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Art of Hope Day Tour
Ranked #189 of 696 Tours in New Delhi
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Owner description: The Art of Hope tour showcases the art, life and spirit of folk artists who have charmed the country for generations. The tour not only gives the opportunity to experience the ancient art first hand but also lets travellers peep into the life of artisans and take some inspiration.
Reviewed 29 September 2016

PROS: Pratik is great. A funny, young guy who seems really committed to the arts, and is trying to support Rajasthani folk art.

CONS: Pratik seemed to be mostly knowledgable about the performers themselves (a large extended family) and knew less about the area beyond surface level details that you could Google. Since we knew a bit about India and Delhi already (maybe more than the average traveller) much of what he had to say about the city and community was something we already knew.

OVERALL: Although we had a wonderful time during the performances, some things that you should know:
1. If you're in a small group (probably less than 5), you won't really be seeing the performances that you read about in the website. Instead, you'll get a private show inside of one of the performer's family's home. There's some music, some puppetry, a bit of dancing. It's a great time, but it's also not some of the dynamic performances that you see on the website.
2. We went on another "slum tour" (The Reality Tours) in Mumbai, and they were half the price but provided a lot more of a distinct cultural, intellectual, and meaningful experience. And they also give 80% of their profit back to education in the community.

So don't get me wrong, I had fun and everybody showed us a great time. In fact, I even said I'd help them find a place to perform in the US. But look into the Reality Tours first before this one.

2  Thank Shaun S
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This tour was amazing and a must do in Delhi. A true cultural experience not to pass by.
Monsoon season and it was raining at the start of the tour but this did not spoil it. So glad we did this tour Prateek is a fantastic guide and we thoroughly enjoy the tour.

Thank L0rraineandPhil
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

We chose this mainly because of the performances however the walk was pretty insightful too. Its an exciting way to get to know India through the artists, puppeteers ,regular people and beautiful smiles.

Thank ValPern
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Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

This half-day event was led and organized with great sensitivity and care. Our Guide, Prateek, was informative, relaxed and respectful to the families and people we met. He clearly knows the community well, and is welcomed and respected by those who live there. My traveling companion and I felt well-prepared and completely comfortable. Fascinating colony, full of life with a thriving arts community. What a wonderful secret to be exposed to. I will be back with other visitors to Delhi.
I highly recommend this for travellers interesting in seeing real life in Delhi without exploitation and poverty voyeurism.

With thanks,
Betsy

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ArtofHope, Owner at Art of Hope Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2016

Many thanks for your glowing review. Its not always that someone who resonates with our initiative as much as you did. It was indeed a pleasure to host you and would look forward to see you on the next one.
Much obliged
Team Art of Hope!

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Over our two week trip to India we took many guided tours and this was definitely one of the best. We particularly enjoyed the interactions with the residents - their warmth and friendliness was touching and we had great fun watching the performances. And you could tell they were genuinely enjoying themselves too! Some very talented artists. The guide was also very engaging and knowledgeable.

Thank RitaRM
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ArtofHope, Owner at Art of Hope Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2016

Many thanks for your kind words here. For all of us its been a real pleasure to read it. It was your awesome presence and participation that led to such remarkable moments of connection and joy!
Would love to see you folks on your next India trip with many more colourful performances for you.

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