City Monument - Unknown Tomb, Mathura Road Graveyard

City Monument – Unknown Tomb, Mathura Road Graveyard

The god of small things. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] In a city of formidable-looking monuments raised by megalomaniac despots, it is still possible to find beauty in small, obscure relics. The unknown tomb lies in a graveyard…

City Monument - Dilli Gate, Central Delhi

City Monument – Dilli Gate, Central Delhi

The ignored one. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Dilli Gate is one of those great monuments that are taken for granted and seldom gushed over by guidebook junkies. Instagrammers too give it a royal ignore. Built more than…

City Monument - Three Unbreathing Soldiers, Teen Murti Traffic Circle

City Monument – Three Unbreathing Soldiers, Teen Murti Traffic Circle

Souvenirs of a war. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Almost everybody knows that Teen Murti Memorial derives its name from those three statues plonked in the centre of the landscaped garden… right? But many of us probably haven’t…

City Monument - Shahi Kadam Quila, Nabi Karim

City Monument – Shahi Kadam Quila, Nabi Karim

Ruined fort. [Text and photos by Maynak Austen Soofi] Some nimble guesswork may be required to figure out what one is confronted with. In truth these are the ruins of a 14th century citadel right in the heart of central…

City Monument - Hauz Khas Ruins, South Delhi

City Monument – Hauz Khas Ruins, South Delhi

Verses in stone. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The modest stone gateway opens into a grassy spread. Unknown tombs and domed chhatris lie speckled across the garden. The lawn gives way to even more ruins spreading out into…

City Monument - Mini Qutub Minar, Uttam Nagar

City Monument – Mini Qutub Minar, Uttam Nagar

The hyperlocal version. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is no Qutub Minar but Qutub Minar. Or is there? Well, there’s a second Qutub Minar in Delhi — quite far away from its world-famous namesake in Mehrauli. The…

City Monument - St James' Church, Kashmere Gate

City Monument – St James’ Church, Kashmere Gate

Delhi’s Old Testament. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One of the capital’s great monuments built by the British is not in the British-built Lutyens’ Delhi. It lies beyond the limits of the Walled City, in Kashmere Gate. St…

City Monument - Tughlakabad Fort, South Delhi

City Monument – Tughlakabad Fort, South Delhi

The grand desolation. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Red Fort is nothing to it. Seriously. This fort is grander. How to describe it? Think frozen music. The Tughlakabad Fort’s sloping rubble-filled outer walls are spread out on a…

City Monument - The Church of Epiphany, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

City Monument – The Church of Epiphany, Civil Lines, Gurgaon

A Colonial-era relic. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Certainly not, you can’t miss tomorrow’s service! What would people say? Especially Mrs Bennet and her five daughters, always so eager to gossip. The Church of Epiphany in Gurgaon is…

City Monument - A Lesser Known Baoli, Matia Mahal

City Monument – A Lesser Known Baoli, Matia Mahal

A step-well around the corner. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] With a mere 380 years behind it, Old Delhi isn’t all that old. (Sorry to shatter your illusions) Centuries before the Walled City was founded, it still had…