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Sair e Gul Faroshan 2017
November 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm UTC+5.5Rs.400
वाक़ई सैर है ये देखने ही के क़ाबिल, चश्मे अंजुम हो ना इस सैर पर क्यूँ माइल।” ~ Bahadur Shah Zafar.
Hidden behind the urban clutter lies a Delhi where a different era pulsates, and from one such time in this season of festivities we bring for our musaafirs the stories from the ‘Phoolwaalon ki Sair.’
We will walk through the places which see Mehrauli turn into a fair of flowers and colors and understand how a Mughal prince’s dislike of a British resident led to the events that finally culminated into a festival that beholds in it’s essence unity, transcending all faiths. We will understand it’s cultural and religious significance and how it saw a revival post independence.
We shall trace our steps with many more interesting kisse and kahaaniyaan in the voice of the Karavan’s storyteller starting from,
1. Yogamaya Temple
2. Adham Khan Tomb
3: Gandhak ki baol
4. Dargah Qutub Sahab
5. Zafar Mahal
NOTE: Our discussion will be done in Zabaan-e-Dilli (Urdu/Hindi ONLY).
(The state government each year organises events to mark the celebration of Phoolwalon ki Sair. Free passes are available for the same, at different venues.You may please go and acquire passes if you wish to attend the event.
We shall update you with the places dispensing passes if you wish to attend the event.
The Jahaz Mahal, which illuminates with the cultural celebrations organised by the state government.)
DAY: 4th Nov, 2017 (Saturday)
TIMINGS: 3pm onwards
(IMPORTANT : Please note that our walk will start at sharp 3pm and end at around 6:30pm. The published time for Qawwali and other celebrations at Jahaz Mahal is around 7 pm, by Sair E Gul Faroshan. While we will stick to our deadlines, Delhi Karavan shall not be responsible for any delay in the timings of programmes scheduled at Jahaz Mahal post walk.)
DURATION: It’s a 3 hour walk with Delhi Karavan
(Jahaz Mahal events separate.)
CHARGES: Rs 400/person
We have limited slots for the event so please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm participation.
To brief you about the festival.
Phoolwalon Ki Sair traces its history to the time of Badshah Akbar Shah Sani II, the then ruler of Delhi in 1812, and father of Bahadur Shah Zafar. His Queen Mumtaz Mahal Begum took a vow that she would offer a chadar of flowers at Khwaja Bakhtiyar Dargah in Mehrauli and then to the Jog Maya temple as a thanksgiving for the release of her son from imprisonment by the British. From then onwards this festival is held annually, when people from different religious backgrounds come together to celebrate this festival and offer pankha to both the shrines. The festival was stopped due to communal tension post independence and was revived by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 to its original glory. The three day festival marks a series of events culminating with a night of celebration and Qawalli in the backdrop of Jahaz Mahal Mehrauli. The detailed programme of ‘Phool Waalon Ki sair “can be found here:http://
MEETING POINT: At the entry of Yogmaya Temple opp. MCD car parking.
( एक बात …अगर आपको कहानियां सुनने का शौक़ है और आप इस शाम का हिस्सा बनना चाहते हैं, पर आप अपनी जेब की तरफ देख रहे हैं जो आपको पलट कर कह रही है कि नहीं दोस्त तुम नहीं जा सकते…तो आप अपनी जेब की बिल्कुल ना सुनें.. क्योंकि हमारा एक खाता उस आसमां वाले के साथ चलता है तो आप उस खाते के तहत चले आएं… और हां यकीन रखें आपकी ख़ुद्दारी हमारी ख़ुद्दारी है 🙂
Best Way to Reach: Take the Metro till Qutub Minar on the Yellow Line (Gurgaoon-Jahangirpuri Track), cross MG Road and then take an auto (Rs 40) or Park your cars at Qutub Minar complex & or at Yogamaya Temple car parking , and take an auto (Rs 20). DTC buses also run from all parts of Delhi to Mehrauli Bus Terminal
CONTACT: Asif Khan Dehlvi – 9818278665
ESSENTIALS TO WEAR & CARRY:
1- All participants should carry something to cover their heads, so be it dupattas, scarves, handkerchiefs etc for the entry to Dargah and Temple.
2- Dress conservatively to respect religious sentiments of the people in the area.
2- Since there shall be good amount of walking in this event, ensure that you wear a good pair of walking shoes or flip-flops.
3- A bottle of drinking water and munchies if you need.