Sunday, September 2, 2012

Discovering Kashmiri Gate 2

As we walked out of Kashmiri Gate we stopped by to admire another reminder of the by gone era of Delhi.  The Bengali club which was the hub of Bengali culture .  This too is no longer active.

Nest, we walked along the  Bara Bazaar market of Kashmiri Gate where there is this edifice .

Next we visited the oldest Church in Delhi - St James Church.
St. James Church also known as Skinner's Church, was commissioned by Colonel James Skinner ( 1778 - 1841), a distinguished Anglo-Indian military officer, famous for the cavalry regiment Skinner's Horse. it was desgined by Major Robert smith and built between 1826-36.

It was a Sunday morning, we entered the Church premises with welcoming sound of the bells chiming.  I was visiting a Church after a long time and would have loved to go inside, but we were in a group.  I Stopped by for a minute in front of the open door and bowed.

Besides, Skinner, there are graves of other members of the family in an enclosure.

And here is an interesting epitaph :)

 Walking ahead of St James Church, we crosseed by Old Delhi.  Here, right in the middle of the road is an smaal garden island.  This area was a key center during mutiny.  It was used to realy inflormation about activites in Delhi.

It has two inscriptions, on by the British and the other by the Government of India.

Inside the garden is  a pillar in memory of the magazine ' The Telegraph' which  was the medium used to convey information.  No, there is no legacy of that activity today, sadly.

It was now time to head for the old building, which once used to be the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasatha University.

Guru Gobind Singh Indrasprasthe University ( formerly known as Indraprastha university),  a state university of new Delhi, is also located in Kashmiri Gate.  it is housed in the building which was formerly DCE or Delhi college of Engineering.  The University has shifted to bigger campus in Dwarka and now the campus is handed over to Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology.

Inside was a banner forbidding Ragging....

And lush greenery and seasonal flowers.

Also housing here is an old Library.

A library established by the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh,  still exists in Kasmhere Gate, and is being run as an archaeological museum by the Archaeological Survey of India.

It now serves as the Department of Archaeology.

 We now walked past the Indian Post Office, with a red and white facade.

And guess, what we saw....

Yeah.... they still exist, despite Email and IT revolution.

And with this, we came to the last stop of the Heritage Walk.  The oldest cemetery of Delhi. The LOTHIAN Cemetery.

And thus ended out tow hours of morning walk, discovering Kashmiri Gate which was just a hazy name of  old Delhi in my mind.  It is steeped in history and it  is a good move  on part of ASI to preserve many such monuments spread across Delhi.

Till my next Walk, signing off now.

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