One of the joys of living in Delhi is that you never know when you come face to face with the past. Take a turn and you might just bump into a World Heritage site. A long walk in the neighbourhood around you can show you undiscovered ruins over which the modern neighbourhood has been built. Go out to eat and you might be staring at a scenic tomb. And not one or two — such places abound in Delhi.
But if you are one of those Dilliwallahs who are largely unaware of the history around you, we would suggest you go take a walk. Literally! Well, to help you rediscover and reconnect with the past heritage, an Urban Village Walks Festival has been organised in the city.
The walk will cover four ‘urban villages’ of south Delhi. These include the Capital’s new food street Hauz Khas Village, the designer den Shahpur Jat and the arty farty Khirki and Lado Sarai. These urban villages are built on and around ruins of historical monuments and are often full of illegal construction. Think cheek-by-jowl houses that share a wall with a monument and you more or less get the picture.
The organisers, 1100 Walks, want people to ‘experience the fascinating blurring of the dichotomies of rural-urban/traditional-modern in these lal dora lands.’ In the process, you get to soak in the architecture (both historical and illegal), the markets which range from plebeian to designer luxury, and more.
So are you taking that walk?
On Till: 13 January
For details, log on to: www.1100walks.com