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.

Heritage walk of Delhi
Sambhav the Historian

Your Host, Sambhav

Chef, historian, and expert on the intricacies of Old Delhi. He has been conducting heritage walks for over 10 years, and his expertise comes from his deeply rooted passion for connecting with minority groups and following their experiences back for several generations. His own family lived through the British occupation of Old Delhi.

Off-the-beaten-trail

Unique local experiences with an immersive cultural journey. We also plant a tree for every tour.

Local Expert

All our guides are experts in their trade who carefully curate these experiences.

"Despite the fact that we have been to the place hundreds of times before, we found it amazing."
2itchyfeets
Monika & Shivanshu
Guest (2itchyfeets)

Walking Tour

Vegan Heritage and Jain Culture walk of Old Delhi. Streets, rooftops, and food vendors.

₹2500

3 hours
  • Tuktuk during the tour
  • Snacks at local vendors
  • Admissions to monuments

Journey Overview

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!

Come and join the walk!

Explore the local culture with a unique perspective