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Batla House food walk - Pocket friendly tour by locals

We had great time stuffing our bellies with local food of this not-so-known part of Delhi. Batla... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2019
martapQ4551EL
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New Delhi, India
Heritage walk in Chawri Bazaar called Tawaifs of Old Delhi

Enjoyed the 'Tawaifs of Old Delhi' heritage walk led by Gaurav Sharma of Go in the city. It... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2019
Dushyantsingh1976
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We registered because it said a walk through GB road. The walk left us extremely disappointed. Initially it seemed okay but and hour into it and I realised it was a waste of my time and money. We had been walking on the same stretch of Chawri Bazaar for an hour and a half. We were no where even close to the GB road. The one conducting the walk, lacked research. He kept repeating the same point again and again. After I objected, he finally took the group towards the GB road. When we reached the road he fed us with some nonsensical perspective. The police came and interrupted the walk. The organiser didn't even have a licence or any permit to conduct the walk in a sensitive area such as GB road. What an amateur thing to do! My friend and I left the group and explored the place ourselves. On our own we met the women and even went inside the brothels. To sum it up, we had a terrible experience. The organisers were least interested. They just get people to pay and register and not even give them a decent enriching experience. So irresponsible and inconsiderate. The one who was conducting the walk should invest more time into studying the subject. He was making several sleeping statements. I am a student of History and a Journalist who checks for facts and veracity. The group had lots of young seeking students, who were taking him for his word. And I think that's a disservice to them and even dangerous on so many levels.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Ajay B, Director at GointheCity, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Hi,

We sorry to hear about your experience. While we take great pains to immerse people into the city's culture with well researched and verifiable facts, it saddens us a great deal when our efforts to sensitize people on a cause do not work.

The aforementioned walk is an effort to create an awareness around the concept of the "Tawaifs" and the "Courtesans" and demystify popular notions about them. We do not operate for profit and do only what is lawfully permissible. Walking on any public road in any city is not an unlawful activity and there is no permission required to take a walk on GB road. The element of security is a bit heightened in such a sensitive zone but at no point during the walk do we place any participant at risk. For the same reason, we do not organize meetings with any sex worker or visit any of the brothels given the concern of safety that our guests often have.

We thank you for your candid feedback and apologize for any miscommunication/misunderstanding regarding the walk. We will appreciate if you reach out to us with your detailed concerns so we can address the same.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Being from Delhi, was always aware of the notoriety of GB Road. But this walk that I did on the 27th gave an in depth knowledge about this place and its rich history. Gaurav, our tour guide took us through the by lanes narrating the formation and transformation of the place thus giving us a glimpse into the rich cultural history of Delhi. He shared interesting anecdotes from the lives of the people who resided there in the past making the walk more enjoyable. A brief stop for breakfast at the famous Shyam Sweets was an interesting addition. Aditi and her team did a fantastic job in organising such a walk.
I would recommend this walk to anyone who is interested in knowing something different from the regular historical sites of this vibrant city.

Date of experience: August 2017
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aditi b, Director of Sales at GointheCity, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Hi!

We are glad you enjoyed the journey to the GB Road with Gaurav. Thanks for appreciating our efforts in reaching out to the masses, to create an awareness around the concept of the "Tawaifs" and the "Courtesans".

Delhi holds many such secrets and stories that deserve to be told even to its residents. We invite you to try more of our immersions in Delhi with its locals to discover more about the city.

Looking forward to host you again.

Thanks!
Aditi

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The infamous GB road had a rich past before it fell in the eyes of the people. The, now, shady area was once the place for entertainment for the rich and the famous of the society. The advent of the British brought down the glory of the culture of the 'tawaifs', the 'randis' ( the word didn't have the same negative connotation back then) and the myriad 'other' ladies of the society. A journey from the days of the Mughals to the present, these forgotten ladies once used to be an integral part in the corridors of power as the nawabs, officers and the who's who of the society seeked refuge in them. Now, it is in a dilipidated and neglected state but once a bustling street of entertainment. The walk is not for the faint hearted but certainly for an enthusiast who is interested to take a peek into the culture and traditions of Delhi as it was.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AmitPallath
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aditi b, Director of Sales at GointheCity, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Hi!

We are glad you enjoyed the journey to the GB Road with Gaurav. Delhi holds many such secrets and stories that deserve to be told even to its residents. We invite you to try more of our immersions in Delhi with its locals to discover more about the city.

Thanks for being part of our journey, to discover the lost secrets and cultural heritage of Delhi, and help us create a wide spread awareness around the concepts of the "Fallen Women" of the Society!

Looking forward to host you again.

Thanks!
Aditi

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This was my first walk with them... Enjoyed the little stories on the Havelis of chawri... And the street food!!!! HEAVENLY!! look forward to more of these walks

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

This was a thoroughly researched and well-presented walk on the history of GB road. I probably won't spend too much effort on my own to dig this deep into history. So getting to know all those little facts about the cultural amalgamation that took place during Mughal and British rule and get an insight into how people used to think, live and interact in those times all under 3 hours was quite interesting and entertaining.

Date of experience: August 2017
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