Delhi and its Dynasties


Just before I moved to Delhi some 14 years ago, someone advised me not to live there, warning me that Delhi was a troubled place. Obviously, he wasn’t referring to future events (at that time), including the recent gang rape in a bus that outraged the world. He was referring to Delhi’s chequered history as the seat of several dynasties and the capital of British India (and eventually as the capital of independent India, with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty firmly ensconced in 10 Janpath now), the bloody wars that were fought to establish each of the ruler’s supremacy, and the constant transition of rulers. That, in his opinion made Delhi very unsafe!

I, of course, did not take his counsel and went on to live there for 10 years. Delhi saw its fair share of troubles and achievements – from the terrorist attack on the Parliament to the opening of the Delhi metro service to the closure of Appu Ghar (India’s first amusement park). I lived. However, the point of this post is not to talk about events in Delhi, but that I never really bothered to explore Delhi despite having lived there for so long. You see a trend here?

When PG came to visit India last November for the first time, I got to play the tour guide or more appropriately, the tour companion. He would point out interesting places from his guidebook, and I would tell the driver where to go. 🙂 We were short on time, and were able to visit only the Lodi Gardens and Humayun’s tomb. The latter commissioned in the late 16th century by Humayu’s wife was the prototype for Taj Mahal. Lodi Gardens houses the tombs of the various rulers from the Lodi and Sayyid dynasties in the late 15th – early 16th century. The park itself is quite refreshing and very popular on weekends with families and expats who come to picnic there.

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Humayun's tomb

Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens

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