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A walk through history

Explore the city's rich past at your own pace by signing up for a historical walk or a cycle ride with any of these groups.

entertainment Updated: Jul 15, 2011 01:46 IST
Harpreet Singh

Delhi Heritage Walks
While you walk with this team of young Dilliwallahs, you would surely get a sense of the city's rich historical heritage. The general route includes places like Hauz Khas, Lodi Garden, Mehrauli Archeological Park, Chandni Chowk and Kashmere Gate. The organisers also plan to take the walk to Tughlaqabad and the areas around the old fort. The walk is open to people from all age groups and is a hit especially with students pursuing photography and architecture. The duration of the walk is about two hours. Cost: Rs 200 per head (Free for children below 6 years) F
or more info, log on to: info@delhiheritagewalks.com, www.blog.delhiheritagewalks.com
Tel: 9212534868

Habitat World at India Habitat Centre
The India Habitat Centre organises walks only on Sundays. The itinerary includes a visit to the various museums in the Capital, including the Doll Museum and National Museum, and other historical sites. The schedule for this month includes a walk on July 24 through the Mohan Khokar Dance Collection, an exhibition that features books on dance, photos, paintings, masks, and dolls. The walk will then move on to search for the djinns of Firozshah Kotla. People of all age groups can participate. Cost: Free for club members, Rs 50 for others (first come first served basis)
For more info log on to: habitatprogrammes@gmail.com
Tel: 43663080

Walks with Surekha Narain
History comes alive through these walks organised by Surekha Narain, a heritage walk consultant. The walks also include lively visual depictions of heritage sites such as the Nizammuddin Dargah. This particular walk tells the story of the revered sufi saint, Nizamuddin Aulia. Narain organises different types of walks ranging from regular to private and customised walks. Spiritual and theme walks such as food tours and bagh (garden) tours are also organised. The next walk is lined up for the second week of August. Cost: Rs 300 - Rs 600 per head; Rs 500 - Rs 600 with one meal.
For more info log on to: surekha@delhimetrowalks.com
Tel: 9811330098, 9968279571, 011-26524583

INTACH Delhi Chapter
'Explore Delhi!' - is the motto the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH) swears by. A regular walk is organised every weekend by the trust, which includes visits to Chandni Chowk, Hauz Khas and Lodi Garden among others. The customised walks are organised on weekdays, which are mostly for employees of multinational companies. Travel guides, both in English and Hindi, are also provided. Cost: Rs 50 per head for regular walks; Rs 3,000 for customised walks (8-10 people)
For more info log on to: www.intachdelhichapter.org/heritage_walks, mail@intachdelhichapter.org
Tel: 011-24632267, 24632269 (Extn 105)

Delhi By Cycle
Take a ride through the historical wealth of the Capital with this walk. They claim to provide cycles that are safe and designed in a way which makes them suitable for the city streets. They also provide the participants with comprehensive guides available in both English and Hindi. A special orange cycle ride from 6.30am to 10am takes place everyday. It commences from the parking opposite Delite Cinema (near Turkman Gate). These daily rides take three routes - the Shah Jahan Tour, Yamuna Tour and Raj Tour, on different days in groups of five to 10 people. Cost: Rs 1,350 (including cycles, cycling gears and snacks)
Contact info: info@delhibycycle.com
Tel: 9811723720