We go through Rajpath to explore the grand Lutyens` Delhi, which was named after the British architect Edwin Lutyens. It is that part of Delhi which was rebuilt when the British capital of India moved from Calcutta to Delhi to show the never ending hold of British over India.
This walk starts at India Gate, a war memorial for the Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British Army during the First World War and the Afghan War, and the Parliament House. It also covers the strategically positioned Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was the Viceroy`s House under the British Rule. This complex was positioned in a manner which enabled the British to maintain control over the Hindus at Old Fort, the Muslims in Old Delhi and finally control the trade at Connaught Place. Connaught Place was constructed with the motive of replacing the old trading hub, Chandni Chowk, with a new one.
This walk also covers a prominent Sikh Gurudwara where the origin and teachings of Sikhism are discussed. Then we move on to a slightly haunted step well that dates back to the days of Mahabharata. Rumour has it that due to negligence, the water of the step well turned dark and caused hallucinations that forced the drinker to jump into the step well and die.
Meeting Point: goStops Hostel, Delhi
Distance Covered: 9.2km
Duration: 3 hours
Scheduled for days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Price: Rs. 499 (Resident)
Rs. 999 (Non-Resident)
(Transportation, guide fee and tea)
What to carry: Comfortable shoes
How to get there:
Nearest metro station- Delhi Gate Metro Station on the Violet Line
Nearest bus stop- Delhi Gate Bus Station
The hostel is a minute away from the metro station and the bus stop