Walking with Surekha is about much more than simply seeing a famous site, though that is reason enough. Our sunset visit to Humayun’s Tomb was magical: Entering through a side gate, and only approaching the main tomb after acquiring the perspective and context of a walk through the neighborhood, a discussion of the river’s changed course, and a unique bird’s eye view from a local resident’s rooftop. I can’t think of a better way of getting to know Delhi – its history and culture, its flora and fauna, and its hidden byways.
Kathleen Stephens, US Ambassador, Sept. 2014
|Delhi Metro Walks, founded by Surekha Narain dedicates this site in loving memory of her late mother, Mrs. Usha Raj Narain. Surekha is a hard core Dilliwala who is well-known for creating historic tours that are specialized, imaginative and creative. The real essence of the city is unearthed as these walks highlight a vast range of architectural styles, and trace the city’s social and cultural history. Her endeavor is to portray Delhi as a Heritage City, even as the city continues to be swallowed up by commercialization, innumerable malls, and loss of green cover. The Delhi Metro Rail has made it possible for her to explore otherwise inaccessible sites and design even more interesting walks. In addition to the regular well known sites of Delhi, her forte is her ‘off-the–beaten-track’ walks listed in the Heritage Walks section. To meet the organizer, explorer, creator, conductor, and discover Delhi’s hidden gems – join her on one of her walks and experience her passion first hand.
|“How much can you learn of an ancient city in two days? With Surekha Narain at our side we learned surprisingly much. Surekha is a thoughtful as well as enthusiastic and well informed guide. She employed her knowledge to fit our interests, available time, as well as physical limits and in two days managed to infect us with her enthusiasm and a wish to return to learn more. And, what is also important, was a thoroughly imaginative shopping companion…her mobile phone number is permanently in my iPhone…”
Prof. Thomas C. (2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics) and Alice Schelling, World Bank delegates, June 2009.