Older Structures In Lutyens’ Delhi

In a recent post I had covered a couple of mosques and a dargah in the Connaught Place area. Here are a few more older buildings, prominent and not-so-prominent, that lie within sprawling Lutyens’ Delhi. These photos are also in a flickr collection.


Mosque along Rajpath (India Gate)

In building their imperial capital, the British chose a site near Shahjahanabad that was relatively free of old monuments (though they probably cleared some ruins from around the Purana Qila/Firoz Shah Kotla areas), but not completely so. However, they had to clear many villages that existed on the vast site. While the villages themselves were razed, in many instances the village mosques continued to exist and be in use. This is why there are so many mosques dotting the colonial landscape of Lutyens’ Delhi.

One such mosque lies on the lawns flanking Rajpath (the ceremonial road/axis that connects India Gate with Rashtrapath Bhawan), near the interscetion of Rajpath and Man Singh Road. This 18th c. mosque will be familiar to many people, as it juts out onto the long pool along the Rajpath lawns.

Mosque near Rajpath/India Gate

Recently modified entrance



Mosque interior

Part of the original walls visible in places


Agrasen Ki Baoli

This baoli (stepped well) from the 15th c. AD lies hidden among the bylanes off Hailey Road. It is reminiscent of Gandhak ki Baoli in Mehrauli and the baoli in Purana Qila, though larger in scale.

Agrasen ki Baoli

Buildings along Bara Khamba Road tower in the background

Steps leading down to the baoli

A mosque at the top of the baoli

The narrow lane leading to Agrasen’s baoli


Jantar Mantar

This 18th c. AD tourist attraction has been photographed ad nauseam, but since it’s historical, and quite impressive, and since this was the first time I was ever visiting the monument, I thought I’d include my photos of it (them)!

Samrat Yantr

Misra Yantr

New yantr behind old yantr

Jai Prakash

Ram Yantr

Measurement inscriptions on the Ram Yantr instrument

General view of Jantar Mantar


Pavilions at Talkatora Gardens

18th c. pavilions in the present Talkatora Gardens, which look like pavilions at the end of a Mughal-garden style setting.

Corner chattris

Ruins of the central pavilion building, with modern construction (a kitchen and bar?!) built in between

5 thoughts on “Older Structures In Lutyens’ Delhi

  1. Thanks Varun for your wonderful photographs of old Delhi monuments. Hope ASI is also watching your pics. It’s a shame that such great monuments are left without any care…


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