One of the most interesting things said by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche — a man who had a lot of interesting things to say – was this: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” WoNoBo’s expert tour guides welcome you to take a walk down India’s many colourful, crowded streets. Keep your eyes wide open and let our fabulous cities surprise you at every turn.
a walk down agra's past
5 stops, Easy
There is a secret lurking in every lane in Agra. The city may no longer be at the centre of Indian politics, but its past glory is for everyone to see. If you can look beyond that iconic structure
the tombs of sikandra
4 stops, Medium
Founded by Sikandar Lodi, the principality of Sikandra has several tombs that swirl with mysterious stories, none more magnificent than the tomb of Akbar the Great. It was during his time that Agra
a walk around the taj
4 stops, Easy
It is clear why Akbar chose Agra as his capital. It is filled with beauty, art and a thousand stories at every corner, if you know where to look. It speaks to visitors in voices as ancient and pure as
the taj mahal walking tour
8 stops, Medium
Rabindranath Tagore called it a ‘teardrop on the cheek of time'. He probably meant it as an understatement. Never before or since have art, engineering and human will combined to
the ahmedabad heritage walk
6 stops, Medium
It's easy to ignore Ahmedabad's glorious past when confronted with its colourful, vibrant present. All you have to do, to get that seemingly elusive peek at what it used to be,
the ahmedabad shining walk
6 stops, Medium
Why should anyone consider a walking tour about educational institutions, you ask? For a couple of reasons, starting with the fact that no other Indian city can claim to host such globally renowned
the chandni chowk trail
7 stops, Medium
Shahjahanabad. That’s the name Old Delhi went by in the 17th Century when the man who helped create it — Mughal emperor Shah Jahan — once walked these tree-lined streets.
the arts walking tour
9 stops, Medium
All major cities have fascinating hidden sides that they choose to reveal at random. If you’re lucky, Mumbai will allow you a couple of those picture-perfect moments when you least expect it
the british in mumbai walking tour
4 stops, Medium
They came, they conquered, they left a lasting influence. If it weren’t for the presence of the British on these seven islands, it’s hard to say what the face of Mumbai would be
Jaipur entices film crews with wide open spaces, grand forts and palaces and multi-hued bazaar settings. These come at costs that would otherwise blow film budgets wide open in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Can you name all these films and where they were shot?
Getting lost in New Market
The first time I visited the city was a few years ago, bang in the middle of May. Despite the sweltering heat the city managed to hook me in. I still remember how awestruck I was at my first visit to the Victoria Memorial. It’s glistening white domes, the gallery upon gallery of art and relics of a bygone era and the sprawling lawns that surround it, were absolutely stunning. It was one of the few tourist hot spots I actually got to visit. I remember spending most of my trip either enjoying lip smacking Bengali fare or trawling the Bazaars for unique pieces of silver jewellery. One particular shopping trip that I’m not likely to forget in a hurry, is my trip to New Market.
I must begin by mentioning that directions baffle me. Maps of any kind leave me utterly and completely confused (There is a reason my friends never ask me to navigate when we have to drive anywhere). If you have ever been to New Market, you will know that among the shops, it is a maze of stalls and hawkers. Not terribly daunting, but if it’s your first time there, it makes sense to get someone to show you around. While the friend I was with was busy haggling over the price of a kurta, I decided to pop into a nearby Jewelry store. When I came back out happy with the purchase of some new silver earrings, she was nowhere in sight. I had, in all my infinite wisdom, left my cell phone in her bag and instead of staying put, decided that wandering around the Market looking for her was a better idea.
I didn't really mind it at first, because I was busy admiring the little baubles and the aam papad that some of the hawkers were selling. Plus I figured she’d find me somehow. The first strains of panic began to set in when I realised that it was almost 7pm and I still couldn’t find my friend or remember the address to her house. I tried retracing my steps only to realise that I couldn’t and that I was well and truly lost. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, I managed to get someone to direct me to the taxi stand. My friend, who I have to admit was infinitely smarter, called her brother to come and help track me down. The relief I felt on bumping into her brother was directly proportional to the annoyance he felt at being called out on a sunday evening to track down a scatterbrain such as myself. I did apologise profusely of course and took them out for a brilliant meal of Biryani and rolls at Nizams, which I must say was absolutely brilliant. The food here would probably serve to make up for anything short of murder.
Needless to say, for the rest of the trip my friend insisted I carry my own cell phone, while she kept a pretty good eye on me. The rest of the trip followed pretty uneventfully with trips to more markets, a yummy encounter with Shorshe Bata Maach and Bengali sweets. All in all not a trip I will forget in a hurry.
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