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Delhi Then And Now: 44 Pictures To Take You On A Nostalgic Trip Through History

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“Within these streets that scream with noise
There’s no one to tell the stories
Of kingdoms lost, in the winds of time
Lives turned into monuments,
Unfettered and bright,
The city lives on, its soul breathes.”

(Poem by Mayank Jain)

Delhi, or Dilli meri jaan as some affectionately call it, is far more than just the nation’s capital, and has a long and storied history attached with it. The city, as we have come to know it, has emerged from fragments of 11 different Capital Cities over the past many centuries. Finally emerging as one of the prime political, cultural and commercial centres of northern India, the various parts of the city, till date, retain some of the culture from all of these phases. This post is an attempt to put together visuals of the evolution of Delhi into our beloved Dilwaalon Ki Dilli.

Red Fort

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Gate of Lahore, Red Fort

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Red Fort Now

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Chandni Chowk

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Chandni Chowk (Now)

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Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid (Now)

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Clock Tower, Chandni Chowk (Fell in 1956-57)

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Qutub Minar

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Qutub Minar (Now)

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Parliament House / Rashtrapati Bhawan

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Connaught Place

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Connaught Place (Now)

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Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar (Now)

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India Gate

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India Gate (Now)

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Kashmere Gate

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Kashmere Gate (Now)

 

Yamuna River Bank

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Yamuna River Bank (Now)

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The Mausoleum of Safdarjung

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Safrdarjung’s Tomb (Now)

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The Mausoleum of Humayun

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Humayun’s Tomb

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  1. Synapse

    Great collection of old pics.
    So, what is the idea here? I do not see anything evolve except for few pics of Yamuna river banks and CP (the pics are from different angles) and also differences in BW pics and colored ones. Does the author mean evolution of BW paper and color photo paper?
    I got some family pics, old and new, may be that’s real evolution..please put some meat on cluster of bones left on article.
    Seems like what u r good at (posters into conversations), doesn’t apply here.
    Appreciate the poem though.

  2. Veda Nadendla

    This collection of pictures reminds me of William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns. No one appreciates Dilli for the city it is, it gets judged for what the people have made it over the years. She is a city who was looted and plundered repeatedly over the years, exchanged so many hands that it becomes hard to remember, a city who herself was raped every time a new civilization of people took over her existence and transformed her to their whims and fancies…Yet, she is strong, she has an identity that can’t be removed from her no matter how many different people pass through her everyday. She stays and she watches, and she gives. You reminded me of some of the most fond memories of Dilli I have, thank you for that experience.

  3. Prashant Kaushik

    Nice Collection ..!!

  4. Kirti Dua

    Ur work is appreciated nd der s a nic collection..
    Bt der s nt dat mch diffrnc in befre nd now pictures..so d msg whch u want to convey s nt dat mch..al d best…:)

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