With Delhi completing 100 years of being the national capital of the country, heritage experts are planning to introduce the concept of heritage walks in the Lutyens zone in the city.
Heritage conservation group Intach, which has conducted guided tours in the past around the heritage-rich areas of Lodi Gardens, Sultan Garhi, and Mehrauli, is now planning to introduce heritage walks in the city. “New Delhi is now just nearing the 100-year age mark and we need to focus on it as a centre of rich heritage,” says A G K Menon, convener of Intach’s Delhi chapter.
New Delhi, the foundation of which was laid in December, 1911, was planned by two leading 20th century British architects - Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. They embedded the city with Victorian style grandeur, which is visible in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Parliament House, the North and South Blocks, the India Gate, the residential zone of white bungalows and the commercial centre of Connaught Place.
The heritage walk along the Lutyens zone, which is often associated with the present day power centre, will focus on the significance of this part of Delhi and the facts behind its planning. “Our focus will be to make people aware of the significance of New Delhi, about the principles that guided its construction,” says Menon.
The heritage tour of New Delhi will try to cover the monuments, buildings and residential spaces in the Lutyens zone, and plans are there for a bus ride for tourists as well. “The monuments of New Delhi have been remarkably preserved. But the only thing that is worrisome for now is that the trees are growing old,” says Menon.