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The Food and Photography Walk of Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi

October 9, 2016

14572329_1304803506227155_3744453715597583581_n     The huge turnout at Market 1, C Block, Chittaranjan Park had to be seen to be believed .

It turned out to be an unforgettable experience participating in the Food and Photography Walk with a group of 10 other visitors organised by Delhi Food Walks on the occasion of Durga Puja Celebrations at Chittaranjan Park, South Delhi ,  on 8 October 2016 . The Walk took close to 4 hours and covered Kali Bari, Guru Rabindranath Cooperative and Mela Grounds Durga Pandals , within 1 km of each other . The biggest crowd was seen at the famed Kali Bari Temple where the visitors’ queue extended for more than 1 km .

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With the Group members on the road leading to the famed Kali Bari Temple ,with the street and the  trees illuminated giving the whole place a magical feel .

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The experience was kicked off with a Food Walk passing by dozens of stalls selling  vegetarian as well as non  vegetarian snacks and food . The wide ranging  varieties of snacks and food being sold on the street was a treat for the senses .

a-view-of-fish-marketA huge fish market inside one of the by lanes that amazed us no end .

siping-lemon-teaThe tangy lemon tea with amla and hajmola mixed in it was one of the best teas that I have ever had in  my life .

 The illuminations on the streets and the trees were a delight to watch 

After completing the Food Walk, we proceeded to Durga Pandals teeming with crowds every where . Our first stop, passing via lanes, including stalls selling fresh  fish , was the Guru Rabindranath Cooperative grounds Pandal where apart from witnessing the grand Durga idol , we helped ourselves to several goodies in dozens of stalls .

durga-idol-at-kali-bariWe were simply dazzled by the magnificence of the Durga Idol here 

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                         Stick kulfi te Kala Khatta Ice lollies da toh jawab hi nahi  ! Wah bhai wah .

Kamla Sweets, known for making delicious Bengali sweets , right at the entrance to the street from the main road,  was our next stop .

                        You can also see the entrance to the Navapalli Durga Pandal which was visible from                                Kamla Sweets

kamlaA  Bengali lady explains to the participants how various sweet dishes are made and what their ingredients are . An interesting educative information for all .

Our hunger pangs having been taken care of fully , the Group moved to the  famed Kali Bari temple that was teeming with crowds ,  the queue extending to more than a Kilometre amidst a strong Police “bandobast” .

14595605_1304801936227312_6874154861489345668_n                       Sri Durga Idol at Kali Bari Temple was the most magnificent of them all

After visiting the Kala Bari Durga Pandal , the Group moved to Mela Grounds . But as it was getting late , close to 21.45 hrs, and I was rather exhausted , I decided to leave . From the feedback that I received subsequently  from some of those who participated in this amazing Walk, I learnt that they enjoyed it as much as I did .

paan                 Finishing the Food Walk with the “Meetha Paan ” , mmmmm .

Google Photos have come up with a short  video . Have a look . Copy and paste into your browser window .

https://goo.gl/photos/2mrY5VmS9TA2idw49

The young and suave, Anubhav Sapra , Chief Foodie , Delhi Food Walks , deserves our appreciation for organising such  tours which give the visitors an insight into Indian culture and its myriad  traditions . I hope that DFW will organise such Walking  tours outside Delhi as well  – Shimla , Chandigarh and Jaipur for instance .

“Ya devi sarvabhuteshu vishnu-mayeti sadbita
Namas tasyai, namas tasyai, namas tasyai namo namah ”

ভ্রমনের জন্য ধন্যবাদ
Bhramanēra jan'ya dhan'yabāda  

Thank you for visiting .                                                         


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6 Comments
  1. I missed this year celebrations as house painting on full swing so posts like these have made me sort of make up and inspire to keep calendar free for next year DP celebrations.

  2. Ok I need to pack some bangla Biriyani today too!

  3. Veena permalink

    Lovely pics and great write up! I wish I could some day go for this walk with this enthusiastic group ! Kudos to Organiser’s

  4. Thank you for those appreciative comments . A 4 hour Walk that I will remember for a long time to come .

  5. Says Aparna Sinha [ Gurgaon ] : ” Your CR Park trip pics and yummy description of food left my mouth watering ..”

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