Manjul Publishing House
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Indian Travel Guides
Delhi, like India, is full of contradictions, and history. Here empires were built, buried and rebuilt, as many as fourteen times. Those who ruled did with a relish and passion, creating a universe of verses and delicacies. The present is modern, crowded, ambitious a potpourri of cultures and conflicts, where swanky cars dodge carefree bovines on roads lit with neon signs, and where perfectly respectable men empty their bladders with equal abundance. The Metro has brought a ray of hope for those who want to see Delhi up-and-close on foot. Today, the Metro runs close to 200 kilometres across the city; it would log 400 kilometres within years, crisscrossing sites of ancient legends and medieval glory. This pocket-friendly book is a delightful guide and friend. Helpful directional maps and meticulously detailed sights and sounds of walking routes leave you pleasantly tired but exuberant in no less measure. This is the first and only guide to Delhi's lanes and monuments, people and places, poets and djinns, and the Delhi Metro that traverses like a silver worm of time across myths and folklores and tales of valour and empire-making that made the city a tempting and tempestuous beacon of riches and glory for millennia.
Mind the Gap is the tint, and only, guide to Delhi's lanes and monuments, people and places, poets and till nns, wen through the various routes ( Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and Violet lines) on the Delhi Nletro.
This pocket-friendly book is complete with details regarding how to reach the place through various Metro routes, nearby places to dine and shop at, how much to pay riksha-wallabs, road directions, best seasons to go for the walks, etc.
It includes helpful maps and meticulously detailed sights and sounds of walking routes. The book also has a section dedicated to information on walks organised by various NGOs and other well-known organisations.
In every walk, the book reveals intimate and interesting details of historical events that once echoed in the streets and by-lanes of Delhi.
From the architectural mantels built during the Mughal era to the buildings designed by Lumens, Mind the Gap includes every site that cc mws under the must-visit s category!
About the Author
Wilson John spent years growing up in a street named after an anonymous British deputy commissioner, Major H. C. Beadon. It was no less puzzling that the biggest recreation ground was called Ajmal Khan Road, both named after a renowned expert of Greek medicine, Hakim Ajmall Khan, who lived in Ballimaran, where another more famous citizen once reigned, MIrza Asadullah Khan Ghalib. Wilson now lives, with his wife and a precocious teenager, in a colony across the river, along the metro line, where once peacocks danced among the ripening wheat fields and tiny villages, that not long ago was the battleground of Maratha forces and the British Army. The only physical evidence of the Battle of Patparganj fought in 1803, is a memorial hidden within the Noida Golf Course, the last but one stop on the Dwarka-Noida metro line.