Pic-A-Day Project: The Story of Delhi

On the last day of the Pic-A-Day project, here’s bringing to you the story of Delhi itself, projected in brilliant colors on the walls of the Old Fort. If you want an introduction to the story of this magnificent city, there’s nothing better than this Sound and Light show, replete with colors, projections, music and…

Pic-A-Day Project: Friday Prayers

The majestic Jama Masjid at twilight, full of pigeons in the fore ground, is a sight to behold. Add to that the melodious call to prayer echoing through the bazaars of Old Delhi, and you’ll almost feel transported to Shah Jahan’s time. Can you imagine the emperor walking out of the Delhi Gate of his…

Pic-A-Day Project: DU of the Past?

The Hauz Khas Madrasa at the end of the bohemian village of Hauz Khas in South Delhi, was once– believe it or not– a university of international repute. The emperor Feroze Shah Tughlaq had it built alongside the lovely tank of Hauz Khas, and built his own tomb next doors. Imagine these ruins once echoing…

Pic-A-Day-Project: Garden Tomb

World Heritage Monument, first garden tomb in India, and an inspiration to the Taj itself… This, my dear Delhi lovers, is the Tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was built by the wife of the emperor and its location near the Yamuna was selected so that the king could rest in peace near…

Pic-A-Day Project: The Last Flicker

A relatively unknown monument in the plethora that adorn Delhi, Safdarjung’s Tomb was the last important building created by the mighty Mughals. Architects and puritans have often mourned its lack of subtlety and refinement when compared to earlier Mughal monuments, some even pinning the reason on the culture of that period itself -when showiness, bawdiness,…

Pic-A-Day Project: One for the road (or maybe, rail?)

Over the past few years, the Delhi Metro has become a quintessential part of the lives of thousands of passengers that it ferries across the NCR daily. Currently it runs through a network of 6 different lines with a total length of nearly 190km, making around 2700 trips everyday through 142 stations. Sounds pretty extensive,…

Pic-A-Day Project: Heart of Delhi

Connaught Place , the ‘central business district’ designed as part of the Lutyens’ delhi project, was built between 1929-33, after the major areas of New Delhi (Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Parliament House) had been built and the new city inaugurated. It was inspired by the magnificent Royal Crescent in Bath, England, and was named after…

Pic-A-Day Project: Hi Tech City

Juxtaposed against the modern buildings of central Delhi, the Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observatory built by Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1724) proves the scientific bent of mind of our ancestors nearly 300 years ago. Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah had these structures built in order to predict the movements of celestial bodies and compile…

Pic-A-Day Project: Standing Tall

Standing tall as a part of the Delhi skyline since 1192 when the first Muslim ruler of Delhi- Qutbuddin Aibak– settled here and started building a victory tower, there’s a lot that this minar has seen. Many a ruler built over and renovated it (Iltutmish, Feroze Shah Tughlaq, even Lord Hardinge). Some even tried to…

Pic-A-Day Project: Music of the Soul

Thursday evening will bring many followers to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin, the 14th century Sufi saint of the Chishtiya order who’s still revered by thousands of people in Delhi and around. And at his shrine you can still see a rendition of Qawwali on many a spiritual Thursday. The credit for creating the Qawwali…

Pic-A-Day Project: City of Baolis

In the scorching heat of summer, imagine an age when there were no ACs to cool you… Horrible thought? But what if you could simply step down into a deep baoli and relax within its cool recesses? Or say, enter one of the arched rooms lining the step-well for an afternoon chat with friends? If…

Pic-A-Day Project: Redefining the Skyline

Well, heritage lovers, it’s not just the old that defines the culture of Delhi, it’s also the new! And what better example than the new addition to the city’s skyline in 2005: the majestic Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. One could argue it’s as much a destination for the devout as it is an immense tourist complex…