City Walk - Defence Colony Bylanes, South Delhi

City Walk – Defence Colony Bylanes, South Delhi

A stroll into a well-heeled neighborhood. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Some localities boldly exhibit their life out into their bylanes, like the Old Gupta Colony in north Delhi. There you see ladies chatting on the street, grocers…

City Walk - Choudhury Deepchand Ruheel Chowk, Shakti Nagar

City Walk – Choudhury Deepchand Ruheel Chowk, Shakti Nagar

A stroll into Small Town Delhi. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The groggy-eyed mithai seller at the Rewari Mishthan Bhandar is arranging dessert trays on the counter. The lobby of the Dr Sethi Panchsheel Maternity Nursing Home whose…

City Walk - Atul Grove Road, Central Delhi

City Walk – Atul Grove Road, Central Delhi

A colonial-era slice. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Most of us think of Ruskin Bond as the acclaimed writer who has always, always lived in the mountains. That’s not entirely true. Now in his eighties, this venerable author…

City Walk - Jahanpanah City Forest, South Delhi

City Walk – Jahanpanah City Forest, South Delhi

Into the wild. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] You’ve probably heard that old expression “can’t miss the woods for the trees!” That’s exactly how The Delhi Walla felt one cold evening when venturing into Jahanpanah City Forest. My…

City Walk - Twilight Around the Water, Hauz Khas Lake

City Walk – Twilight Around the Water, Hauz Khas Lake

A stroll around the huaz. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] These days anything even resembling a pool of water can easily inspire panic among Delhiwallas thanks to dengue mosquitoes. But December is one of our better months. The…

City Walk - An Unusual Route, From Barakhamba Traffic Light to Turkman Gate

City Walk – An Unusual Route, From Barakhamba Traffic Light to Turkman Gate

A contrasting world. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Let us go, you and I, when early evening splays the skies. To set forth on a surprising stroll that reveals storied wealth uneasily nudged by gross poverty. The walk…

City Walk - Vakeel Lane, Central Delhi

City Walk – Vakeel Lane, Central Delhi

A serene amble. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This quiet stretch has the tranquility of a siesta hour. Vakeel Lane is a short walk from the Colonial-era commercial district of Connaught Place. But you will not believe it….

City Walk - Historian William Dalrymple's Guided Tour, Mehrauli Ruins

City Walk – Historian William Dalrymple’s Guided Tour, Mehrauli Ruins

Author walk. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] More than 50 experts from different fields have been pooled in for the ongoing Delhi Walk Festival. Only three of them are foreigners. While no walk can have more than 30…

City Walk - Mandi House Traffic Circle, Central Delhi

City Walk – Mandi House Traffic Circle, Central Delhi

Inside the theater district’s heart. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A santoor recital. An art opening sundowner. A new play. Been there, done that. Mandi House, after all, is home to art galleries, concert halls, and the exalted…

City Walk - The Regal Cinema Backside, Central Delhi

City Walk – The Regal Cinema Backside, Central Delhi

The underground excursion. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This has to be the craziest ‘walk’ in Delhi. Actually, it is nothing but a little lane hidden behind the Regal cinema building in the Colonial-era Connaught Place. You might…