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Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga
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UNESCO Heritage Site: Humayun's Tomb with Nizamuddin Basti Walking Tour
New Delhi, India
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“Calm and serene”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Nizzamudin Mosque is one of my favorite place in Delhi. Shrine of sufi poet, Amir Khusrow and Hazrat Nizzamudin, the mosque has beautiful architecture. The best time to visit in Thursday evening when you can find live qawalli session in progress. Filled with historic tales, the pathway to the mosque also has Galid Academy and Galib's tomb, another poet.

Note: Do protect your valuables, and it can be a bit unclean so don't be very surprised.

Visited August 2014
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“Fascinating area and place of worship.”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I found the Nizzamuddin Basti area one of the most fascinating places I visited in Delhi. The Basti Hzt. Nizamuddin is a12th centaury Muslim village that grew around the shrine to the Sufi saint Hzt. Nizamuddin Auliya. The congested narrow lanes crowded with pilgrims, residents of the area, food stalls, music and animals was quite different to what I have seen in the rest of Delhi and India and very interesting.
The shrine itself in among the alley network was again like no other place I have seen..filled with worshipers and Sufi chanting.( Hand in shoes to a man at entrance who will look after them for Rs20). Despite the crowds there was a peaceful air to the shrine...a place of worship not a tourist sight.
I saw no other tourists at the shrine or in the Basti area the day I was there...as I was a woman on my own there I did feel a bit out of place but there was no trouble and came across no threatening behaviour whatsoever. There is a huge amount of poverty in the Basti so common sense would tell you to mind your belongings.
If you would like to see a fascinating part of Delhi different to the usual tourists spots you will like this shrine and area.

Visited July 2014
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Navi Mumbai, India
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“Time Travel to a Glorious Past”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Nothing, absolutely nothing can prepare you for the experience that awaits the chosen few who 'dare' to venture to the Holy Shrine of the revered Saint Nizamuddin. But prepare if you must, then start with Bollywood! A. R. Rahman has sung/composed praise of this Saint in Dilli 6 as well as Rockstar. If you are moved by what Rahman tells you, as I was, then you will take your first baby steps into the world of Sufism. You will slowly graduate to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the Sabri Brothers. And then when those Master's cast their spell upon you, you will be intrigues into visiting the Super Soul Nizamuddin himself. Nizamuddin, an indirect disciple (4th Generation down in disciplic succession) of the founder of Sufi movement- Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi of Ajmer- represents the pinnacle of Sufi movement. Go and google the famous Hindi/Urdu/Persian proverb "DILLI DOOR HAI", and you will catch a glimpse of the spiritual capabilities or prowess of the Saint.

The first thing to hit you will be the narrow passages that lead to the shrine. You will be forgiven if you conclude you are in a medieval alley somewhere in Yemen. Shopkeepers cheek by jowl, rattling poverty of the innumerable alm seekers, intimidating neighbourhood- all ingredients to scare away the well-heeled. But you are safe. And you are about to reach the shrine of a Soul that embraced the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick, and never refused food and shelter to any seeker.

Before you visit the Tomb of the Saint, you must pay your respects to the legendary Poet Kabir, whose tomb rests within a few metres of the Saint. It is said that Kabir, who was a favoured disciple of the Saint, died in grief after the Saint passed away.

Do the following when you visit:

1. Leave all valuables, inculding phones in your hotel room or with a Driver in the car.

2. Be mentally prepared to stare at rattling poverty from close quarters. Take it as an adventure and don;t complain about poor 'tourist' type facilities.

3. Buy flowers/chadar from one of the shops right next to the entrance, and in return the shopkeeper will safeguard your footwear till you return. Pay Rs. 100 just so the shopkeeper feels nice. It will do you good to buy flowers and a chadar each for Poet Kabir and the Saint.

4. If you go on a Thrusday/Friday around 6 pm, you will get to hear Qawwalis live.

5. If you go early, before 4 pm, you will get to see Mirza Ghalib's house which is now a permanent museum in honour of the Poet.

Read about Nizamuddin, Kabi, and Mirza Ghalib so you can carry the 'awe' that the names generate. This 'awe' willin turn produce other right emotions within you to discard any physical or material discomfort. Most importantly, remember that Nizamuddin Dargah is a piligrimage, not a holiday visit. it will take you 2 hours to get in and out, but you would have visited a Super Soul who lived in flesh and blood right there around 800 years ago! Enjoy.

Visited June 2014
7 Thank Nithianandan
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Jodhpur, India
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“Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga – A Spiritual Wonder”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

It is an interesting place visited by people of different religious backgrounds for paying homage to the buried saint. This place is always crowded and that is why it gets difficult for the management to keep peace and the place well maintained. It is a place with strong history and importance and I would recommend following the codes for this place.

Visited May 2014
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“Wonderful experience!”
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

This sacred place has the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, iconic sufi saint of North India. Much like during his life time, the place is said to bestow blessings on the visitors and marks completion of their cherished dreams.

Take care of wearing proper attaire covering your body and headgear or you may risk being denied an entry inside the tomb.

Be prepared to wade through very constricted approach roads and crowds to reach your destination. Nevertheless, the immense peace that pervades the shrine would help you in ignoring these small hassels. Enjoy your inner peace and blessings of the great sufi that are ever permeating here.

Thank Pramod G
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