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…

City Monument - Jamaat Khana Mosque, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya's Shrine

City Monument – Jamaat Khana Mosque, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Shrine

Side beauty. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Steeped in timeless art, the Jamaat Khana Masjid is perhaps the capital’s only mosque from the 14th century still used for prayers. If, of course, you’ll care to notice the redsandstone…

City Monument - Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

City Monument – Kashmere Gate, North Delhi

A broken dignity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Kashmere Gate looks like a boring business indeed when first viewed from the busy street. But, take heart. Passing through the gateway’s corridor to the other side is a scene…

City Monument - Maulana Shaukat Ali's Grave, Old Delhi

City Monument – Maulana Shaukat Ali’s Grave, Old Delhi

A milestone in history. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] This morning the simple marble grave in Old Delhi is lined with rotting rose petals and not much else. A historic tombstone but its existence rarely registered. This is…

City Monument - Moti Bagh Gurudwara, South Delhi

City Monument – Moti Bagh Gurudwara, South Delhi

A refuge in Sikhism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Peace is softly settling about each person. This is how it appears to be during ordinary afternoons at this historic gurudwara in South Delhi—a site sanctified by the visit…