardens Delhi display elements of Hindu architecture. For example, in the above image, the gateway is Hindu in origin. In my opinion, the Muslim Sultans converted the existing Hindu temples and palaces into Muslim tombs.

Do you agree?

Look at this window, also called as a jharokha, in Hindi/ Sanskrit.

Lodi Gardens Delhi
Jharokha

This jharokha is a typical Hindu style window. Perhaps there was a Hindu palace here which was later converted into a tomb.

A magic of a pond

 

This wonderful garden has a small but enchanting lake as well. Relax yourself by watching the ducks come very close to you and raise a holler.

Lodi Gardens Delhi
Kid-friendly

And if you want to lose yourself in the greenery of this wonderful garden, then go ahead and hide.

Lodi Gardens Delhi

 

exciting events in Delhi NCR

These Delhi day trips tours will make you say Wow, this is my challenge

These Delhi day trips tours will force you to say Wowwwww!

If you are planning to travel to Delhi in the next few days or months, then read this post. I have curated this article on Delhi travel for you and you alone.

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What colours!

There are two packages for you, please choose one of them.

                        Delhi day trips tours #1

 Qutub Minar Complex

 

If you are planning to limit your Delhi day trips tours to South Delhi, then this package is for you.

We start this leg of this Delhi sightseeing trip by meeting at the  Qutub Minar Ticket Counter.

Dates of the Tour

October; 1-31

November; 1-30

December- 1-31

January- 1-31

February- 1-28

March- 1-31

 

Tour Starts- 9 am

Tour ends- 3.30 pm

First stop- Qutub Minar.

If you are a foreigner, then you will have to pay INR 250  as ticket fees for the Qutub.

Please check this website for ticketing and historical details about the Qutub: http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_qutbminar.asp

Duration- 1 hour

Details- Your tour planner will tell you the history of Delhi, the Rajputs, and the Turks.He will also share some untold stories about the legendary Prithviraj Chauhan and his lady love, Sanyogita.

Delhi day trips tours
Courtesy: Flickr

Prithviraj had become a legend even while he was alive. He had acquired a skill of shooting arrows while blindfolded!

This Delhi day trip will also help you understand the fantastic history of the world famous Qutb Minar, and the various controversies surrounding it.

Iron Pillar Mehrauli
What is the mystery of the Iron Pillar at Mehrauli?

We will also get to know about Iltutmish and Alauddin Khilji, two Sultans who are buried in the Qutab complex.

Lastly, we also uncover the hidden images and idols of Hindu gods in the Quwwatul Islam Masjid complex.



We will cover this part of the Delhi day trips tours in one hour at the maximum.

Qutb Minar
The Nissan global leadership team at Qutb Minar
Mehrauli Archaeological Park

 

Balban;s Tomb
The tomb of Balban is considered to be haunted

Next, we go to the Qutub Minar parking lot and get in my car. From here, we go to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park.

The drive to this Park will not take more than 15 minutes.

Duration in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park – 2 hours

Rajon ki Baoli
These step wells were the water cafes of medieval India

Agenda:

  • A brief history of Mehrauli
  • The timelines of the different dynasties ruling Mehrauli
  • The story of Balban and Razia Sultana
  • Is the Tomb of Balban haunted?
  • The mysterious Jamali Kamali tomb and mosque
  • Why was Metcalfe such a hated man in his times?

Please note that this part of the Delhi day trips tours will include significant walking around, so please carry adequate water.

We also cover the following buildings in this sightseeing trip- Tomb of Quli Khan, Boat House, Dilkhusha, and the haunted Rajon ki Baoli.

Jamali Kamali

After we have finished with this leg of the trip, we have coffee + snacks at the Cafe Coffee Day outlet outside the Qutub Minar Complex.

Delhi day trips tours
No trip is complete without coffee

Duration of snack session- 35-45 minutes

From the Qutub Complex, we will go to the little known Azim Khan Tomb which is located on the Mehrauli- Gurgaon Road.

You may want to read about this place here > http://www.ahauntedtravel.com/places-to-visit-in-delhi-azim-khan-tomb/

I swear you will never forget the lovely view from this vantage point.

Azim Khan Tomb
Very few people visit this beautiful place

Humayun Tomb

 

The last leg of the Delhi day trips tours includes this world famous UNESCO monument of Humayun Tomb.

Humayun Tomb
A short but steep flight of stairs takes one to the main building of Humayun Tomb

To read more about this heritage building, please read this article > http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/232

Humayun Tomb
You can gaze and gaze upon this building for endless hours.

The duration of the ride from Qutub Minar to Humayun Tomb will be 35 minutes.

Please note that I shall drive you to this place in my car.

After buying tickets, we spend the next 2 hours in this lovely building and understanding the Mughal history.

Each of us will buy his individual tickets.

We cover the following aspects here:

  • History of the Mughals
  • The unfortunate life of Humayun
  • Badshahs versus Sultans
  • Islamic symbology
  • The Mughal harem as per Gulbadan Begum
  • Charbagh- is this concept Persian?
  • The British imprint on Humayun Tomb
  • Is Humayun really buried here?
  • Barber’s Tomb- myth versus reality
  • Trips to Isa Khan Niazi Tomb and Arab Ki Serai

I hope that this part of the Delhi Sight Seeing Tour will be over by 3 pm.

Dilkhusha Mehrauli Archaeological Park
The Hindustan Times Studymate Team in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park

After we finish with Humayun Tomb, we go back to the Qutub Minar Parking Complex.

Pricing of the Trip

 

INR-1,500 per person

Deliverables :

  • Snacks +Beverages ( at the Qutub Minar Complex)
  • Transportation- I have a Toyota Car and I will drive you around. Capacity- 1 +4

Please consult this Google Map for driving time and distance from Qutub Minar to Humayun’s Tomb.

Please note that this Delhi day package is kid friendly and is suited for families and couples.

Delhi day trips tours

 

If you are interested in booking this tour, please call me at 9810840 763

You may also write to me at swayamt@gmail.com 

                Delhi Day Trips Tours #2

 

Dates of the Tour;

October- 1-31

November- 1-30

December- 1-31

January- 1-31

February- 1-28

March-1-31

Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid became a horse stable for some time in the 19th century

Jama Masjid

Chandni Chowk
Ear cleaners at their job in Chandni Chowk
Jain Temple, Chandni Chowk
Carving on Jain Temple, Chandni Chowk

Trip number 2 will include the following destinations:

  • Akshardham Temple
  • Connaught Place
  • Chandni Chowk/ Old Delhi/Purani Dilli
Akshardham Temple
Akshardham Temple. Creds- Flickr
Jain temple, Chandni Chowk
More such carvings on the walls of the Jain Temple
Chandni Chowk
Don’t miss the lassi at Chandni Chowk

Itinerary

 

  1. 8 am- Meeting in in the parking complex of Akshardham Temple
  2. 8-9.30 a.m- Touring the Akshardham Temple
  3. 9.30-10 a.m- Having a quick breakfast in the Temple canteen.
  4. 10.30 a.m- Reaching Rajiv Chowk/ Connaught Place. mode of Conveyance- Delhi Metro
  5. 10.30 a.m- 12.30 p.m- Sightseeing of Rajiv Chowk
  6. 1.15 p.m- Reaching Chandni Chowk Metro Station by taking the Delhi Metro
  7. 1.30-2.pm- Lunch at Haldiram’s
  8. 2.20- 6p.m- Old Delhi Walk ( Shiva Temple +Sisganj Gurudwara +Mirza Ghalib Haveli + Spice Market, Jama Masjid)
  9. 6 p.m- Walk concludes
Ghalib Haveli
Ghalib’s House, Old Delhi

Our walk leader would share stories and accounts of all these places that we will be visiting. Please feel free to ask him any question.

Price per person- Rs.3,000

Group discounts available.

Please contact me in case you want to buy a tour for yourself or a group. I am available at 9810840763.

Thanks