A heritage walk to sites of 1857 rebellion, 1 July 2012

July 6, 2012 in 1857,Delhi Heritage Walks,DHW,Heritage Walks,Kashmiri Gate,Kashmiri Gate Heritage Walks | Comments (8)

This heritage walk covers the modern neighbourhood of Kashmiri Gate near ISBT. Most of the sites here relate to first half of 19th century and some specific events associated with the revolt of 1857. In the 17th century this area was part of the Mughal capital of Shahjahanabad, what is today old Delhi. Kashmiri gate has mansions of some important personalities associated with the Mughal court like, Ali Mardan Khan, the noble who was instrumental in building canals which brought water to the city and Dara Shukoh, Shahjahan’s son. Later, the British started living in this neighbourhood. It is their buildings which mostly survive now.

We started the heritage walk from Nicholson’s cemetery. John Nicholson was a British general, instrumental in breaching the defenses of rebels who were controlling Delhi, and in the process lost his life. The cemetery is named after him, but there are other important people buried here as well. Master Ramachandra, the Professor of Mathematics associated with the Delhi College is buried here. Next stop was the Kashmiri gate. It is one of the surviving city gates which give the neighbourhood its name. There are some city walls which can be seen in the area, but they are mostly hidden by modern buildings. A little ahead is the Lal Masjid, also known as the Fakhr ul Masajid, built by a lady in memory of her husband who was a general under Emperor Aurangzeb and died in a battle. It is an 18thcentury structure. The market on this road has some traces of colonial architecture which are only visible if one looks carefully among the shop hoardings. The old St. Stephen’s college & old Hindu college buildings stand adjacent to each other on the same road. Across the road is St. James’ Church, the oldest church in Delhi, built by James Skinner of Skinner’s Horse fame. It is a well maintained complex which has the family burial ground of the Skinners & William Fraser’s grave. The church suffered severe damage in 1857 fighting.

The Residency building, built on what is traditionally believed to be Dara Shukoh’s library was to the next stop. It is now part of Indraprastha University’s campus. Many might have noticed an island on the busy Lothian Road, right in front of Kashmiri Gate post office. This patch of land houses the Telegraph Memorial and remains of the British Magazine. At the end of road is the Lothian road cemetery, the oldest British cemetery in the city.

(posted by Kanika Singh & Kavita Singh, team members, Delhi Heritage Walks)

1857 Uprising: Kashmiri Gate Heritage Walk


8 Responses to “A heritage walk to sites of 1857 rebellion, 1 July 2012”

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  1. Comment by Shankar Bhattacharyya — July 7, 2012 at 9:21 am  

    Thank you Kanika .. I really enjoyed the walk, despite  the weather, loved your anecdotes, appreciate your effort. Good stuff

    Thanks again
    Regards
    Shankar 

  2. Comment by Kanika — July 8, 2012 at 5:21 am  

    thank you Shankar. looking fwd to seeing you on more walks-kanika

  3. Comment by Arnika — July 9, 2012 at 6:02 am  

    This walk was amazing….History was never so much interesting before….and Kanika you were great..Really appreciate your work

  4. Comment by Ravi Ramachandran — July 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm  

    Thank you, Kanika. You simply transported us to 1857 and  . You made the tour so interesting, informative, educative, intellectually stirring and in total a memorable one. 
    You simply did a marvelous job, Kanika.   We are looking for more such trips. Please keep us in loop. 

  5. Comment by Kanika — July 10, 2012 at 7:05 am  

    thank u very much. Adding you guys to our mailing list. will keep you posted on walks-kanika

  6. Comment by Kanika — July 10, 2012 at 7:05 am  

    i am glad you had a good time. thanks a lot!

  7. Comment by Marzena Magnuszewska — July 23, 2012 at 7:18 am  

    Hello Kanika. I enjoyed the tour very much and really appreciate your knowledge.

  8. Comment by Kanika — July 24, 2012 at 10:45 am  

    Thanks Marzena, I hope you n your team will join us for more walks-kanika

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