City Monument - Mrs Ghalib's Grave, Ghalib's Tomb

City Monument – Mrs Ghalib’s Grave, Ghalib’s Tomb

Homage to Umrao Begum. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] One hundred and fifty years after his death, Mirza Ghalib continues to be honoured by devotees who flock to his marble monument in Delhi. Nearly forgotten is the poet’s…

City Monument - Isa Khan's Mausoleum, Humayun's Tomb Complex

City Monument – Isa Khan’s Mausoleum, Humayun’s Tomb Complex

Little gem. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Poor Isa Khan! Such a beautiful tomb the little-known nobleman built for himself long before his death and so miraculously it has survived the passage of centuries. But, he had the…

City Monument - Goatskin Mashaks, Old Delhi

City Monument – Goatskin Mashaks, Old Delhi

Finding lost time. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi is changing furiously and yet, a precious souvenir of our vanished past has miraculously survived in a corner of the Walled City. A sidewall at Mushtaqeem Chai Stall, outside…

City Monument - Overlooked Ruin, Lodhi Gardens

City Monument – Overlooked Ruin, Lodhi Gardens

Unknown gateway. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This gorgeous ruin bathed in beauty lies totally ignored in Lodhi Gardens as an unsung monument. The centuries-old Mughal-era building is believed to be the remains of a gateway that once…

City Monument - Old Stephen's, Kashmere Gate

City Monument – Old Stephen’s, Kashmere Gate

The building that once housed a famous college. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Red bricks, sprawling gardens and a cute little chapel. That’s St Stephen’s College in Delhi University’s North Campus. But this dream destination for millions of…

City Monument - Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad, Deer Park

City Monument – Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad, Deer Park

A forlorn but lovely Lodhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Snuggled in the heart of south Delhi’s Deer Park, it is one of the Capital’s most beautiful and perhaps least-known Lodhi-era ruins. The 16th century Bagh-I-Alam Ka Gumbad…

City Monument - Ajmeri Gate, Central Delhi

City Monument – Ajmeri Gate, Central Delhi

A steady landmark. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is so rooted to the place, so entwined to its surroundings, that few realise the monument is there. Ajmeri Gate lies tucked within a traffic square. One road heads…

City Monument - Fatehpuri Mosque, Chandni Chowk

City Monument – Fatehpuri Mosque, Chandni Chowk

A simple poetry. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Everybody knows Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal. He built her the Taj Mahal in Agra. Not many of us are aware of Fatehpuri Begum. She, too, was Shah Jahan’s…

City Monument - Sunder Mahal, Sunder Nursery

City Monument – Sunder Mahal, Sunder Nursery

A palace of light. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Soft summer light is entering the dark cool corridor as discreetly as a dream invading somebody’s afternoon siesta. This is without doubt one of the most beautiful places in…

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

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

A contemporary monument. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] So simple and yet so elegant and contemporary. The Church of the Epiphany in Gurgaon’s Civil Lines truly resonates with the spirit of this so-called Millennium City in the National…