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Mirza Ghalib’s Shahjahanabad: Purani Dilli As The Poet’s Muse


There are no better words to describe the phenomenon called Mirza Ghalib. With his ghazals and couplets, our very own 'Chacha Ghalib' still breathes in the lanes and bylanes of Purani Dilli!

Join us on a one of its kind walk where as we recite some of his finest poetry & letters while you walk around exploring Ghalib's Puraani Dilli, the Haveli (Mansion) where he lived, hear the quirky little anecdotes that took place with him in the alleys of Shahjahanabad, the intellectual glory of the period as he describes it, the gradual decay that he saw in his city and finally his acute sadness as he saw the city crumble after the Mutiny of 1857.

DelhiByFoot, Mohd. Mehtab, a 5th generation resident of  Old Delhi, is a heritage conservation activist & community-projects coordinator who has been closely associated with various DelhiByFoot projects in Shahjahanabad or Delhi6 as it is popularly known. For past 4 years he has been working in field of creating awareness and a sense of pride & shared ownership of Old Delhi’s rich cultural & historical legacy amongst the residents of his locality.

DelhiByFoot (DBF), is one of Delhi’s top ranking walking tour groups, which has been conducting historical tours, nature explorations, cultural experiences, food marathons and photo-workshops in Delhi for individuals, educational institutions and corporate organisations for more than 15 years. A community of self-taught Delhi-fans, nature & history lovers, food-enthusiasts, writers and photographers, who live, eat, breathe, think and walk Delhi. As their motto says, “Come fall in love with Delhi all over again”

Tips: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunshades/sunglasses/hats and carry something to cover your head (both men & women) and please carry a bottle of water. Dress conservatively keeping in mind that we shall be visiting a few religious spots. No shorts are allowed for all.

Meeting Point: New Delhi Railway Metro Station, Gate No 3

Extra costs: Rs 100 to be given to the walk facilitator as contribution for tea & traditional Shahjahanabadi Breakfast expenses.

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