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Take the festive route this season
Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 19, 2012
First Published: 17:44 IST(19/10/2012)
Last Updated: 13:55 IST(20/10/2012)
Women apply 'Sindur' - vermillion on each other on the last day of Durga puja festival at CR Park Kali Mandir in New Delhi.

The festivities this season have got a whole new twist, as city-based hobby and adventure groups are going to hold special eat-ups and walks that will help you indulge in all the celebrations in the city. One such group is Delhi By Foot, which was formed last year. While the group has been conducting history and flora walks for some time now, a special event for Durga Puja and Ramlila will be held over the weekend.
 
Durga Puja
To be held today, the event will be marked by traditional rituals that the festival is known for. The group will visit three popular puja pandals in the city. “We are going to the oldest pandal in the city, which is at Kashmere Gate. We will then proceed to the hub of Durga Puja celebrations, CR Park. The idea is get a sneak peak into the festive mood,” says Asif Khan, founder, Delhi By Foot. One can also enjoy the Ananda Mela where a food-making competition will be held.
 
Meeting point: Inside the Civil Line Metro station
Charges: Rs500 per person (inclusive of one Bengali sweet and snack, and Metro charges)
Time: 6pm onwards

Ramlila and Raavan Celebration
Tomorrow evening, pay a visit to Titarpur and learn about the experiences, superstitions and the art of making Raavans. After this, the group will reach Ramlila Grounds, where an interaction with the artists will be held, followed by the Ramlila. The group will also sample food stalls there and enjoy the rides.

Meeting point: Inside the Tagore Garden Metro station
Charges: R800 per person, R1,500 per couple
Time: 5pm onwards


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