Best Ramzan food in India! (A Foodie’s analysis)

Numerous posts are available online that talk about Ramzan in India, and food that is on offer in various cities across India during Ramzan. As a foodie, I have always wondered which is the best city to be in for a Iftar food walk, and I intend to settle this debate for once and for all – by comparing 4 cities in India that have the best Ramzan food on offer. Are you ready for a comparative analysis of the best of the best? Here goes:

 

1. Delhi:

The first and arguably the strongest contender on the list is the capital city of Delhi. In the capital, we talk about only the area surrounding the largest mosque outside of Israel in Asia, our very own Jama Masjid. During Ramzan, the food on offer around Jama Masjid (read Matia Mahal) is to die for. The area is lit on usual days, come the festivities, there is nothing as colorful and full of natural aromas as Old Delhi.

The colors and lights of Matia Mahal
The colors and lights of Matia Mahal

The nature of Ramzan Food: Matia Mahal has various street restaurants where you get special Iftaar food to break your fast. Ranging from dates imported from the middle east, to Mohabbat ka Sharbat (milk watermelon Rooh afza), Anjeer Shake, Paneer Jalebi, Keema and Khoya Samosa to the usual spread of Kebabs, tikkas, nihari, shirmal and biryani – the options will make your mouth salivate.

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Butter Cream Chicken Tikka is a delight never to be missed!(Source)

Value for Money: When it comes to Value for money, Old Delhi is the best of the lot. The Ramzan food available in the area will set you back by only INR 300-400 per person for moderate level foodies with non vegetarian food. For extreme foodies, this amount could go upto INR 600-700 per person, but not more.

Crowd and Feel: The crowd around Jama Masjid makes the atmosphere even better. From families that have come out to break their roza during Ramzan, to group of friends, you will find all sorts of people eating Matia Mahal in and out.

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: Anjeer Shake at Cool Point is one of the most underrated yet unmissable delicacies.

 

2. Mumbai

The place to be in Mumbai during Ramzan is Mohammed Ali Road near Minara Masjid, and Bohari Mohalla. Both of these areas primarily serve street food, and these are probably the only areas where you will find quality Ramzan food, as well North Indian delicacies throughout the year. The area around Minara Masjid at Mohd. Ali Road is the best place to start with.

The nature of Ramzan Food: Special Ramzan Food in the area has some Parsi influence, as well as some unique dishes that you might not find throughout the city. From quirky dishes like a tongue soup or bhejha fry to sweet idli-like Sandan, egg malpua, kebabs, tandoori quail, aflatoon, phirni, masala milk, mawa jalebi and hand churned ice-cream, the spread here is vast and in a way even better than Delhi. The food taste however varies and some might prefer Ramzan food in Delhi due to its more authentic nature.

Ramzan street food in Mumbai
Egg Malpuas being fried at Mohd Ali Road

Value for Money: Compared to Delhi, the food is a tad bit costlier. To enjoy the full spread in Ramzan, one must be ready to shell out about INR 600-700 per person, and for extreme foodies, the amount may go upto INR 1000 per person.

Crowd and Feel: The crowd around the area gathers right after sunset and Iftar. Although Minara Masjid is also an important place, the shear numbers at Jama Masjid outweigh it by a mile (a blessing in disguise?). Like the food and the city, the crowd is also cosmopolitan and there’s variety in terms of the people as well.

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: One might consider Mohd. Ali Road to be the end of the tunnel. However, take out some time and move onto Bohari Mohalla, to find Bara Handi – Meat cooked in 12 different pots burried underground, with different styles of gravies and cuts such as nihari, paya, sookha, nalli and pichota combined to give a gravy based dish that makes you want to bite your fingers.

Bara Handi at Bohri Mohalla
Bara Handi at Surti Bara Handi is Bohri Mohalla’s best kept secret for over 80 years

3. Hyderabad

Hyderabad is arguably the home of Biryani. Many historians have claimed Hyderabad to be the city that gave birth to Biryani when the Nizam ordered his chefs to make it for the common people. Hence, Biryani has been a crowd favorite since ages, and you can expect some of the best biryanis in India to be available in the streets of Hyderabad. Since the area around Charminar is the centre of all street food in the city, Ramzan specific food is also available in the area, with some varieties of Ramzan food that are unique to only Hyderabad.

The nature of Ramzan Food: The food that is available during Ramzan in Hyderbad is plentiful. To start off, many prefer to take a sip of the Irani chai with some Osmania biscuits, or Kahwa(a more traditional drink). For starters and main course, you can get kebabs, tikkas, haleem, paya, nihari, bheja fry, keema samosa, biryani and quirky food like zaban, bheja, gurda, kaleji based gravies. For dessert, you can either try hand churned ice-cream with only natural flavors, or traditional desserts like Qubani ka meetha(a version of apricot pudding), Double ka meetha (fried bread soaked in milk and rabri ),  sevaiyon ka meetha (vermicelli dessert), kheer and Gil-e-firdaus(rice and milk based dish infused with Lauki) apart from the usual shakes to wash down the spicy biryani and kebabs!

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Moist Kebabs resting after being perfectly grilled!

Value for Money: The food options in Hyderabad vary in terms of price point. For a normal foodie, INR 500-600 per person would suffice. For a hardcore ‘I-want-to-taste-everything’ kind of a person, the amount could go upto INR 800-1000.

Crowd and Feel: The people around the area are very friendly, and Hyderabad is home to a fairly cosmopolitan population as well. People who run restaurants around the area are nice to travelers, and so are the people who have come out to eat. Whilst a lot of people come in order to visit the Charminar or Chowmahalla Palace, many come just to eat their hard out, or shop in the Laad Bazaar, which stays open till midnight!

Food walk participants in Ramzan Food walk
The ever so excited foodies of Hyderabad!(source)

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: Apart from authentic Haleem which is only available in Hyderabad, Pathar-ka-ghosht is something that is a novelty in Hyderabad. Rather than cooking the kebabs on a skewer over a flame and tandoor, these kebabs are cooked on a large rock/pathar, and acquire a unique aroma and taste. You can get this at a lot of restaurants, but some of the best tasted kebabs are available at Shadab Restaurant and Bade Miyaan Kebabs.

4. Lucknow

Lucknow, or the city of Nawabs has always been a famous centre point when it comes to food in India. Much like Delhi, you will find an old world charm in the Chowk area in Lucknow, along with traces of Mughal architecture around the city. In retrospect, Awadh has been a stronghold known for various food items, and another contender for the city where biryani originated from. Come Ramzan, Lucknow is lit up, and has amazing street food on offer.

The nature of Ramzan Food: During Ramzan and throughout the year, some of the favorites that are unmissable are the Kebabs at Tunday Kebabi(a food joint famous throughout India among foodies, also has a cult following as people swear that it has the best Galouti kebabs in India), Awadhi Biryani, kebabs, Qorma and Zafrani Pulav. Apart from this, you can get Khajur Ghosht, Rogan josh,  Shammi, Boti, Kakori and Fish kebabs. For dessert, you can always fall back on matka kulfi served from earthern pots topped with vermicelli, phirni, jalebis or Ramzan food like shaak or bouchnika.

Ramzan Food walk in Chowk area Lucknow
Tunday Kebabi in Chowk area serving kebabs!(source)

Value for Money: Like other places mentioned above, Lucknow is also not that hefty on the pocket. A normal foodie can expect the food to cost around INR 400-500 per person, and hardcore foodies can enjoy the dishes by shelling out around INR 700-800 per person.

Crowd and Feel: The tehzeeb people have in Lucknow means you can count on everyone being friendly! The area is frequented by group of friends, families and people from all around the city – because of the famous food in the area. During Ramzan, the food here is unmissable, and hence you can expect some crowd in the area!

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: The Makhan Malai at Akbar gate is the truest version of icing on the cake. Similar to Daulat ki chaat in Delhi, Makhan Malai is something every Lucknow resident will swear by. Some may even claim it to beat the flavor of Daulat ki Chaat, since Makhan Malai has a more intense flavor.

Makhan Malai during Ramzan Food Walk in Lucknow
Makhan Malai available in Lucknow!(source)

 

Verdict: While one may argue that the city they live in has the best food on offer, two cities clearly stand out of the 4 above in terms of culture, heritage, secret recipes, the quality of food available and the variety. Whilst Hyderabad inches close to top in terms of taste, variety and cultural heritage, Delhi is no less in those fields. While Mumbai and Lucknow serve some of the most delectable cuisine around their states, they fall a little short in front of Delhi and Hyderabad. What would you prefer, the Irani chai of Hyderbad or the Butter Tea of Chawri Bazaar? The North Indian Biryani or Hyderabadi Biryani? You decide.

Surprise Hidden Haunt: If whatever you have read salivates you, we are providing a passage to enjoying everything on the menu! SeekSherpa is conducting food walks in Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Scroll below to find the links and book your tickets now for a Ramzan Food walk, specially during this month:

1. Delhi Ramzan Food Walk

2. Mumbai Ramzan Food Walk

3. Hyderabad Ramzan Food Walk

Doesn’t this list make you salivate? Head out for a Ramzan Food Walk TODAY!

Musical Staycation – Aayudh performing live in Gurgaon!

Select Hotels welcomes you to Soul Stirring Saturdays!

The winter is coming. Why not enjoy few of the last rainy weekends at a Heritage resort tucked away from the traffic, crowd and noise of the city while enjoying live Sufi Music with a Musical staycation at Manesar?

“Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart”. On our continued journey to discover amazing live music, the next stop is an amazing Sufi music band.

With me? Here goes:

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 Soul Stirring Saturdays – Aayudh Live @ 12, 500 + Taxes

What are you paying for?

drummer-310253_1280 A musical stacation with Sufi Music performance by Aayudh, a multi genre Hindi band. They take inspiration from the love that exists between humans which you will find in the feel of their songs.

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Excited? Here’s more to charge you up. The Heritage Village Resort & Spa looks like this:

Gasping for breath already? There’s more. Check out a live performance by Aayudh:

Lastly, check some pictures from earlier live performances:

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Witness a night full of musical melodies threaded one after the other at this Musical staycation! 

Convinced? Book here – 011-66764115 or click here!

Soul Stirring Saturdays are presented and operated by Select Hotels

 

Let SeekSherpa be the parent this summer – Kids activities in Delhi!

Kids activities in Delhi beyond the laptop, mobile phone, and neighbourhood Karate class 

Hello summer holidays, hello dreading feeling of engaging children!

For every parent out there, one of the toughest tasks in summers is to balance their work life with spending enough time with their kids, making sure that they learn new things, develop new hobbies and find their passion.

While the holidays last, change the game.

Rather than doing the same activities over and over, #BreakTheRoutine.

SeekSherpa presents 5 fun and engaging kids activities this summer that will help them #BreakTheRoutine and learn new things.

Kids Activity #1 – Rather than watching movies on the laptop, go for a photography tour!

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Kids glued to the screen playing counter strike or candy crush or maybe even Instagram?

Don’t let your kid stay cooped up at home with the screen as their only friend this summer.

Send them on a Photography tour that teaches them how to capture various subjects, in the backdrop of Lodhi Gardens or capture Wildlife in action at the Delhi Zoological Park!

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Kids Activity #2 – Rather than having Ice Cream at India Gate, visit the Mother Dairy Factory to see how Ice cream is made:

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Move over getting just ice-cream at India Gate. Get on an AC Bus to visit Mother Dairy Factory!

Why not learn every behind-the-scenes detail about how milk is delivered to our homes and how ice creams are made!

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Kids Activity #3 Rather than having them watch TV the whole day, send them for a hands on cooking experience:

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Easy to cook items and fun hands-on learning for kids! Who would not choose that over sitting idle watching TV all day?

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Kids Activity #4 Rather than taking them to the mall, take them a AC bus trip through monuments in South Delhi:

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Going to malls and watching movies just does not cut it anymore.

Let kids become historians in these Summer vacations by visiting two important monuments in South Delhi – Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple!

Lunch is on us, too.

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Kids activity #5 – Rather than having them mug up history, make them visit a Museum and relive the history:

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Take a trip to one of the best museums in the whole of Asia, to understand the mythology and the history of art through the ages.

Conducted by a ancient history fanatic, you will be taken back to the ages.

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How To Get Indian E Visa?

Travelling to India? You need to know how to get an Indian E Visa!

India, the land of many cultures, requires an E Visa for you to enter the country. A procedure that can be filled up by you alone!

To be clear, an indian E Visa is not the same as Indian Visa On Arrival. India does not offer a Visa on Arrival, so please do not be confused.

How to get an Indian E Visa?

1. Log on to indianvisaonline.gov.in with at least 4 days in hand before your intended date of travel. Example if you hope to travel on 10th Jan, make sure you’re applying on 5th or 6th Jan.

2. Click on e-Tourist Visa Application – fill in your details, pay the Indian E Visa fee and hang tight for a few days, you’ll get an email from the Indian Immigration department.

Things to keep in mind – 

1. You need to carry a copy of eTV at the time of travel.

2. Visa validity is 30 days from the date of arrival in the country (note – it’s not date of issue).

3. You must be entering India through one of the following airports – Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi. You can exit from wherever.

4. The Visa is single entry only!

Some more points as per the Indian Immigration Office -

Eligibility

1. International Travellers with the sole objective of visiting India for recreation, medical treatment, or casual business visit.
2. Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.

Read up from the website in detail here.

Citizens of the following countries are eligible for getting an Indian E Visa -

Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Hope this helps in answering how to get an Indian e visa!

While you’re here, make sure you check out some awesome walking tours with SeekSherpa. You can also call them at +91-9643982934.

From the page to the stage: 360 Thespian – The backstage tour!

The curtains are drawn apart revealing the beautifully illuminated stage, the flawlessly dressed actors walk in with perfect timing and the play rolls out keeping you glued to your seats. When the curtains are finally drawn leaving the entire audience in applause, are you left wondering how it all happens? How the beautiful play is orchestrated and what is really going on behind the scenes?

Be it rock concerts or plays, backstage is a very important part of the entertainment world and one seldom seen by the public. A part of theatre governed by its own rules of etiquette, the backstage is place of guarded exclusivity where only a select few can enter. Ofcourse, the atmosphere backstage differs from one occasion to the other. But regardless of the event, one thing can be said for all backstages- they separate those who are in from those who are not.

Worry not, however. We are here to give you special access to all the “Behind-the-Scenes” action to one of Delhi’s hottest and the most awaited plays “Chor ki Darhi Mein” Or The Unexpected Virtues of a Master Bungler by At Rise Productions happening on Saturday  30th may at LTG Auditorium!

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Join Sherpa Sanchita on the exciting 360Thespian- The backstage tour where she takes you straight into the inception of all the action you see on stage. The tour is the backstage pass for all you lovers of theatre to see the last minute buzz before the staging of the play “Chor ki Darhi mein”, watch the actors get ready for the Showtime, see how the set is beautifully crafted before going up on the stage and be a part of the hustle bustle with the cast and crew of At Rise Productions.

Once behind the scenes Sherpa Sanchita walks you through various parts of the backstage, showing you the process of production. She takes you through the details of how layers of light and sound are added before the show is revealed to the audience. This is your chance to know how much rehearsal really goes in before the actors deliver their  beautifully written lines one stage!

Chor ki Darhi mein or The unexpected virtues of a master bungler is a whacky adaptation of Dario Fo’s brilliant farcical comedy ‘Non tutti i ladri vengono a nuocere’. Set in Dhruv Gupta’s upscale Delhi apartment, Chor ki darhi mei is the story of a master bungler. Oops! We mean burglar. Sign up for the tour and get FRONT ROW SEATS to all the action.

Book the tour and get front row seats to the play!

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With this tour you get a chance to interact with the cast and crew of At Rise Production- a bunch of dynamic, bold and creative individuals delivering fresh professional drama with a youthful twist. Laced with unapologetic humour, the theatre at At Rise Production is sure to leave you in fits of laughter!

Hear the story of Chor ki darhi mein from the page to the stage, with some amazing acting and interesting storyline on May30th, at the snazzy Little Theatre Group auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House.

Find out how the real theatre scene in Delhi looks like.

Book the 360 Thespian tour here!

Summer Tours for Juniors in Delhi and Mumbai!

Tours for Juniors in Delhi and Mumbai

The first and the simplest emotion we discover in life is curiosity. Think back about the first few years of your child’s life, how your baby would reach out for those sparkling earrings you had on, or how his mesmerized eyes would follow the movements of the fan. That is the thing with children, everything within their reach is theirs to explore.

As they grow up, you play a crucial role in helping them retain the sense of wonder and awe in this self obsessed world.  Help them go beyond the usual history textbooks. Help them find more stories that lay hidden amidst the lanes of your city.

Fuel your child’s passion and love for exploring with our #tour4juniors. We have meticulously put together the best suited tours for your children to help them explore and take a hobby to the next level!tours for juniors

Tour for Juniors in Delhi

Get ready for the most memorable experience your child can have in Delhi this summer. We have curated these tours especially for that young brilliant mind waiting to explore!

Walk around the Archaeological garden with Sherpa Nishtha

Take them for a walk around the Mehrauli Archaeological garden with Sherpa Nishtha. The archaeological garden hides age old tales along their paths. They will learn about the Metcalfe House, the Balban Tomb, the mystifying stories about the Jamali Kamali, the Dargah of Bakhtiyar Kaki and the Rajon ki Baoli. Shepra Nishtha will draw a contrast between the indo-persian architecture while she takes your children for the walk.

Explore Lodhi Garden through a photographer’s lens!

We are certain you have taken your children to the Lodhi Garden before, but this time it will be lot more than a usual family trip for them. With the Photography Lessons – Through The Unexplored Corner Of Lodhi Garden tour they will learn the basic of photography. They will learn how to take beautiful picture perfect shots of this well known destination, they will also understand how to look at the world through a photographer’s lenses with our Sherpa Shagun who will guide them through the intricacies of clicking amazing pictures!

Travel back in time with Sherpa Saatvik

Allow them to travel back in time, with the “Humayun’s Tomb – A Walk through History” tour! In the two hour walk around Humayun’s Tomb Sherpa Medha will help them understand the different parts of the tomb and show them some interesting architectural illusions!

They will gain an insight into the lifestyle and the culture of the dynasty that ruled our country for the longest time.

Explore the world of books with Sherpa Mishika

Feed their love for reading, with the “Legendary Darya Ganj Book Market tour” where our Sherpa Mishika will not only help them understand the importance of reading good books but also help them find the perfect book to read. They will walk into the lanes of the Darya Ganj Market discovering bookstores they will cherish forever.

Be assured our Sherpas will take good care of your children on the tours. They will also make sure that your child’s hobby turns into a passion he would love to pursue.

Tours for juniors in Mumbai

This summer vacation in Mumbai, help your child see his beloved Bombay in a new light. Feed his penchant for knowledge and his curiosity for everything unknown with our #Tours4Juniors in Mumbai!

The Parsi taste with Sherpa Ananya

Let them go and explore the origins of their favourite Maska Bun and Chai with the Parsi Potpourri tour. Our Sherpa Ananya talks about the Parsi heritage, their faiths, their origins, their food and their way of life. She takes all the young dikras and dikris to this heritage walk helping them closely understand one of the most fun-loving, eccentric and free-spirited ethnic groups on Mumbai!

The Picturesque Bandra with Sherpa Sachin

Bandra is spectacular amalgamation of the rural villages and the contemporary architecture. Full of surprises along every nook and cranny, it is also the home to a certain Bollywood superstar! With the Picturesque Bandra tour Sherpa Sachin, a history buff with a flair for languages takes your children on the spectacular walk from Bandra Fort to St.Andrew’s Chruch telling them stories about the Buckingham palace like Parsi Sanatorium, centuries old churches and the Portuguese style urban village!

After this tour, not only will your kid understand the hidden beauty of Bandra, he will also pick up a few French and Spanish phrases from our beloved Sherpa Sachin.

Travel Back in time with Sherpa Jaynish

Travel back in time to the old Mumbai with our Sherpa Jaynish. Wouldn’t you want your child to know the real story behind the Flora Fountain, or how Chruchgate really got its name? “Fortress that Bombay once was” tour highlights the contrast between the fortified Bombay and Aamchi Mumbai showing the rich heritage that Bombay houses.

His tour is like a ride back in time—the closest one to a time machine, we think!

Explore the Jewish heritage with Sherpa Stacy

The Jewish community in Mumbai is nestled quietly in the heart of Colaba. With the “Shalom Mumbai” tour get your children to know more about the Jewish heritage, their architecture, and their culture. You would be surprised to realise how little your children know about the first foreign religion in the country.

Sherpa Stacy also has a store house of interesting stories that will keep up with their curiosity!

Give this summer a new interesting twist with our curated tours for juniors, who knows this might turn that seed of creativity in your child’s mind into a mighty big Oak tree!

#SherpaStories – Are you brave enough for Sherpa Harsha’s Date with the Djinns?

#SherpaStories – Are you brave enough for Sherpa Harsha’s tour?

Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. He created the elements and these elements went about their business. The light created the angles, the earth gave birth to man, and the fire created the Djinn. The Djinn, because of his intense power was condemned to dwell, trapped between the two worlds.

If you wake up the Djinn, you are granted three wishes. You could ask for strength like the hulk, beauty like Aphrodite, telekinesis like Jean Grey or just same ol’ Wolf of the Wall Street kind of money. But remember, upon being granted the third wish, the unholy legions of the Djinn will be freed to rule the planet.

Fear is all there will be then, FEAR OF THE DJINN.

Forget Barbara Eden, Forget Robin Williams. Djinns in Firoz Shah Kotla are far from funny and friendly. They are the face of fear, the agents of destruction, the evil waiting to be set free. So, are you brave enough to tickle the sleeping giants?

If yes, read on.

Let us introduce you to Sherpa Harsha. A history honours student and a lover of hidden haunts who can fascinate you, with her storytelling! (Yes, The sceptic. We are talking about you too.)

She puts the genie into the bottle for you, and she is not afraid to set it free sometimes. She takes you through a journey into the legends and the mysteries hidden in those corners of Firoz Shah Kotla , Minar-e-Zarrin and the Jami Masjid on her “A Date with the Djinns” tour. Warped in interesting fables about Djinns, Firoz Shah Kotla invites many a believers who write letters to Djinns, every Thursday asking for their wishes to be granted.

“Every Thursday people come here with letters and their photocopies. These letters are the only means of communication with the Djinns.” Says the Sherpa.

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Letters, we get. But why Xerox copies, you ask?

So, everyone is equal for the Djinn. People come with all their difficulties and problems, write them down and photocopy them so that the issue can be undertaken by the genie whose jurisdiction it falls in. Sherpa Harsha tells you this one, and many other stories that have become a part of the area’s identity and have come to represent the long-existing culture.

This ardent history student’s love for the ancient and mystical, led her to create a combination of the historical Nizamuddin’s Dargah and Humayun’s tomb in her “Historical Fusion at Humayun’s Tomb and Nizamuddin Dargah!” tour!

She starts with the Chausath Khamba, speaking then of the Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. If you run into a peacock on the tour, don’t be surprised because Harsha will soon weave a beautiful narrative of the real tale behind it! In the Urs Mahal, right opposite to Chausath Khamba, Qawalli procession happen on special days. A certain song from Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar was performed here. When you go inside, you will realise which one we are talking about! She will also tell you the interesting “Story of Surma” before she takes you into the scented lanes for some traditional “ittar”(perfume) shopping.

Walk few more steps with her towards the “miraculous baoli” and the local bazaars. Listen to the stories of the miracle man who cursed the entire Tuglaquabad fort, the Dhai din ka badshah and many more, with Sherpa Harsha!


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Prepare to be spooked on the amazing ‘Date with the Djinns’ tour and the mystical ‘Historical fusion with Humayun’s tomb and Nizammudin Dargah’ tour with our extremely zealous Sherpa Harsha.  Take the tours and go tell you friends about it too. Tell what you will and the ones you will. Tell them, that there is something loose in the city which feeds off wishes. But do it quickly, while you still have a soul.

Traveller Selfie + Video Of The Week! (26th April 2015)

When you watch these traveller stories about experiences travellers had and the paths that opened up for them as they went on tours this weekend you’ll realise how important it is to be a traveller in your own city. Explore, explore, explore! The journey is what moves us, forget the destination.

Travel is no longer about moving from one city to the other, there’s so much to see in your city itself, the question is when are you going to start travelling in your own city?

Sherpa Stacy’s traveller talks about how Stacy brings alive the nooks and crannies of Mumbai’s hidden haunts. He might have walked by those spots tons of times but he asks himself if he’s ever explored them and understood their significance. Kudos! You are truly a traveller in your own city!

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Selfie of the Week – Woman power! 

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Sherpa Harsha Takes her travellers for a walk to the haunted fort of Feroz Shah Kotla for a “Date With the Djinns”. If you’re into haunted stories then this is the tour for you.

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#SherpaStories – Sherpa Stacy tells the untold stories of Mumbai!

#SherpaStories – Sherpa Stacy tells the untold stories of Mumbai!

‘Everything, or everybody, was on the move in every direction; there was no place to stop, no place to dawdle, you either moved on or got mowed down.’

In the hustle bustle of that city you could never really stop for breath. Leave alone, taking a walk around.  It was the city where dreams were made, after all.

It was also the city where you go five yards and all of the human existence is revealed.

It was an explorer’s fantasy, it was the writer’s muse, it was also the home to a lot of your favourite movie stars.

It was Mumbai. The city, where every corner concealed a crowd and every soul found one.

Sherpa Stacy was one such soul who found her corner in Bandra, a place she now calls her home.

The Queen of Suburbs, Bandra comes with no identity. She is home to myriad faces, moods, manners and contrasts. From quaint, crumbling villages with narrow streets the ways lead to seaside promenades with skyscrapers and lofty mansions. It is a world within the city of dreams.

Let Sherpa Stacy take you for a tour around the streets of Bandra showing you its life and soul through the eyes of a person who discovered it and fell in love. With her tour “Experience Bandra”-Delve into the multicultural history, the colonial architecture, beautiful graffiti, delicious food and local villages of Bandra. Take a walk with her down the bandstand— marvel over Castella de Aguada, Mt. Mary Basilica and the famous St. Andrew’s church. ShahRukh lovers can turn their heads and swoon at Mannat for a bit, while the foodies can enjoy lip-smacking local delicacies -Best of both world, we say!.

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Travellers Enjoying The Jewish Heritage Walk

With her knack for discovering the lesser known parts of the city, she created the “Jewish heritage walk- Shalom Mumbai” where she takes you around Colaba with a Jewish twist!

She takes you through a journey into the Jewish history, the traditions and their culture. Taking this tour with her will make you realise how little you knew about the first foreign religion that was introduced in India.

It is beautiful to know and tell the most unheard stories” she says, “Not a lot of people are aware about the Jewish culture in Mumbai. Having come to India about 2000 years back, the religion is still untouched. My tour is about exploring the rich Jewish heritage that is nestled quietly in one of the busiest areas of Mumbai.”

A travel enthusiast and a culture buff, Sherpa Stacy has an interesting storehouse of tales to tell you. Make sure you ask her for the stories and she would give you an inside peep into urban legends and fables!

Follow Sherpa Stacy on the trail to explore Bandra – the local style with —

Experience Bandra tour

Or live a part of the Jewish heritage with

Shalom Mumbai

Looking for a similar tour in Delhi? Check out Sherpa Amrita’s “Explore Tibetan food and culture tour”. We also have more local tours in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru – Check out our entire lineup here. We are on a mission to save the world from tourist traps, help us accomplish this mission! If you know places in your city that no one really does, you could be a Sherpa too! Visit our website and download the SeekSherpa app. Stay tuned, we have a lot of cool things coming your way!

#TravelTips Where is everyone travelling this summer?

Everyone’s got their bags packed and are all set to take off this summer! If you still haven’t planned your trip – here’s some help deciding your destination.

Foreign Travel seems to me the flavour of the year among Indians as per the TripAdvisor TripBarometer study. While the spirited solo women are flocking to South-East Asia to rediscover themselves and immerse themselves in the local culture, men are choosing Antarctica for some adventure!

Families on the other had are travelling to the more touristy destinations – New Zealand, France and Switzerland. It’s interesting to see how families are choosing the Masai Mara National Park  to expose their kids to the great wildebeest migration which is quite the spectacle!

 

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