Lutyens’ Delhi distinguishes itself from the rest of the city in numerous ways. It’s one of the few areas in Delhi where I don’t mind walking long distances. It’s also one of the cleanest and greenest zones in the country, owing to the fact that is houses the country’s most protected people. What it also houses are a number of world-renowned eateries and auditoriums buzzing with the best of theatre, but in my opinion, the serene gardens and huge monuments steal the show.
Today in Delhi Trails, we visit the Lutyens’ Zone and its contiguous areas to find out why you should pay a visit this mid-semester break!
If you recognise yourself as a foodie, it is almost impossible for you to not have eaten the original Khan Chacha’s chicken tikka rumali rolls. The eatery, which has undergone several makeovers since the time it was not even inside a proper shop, still smells of the same Kakori kebabs as it used to half a century ago (comments my father). To wash it down, head to Keventers for their famous milkshakes, something Delhiites swear by!
The land of diplomats excels in all cuisines I can think of, even momos. The steamed and fried options at Dilli Haat and Yashwant Place are religion to many momo-lovers. When it comes to dessert, the bakeries in Defence Colony and Connaught Place’s Wenger’s can never fail to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Historical buildings and parks:
Lutyen’s Zone has been the administrative centre of the land since the time of the Mughal Empire, which is why a large number of tombs and historical structures are situated here. Among the most notable ones are Humayun’s Tomb, Safdurjung Tomb and the Lodhi Tombs build inside the sprawling Lodhi Gardens. Speaking of gardens, a stroll in the one around India Gate after dark accompanied by an ice-cream in hand can be easily termed the best past-time of South Delhi residents.
Auditoriums like Kamani, Akshara, Shri Ram Centre, National School of Drama and Stein host national and international theatre festivals throughout the year. This week, Kamani Auditorium among 6 others is hosting the Atelier Act Festival, showcasing 21 performances by various theatre groups of Delhi University colleges. Raahgiri, a weekly street festival in Connaught Place, is also a must-witness affair.
Featured image credits: Mugdha for DU Beat
Gallery credits: travelhatke.com, bridgeandtunnelclub.com