Delhi Vegan Heritage & Jain Culture walk
Explore the history of Delhi with a new perspective! A look at the roots of Indian vegetarianism contrasted with modern ethical veganism, and the principles of non-violence
in the Jain faith.
Vegan Heritage and Jain Culture walk of Old Delhi. Streets, rooftops, and food vendors.
As we explore the hidden sidestreets, crumbling palaces, and secret rooftops, I will show how Indian dietary habits have evolved over thousands of years and how more than half of the population here developed vegetarianism as a lifestyle choice. We will discuss the history of vegetarianism in India and its roots in casteism, and compare it with the ethical veganism movement and how it started.
After seeing the numerous vegan food spot scattered through Old Delhi, you’ll see it is not difficult to adapt to Veganism in this environment. And of course, no walk is completed without tasting the local food. Indulge yourself in food history which is as ancient as this city!
We’ll meet early in the morning at the local Jain temple where I will narrate their rich history as we explore their holy ground, including the Birds Hospital to meet some caring nurses. I will show you the roots of their belief system of “ahimsa”, or non-violence, and how it reflects upon their dietary habits.
Next we will explore the history of Old Delhi, stopping to eat at secret historical Jain food stalls you never thought were vegan!
Dress conservatively to respect religious sentiments of the people in the area (no shorts/uncovered legs/spaghetti tops etc.)
Carry a bottle of water as we’ll try to refrain from buying plastic bottles of water from the street.
Flip flops or open sandals are ok for walking gear
Bring an EMPTY STOMACH and lots of curiosity!
Explore the local culture with a unique perspective