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

Posted on July 21, 2014 in Culture-Vulture, Specials

By Dhruv Arora:

“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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