City Walk - Full Moon Street, Asiad Village

City Walk – Full Moon Street, Asiad Village

The dream stroll. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There’s something you shouldn’t miss before planning to leave Delhi forever. A night stroll along Asiad Village Road leads into one of South Delhi’s best-kept secrets: a virtual forest of…

City Walk - A Secret Track , India Gate Grounds

City Walk – A Secret Track , India Gate Grounds

The path less traveled. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hard to believe. Right in the heart of Delhi you’ll suddenly run into verdant countryside by merely meandering along a secretive pathway few citizens know about. Of course, you’ll…

City Walk - A Super-Serene Lane, Near Super Market, Connaught Place

City Walk – A Super-Serene Lane, Near Super Market, Connaught Place

Surprise oasis. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Hard to know what to make of this. Here we have a dead-quiet lane, right in the heart of Delhi. So serene you might as well be walking along some remote…

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….