Satpula :The Bridge of Seven Openings

On the main Press Enclave Road near Khirki Village, their is a interesting 14th century waterworks known as Satpula (`Seven Bridges’).

Satpula, a weir about 65m high, was built by Mohammad bin Tughlaq in 1323. When Mohammad bin Tughlaq ascended the throne of Delhi, he built a new city for himself called Jahanpanah.

Satpula or the weir is an impressive example of the waterworks projects carried out under the Tughlaq dynasty.

Satpula consisted of a solidly built stone dam with seven wooden sluices  to regulate the flow of water from an artificial lake (filled with rainwater) to the fields outside the city.

Satpula itself, with its solid walls and seven arched openings, has recently been restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. You can climb up onto the wide parapet and see the structure for yourself, but don’t expect anyone to guide you around—there isn’t likely to be anyone there. Satpula can be visited any time, and there isn’t any entry fee.

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

Delhi Radio Cabs

Here are some advantage of availing services of Radio Cab:

– The cars are very new and well maintained.
– Maruti Esteems and Tata Indigo Marinas.
– Can be pre-booked.
– Air-conditioned.
– More comfortable than any other cab.
– Boot space is good, and you don’t have to pay extra for piece of luggages.
– Drivers reliable and courteous
– They run by meter and will not overcharge.
– They are tracked by GPS by their companies and connected via radio sets.

If you are going by meter its only Rs.15 per Kilometer. Which is around 10% higher that other pathetic cabs. Night charges are extra, I guess 25-30% of the metered fair.

To Book , you can dial following helpline numbers :

Megacabs – 011-41414141
Easycabs – 011-43434343
Quickcabs – 011-45333333
Delhi Cabs – 011- 44333222, 44222222
Metro radio cabs – 011-29222000
Miles Travellers – 0124 – 2341545
Carz on rent – 011-41841212, 1800111212, 9971399308
Routes Car rentals 011-44404440
Meru Cabs – 011-44224422
Smaart Cab – 011-46474647
Komfy Cabs – 0124-4777888


By Vivek Sharma Posted in Delhi

UPSC Chatwallah

The UPSC Chatwallah shot to fame when he disclosed his real income under the volutary disclosure scheme during the emergency. That was when the city woke up to his existence, although generations of young people taking the UPSC exams haven’t missed his chat. For the discerning palate, though, his Bhalle Papri Chat won’t taste any different from what’s available elsewhere, but the crispy Gol Gappas will definitely impress you.

Address: Shahjahan Road, Delhi, India-110069
Land Mark : In the lane beside UPSC building
Food Type : Vegetarian/Street Food
Food Items : Bhalla Papdi, Gol gappa, Aloo Tikki and Faluda Kulfi
Avg. Food Bill for 2 : Rs. 100/-
Timing : 1:00 PM-7:00 PM
Parking Facility : Easy.