Delhi is a world onto itself, with historic structures colliding with the recent explosion of cafes and restaurants, one can find unturned stones at every place. It shouldn’t be a surprise, if the abode of a great poet is hidden in the congested narrow lanes of Old Delhi, if a historic minaret is rendered invisible with the rising building and electric poles or if an old gate opens to an important Baoli of olden times. Delhi is full of such historic remains that remind the richness of its history.
Some of them are not much talked about or in the list of common tourist destinations, one such reminder of history is Ghalib ki Haveli. Amidst hanging wires and dilapidated buildings of Ballimaran in Delhi-06, one can find the 300 year old haveli of the legendary Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib . A single caretaker, sitting on a plastic chair outside the monument receives visitors into history. A bust of Ghalib smoking his hookah welcomes them and the walls adorn a simplified description of Ghalib’s much complicated life and poetry.
Agrasen ki Baoli is another such structure dating back to the 14th century. It is hidden amidst the colonial buildings and skyscrapers of Connaught Place. Almost as a protest to British colonization, the structure has remain stoic and strong all these years and is now becoming a favorite among photographers, poets, writers and college students.
Hijron Ka Khanqah is Located in the narrow lane of Mehrauli. Hijron Ka Khaqah was built in Lodhi’s time in the 15th century .It has white painted graves of the various eunuchs that lived during his reign. The place is a spiritual gateway for the Hijra community of Old Delhi, who find a resonance of their history within the marbled structure.
Tughlaqabad fort is alighted on a rocky hill. it is very huge and wonderful fort beautifully made of rough stones. Dated back to 13th Century it is now ruined but Taughlaqabad still consists of remarkable, massive stone fortifications. It is a piece of architectural marvel. This fort was a part of the dream project of Ghiyas- ud-din Tughlaq.
And this is not the end of the list Delhi has a lot to see, to feel and reminders of the olden days.