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Free tour

Free Walk in "The Connaught Place", a Historic & Happening Place

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Jai
Registered on December 21, 2021

Travel like a local with the expertise of locals. Not just another local tour but tours itself by the locals immersed in the culture and history of the terrain.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Experience a walk in the heritage and happening "The Connaught place". Discover a startling, centuries-old subterranean marvel hides in plain sight. "Agrasen Baoli " is a breathtakingly beautiful stepwell with its Flights of steps that goes deep into the earth like a maze.
"Agrasen baoli" is also considered one of the most haunted places in town by the locals, thanks to tales of curses, demons, suicides, and ghosts that often surround stepwells. The deep shadows, dark water, and echo of flapping pigeons can guarantee a creepy atmosphere, but that can change.

Also visit a hidden traditional "Washermen Locality" known as "Dhobi Ghat", where the traditional wahermen (Dhobi's) manually clean and iron thousands of clothes / linen everyday. This traditional washermen community neighbourhood has managed to exist and battle the innovations of technology that brought washing machines to every household.

Meet the walk leader right outside the "Barakhamba" Metro station. We start walking and reach this ancient marvel with 15 minutes.
The experience is thrilling of walking through an unassuming gateway and being greeted by a vertiginous plunge. While standing at ground level, be amazed to see huge stone steps cascading four levels deep into the earth, and imagine they were excavated by hand hundreds of years before the Machine Age. Arched corridors line either side, and at the far end, a stack of dark, faintly ominous openings leads directly into a dry well shaft.

Proceed for a quick stopover at the traditional "Washermen locality" knowns as "Dhobi Ghat". Be amazed to see how manually with their own hands, washermen cleaning thousands of clothes, they beat clothes on a stone slab to get rid of dirt and stains, then further using cement slabs to pound, scrubbing the clothes. They later let the clothes dry in the sun. later after ironing, another washerman leaves on his cycle for delivering the clothes to their patrons. NO Photography is advised at "Dhobi Ghat" since it disturbs the hardworking men who wash clothes knee deep in water all the time.

Time to go back to the "Barakhamba Metro Station" enroute enjoying the views of the heritage and historic "Connaught Palce" city center,  It was developed by the erstwhile "British Empire" way back in 1929, as a showpiece of Lutyen's Delhi featuring a Central Business District to be used by the British subjects only. Named after the Duke of Connaught, the construction work was started in 1929 and the work was completed in 1933.

Now time to conclude the walk, the guide shall drop you at the "Barakhamba" Metro train station.

NOTE: Those who want to explore more, they can go with the guide to "Old Delhi" by hiring a TUK TUK. "Old Delhi" is just 20 minutes away via a Tuk Tuk ride costing INR 150 only. Another urban adventure awaits you in the heritage and antique quarters of Old Delhi

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  • Meeting point:
    37, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Shivaj...
    37, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
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    Outside hotel "The Connaught", New Delhi

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Anthony 14 Jul 2022
Cologne
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Travelled in group - Jul 2022

I visited a Mindboggling Stepwell, amazing architecture by the ancients of Delhi . The stone steps went so deep into the earth and people were sitting on those steps e...

brendan 07 May 2022
Alhambra
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Travelled alone - May 2022

Jai es una excelente guia, nos dio información muy interesante sobre el destino y tips super utiles

Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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