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Chronicling the Dawoodi Bohras of Madras

The Dawoodi Bohra community is a sub-sect of Shia Muslims, predominantly traders hailing from the state of Gujarat. The community migrated to Madras centuries ago and made George Town their base. The presence of the Dawoodi Bohra community has added a unique layer of history and culture to the rich fabric of the area, including some mouth-watering delicacies!


Discover the history, heritage, traditions and customs of the Dawoodi Bohras in Madras, and listen to some fascinating stories about their culture, personal journeys, and the experiences of members of the community!


What Participants Say

This walk was framed along the intangible heritage of a section of people. Their history, lifestyle, food, practices and architecture gives a better understanding of the place and add value to it. Which is what this talk is all about

Personalise with guide’s own community & family story. Also, incorporating and meeting the community leaders. Made this very unique

The way the whole walk was organised. And you guys were not hesitant to answer all the questions. Great job!

Walk Details

Focus: History of the community, Business Traditions and Customs, Architecture
Research Duration: 2.5 months 
(and, ongoing!)

Walk Duration: 2 hours
Timings: 06:30 am – 08:30 am
Starting Point: Sarafaly Estate
Ending Point: Saifee Masjid

  • The history of the Dawoodi Bohras

  • Visit to the Saifee Masjid

  • Understanding the community’s growth and significance in the city

  • Understanding the origins, planning, and architecture of some Dawoodi Bohra built and occupied buildings

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