127 Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi.
Ph: (011) 2435 3006, 2435 6576.
By appointment only.
Nizamuddin is a 14th century village that grew around the shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Today this predominantly Muslim ‘urban village’ with over 20,000 residents is known for its congested narrow lanes, tombs, pilgrims, cuisine, spiritual music, bustling markets and mosques.
The Hope Project, founded in 1980 by a Sufi teacher, helps the poor with education, health and livelihood programmes. The fee for their 90-minute walk is 200. Enjoy hearing the history and sights of the basti (the community). Visit the baoli (stepwell) and the tomb of Mirza Ghalib, often referred to as India’s Shakespeare. The ideal time to visit is 90 minutes before sunset on a Thursday or Friday, so you can end your walk listening to the Sufi singers.