Sunday, September 2, 2012

Discovering Kashmiri Gate 1





Today morning was well spent.  I participated in a Heritage Walk in Kashmiri Gate, my second such walk, the first one being  heritage Walk in Chandni Chowk.


The Kashmiri Gate is a gate located in Delhi, it is the northern gate to the historic walled city of Delhi. Built by Military Engineer Robert Smith in 1835, the gate is so named because it used to start a road that led to Kashmir.
Today it is also the name surrounding locality in North Delhi,in the Old Delhi area, and an important road junction as the Red Fort, ISBT and Delhi Junction railway station lie in its vicinity.

We were a small group of Delhi lovers, both Indian and foreign and we started with out meeting point was Nicholson Cemetery.

The Cemetery has a run down gate,




 which  gives no clue at all to the lush green acres of land , the final resting point of many Britishers , around the 1857 rebellion, which the Britishers called 'The Mutiny'.


The  Cemetery is named after John Nicholson, a British commander who was fatally injured during the British attack on the walled city of Shahjahanabad.  Just as you enter the cemetery and turn right, you come across his grave.




Another important person to be buried here is Yasudas Ramachandra, a professor of Mathematics at the Delhi College.




He was one of the key personalities of the Delhi Renaissance. His conversion to Christianity was talk of the town back then. 

Embedded in the wall are more engravings and more graves....


And more graves spread across the expanse of the cemetery.









As we walked out of the cemetery for our next stop, i was amazed at what i saw. Right across the nearby Aggrasen park



 runs the Metro. 



 yes , it does!.  A vivid example of the old and contemporary  co existing  in harmony.

WAlking out of the Maharaja Aggrasen park we passed by Gate No2 of Metro, and spotted a popular eatery - Nirualas :)


Next, it was time to visit the Kashmiri Gate itself, which gave the name to the area.  It is one of the remaining  4 gates of the old city of Shanjahanbad, out of a total of 14. The rest were demolished and vandalised  at different periods of history of the City of Delhi.

This gate was at he center of the 1857 Rebellion. 








 The walls dented by bullets and other war atrocities bare a silent testimony to the times gone by.  Now, pigeons perch up on those broken walls.

6 comments:

  1. Kashmiri Gate is in my 'To Walk' lists. Thanks for tempting me into it again!! With whom did you walk? Do they give proper information?

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    1. I had taken the walk with 'Delhi heritage Walk', with Kanika and Niti. You can add them on FB.

      Yes, they def give info and history associated with the places.

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  2. MyMaasi lived all her life at Kashmiri Gate.
    I have known KG reasonably well

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  3. thanks for sharing this Aabha. Nice summary & pictures. C u on more walks!

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    1. Yeah. Wud surely love to take more walks.

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