Old Delhi’s Western Suburbs: Jhandewalan

Jhandewalan is an area that lies directly between Delhi’s North Ridge and Central Ridge. Jhandewalan is therefore also on the “ridge”, but on a depressed portion of it. An interesting note is that the Idgah of Shahjahanabad is also located on this line between the North and Central Ridge. It is located directly north of Jhandewalan, and west of Sadar Bazaar and Shahjahanabad. In India the Idgah of a large settlement is located west of and outside of that settlement.

For more background information and a location map, go to the introduction of this series of posts.

I explored two parts of the Jhandewalan area. The first was a planned neighborhood of mixed commercial and residential buildings, with a building stock mostly from the 1950s to 70s. The commercial structures especially were more modernist in style than the buildings we’ve seen in Paharganj and Sadar Bazaar.

The commercial/residential neighborhood:

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A half-demolished older building, probably from the colonial era

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The second area was a small neighborhood immediately to the east of and across the road from Karol Bagh, at the intersection of Faiz Road and Pusa Road. It had a more desi deco style building stock.

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