City Monument - Qudsia Begum's Gateway, North Delhi

City Monument – Qudsia Begum’s Gateway, North Delhi

A queen’s souvenir. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The arched gateway in north Delhi’s Qudsia Bagh gently summons the memories of an extinct world. The 18th-century edifice originally opened into a walled garden overlooking the Yamuna. Today, the…

City Monument - Holy Trinity Church, Turkman Gate

City Monument – Holy Trinity Church, Turkman Gate

A secluded sacredness. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] A handful of Christian families live in a pleasing coziness in the courtyard of old Holy Trinity Church at the southern border of the Walled City. Here’s a hushed world…

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…