City Monument - Mughal Masjid, Mehrauli

City Monument – Mughal Masjid, Mehrauli

Unembellished beauty. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Delhi’s most heartbreakingly beautiful mosque, it is inside the Qutub Minar complex. With three onion-shaped domes, the mosque is small, its two minarets look frail, and it faces a little walled…

City Monument – Dr Ambedkar National Memorial, Alipur Road

City Monument – Dr Ambedkar National Memorial, Alipur Road

The touchable god. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] There is no one here other than The Delhi Walla. This is the memorial of Bhimrao Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Indian constitution and a leader who championed for…

City Monument – Hindon Rail Bridge, Ghaziabad

City Monument – Hindon Rail Bridge, Ghaziabad

The bridges of a Delhi county. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Positioned five miles outside Delhi’s eastern limits, this redbrick railway bridge is in Ghaziabad, a district in Uttar Pradesh. Composed of a series of six 70-feet-wide arches,…

City Monument – Khair ul Manzil, Mathura Road

City Monument – Khair ul Manzil, Mathura Road

A bubble of serenity. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Its name means ‘The good destination’ in Arabic. The tranquil Khair ul Manzil masjid was built in 1561 by Maham Anga, the wet nurse and foster mother of Mughal…

City Monument - India Gate, Place Charles de Gaulle

City Monument – India Gate, Place Charles de Gaulle

Delhi in Paris. [Photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia warns that Delhi’s India Gate should not be confused with the Gateway of India in Bombay. But during a trip to Paris, The Delhi Walla confused a…

City Monument – Maulana Azad’s Mausoleum, Near Meena Bazaar

City Monument – Maulana Azad’s Mausoleum, Near Meena Bazaar

The tomb of secularism. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] It is circled by the sounds of Shahjahanabad’s beggars, pavement vendors, shopkeepers, shoppers, goats, and amateur cricketers. Yet, the garden-tomb of Abul Kalam Muhiyuddin Ahmed, aka Maulana Azad, remains…

City Monument - Qutub Minar Complex, Mehrauli

City Monument – Qutub Minar Complex, Mehrauli

379 steps to heaven. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Size matters, sometimes adversely. Lightning has twice damaged the Qutub Minar, India’s tallest stone tower. This five-storeyed red and buff sandstone tower, with marble trimmings higher up, massaged the…

City Monument - Zeenat ul Masaajid, Near Ansari Road

City Monument – Zeenat ul Masaajid, Near Ansari Road

A Jama Masjid miniature. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Seven-arched facade of red sandstone. Three domes in stripes of white and black marble. Two minarets. Zeenat ul Masaajid, ‘the ornament of the mosque’, lies close to the Ring…

City Monument - Jain Svetambar Temple, Kinari Bazaar

City Monument – Jain Svetambar Temple, Kinari Bazaar

Luxury of the ascetics. [Text and pictures by Mayank Austen Soofi] Amid Delhi’s dense tangle of mosques, forts and tombs, it is easy to miss the city’s non-Islamic heritage. Let Jain Svetambar Temple not be one of them. The most…

City Monument – Ghalib’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Basti

City Monument – Ghalib’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Basti

The poet’s place. [Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi] Opened from sunrise to sunset, the mausoleum of Urdu poet Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan Ghalib usually remains empty. His rectangular tomb chamber is in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, a central Delhi…