Spend the morning meditating with millions of flowers
Colourful, Captivating and Engaging are the three words that sum up this tour to visit Delhi’s one of the city’s largest wholesale flower market. Many popular and unique varieties of flowers are found at the market. The market sells cut flowers of most of the varieties and even some dry flowers and flower decoration equipments.
You will be met by your FRIEND at the nearest metro station from your Hotel and he will take you to Rajiv Chawk. Our actual walk will start from Rajiv Chawk Metro Station to the market at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, opposite Hanuman Mandir. This flower market of Delhi is a temple of beauty amidst the concrete jungle of the city, and an integral part of the city’s heritage and culture.
This is where flower traders from all over the adjoining cities convene at the wee hours of each day to unload their freshly cut blossoms in bulk. The bright, blooming colours, coupled with a fragrant smells of the flowers is just amazing.
The earlier you arrive on scene, the better, as market seems to wind down soon after the first few morning hours. The flower market operates from 4 am to 9 am, and accomplishes business worth crores in this duration. The flash in the pan phenomenon – here now, gone in a second, is fascinating.
Then we will take you to the charming quarter of Old Delhi, experiencing the variety of food and Haveli (old-style 4-storied home with a central courtyard flanked by rooms with 58 doors)..
Before visiting the Haveli, you will take a walk through a local bazaar. Sitaram Bazaar area has colourful and interesting street food and is crowned with the oldest shops with many world originated delicacies. The best of the best chat can be had here offering Chat Papri, Laccha Tokri, Desi Ghee Tikki, Moong Pakori,Kulche Chole, Dahi Bhalla, Bedwee Aloo and Kachori Alu are just lip smacking. Apart from that you can also have Samudra Kee Chat, Brown & White fresh milk cake, Kulfi, Ice creams, Hot Kadai Milk, Halwa Nangori etc. You can choose to taste some of it if you wish. The area is also home to several small temples and shrines. Cows wander the streets, small dharamshalas (rest-houses) and pyaus (water-stations) attest to the pious contributions of local merchants.
Our discoveries while wandering the streets of Sitaram Bazar inspires you to feel more hungry that we call Flavors of Delhi.
After the walk, we will take you to a Hindu home in Old Delhi, for a demonstration and tasting of traditional home made North Indian cooking. Masterji Kee Haveli is a fine edifice that was built on the lines of Mughal architecture. Any onlooker is sure to be impressed with the carved pillars where a home made meal will be served to you.
You can choose to participate in the cooking, or merely watch and learn. The haveli has a terrace from where, there are views of Old Delhi in all its higgledy-piggledy chaos with a view of spectacular Jama Masjid.
The family is Hindu vegetarian; they are old time residents of Shahjahanabad; and this is one of the few homes that hasn’t been broken down or divided into pieces and sold to multiple people. It is a chance to visit a traditional home and see what life is really like in this narrow crowded part of Old Delhi, where adjacent houses share a common wall and everyone knows everyone else!
Cost and Inclusions
Rs 3000 per person 1-4 number of guests
Rs 2750 per person 5-8 number of guests
Rs 2500 per person 9-16 number of guests
The price includes the following:
Whole sale Flower Market walk, One way Metro ride from nearest metro station from your hotel to Rajiv Chawk and from there to Chawari Bazar, Food oriented bazaar walk, some street food tasting for those who feel adventurous, all ingredients, visit to haveli, interactive cooking session, breakfast/High Tea / lunch/dinner and bottled water.
The tour is a guided experience, in English, which lasts about 3 ½ -4 wonderful hours.
Specific instructions regarding the meeting point will be sent to you along with your tour confirmation on the site http://www.masterjikeehaveli.com