Delhi War Cemetery

 3rd in the series of ‘Things to do & see in Delhi before you die.
Deserted and lonely un-guarded entrance

How to reach there :
Proceed to Delhi Cantonment by taking the Ring Road in the direction of Naraina from Dhaula Kuan multi-level crossing and continue for 3 km to reach Brar Square traffic junction. There are roadside boards on both sides of this junction. Take a right turn over the railway crossing and after approximately 1km, you will find the cemetery on the right hand side of the road. Do not expect any one , not even a guard at this cemetery. Its totally deserted and a lonely place. Only crisp sound of birds will welcome you. And don’t surprised in case you find Love Birds too in the cemetery. The gates are permanently locked. So you have to jump over to get inside. Don’t’ forget to remove your shoes before you step in on well maintained grassy lawn as a respect to brave soldiers. And remember, this place is not a picnic spot.

Historical Information:
 
Delhi War Cemetery was created in 1951 when graves from many cemeteries in northern India were moved into the site to ensure their permanent maintenance. Among them are graves from cantonment cemeteries in Allahabad, Kanpur, Dehra Dun and Lucknow. There are now 1,022 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried, or commemorated by special memorial, in this cemetery together with a number of war graves of other nationalities, mostly Dutch.
In 1966, 99 First World War burials were also moved into the cemetery from Nicholson Cemetery, Kashmir Gate, Delhi. This War Cemetery also contains the DELHI 1914-18 MEMORIAL, commemorating 153 casualties buried in Meerut Cantonment Cemetery where their graves could no longer be maintained.
More than 25,000 servicemen of the forces of undivided India died during the Second World War in non-operational zones.

 

Jashn-e-Khusrau (4th to 14th March 2010 )

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Jashn-e-Khusrao celebrates the sufiana kalaam ( mystical poetry of Islam ) of Amir Khusrau(1253 -1325) rendered in the shrine of his beloved pir, Hazarat Nizamuddin Auliya , the Kalaam has been kept alive for over 700 years by the Shrine qawawals. The tradition of qawwali as told by the qawwals, begin with Amir Khusrau who trained some chosen talented boys in the art.
The festival begins at the Basti’s Mughal-era Chaunsath Khambha. Lying next to Mirza Ghalib’s tomb, the white-marble monument will host qawwali concerts by artists from India and Pakistan.
Dates and time: 5th, 6th, 7th; all at 6.30 pm.
On 10th, 6.30 pm, the action moves to India International Center (IIC), with a poetry recital and a photo exhibition. From 12th to 14th, Qawwali sessions will be hosted in the IIC lawns
By Vivek Sharma Posted in Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli

Things to do and see in Delhi before you die.
Second in this series is Agrasen ki Baoli

Surrounded by business towers and posh residential buildings , Agrasen ki Baoli, a 14th century ancient step-well is a surprise for many. This baoli is a designated protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), is a 60 meter long and 15 meter wide with 104 stone steps descending into the well’s dried bottom . Its just close to Hailey Road near Connaught Place. Hardly 10 minutes walk from KG Marg.
Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen during the Mahabharat epic era and rebuilt in the 14th century by Agrawal community. Baoli or bawdi is a Hindi word for step well. Flanked on both sides by niches, chambers and passageways, have three levels.

As you enter, gurgling sound of hundreds of pigeons welcome you. Walk down the stairs and listen the silence. As you reach the bottom the skyline disappears and daylight fades.Centuries ago, this was a reservoir as well as a summer refuge for heat-stricken citizens, living in pre-Lodhi times.
There is no ticket for entrance but you hardly sees any visitors, except some love couples or people like me who spend most of the time on road and always interested to explore something new.
Where: Hailey Road, near KG Marg, Connaught Place Time 9am-5pm