A quintessential Delhi experience is visiting the dargah in Nizamuddin, soaking in not just the sights and sounds, but the kebabs and chai on the way as well.

The dargah is of the famous Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, and is visited by thousands of people every week. While it is a holy Muslim site, you will find visitors belonging to an eclectic mix of religions, races and castes. Every Thursday night a crowd gathers to experience a series of powerful qawwali traditional tunes; songs that leave no listener untouched.

We started our journey to the dargah from one of three potential entrances. Upon entering the hustle and bustle of Nizamuddin’s narrow, winding lanes we were forced to stop, and back track multiple times as the smell of roasting kebabs turned us around. After a quick pit stop for chai and dropping off our shoes at the entrance to the dargah {mandatory, by the way}, we were ready to hear the vibrant tones of the qawwali songs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Having been there before, but via a different path every time, we suggest you get there early to make finding the location easier. Once in Nizamuddin West, ask any kebab connoisseur, biryani salesmen, chai waala or flower marketer and they will point you in the direction of the dargah.

#LBBTip: Be respectful of others’ space and remember to cover your heads before entering the dargah.

Where: Nizamuddin West, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium

When: Thursdays, 4.30pm – 5.30pm {first session} and 6.15pm – 7.15pm {second session}

Find out more here.