This walk was special: we had a family with two kids for company. The best part was the involvement of the kids…they tried to understand what they were looking at, had loads of questions about everything and also information & opinions to share with everyone else. In fact, the walk started with a rapid fire question round by the younger one, Sankalp. The fun was that the discussion was never limited to Lodi Garden or its monuments alone, but also soccer, butterflies, animation, movies, birds…..
The conservation work at Muhammad Shah’s tomb seems almost complete. They have started working on the other monuments in the park. We also managed to locate the butterfly conservatory…the interesting thing about this is that most people have read about it and are expect something totally different to what they see. The conservatory is a patch of land fenced off from people…Everyone thought it would be something more jazzy. A guest thought that it would be a covered space. And could see and butterflies either…Guess one needs to be more patient, stand there and watch.
It was also a busy evening at the Garden. We came across birthday parties, theatre groups practicing their scenes, school kids on picnics, romancing couples, some tourists who were simply lazing around and of course the regular visitors to the park out for their evening walk.
The elder one, Kanishka promised to join us as a walk leader…he is all of 12 years!…We hope that happens in near future. It’s good to know that people are interested in getting involved and not remain visitors.
(posted by Kanika Singh & Rajesh Ranjan, team members, Delhi Heritage Walks)