Delhi weekend events

Delhi weekend events-this magician puts the stage on fire, literally

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.

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These Delhi weekend events are packed with fun and happy memories

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 around 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.

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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
    Red Fort Delhi is also the site of a 3,000-year-old habitation
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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

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
The 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

  1. The Angrez, The Sultan and The Pigs- Mehrauli Archaeological Park 

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.

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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?

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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.

  • Khidki- Sri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg- November 26. Time- 4 p.m. Watch this delightful Hindi play about a writer who is facing a writer’s block and also has to meet a deadline. What happens next? Tickets- INR 50 onwards.
  • Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai-Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road- November 26. Time-4.30 pm. Relive your precious moments from your college days while watching this Hindi play. It is directed by Jay Prakash. Tickets- INR 250 onwards
  • Tenali Rama- Kalasthali Amphitheatre, Rezang La Marg, Bijwasan Road, Pocket G, Palam Vihar- November 25. Time- 6 pm. Finally, Gurgaon gets some theatre performances of its own. Watch this play with your kids and marvel at the wit and wisdom of Tenali Rama, the famous minister of Krishnadeva Raya of Vijaynagar. Tickets- INR 200 onwards.
  • Ram Bharose Marriage Bureau- Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi-November 25, Time-6.30 pm. Two lazy friends decide to open a marriage bureau to con people. What happens next? Tickets- 6.30 pm.
  • Kinarey- Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg- November 25, Time- 3 pm. Directed by Vicky Mahesari, this Hindi play is about a young Pakistani woman who is declared sterile by her community. One day, she decides to jump into the Jhelum river.
  • Bahut Basda Sawaal- Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg-November 26. Time-7.30 pm. One of the Delhi weekend events is this play which is a satire on the non-decision making habit by our rulers and other constitutional bodies. Tickets- INR 300/- onwards
  • Nicolai Friedrich Live-Orana Conventions, Sector 64, Golf Course Extension, Gurugram- November 26, Time- 6.30 pm. Watch the famous German magician Nicolai burn the stage with his experiments, charisma, and flair. Tickets- INR 590 onwards. Bring your kids along.
  • 10th Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, Children’s Park, India Gate- November 25-25, Time- 10.30 am-5.30 pm. Does your child love reading and writing? Does he have a flair for creative writing? This event for kids and their moms helps the kids become storytellers and great writers. Entry is free.

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  1. Jis Ney Lahore Nahin Dekya, Woh Jamyai Nahi- India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Date- November 12. Time 7 pm. Hindi Drama. Directed by Arvind Gaur, this play is about a Muslim family that migrates to Lahore during the Partition and takes up residence in a haveli vacated by a Hindu family. Tickets- 100/, 200/-, 350/-
  2. Tansen-India Habitat Centre, Stein Auditorium, Lodhi Road. Date- November 11, Time- 7 pm. Directed by Govind Singh Yadav, this Hindi drama shares the interesting life history of the legendary singer, Tansen. Tickets- INRA 100-350
  3. A woman Alone- India Habitat Centre, Stein Auditorium, Lodhi Road. Date- November 12. Time-4 pm. This Hindi play relates the story of a woman who has to cope up with an abusive husband, a lover who is much younger, a peeping neighbor and a brother-in-law who is a pervert. Tickets- INR 100-350



Music Concerts

  1. Aarambh- ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate-November 29, Time- 6.15 pm. A new series of Hindustani vocal and classical music starts next week. Vocals by Tara Kannan, and Bharatnatyam by Ramaa Venugopalan.
  2. Anekanta- Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road- November 27, Time 7 pm. India Habitat Centre marks its 20th anniversary by inviting master dancer, Geeta Chandran, and her Natya Vriksha Company to perform. Geeta, through her dance, will recite the tale of the King of Lanka, Ravan, who was also an exemplar Shiva Bhakt.
  3. Jashn-e-Qawwali- Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg-November 25.Time- 6.30 pm. Tune into the breathtaking performance of the Qutbi brothers who hold a world record for performing Qawwali 12 hours continuously. Tickets-INR 300 onwards
  4. Sa Maa Pa Sangeet Sammelan 2017- Kamani Audi, Copernicus Marg-November- 24-26, Time- 6.30 pm. Enjoy the breathtaking performances by Bahauddin Dagar, Vijay Shankar Mishra, Manju Mehta, Bhajan Sopori, Vinayak Torvi, Kalapini Komkali, Saef Naeem Ali , Chetan Joshi and many other great artists. Entry is free.

Other Delhi weekend events

  • India Art Festival Festival, 2017- Enjoy Various forms of art at the Tyagaraj Stadium, INA Colony. This festival is on till November 26. Time- 11 am- 7.30 pm.
  • The Hugs Workshop  Click here to know more. Attend this workshop if you want to hug a stranger.

 

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.

Bihu

Indian Travel Stories come alive on India Gate lawns this October

 

This October, Indian government did a great job of making  the Indian travel stories come alive on the India Gate lawns.

 

Have a look at some of the pictures and videos in this article. The idea is to not just share Indian travel destinations but to present India by way of its music, food , dance and yes, colors.

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Beats of India
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We love dancing

We love dancing. Dancing is into our DNA. At the drop of a hat, we would love to dance even though we have two left feet.

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The drums may have fallen silent, but we are always ready for the drum beats

 

India has 28 states, and each state has a unique music tradition of its own. Look at these singers from Rajasthan- one of the most colorful states of India.

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Look at their colorful headgear

There are two main instruments being played here- Phad or Fad and Dholak.

Now, have a look at these lady dancers from Rajasthan who are dancing with pitchers on their heads!

And now, ladies and gentlemen, have a look at these handsome men from another part of India displaying their dance skills.

Paryatan Parv

These dancers from the southern part of India.

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What colors!

Now let us catch a few glimpses of some dances from up north.

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Folk dancers from Jammu

The man is saying to the young woman that he won’t drink water unless he finally marries her! These artistes are from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

There is another picture of these artistes.

I like their colourful parasols.

You may also read about a popular dance form called Kathak here…http://www.ahauntedtravel.com/krishnas-celestial-dance-maha-raas/

India Travel Stories and food

 

No Indian travel story is complete without food. A few states like Kerala, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh had put up their stalls on this occasion.

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Khatiya

Another name of this ‘bed’ is cot. People in small villages and towns across India sit on these cots and talk, eat, and generally have fun. The strands of a khatiya are made of jute.

But we digress…we should be talking about food in this section.

Indian Street Food
Laddoos

No one can have just one laddoo. Made of corn/maize powder, a laddoo is easy to make and is yummy to eat. Many Hindus offer laddoos to gods as offerings.

Indian Street Food
Kachoris

Kachoris are my favorite snack. These ones are deep fried and sinful to eat….Costing INR 50, these surely were quite costly for me ))

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Rabri

Ok, ok, I am not a food photographer, but I am sure this Rabri will make you say slurp slurp.

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The superlicious, tastylicious samosas

Samosas are the most popular street food in the whole of North India. Many years ago, I used to have 2 samosas daily!

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Funny man

This Rajasthani man is one Mr. Gupta and he was selling his street food there. When I requested him for his photograph, he readily agreed and gave his best shot. Look at his turban.

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Seller of dry fruits
Mango juice
Mango juice

This stall was selling juice from raw mangoes. Juice from raw mango helps people cope with heat in the summers.

I clicked several pictures yesterday and now I find difficult to select the best out of them.

Some more pics follow;

A perfect background for taking selfies.

Paryatan Parv
Paryatan Parv

These two words mean A Festival of Travel.

Bihu
What a beautiful frame it is !

Bihu is a dance form from Assam. Do you want to know more about it? Click here> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bihu_dance

That’s it folks!

I hope you liked this post on Indian Travel Stories.

Krishna’s celestial dance Maha Raas and the fascinating story behind it

This is that part of the year when the whole world waits to watch Krishna’s celestial dance Maha Raas with its naked eyes.

I am not kidding but it is believed in many parts of India that Lord Krishna actually comes down to  Earth in His mortal body and dances with Gopies!

Read this article to understand the philosophical meaning of this legend.

Krishna's celestial dance Maha Raas
Maha Raas- The word means ‘Great Dance’

Actually, I should have written about this fascinating story a couple of years ago but God knows why I did not pen it down.

You know who Lord Krishna is, right?

For the benefit of my overseas readers, Krishna is the eighth avatar of Vishnu. I am writing about Him in the present tense because, though, He lived and died several thousand years ago, Krishna lives on in the hearts and minds of billions of people the world over.

Maha Raas
Krishna’s celestial dance Maha Raas- These are Gopies or maidens. Philosophically speaking, Gopies represent us or Atmas.

Some people, particularly the ladies, consider Him to be a bubbly child, whereas others consider him to to be the perfect human being. For them, Krishna is devoid of desires, greed and other human imperfections. He was the embodiment of God or Bramha or Parmatma who came down to Earth to teach us about how to lead a good and virtuous life.

Krishna’s celestial dance Maha Raas

 

Every year, millions of Indians believe that Krishna comes back to Earth during these days of the autumn season and dances with His Gopies.

Krishna's celestail dance Maha Raas
This form of dance is called Kathak which means ‘of stories’

I think this is just a legend and nothing else. This legend has a philosophical underpinning that I will explain to you, but first, let me explain the meaning of ‘Gopies’.

Gopies

 

This word means young maidens and girls in a simple sense. But do you think that Krishna would come down to Earth simply to dance merrily with young nubile girls?

No.

Krishna is Parmatma or Supreme Being. Gopies are us the atmans of us mortal beings. We yearn to become one with God or Parmatma. We are unsuccessful in our attempt to become one with Paramatma because our atma is covered up with desires, wants, greed, lust, anger etc.

Until we remove these bad qualities from our persona, we will never be able to achieve Nirvana or Moksha. The ultimate aim of every human being is to become one with Paramatma but for most of us, this task is near impossible.

So, when Krishna comes down to Earth to dance with his Gopies, it essentially means that the Lord is trying to help us become better human beings so that we can become one with Him. Unless we consciously remove our vices, we will never succeed in our efforts.

Watch this video and you will be zapped by this unknown facet of Indian culture ;

This is my interpretation. There can be thousands of other interpretations and each one of them may have a ring of truth to it.

Krishna's celestial dance Maha Raas
Krishna is with me, you and everyone here. We just have to call Him for help

Let’s read an interesting story about Krishna’s celestial dance Maha Raas

 

My dear Robert, John, Joseph, Lisa etc, what if I told that Krishna actually dances with the ladies these days in a secluded garden located in Central India?

You’d be zapped, isn’t it?

Well yes, many people believe that during this time of the year, Krishna cavorts and plays with his favorite Gopies in a small park in Vrindavan. This ancient town, Vrindavan is roughly 160 kilometers from Delhi.

Intruders turn to stone!

 

Yes, the same people believe that gatecrashers to this park- Nidhivan- face a terrible punishment for this crime. All of these ‘ unwanted guests’ turn to stone!

All of these ‘ unwanted guests’ turn to stone and nobody is spared.

You know what? I have been trying to visit this park for many years but I guess, Lord Krishna does not want me to visit this place.

You may want to read more about this fascinating Nidhivan here  http://www.ahauntedtravel.com/amazing-destinations-of-india-hauntingly-beautiful-vrindavan/

Would you like to see Nidhivan? Let me know so we can plan a visit to this interesting place.

Carrying the Indian culture forward

 

I wrote this post on Maha Raas because I feel that more and more number of Indians and people living outside must know about it. Though Kathak is a popular form of dance, yet many people do not really know about Krishna’s celestial dance.

I will fail in my efforts if I did not tell you about the lady who is the driving force behind the Maha Raas dance. She is none other than Sushri Uma Sharma, one of the greatest experts in Kathak today. I have grown up watching her perform this dance in several shows.Read more about this wonderful person here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kum_Uma_Sharma

Uma Sharma
One of the legends in Kathak, Umaji is promoting this dance form in India for very many years.

Nearing seventy, Uma ji still looks like a sprightly 25-year-old today. Surely, it was sheer joy in watching her speak and perform a little bit yesterday.

Venue of Maha Raas

 

If you happen to be in Delhi at the time of reading this article, then you should go to the Lakshmi Narayan temple or Birla Temple. This performance starts at 6.30 and goes on till 9.30 in the night.

The last day of this dance drama will be October 7, 2017. So rush to this magnificent place with your family.

I was there yesterday and a full moon shone brightly down upon the temple spires, the sight was truly enchanting.

 

Di you like this post about Krishna’s celestial dance Maha Raas? Did I answer all your questions?

 

 

These events in Delhi NCR will refresh you for the next week

These events in Delhi NCR  are all about story telling, history walks and trips to haunted places. Also lined up is an event that takes you to pre-historic site in Delhi

If you are a history fan and want to know more about the 100, 000-year-old past of Delhi, then you have come to the right destination. We promise that after attending these events, you will come back for more such interesting stories.

Over the past few months, India Travel Blog has escorted many travelers from abroad in history walks and various events.Some of them are featured above and sure, they look happy and excited.

If you are planning to travel to India shortly, don’t miss these events in Delhi NCR this week.

Red Fort Stories- of Badshahs and their Concubines

 

One of the events in Delhi NCR  is about the fantastic stories of the Mughal dynasty that ruled Delhi. This event will cover the following sessions:

  1. The Mughal Harem- what was it like. A harem is a place where all the ladies used to live together.
  2. The status of the Mughal women in the Harem; were they sex slaves or normal humans?
  3. Famous Four- Noorjahan, Mumtaz, Jahanara, and Roshanara- their lives, and loves
  4. Father and Son- The Jahangir/ Akbar and Jahangir/ Khurram conflicts
  5. The tragedy of being a mom- Manbai and her times
  6. Did Jodhabai really exist? If yes, what was her real entity?
  7. The tragic story of Khusro, the grandson of Akbar who would never be the Mughal Emperor
  8. Castrated, but powerful enough- The Nazirs of the Mughal Harem. The harem was guarded by eunuchs, did you know that?
  9. The Princess who held her own Litfests in the Red Fort !who was she?
  10. Malls of Lust- The Meena Bazaar Tales
  11. Roll Call- All stand-up! The Dewan-e-Aam Spectacle.

events in Delhi NCR this week

Of course, we shall go around the Red Fort premises and share all the above hauntingly beautiful stories among ourselves.

We will also go to the ancient Salimgarh Fort which was the imperial jail for the Mughals.

Do you know that the spirit of a long dead Mughal princess roams around in this prison?Who is she?

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The Meena Bazaar of Red Fort

Venue- Red Fort Ticket Counter

Dates- July 15,17,19,21,23,25,27, 29, 31

Time- 9 AM-12PM.

Time of Assembly- 8.45 AM

Price- Rs. 1,200 per adult. Kids below 10 years will not be charged. Please note that this price includes snacks (tea/coffee/samosa/ cold drink).

Snacks shall be provided by me.

Kindly buy the ticket to the monument by yourself. 

The Angrez, The Sultan, and The Pigs

 

One of the events in Delhi NCR this week happens in the Mehrauli Archeological Park.

Do you know that this Park has monuments which are thousands of years old?

We cover the following destinations on this trip:

 

Mehrauli Archeological Park
We assure you will go back with happy memories
  1. Visiting the haunted palace of  Sultan Balban and listening to his fantastic story
  2. Balban and his relationship with his masters and subjects.
  3. The concept of Sultanate and its relationship with the Caliph of Baghdad and Turkey
  4. The origin of the Slave dynasty in Delhi
  5. Who were the Tomars and why did they lose to the Turks?
  6. Did Prithviraj Chauhan really rule Delhi?
  7. Yoginipura, Mehrauli, and Delhi- exploring the relationship between these three settlements
  8. The arrival of the East India Company
  9. The colorful character of Mr. Thomas Metcalfe, his lives and times
  10. Fact and Fiction- the ‘haunted’ tomb of Jamali. But who was Kamali?
  11. The ancient water ‘cafes’ of Delhi-why were they made?
  12. Stories of Jealousy- the Adham Khan affair
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    Listen to the hauntingly beautiful stories of Mehrauli

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    The Mehrauli Archeological Park has started getting  foreign visitors also

And yes, like all the other events in Delhi NCR, this one too will involve a lot of walking, climbing etc so please wear hiking boots or sports shoes.

Excitement guaranteed!

Venue- Mehrauli Archeological Park, Delhi (Near Qutub Minar)

Point of Assembly- Qutub Minar Metro Station

Time of Assembly- 8.45 AM

Duration- 9AM-12PM

Dates-July-2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30.

Price- Rs. 1,200 per adult. Kids below 10 years come free. Please note that this price includes snacks (tea/coffee/samosa/ cold drink). Snacks shall be provided by me.

Entry to this monument is free. 

Also, read- 10 Travel Tips for India that no one will tell you!

The Palace of the Dead

 

This event will take you to Humayun Tomb, one of the most beautiful structures in Delhi. The event details are:

  1. The start of the Mughal dynasty in India
  2. Babur and Humayun- a study in contrast
  3. Gulbadan Begum and her times
  4. Humayun and his harem
  5. The Shah of Iran meets Humayun what happens next?
  6. Hamida or Baga- who commissioned Humayun  Tomb?
  7. Is Humayun really buried here? Controversies and more controversies
  8. The mystery behind the Barber’s Tomb
  9. The concept of milk brothers or kokas.
  10. The concept of Badshahat and how different is it from Sultanate
  11. Dara.O Dara!
  12. This King had 700 wives, who was he?Humayun Tomb

Venue- Humayun Tomb Ticket Counter

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A group of young Taiwanese students has fun inside the Humayun Tomb premises

If you want to read more on Humayun and his times, please click here: http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_humayuntomb.asp

How to reach Humayun’s Tomb- The nearest Metro Station is that of Lajpat Nagar. From there, take an autorickshaw or Uber.

Time of Assembly 3.45 PM

Duration- 2 hours, 4-6 PM

Dates- July- 2,4,6,8,10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Price Rs. 1,200 per adult. Kids below 10 years come free. Please note that this price includes snacks (tea/coffee/samosa/ cold drink). Snacks shall be provided by me.

Kindly buy the ticket to the monument by yourself. 

2-day trip to Bhangarh Fort

 

If you like visiting haunted destinations, then this event is for you.

We go on a 2-day trip to the haunted fort of Bhangarh in Alwar.

Bhangarh is a medieval era fort and is a very interesting place for people interested in spirits and ghosts. Locals say that there are many spirits which live inside this fort. Would you like to interact with them?

Of course, we will not stay within the fort. Our stay will be at a hotel nearby.

The duration of the trip is just 3 hours from Delhi.

Date of the event- July 29, 2017- July 30, 2017

Start time- 7 am July 29. Finish time- 10 pm, July 30.

Charges per head- Rs. 5,000 per head. This figure includes cost of travel, and hotel stay.

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Other events in Delhi NCR

 

Theatre

 

  • Ashadh ka Ek Din, (Hindi Drama) Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Kalidas falls in love with Mallika, a girl who lives in the mountains. What happens next? This play was written several decades ago by Mohan Rakesh. Date- July 28. Time- 4 pm/ 7.30 pm. Tickets- INR 15/250/350/550
  • Chakravyuh, (Hindi Drama), Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. This is the thirteenth day of the Mahabharat War and Abhimanyu is trapped in a Chakravyuh. Director- Atul Satya Kaushik. Date- July 29. Time- 4pm/7pm. Tickets- Rs. 200
  • Kaali Shalwar, (Hindi Drama), Shri Ram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Directed by Atul Satya Kaushik, this play narrates the tale of Sultana, a prostitute, who is determined to break the stereotypes around her profession. Date- July 30. Time- 4pm/7pm. Tickets- Rs. 200/- 
  • The Cabuliwala ( English drama), Akshara theater, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. This play is an adaptation of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Kabuliwala which tells the story of the friendship between 5-year old Mini and Rehman, a much older man from Afghanistan.Date- July 29. Time- 7pm.Tickets- Rs. 250/ 150
  • Abducted, ( English drama), Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. A young woman is kidnapped by two men and is held hostage in a small room by her abductors. They are demanding ransom of more than a million dollars from her father. If you are a fan of thriller drams, then go watch this one. Director- Jalbala Vaidya. Date- July 30. Time- 6.30 pm. Tickets-Rs. 250

Lapsed events

  • 2 Shades of Life, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. This Hindi play is about 6 Indians who steal a valuable piece of art in Antigua.By the time when they return to their hideout, the painting is gone. What happened to the painting? Date- July 15. Time- 6. 15 pm. Tickets- Rs. 100/-
  • Love ka Overdose, Hindi Comedy, Sri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Adam and Eve start their journey, not from Eden but Haryana. What happens next? Date- July 14, Time- 7 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500/200
  • Bali ( Hindi Drama), LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. Written by Girish Karnad, this Hindi play tries to explore te connection between violence and religion. Date- July 16, Time- 4 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500/ 100
  • Baap re Baap ( Hindi comedy), Alliance Francaise. Things get funny when Babu Banarasidas goes missing from his house one fine day. Director- Amar Sah. Date- July 15. Time- 6 pm. Tickets-Rs. 500-200
  • The Cabuliwala ( English drama), Akshara theater, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. This play is an adaptation of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s Kabuliwala which tells the story of the friendship between 5-year old Mini and Rehman, a much older man from Afghanistan.Tickets- Rs. 250/ 150
  • Broadcast at Oddbird  Theater, 100 feet road, Dhan Mill Compound, Chhattarpur. This event will broadcast the happenings around Partition. It will be a spinechiiling event as all these broadcasts actually happened in 1947. Relive the days of the Partition. Date- July 14-16. Time- 10 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500
  1. Hamlet (Hindi), Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House. This play is a part of the Summer Theater Festival. Director- K. Madavane. Date- June 23. Time- 7 pm.
  2. Deewangee( Hindi thriller), Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road. A young businessman is introduced to a popular singer, Sargam by a music magnate, Ashwin. The next day, Ashwin is found murdered in his house. Whodunit? Director- SP Singh Sengar. Date- June 25. Time- 7 pm. Tickets- Rs. 300/-
  3. Bharat Mata ki Jai ( Hindi drama), India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road. Who is Bharat Mata- this was one of the top concerns of the noted filmmaker, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. Watch this drama and get the answer to this question yourself. Director- Lokesh Jain. Date- June 25, Time- 7.30 pm. Tickets- Rs. 500/350/200
  4. Log Baag ( Hindi drama), IHC, Lodi Road. A delightful play comprising 8 stories of Chekov, all woven together, this play is a must watch. Director- Arvind Gaur. Date- June 24. Time- 7.30 pm. Tickets- Rs. 100/-
  5. Hello Darling (Hindi comedy), Mavlankar Auditorium, Sansad Marg. This one is a laugh riot where a couple is trying to outsmart each other with the help of a maid. Director-Yogesh Sanghvi. Date- June 25. Time-7.30 pm. Tickets- Rs. 2500-250/-
  6. Dayashankar Ki Diary ( Hindi drama), Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. Dayashankar, a small town simpleton, tries to carve out a living in Mumbai. Director- Krishna Kant. Date-June 25. Time- 5pm.Tickets- Rs. 300/-
  7. Baap re Baap ( Hindi comedy), Alliance Francaise. Things get funny when Babu Banarasidas goes missing from his house one fine day. Director- Amar Sah. Date- June 24. Time- 6 pm. Tickets-Rs. 300/-
  8. Chhutti (Hindi comedy), The Stein Audi, IHC, Lodhi Road. A story within a story within a story within a story; this play is all about intermingling stories. Director- Ashish Ghosh. Date- June 24, Time- 7.30 pm. Tickets-Rs. 500/200-

Screenings

 

If you are a movie fan, then these events in Delhi NCR are all about movies.

  1. The Darwin Puzzle– IHC, Lodhi Road. Based on the life of Charles Darwin, this play is directed by Radhika Chandrashekhar. Date-June 29. Time- 7 pm.
  2. Plastic Cow- Gulmohar Hall, IHC, Lodhi Road. Even cows are getting affected by plastic and how? Director- Kunal Vohra. Date- June 23. Time- 7 pm.
  3. History of Yoga- Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpath. This film explores the 6,000-year old history. It also understands its significance in Harappa Civilization, Vedic age, and the medieval history of India. Directors- Deepika and Ramji. Date- June 23. Time- 5.30 pm.
  4. 23-F (Spanish with English sub-titles), Instituto Cervantes, Hanuman Road, near Connaught Place. This movie is a docu-drama about the failed coup that nearly brought the fledgling Spanish democracy down. Date- June 25. Time- 4.30 pm.

 

I shall update you on more events in Delhi NCR shortly. Hope you enjoy the above-listed ones.

Important links for booking your tickets:

  1. Alliance Francaise- delhi.afindia.org
  2. India Habitat Centre- indiahabitat.org
  3. Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra- thekendra.com 
  4. Akshara Theatre, New Delhi- https://www.facebook.com/AksharaTheatreNewDelhi

 

Events in Delhi NCR that have expired 

Screenings
  1. Opera at Habitat Series-Saint Saens’Samson et Dalila ( French with English subtitles), IHC, Lodhi Road. Date- June 12. Time- 7 pm.
  2. Berthe Morisot- (French with English subtitles), ML Bhartia Audi, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. Date- June 15. Times- 6.30 pm. Director- Caroline Champetier
  3. The Distinguished Citizen (Spanish), IHC, Lodhi Road. Date- June 14. Time- 7 pm. Directors- Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn
  4. European Union Film Festival 2017, Siri Fort Auditorium 2, Siri Institutional Area, Asian Games Complex. Date- June 9-15. Entry on First Come First Served Basis.

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    India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road

Theater

1.Chandragupta– Hindi Drama, Shriram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg

Directed by Varun Sharma, this play takes you through the lives and times of Chandragupta Maurya. If you have youngsters at home, then take them to this historical play and introduce them to India’s glorious past.

Tickets- Rs. 150/300. Date- June, 2. Time- 7 pm.

  1. Big B- Hindi Drama, Shriram Center, Safdar Hashmi Marg

This play is about two English-educated brothers, who speak in Hindi. Kamta Prasad and Samta Prasad have opinions on almost every subject under the sun whether it is politics, cricket, Bollywood or even gulli-danda. Directed by Dr. M. Sayeed Alam and Niti Phool, this play is a laugh riot.

Tickets- Rs. 300-500. Date-June, 3, Time- 7.30 pm.

 

Entry is free. Date- June 3 and 4. Time- 7 pm.

  1. Kauwa Chala Hans Ki Chaal- Hindi DramaMuktadhara Auditorium, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, Gole Market

Jamrood Singh wins Rs. 100 crores in a contest and now wants to become Raja Jamrood Singh Kunwar. He wants to lead a good life and starts copying the other rich people around him. What happens next? This play is directed bu Shyam Kumar and will leave you in splits.

Entry free. Date- June 7, Time- 7 pm.

  1. Yeh Kotheywaliyan- Hindi Drama, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road

It is so easy to cast aspersions on ‘women of easy virtue’. This play, directed by Rajesh Tiwari, explores our hypocrisy towards prostitutes and courtesans.

Tickets- Rs. 300-500. Date- June 3, Time- 6.30 pm

Music and Dance

 

1.Dance Recital- IHC, Lodhi Road

Bharatnatyam dance performance by Divya Shiva Sundar. She will perform traditional Margam in Shringara rasa.

Date- June, 8. Time- 7 pm.

  1. Duet Music Performance, IHC, Lodhi Road

Hindustani classical music performance by Dhiman Chowdhury and sarod player, Mohit Pal.

Date- June 6, Time- 7 pm

3. Kuchipudi- Stein Auditorium, IHC

‘Storytelling through Kuchipudi’- a performance by Yamini Reddy

https://youtu.be/QhZ3NX8jJvo
Date- June 9, Time- 7 pm

Please make the payments for the music and dance events at the respective venues, I am not collecting them on their behalf.

Do you have information on any other events in Delhi NCR this week?Please write back to me and I shall surely list your event here.

Thank you, folks, hope to see you one of these days.