Walk to Lutyens Delhi: A journey of the making of an Imperial City
Gate No.4, Central Secretariat Metro station
Nearest Metro station – Central Secretariat
Great cities often come up at the cost of smaller hamlets. And New Delhi is certainly not an exception. In 1911, when the British decided to transfer their capital to Delhi from their de-facto base Calcutta, nearly 150 villages in Delhi, mostly inhabited by farmers had to forsake their land holdings.
The design of this city and its principal buildings was entrusted to Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Barker, both being architects were well versed in the neoclassical tradition flowing from the European renaissance. Their designs were to symbolize the grandeur and power of the British Empire which was quite apparent at the beginning of the century. The plan was derived from the best traditions of the European renaissance and was enlivened by a detailed design of plantation composed of carefully chosen varieties of indigenous trees and other vegetation. The buildings and their compounds, as well as the roads, were laid out according to the very generous standards befitting an imperial city.
Special features of this walk- Lutyens Delhi is not only representative of an unparalleled heritage, but it offers a constant voyage of discovery in which the past fuses into the present and is projected into the future. Even Athens and Rome did not have such rich overlay of cultures, architectural styles and even ethnicities. Walk comprises the histories that make up Delhi a tale of many cities and an endless game of discovery.
Landmarks covered in the walk- President House (Main Gate), North Block and South Block & India Gate
Shashank Gupta’s Profile
Shashank Gupta is based in Delhi as a Heritage walk leader, graduated in History from Jamia Millia Islamia and currently pursuing Master’s degree in Medieval History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Shashank hails from Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, known for its rich clay craft culture. He is enthusiastic and always looking forward to unravel the mysteries of the past through heritage walks and research in the field of history.
With experience in conducting heritage walks from almost two years now aided with his graduation in History Major and ongoing post-graduation from the renowned National Museum Institute, he can say that he is proficient for working as a walk leader. He has had experiences for conducting heritage walks for diverse set of people, from schoolchildren to older generation.
His interest for understanding this city has led him to explore it enough that today he can guide people and satisfy them with his knowledge that he gained through various means including books, shared stories from locals and personal explorations.
English, Hindi and Urdu
No entry fee.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and carry water.