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Unlocking Dilli’s top secrets

Delhi would continue to be the most favourite destination of tourists for times to come. Delhi being a historical and modern city is vibrant and happening and attracts visitors from all parts of the country and abroad. Despite a vast change in its character and composition, say nature of colonies and the new landmarks being commissioned one after another, the blend of the new and old has given it a magnificent look and image. Moreover its markets and availability of large number of varieties of goods and articles are amazing, inviting people to purchase and negotiate wherever feasible.

The first and the foremost attraction are its monuments, composite architecture and historical mystique. To reach at the exact location and to know the accurate factual aspects one may either require a guide or an explorer guide map.

It is understood that the first map of the walled city Shahjahanabad, say the British Map was prepared in 1912.  Exactly after a century, Delhi Explorer: Heritage & Tourism Guide Map has been brought out after a long research, multi-lateral discussions and fruitful interactions. In fact, it is a practical guide to Delhi ’s rich heritage and places of interest. The comprehensive guide map is of utmost importance to tourists as well as general public.

The comprehensive guide map contains the location and brief description of the historical landmarks and includes the time duration and name of the rulers and dynasties along with  the master plan for Delhi heritage zones.  The master plan has an introduction on all six heritage zones and three archaeological parks. The detailed maps of the respective heritage zone would take you right up to the exact site of any small or big monument lane and the then famous landmark as maps includes legends, routes, and indexes in different colours.

In order to facilitate referring to the map a brief introduction, salient features and description of the heritage walks and tours has been specifically mentioned. The map takes you to places where history was created.  The refurbished and protected monuments and the neglected ones, all are awaiting you with a copy of the comprehensive guide map in your hand.

The monuments are there to answer your anxieties and queries. With a copy of the map in your hand, you are not going to loose way in the city of the past, present and future.

One may easily enter deep into Shahjahanabad, the dream town of Shahjahan, completed in 1648. It had 13 gates and 16 windows, associated with the then known personalities and the events.  With index and different colours of all heritage sites, gates, roads, lanes,
chowks,
beautiful havelis, katras, kuchas, markets and localities one may feel close to the historical contours and concepts.

The city of Shahjahanabad houses the magnificent Red Fort, Fatehpuri Masjid, Sunahari Masjid, Jama Masjid, Gauri Shankar temple, Sisganj Gurdwara and Lal Jain Mandir with brief authentic information. The map contains inside description of the Red Fort which otherwise is supposed to be told by any diligent guide. Apart from this the map also makes visible all nationally protected ancient monuments and sites. The map carries information on the Delhi main heritage zone which includes Connaught Place, Lutyen Delhi, Chanakyapuri, Delhi Imperial Zone, Purana Quila and prominently depicts Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Gurudwara Bangla Sahab, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, Laxmi Narain Temple, Hazrat Nizamuddun area and several tombs.

The map also have micro details of Humayun’s tomb, Feroz Shah kotla, Purana Quila, Hazrat Nizammudin Dargah, Civil Lines, Hauz Khas and Green Park group of monuments, Qutub complex Mahrauli, Khirki and Saket, Dargah Chirag Delhi, Dargah Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki and Zafar Mahal, Hauz khas – tomb of Feroz Shah, South Extension part one and Kotla Mubaraqpur group of monuments, and site plans of earlier cities.  It also identifies main heritage areas separately in North, South East Delhi, Central Delhi, South west Delhi etc. The information on the spiritual journeys and the new temples such as Bahai Temple and Swami Narain Temple has been included gracefully.   

The map has been so meticulously prepared and compiled that one can find every relevant detail on Delhi on that very long and nicely folded a bit thick sheet.  One may find addresses and phone numbers of embassies and high commissions, airlines, state tourist’s offices, museums and libraries, art and cultural centres, five star hotels, hospitals, sports complexes, stadia, heritage organisations, shopping centres, Paharganj budget hotels and Karolbagh guest houses and emergency numbers including numbers for taxis, railways and roadways.

The information on Delhi Metro routes is comprehensive with all the details on all inter change stations. The map contains the shortest road distances from IGI airport to the world heritage sites, bus and railway stations, and important places.

The map is a fruitful result of hard labour put in by Vijay Singh and has been published by the Heritage Society. It is, no doubt, a wonderful presentation ahead of Delhi being declared a World heritage City by the UNESCO in near future.  

Satpal is a communication consultant
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