Lal Kuan road is a busy commercial street that connects the equally busy Khari Baoli road and Hauz Qazi Chowk. Here I’ve taken the Lal Kuan area to be the area that lies between Lal Kuan road on the east and Garstin Bastion Road (yes, that GB Road) to the west, and Ajmeri Gate road to the south. Ajmeri Gate road leads from Ajmeri Gate, one of the main gates of the walled city, to Hauz Qazi Chowk.
General location of Lal Kuan area in comparison to popular Old Delhi locations
General sequence and locations of areas photographed. We can see that Lal Kuan road (1) is narrower than Chandni Chowk and Khari Baoli roads, but wider than the really narrow lanes of Old Delhi
Along Lal Kuan Road
The photo sequence is generally from north to south.
One of Old Delhi’s many “Desi Deco” buildings
Around the Lal Kuan area
Photos from the northern part of Lal Kuan area
A little bit of Desi Deco in Lal Kuan
The Inner Lane of the Outer Wall
In the decades after the British took Delhi over from the last Mughal ruler in 1857, they slowly dismantled the outer fortification wall of Shahjahanabad. In place of this wall came rows of buildings, residential and commercial, and a relatively wide road outside the line of the erstwhile wall. However there was also a lane running along the inner side of the wall, and this lane remained after buildings replaced the wall. This inner lane still runs for much of the edge of Old Delhi, and some interesting structures can be found along this lane, like the Desi Deco residence below.
Hauz Qazi Chowk
Around the buzy Hauz Qazi Chowk
Ajmeri Gate and Ajmeri Gate road
Ajmeri Gate was one of the main gateways of Shahjahanabd
Ghaziuddin’s Mosque and Madrassa
This madrassa and mosque was built by a Mughal courtier in the late-17th c.
Entrance to the complex
Kids on the field next to the madrassa, which is now a “board-affiliated” school