Sufi Trail
A mystical path towards divinity
Curated by Dhruv Sangari

Times Passion Trails presents

Sufi Trail

Sufi mystic Rumi once said, "What you seek is seeking you." Participants began an odyssey seeking the 'Truth' in the arms of divinity with our Experience Architect Dhruv Sangari. From the rustic heritage lanes of Delhi steeped in Sufi architecture, to the doorstep of Taj Mahal, which poet Rabindranath Tagore had described as 'a teardrop on the cheek of eternity', they experienced something more complete. Along the way, they explored the majestic places like Ajmer Sharif Dargah, 'Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra', Fatehpur Sikri and the majestic Taj Mahal and learnt the history behind them. Sufism is the selfless experiencing and actualisation of the 'Truth' that transcends mere social conventions and on this trail, participants got a chance to take first step on the mystical pathway towards the absolute truth.

Trail Itinerary

Here are the list of experiences you'll get to live on the trail

Day 1 - Delhi

The trail began with an introduction along with Sufi Heritage walk culminating at Nizzamudin Auliya Dargah followed by dinner at the very famous Karim's Nizamudin.

Day 2 - Delhi

Participants visited Sanskriti Anandgram where there was a session on the nuances of Sufi philosophy. This was followed by a session on Sufi pose and poetry by Madan Gopal Singh. The day concluded with a stirring musical performance by the Char Yaar group.

Day 3 - Ajmer

The third day will see the participants leaving for JaipuTrail headed to Jaipur. Participants did a day trip to Ajmer Sharif Dargah where they took a walk to Adhai din ka jhonpra to meet the Peer and attended the local qawalli performance followed by a visit to the local market. r. After checking into a hotel, they will drive to Ajmer Sharif Dargah and take a short walk to 'Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra' where they will meet the Peer; attend Roshni and offer Chaddar. After listening to a soul-stirring Qawwali, they will depart for the local market. The group will drive back to Jaipur for a scrumptious dinner.

Day 4 - Agra

Participants departed for Agra to visit Fatehpur Sikri and explored the Indo-Islamic architecture. The day culminated with a dazzling Sufi performance.

Day 5 - Agra

The trail ended with the not to miss visit to Taj Mahal and a session on "The mystic Love" by our Experience Achitect, Dhruv Sangari.

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Dhruv Sangari

Dhruv Sangari (popularly also known as Bilal Chishty) began training in Hindustani classical music at the age of 7. Later, he developed an interest in Sufism and Sufi music, and began learning Qawwali with Ustad Meraj Ahmed Nizami of the Delhi-Qawwalbachhe Gharana. He was also given training and guidance by the legendary Qawwali and Classical maestro late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khansaheb.

Dhruv has been performing professionally since 2001 with his troupe 'Rooh'. His repertoire includes Farsi, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindvi Sufi and Bhakti poetry from the works of famed poets and saints.