Walk to Lutyens Delhi: A Journey of the Making of an Imperial City

Great cities often come up at the cost of smaller hamlets; New Delhi is certainly not an exception. In 1911, when the British decided to transfer their capital to Delhi from their de-facto base Calcutta, nearly 150 villages in Delhi, mostly inhabited by farmers had to forsake their land holdings. The design of this city and its principal buildings was entrusted to Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Barker, both being architects were well-versed in the neoclassical tradition flowing from the European renaissance. Their designs were to symbolise the grandeur and power of the British Empire which was quite apparent at the beginning of the century. The plan was derived from the best traditions of the European renaissance and was enlivened by a detailed design of plantation composed of carefully chosen varieties of indigenous trees and other vegetation. The buildings and their compounds, as well as the roads, were laid out according to the very generous standards befitting an imperial city.

Lutyens Delhi is not only representative of an unparalleled heritage but offers a constant voyage of discovery in which the past fuses into the present and is projected into the future. Even Athens and Rome did not have such rich overlay of cultures, architectural styles and ethnicities.

This walk comprises the histories that make up Delhi a tale of many cities and an endless games of discovery.

Landmarks covered in the walk: President House (Main Gate), North Block and South Block, and India Gate.

This guided tour is free.


Shashank Gupta
Walk Leader
Shashank Gupta is currently studying History at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
He is a native of Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, known for its rich art and craft culture.