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100 and counting

We celebrate hundred years of Delhi’s coronation as the capital of India by taking a look at its golden heritage. A hundred years ago in 1911, the capital of imperial India was transferred from Calcutta to Delhi.

entertainment Updated: Jan 07, 2011 01:43 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

A hundred years ago in 1911, the capital of imperial India was transferred from Calcutta to Delhi. That same year, the foundation of New Delhi was laid by King George V and Queen Mary at the site of Delhi Durbar at Kingsway Camp, in present day’s north campus of Delhi University. We commemorate the defining century by taking a look at some of the landmarks in the city from that period, which have withstood the test of time.

Maidens Hotel, Civil Lines
A low-rise building with colonial architecture done in white paint, this heritage hotel was established in 1903. The Cavalry, the hotel’s in-house bar opened during those times, is still functioning. If you want to catch the magnificent and charming historic moments of the city, visit the hotel, which has hundreds of photographs dating back to the early 1900s, adorning its walls.
Tel: 011- 2397 5464
Nearest Metro Station: Civil Lines

Old Delhi railway station
This red-stone building, built in the year 1900, was opened to the public in 1903. Initially, it started with two platforms, but now has 19 platforms. And by the way, Old Delhi Railway station is often referred to as ‘Delhi Junction’.
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Delhi Durga Puja Samiti (Kashmere Gate Durga Puja)
This is the oldest Durga puja committee in the city, which had started in 1910. Initially, the Puja celebrations, held annually during the month of September or October., used to take place at Roshanpura Kali Mandir near Nai Sadak. Now they have moved to Alipur Road in north Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station: Kashmere Gate

Paranthewali Gali
Several shops selling paranthas in the Paranthewali Gali in Chandni Chowk have been around for more than 100 years. Kanhaiya Lal Durga Prasad’s Parantha Shop is the oldest — it was established in 1875. When the shop started, it used to sell four kinds of stuffed paranthas. Now it has more than 25 varieties.
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

St. Stephen’s College
This college was founded in 1881. It started in a house in Kinnari Bazar in old Delhi. In 1891, the college was moved to Kashmere Gate. It got shifted to its present location, in Delhi University’s North Campus, in 1941.
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwavidyalaya.

First Published: Jan 06, 2011 16:47 IST

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