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Ever interested in how people survive and live their life in slums? Delhi has quite a few tours offering slum walk, though in different forms. The duration of these tours vary from 45 minutes to three hours and each one of them shows you Delhi's underbelly. The slum walk could be an eye opener for a western tourist.
Some of the popular walks are given below:
This walk is organised by Pete, an NGO, in which english speaking guide will accompany you as a guide.
This is a guided tour through the slum for 2-3 hours. You get to see thousands on familites living there. While in the slum, you can interact and have traditional tea(OPTIONAL) with a family during which they can share their personal story of survival and life in the slums and chance to see and watch 300 year traditional old art showing puppet ,dance and singing . You will be able to notice the children scurrying through the maze of alleys, where everyone is known to each other.Guides are young and enthusatic coming from working class families however in private walks guides are acommpanied by one of the management of PETE.
This tour costs 500 rupees and the funds collected for walk goes towards running a new school named nirvan school in Kathputli colony and supporting their other ongoing and future projects , a artists slum in West Delhi.
For more information, you can visit website PETE India .
This City Walk is a guided tour through the narrow alleys of Pahar Ganj, which lasts for around an hour. The guides are former street children who live or lived in the trust after living on the streets of Delhi. During the Walk, they participants get to see 'another side of Delhi', far off the beaten path, while the guides share their personal story of survival. Additionally, the participants get an insight into the organization's work by visiting a contact point and a shelter home provided by Salaam Baalak Trust. The aim is to sensitize the participants to the lives and struggles of street children in India.
For the guides themselves, the tour provides an opportunity to improve their communication, presentation and marketing skills. The Walk is 100% non-profit making.
This tour is a fusion of slum walk and folk art performances. After a 45 minute slum walk and numerous stories of passion, struggle and survival, you are welcomed by a dozen of street performers, dressed in colorful clothes. The three hour program overwhelms you with foot tapping drumbeats and awe-inspiring folk dances, followed by a puppet show. You get an opportunity to experience the folk arts of India first hand in unadulterated environment. The guides are well-informed and sesitive to the local culture. The interested visitors can also learn a few dance steps after the show.
The tour is conducted daily and prior reservation is recommended. For more information, you can visit Art of Hope web site.