Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi carries an extremely rich cultural legacy. Inspite of being conquered by various civilizations, Delhi has managed to retain much of its history. The city offers many heritage trails to ignite the history buff in you.
Northern Ridge or the DU trail
Located in Kamla Nehru Ridge or the north campus of Delhi University (DU), the Flagstaff tower, built by the British in around 1828 was the highest point in Delhi till 1910. It was here that many Europeans took shelter during the revolt of 1857. You can also visit nearby places like Chauburja Masjid, Nicholson Cemetery and Qudsia Bagh.
Pssst… Delhi University students – please take note!
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwa Vidyalaya
The Nizamuddin Trail
At the centre of this trail is the Dargah (mausoleum) of the famous Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Within the complex also lies the Atgah Khan’s tomb. Constructed in the sixteenth century, the latter was built in honour of Shamsh-ud-din Muhammad Khan or the foster (Atgah) father of Akbar. Close to this Dargah are located a collection of monuments. These include Humayun’s tomb, Sabz Burj, Bara Batasha, Barakhamba Tomb, and Isa Khan’s tomb.
If you love a spiritual experience, we suggest you visit these places on a Thursday so that you can wrap up your day with Qawwalis (Sufi devotional songs) at the Dargah (from 9pm onwards)!
Nearest Metro Station: Jangpura
Mehrauli Archeological Park and Village
If you want to look at different historical periods and do not have enough time in Delhi, we suggest you visit this place. Spread over 100 acres of greenery and located next to the world famous Qutb Minar, this park has more 70 monuments built in different periods. Abutting the park is the village Mehrauli – its winding streets, Jog Maya temple on one edge and Jahaz Mahal on the other, and many more historical monuments will give you nothing short of a mini Old Delhi experience.
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar
William Fraser’s Bungalow
Now a site of the Railway Office, built in 1803 this beautiful building is a treat for fans of Indo-Gothic architecture. Located behind St. James Church, it was once the house of William Fraser. Wondering where you heard that name before? He is the ‘White Mughal’ from William Dalrymple’s book!
Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate
The Old Delhi trail
This is one trail that will give you a new experience every single time you visit the place. Lost glory, authentic food, ordered chaos, intricately designed havelis, Old Delhi has it all. There are different points from which you can begin this trail – keeping the Red Fort as your background walk down the main street of Chandni Chowk, right up to the Sisganj Gurudwara at the fountain chowk. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t forget to stop at the Jalebi wali gali while you are on this walk.
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk