Seven Cities of Delhi – Delhi Heritage Walks

Posted on January 2, 2013


Seven Cities of Delhi: Heritage Walks & Cultural Walking Tours

6 Heritage Walks for a better understanding of the Seven Cities of Delhi

Story of Delhi is a tale of many cities. Cities were founded, culture spread and then faded in sands of time to give rise to new cities.  Of many cities of Delhi, tale of seven cities starting with the Lal Kot or Quila Rai Pithora is one that could be witnessed through walking tours and heritage walks in Delhi.

Alai Minar - Heritage of Delhi

Alai Minar inside Qutub Minar Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Delhi, one of the most ancient cities of the world has past encumbered with tales of thrones and power, the rise of empires and their inevitable falls. Officially, there are seven cities of Delhi recognized  by Government of Delhi. Heritage walks and cultural walking tours are best ways to discover the culture and heritage of Delhi.

Depending upon one’s choice heritage walks in Delhi could be undertaken in installments. There are seven cities of Delhi recognized by the government and each of them with several monuments which sets them apart, each replete with legend and history of those times.

Planning for heritage walk in Delhi could be done keeping in mind the geographical location and time dimension of the monuments. Listed below are a few options for cultural walks down the history lane of Delhi.

1. Mehrauli Heritage Walk

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Metcalfe’s Folly – Mehrauli Archaeological Park

One of the most sought after walks in Delhi, Mehrauli Heritage Walks gives you an opportunity to witness the remains of the first 2 official cities of Delhi. There are several monuments with a history of their own. Major attractions include Jamali Kamali Mosque, Rajon ki Bain, Tomb Quli Khan, Tomb of Adam Khan, Gandhak ki Baoli, Qutub Minar and Metcalf’s Folly.

2. Old Delhi or Chandni Chowk Heritage Walk

Heritage Walks in Delhi - Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

Jama Masjid

The last bastions of Mughal before their empire gave way to the British, Old Fort area was once considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are several monuments inside the fort complex and nearby Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk area add to the spice of this heritage walking and eating tour.

3. Nizamuddin Heritage Walk

Humayun's Tomb - UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO World Heritage Site – Humayun’s Tomb

This heritage walk in Delhi includes visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Dragah and an array of nearby Tombs.

4. Hauz Khas Heritage Walk

Hauz Khas Village

Dadi Poti ka Maqbara – Monuments near Hauz Khas Village, Green Park, Delhi

Hauz Khas is related with two cities of Delhi, Siri and Firozabad. The Royal Tank or “Hauz Khas” was built by Alaudin Khilji to provide water to inhabitants of Siri. Later this tank was desilted during reign of Firozshah Tuqlaq also known as the builder and restorer. He build a Madarsa and a Mosque overlooking the pond and was later interred in his tomb.

5. Lodi Garden Heritage Walk

Lodi Garden, New Delhi

Mubarak Khan Ka Gumbaz which stands in Lodhi gardens, Delhi

Lodi Garden is the burial ground of the last of the Sultans of Slave Dynasties. After the glory of Delhi Sultanate faded they could not afford cities as their predecessors. It was in this large, picturesque park that the last of Sayyids and Lodhis found there resting place. Lodi Garden is a wonderful place where one could spend an entire day.

6. Firoz Shah Kotla Heritage Walk

Firoz Shah Kotla

Hawa Mahal with Ashokan Pillar atop could be seen

Very few know that there is an actual fortress and number of structures and crumbling ramparts apart from the Firoz Shah Kotla Cricket Ground. One of the most peaceful monuments of Delhi owing to lesser people knowledge of one of the seven cities of Delhi built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. Inside the fort complex there’s ruins of palaces, prayer mosque, pavilions and a baoli to look out for. You could also see a huge pillar mounted atop Hawa Mahal, the pleasure palace of the Sultan which is actually one of the edicts of Ashoka or the Ashokan Pillar with inscriptions.

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