Feel the soul of the Sufi shrines : A South Delhi Cycle Tour
A stimulating and ambitious introduction to the many lives of “Dilli” re-lived in true DBC style: through the many lanes of Delhi – the Nizamuddin tour leads you through a city of mystics, saints, poets, rebels, forgotten Kings, English ladies, refugee colonies and nameless tombs – all buried in the giddying contrast offered by the upscale South Delhi neighbourhoods. Starting in the over-700-year-old settlement of Nizamuddin this tour hacks its way through the 21st-century concrete jungle and flashy lights of South Delhi to show you a city alive in unimaginable fragments.
The South Delhi Cycle Tour is 15 km long and includes tea and breakfast in the lush Lodhi Gardens. It is offered in the mornings (all through the year) and afternoons (from October till April only). DelhiByCycle is proud to have partnered with the Nizamuddin settlement based NGO – Hope Project, for this tour. Hope supports the local community of Nizamuddin in health care and education.
Visit http://www.hopeprojectindia.org to learn more about their projects and great work.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Humayun’s Tomb Parking, Sabz Burz Circle
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|DEPARTURE TIME||Morning: 06.30 Am
Afternoon: 01.15 Pm ( In Winters )
Highlights: Nizamuddin Sufi village – Humayun’s Tomb – Hope Project including rooftop view – Nehru Stadium – Kotla Mubarakpur village – Lodhi Garden (picnic) – Khan Market – Golf Links – Nizamuddin village
Meeting point :
Just walk inside from the parking gate!
The South Delhi Cycle Tour called Nizamuddin tour is the only route with a different meeting point! We meet at the Humayun’s Tomb Parking near Sabz Burz Circle, this is one of the most prominent points to start the tour. Our guide, wearing a bright orange T-shirt, will be there waiting for you. In case you arrive earlier, call the guide to inform you have reached. Guide’s name and mobile number will be sent to you by e-mail the evening before the tour.
Meeting Point Map
Of all five tours that we offer the amazing Nizamuddin tour was the one that took me the longest to develop. Close to 12 months!
Where the Old Delhi tours and even the Raj tour (New Delhi) had a limited area to cover the playfield for this tour felt unlimited. Finally, it has become the most complete tour as well. Historically, religiously, socially, the Nizamuddin tour has it all!
The meeting point is just behind the place where my residence is. I always wanted to have one of the bicycle tours starting from my back garden 🙂
It’s a high spiritual area named Nizamuddin, named after the famous Sufi saint. An urban village right in the heart of Delhi. On this tour, we visit another urban village, Kotla Mubarak. Together with the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb and beautiful Lodhi Garden the Nizamuddin tour reflects the periods when Delhi was ruled by the Sultans, Mughals and British. And finally independence from foreign rulers after the Partition in 1947.
My school teacher in a history class taught me that you have to learn the history to understand the present. That’s the lesson I kept in mind when designing this tour. The Nizamuddin tour is a great learning opportunity to understand how Delhi was shaped to the megacity as we know it today. Added with the spiritual soul of Nizamuddin this tour is food for thought and body.
Founder & Tour Designer
Delhi By Cycle