Author: Lucy Peck
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7436-354-8
Delhi’s glorious history comes alive through Lucy Peck’s text which provides insights into Delhi’s built heritage and weaves in interesting anecdotes from the city’s past. From Early sultanate Delhi to New Delhi today, the author traces the architectural influences of each period of the city’s past and brings to attention even the lesser known ruins found scattered throughout Delhi.
This accessible guide to Delhi’s rich architectural heritage includes photographs, line drawings and maps of all areas covered. Aimed at both local inhabitants as well as the interested visitor the book includes over 600 structures and walking routes for each area covered.
Delhi is an amalgamation of many cities built at different times in its thousand-year history, and it is this history that has been its fascination for its citizens and visitors for centuries. This book is about the growth and development of Delhi. It concentrates on the scattered remains of the earlier cities, both in terms of actual buildings but also in the way each new city has affected later development and, in particular, the current appearance of Delhi.
In one sense several different cities exist now: the city of the political elite based around colonial New Delhi, the city of the business elite, centered on south Delhi, the even larger city of the middle, class, centered on South Delhi, the even larger city of the middle class, which has spread right out to the west, south and east, and finally the city that fits into the interstices of the others, one that is almost invisible to the elite but where millions of people live and work in indescribably desperate conditions. These modern manifestations of Delhi are physically very different but they all, to some extent, overlap with the historic cities. By exploring the old sites many aspect of the modern city are revealed.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
MAP LISTING & KEY
Early Sultanate Delhi- The Qutb Minar
Firozabad and Hauz Khas-Firoz Shah’s Delhi
Lodi Mosques and Tombs-Sayyid and Lodi Delhi
Humayun’s tomb and Nizamuddin
North Delhi-The Civil Lines
New Delhi-Lutyens’s Delhi
INDEX & GLOSSARY