Salaam Baalak Trust is a nonprofit organization striving to provide a sensitive and caring environment for New Delhi’s street and working children.
Tour revenue will be invested in funding Salaam Baalak Trust's shelter homes throughout Delhi, providing children in need with care, protection, and rehabilitation.
Monday to Saturday
Adults, Families, Professionals, People with disabilities
Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather
1 to 50
Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Comfortable shoes for walking, Water
Embark on ‘The Walk’, a guided walking tour of the New Delhi Railway Station and Paharganj area. This tour gives visitors a unique perspective of city life and raises awareness of India’s street children. ‘The Walk’ is unique in that the guides themselves were marginalized children who've experienced the street life and survived, teaching you about daily life, the plight of street children, and their own personal survival story. This two hour walking tour will take you to one of Salaam Baalak Trust’s contact points and one shelter home. Walk down narrow side streets along the pottery market and old ‘havelis’, traditional townhouses, to the Salaam Baalak head office. Learn about the organization’s efforts to provide education, healthcare, and vocational training in order to break down the barriers of opportunity. The tour wraps up around the Main Bazaar in Paharanj, close to the railway station.
This is a great way to explore the city and here about the not so glamorous life in India from people who have lived on the streets. The project is great as it helps street kids have a brighter future by giving them shelter and education. It's a fab project and a real eye opener.
We met with the guides early morning and they were friendly and funny from the start. Clearly noticeable in their bright blue tshirts! The girl that walked us around was lovely. She talked us through the walk as we went and stopped at various places along the way. I was expecting to see street children but instead we went to safe places used by the children for education purposes. We visited a boys home and saw the children looking very happy. The walk ended at the office for the charity and we paid the 300rps and left a donation; there was no pressure to do this it was our choice. We also left goods brought from the uk which were greatly received. Highly recommend this tour.
My friend and I booked this prior to arriving in Delhi. This tour was a great way to see Delhi and hear about the good work that the trust does. I was expecting to see children lining the streets and around the station, but this was not the case. We were told about the history of the trust and areas in which they had places where the children could go to for help. Our guide was a lovely girl who had received help too, it was lovely to see how far she had come. At the end of the tour we went to the office were we paid our donation for the walk which was 300rs. There was no pressure to give extra, but we did and we had also taken a few basic bits that we had brought from the UK, these were gratefully received. Would recommend.
Walking around the neighborhood, being told the tough truth about living in these streets as a kid - was hard, but an amazing experience. Junaid, our guide, took us for a good walk explaining different elements of the neighbourhood, how you end up living there, what you do and care for - and what the Salam Baalak Trust can do. We also met a group of children at one of their shelters. An insightful and unforgettable experience.
The most incredible experience ever. We attended the city walk with our two children, ages 9 and 12, led by Lalit. It was an eye-opening experience to hear and see the stories of India's street children and their survival. Although the walk was unsettling at times, Lalit did an excellent job in engaging my children and to make them feel secure and safe in the hustle and bustle of Delhi's narrow and hectic streets. The visit to the orphanage is heart-breaking, while at the some time you cannot be but amazed by the friendliness and hopefulness of the children there. It is an experience that every visitor to Delhi should have -- it will change you forever!
The most outstanding and waken me up experience ever. They do an amazing job for the children on the streets in Delhi. The best thing we did in Delhi!
Get ready to have your heart ripped right out of your chest. To hear the stories of life on Delhi's mean streets from its most vulnerable is almost unbearable. There so many people living on the edge in this country, sadly many of them children, and even sadder, most will never have the chance at a better life through organizations like the Salaam Baalak Trust. Your guide will be a young person taken in by the trust, rehabilitated, and trained to lead the tour through parts of the city that would never be accessible to you otherwise. Equal parts heartbreaking, uplifting and enlightening. If you're in Delhi, please do this.
The personal story shared by my guide Devraj left a great positive impression on me, and the vast workings of the organization is just incredible.
An interesting view into part of Delhi.
Indian Rail Reservation Center, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi, India
Meet outside the Indian Rail Reservation Centre (opposite the Sri Lankan Buddhist Pilgrim's Rest House) on Chelmsford Road in Paharganj. The meeting point is a 5 minute walk from the New Delhi Train Station, towards Connaught Place.
If you are coming by metro, get off at Rajiv Chowk station and exit from Gate 1. From there, it's a 15 to 10 mins walk. You will be able to recognize the guides by their dark blue T-shirts and the Salaam Baalak Trust ID card around their neck.
To provide a sensitive and caring environment to marginalized children in order to dissolve those barriers of opportunity.
Raising awareness of street children