Delhi, the site of seven age-old historic cities has an unprecedented number of heritage structures - massive fortresses, large and small tombs, grand havelis, tall gateways, withering ruins romantic even in decline and lots more! So we’ve drawn up a list of some of the best heritage trails in Delhi – so you can cover the best in the shortest time possible!
One can start off from the Nicholson Cemetery, near Gate No. 4, Kashmere Gate Metro Station. A walk down the historic Lothian Road is going to take you down centuries of history. From the Kashmere Gate and adjoining walls of erstwhile Shahjahanabad dating back to the 17th century, to Dara Shikoh’s mansion to the numerous Mutiny sites like the Telegraph Memorial – this heritage trail is just beautiful!
Where | Kashmere Gate - Lothian Road
Chandni Chowk in its prime (1700s) was a shady avenue and a famed market with a central water canal, grand havelis and mansions on either side. Chandni Chowk today is one big massive warehouse, and it houses electrical and spare parts markets.
Not to be missed out are the Paranthe Wali Gali for its centuries-old eateries, the Old Town Hall, the Digamber Jain temple, the Sisganj Gurudwara, the Fatehpuri Masjid and the smaller Sunehri Masjid, and Ghalib’s and Rai Lala Chunnamal’s Havelis.
Where | Chandni Chowk
There is no better place to explore heritage than the Lodhi Gardens – simply because of their pristine and lazy setting! Large, verdant gardens with heritage monuments sprinkled around - this place is amazingly serene. Check out the Sheesh Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi’s Tomb, the Three Domed Mosque and Mohammed Shah’s Tomb. This place houses both Lodi era and late Mughal era structures.
Where | Lodhi Gardens - Lodi Estate, Lodhi Road
One of the most underrated trails in the city, it has by far the highest density of heritage structures! Don’t miss out on the Jamali Kamali Mosque-Tomb, Balban’s Tomb, Rajaon ki Baoli, Gandhak ki Baoli and Metcalfe’s Folly. It is advisable to travel in groups for safety reasons, as visitor density is relatively low here. As an added bonus, the Qutub Minar is close-by and visible from the Mehrauli Archaeological Park.
Where | Mehrauli Archaeological Park - Anuvrat Marg, Mehrauli
This is one of those trails that once experienced won’t be forgotten! Start off from the Humayun’s Tomb – a red sandstone and white marble World Heritage monument. Set within expansive charbagh-styled gardens, there are various other structures like the Arab Ki Sarai, an inn built for Arabian-Persian craftsmen commissioned to work on Humayun’s Tomb, and Isa Khan’s Tomb, a delicate, visually appealing architectural edifice!
Where | Humayun’s Tomb - Mathura Road
So which of these path are you gonna walk down today?