Delhi 100: defining moments

Updated: Dec 14, 2011 01:12 IST

The hunt for a suitable site:  New Delhi architect Edwin Lutyens looked for a suitable site for the new Imperial Capital atop an elephant. The rocky and thickly vegetated area near Raisina Hills made it difficult to use a motor vehicle. Lutyens hated riding the elephant, and said this to his wife in letters that spoke of how tiring mounting the elephant was, along with sketches of how he did it. Photos courtesy: New Delhi: Making of A Capital, Roli Books
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The hunt for a suitable site: New Delhi architect Edwin Lutyens looked for a suitable site for the new Imperial Capital atop an elephant. The rocky and thickly vegetated area near Raisina Hills made it difficult to use a motor vehicle. Lutyens hated riding the elephant, and said this to his wife in letters that spoke of how tiring mounting the elephant was, along with sketches of how he did it. Photos courtesy: New Delhi: Making of A Capital, Roli Books

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