The Yellow Line Express is proud to present a series of specially curated heritage walks for the delegates of the AAS-in-Asia 2018 on the 6th and 7th of July, 2018. The Yellow Line Express is a special initiative of the Office of Student Life, Ashoka University that aims to provide an opportunity to Ashokans to explore Delhi: its myriad forms and layers in arts, music, theatre, cinema, literature, cuisines, monuments etc., Delhi with its distinct historical past, rich cultural heritage and syncretic traditions is an interesting amalgam of modernity and tradition, past and present, old and new, local and global. The Yellow Line Express aims to offer this essence and flavour of Delhi to its explorers, through the various tours curated under its ambit. We invite you to join us as we take you to witness some of the most spectacular sights in the city.
Considered the first distinct example of Mughal craftsmanship, Humayun’s tomb is the royal mausoleum dedicated to the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Standing at 157 feet, this red sandstone marvel exudes the principles of Persian architecture. Built in 1572 by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath and commissioned by his wife Haji Begum, it fashions exquisite gardens and well devised system of shallow water channels. The tomb stands tall at the centre of a square garden which is divided into four main parterres by causeways. The mausoleum is a synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions-the former exemplified by the arched alcoves, corridors and the high double dome, and the latter by the kiosks, which give it a pyramidal outline from distance. Although Sikandar Lodi's tomb is considered as the first garden-tomb to be built in India, it is Humayun's tomb which set up a new standard, which eventually led to the Taj Mahal. The mausoleum houses the graves of not just his majesty but also several other mughal rulers. It is in many ways a vision to behold. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. You can read more about the Humayun’s Tomb here.
The Purana Qila and the Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque
Another testimony of the glory of Delhi’s historical past and heritage is present within the boundaries of the Purana Qila or the Old Fort. Known as Dinpanah which can be translated as the the ‘refuge of the faithful’, the construction of the fort was initiated by the Mughal emperor Humayun as an attempt to build a city of his own. The construction was halted when Sher Shah Suri, the founder of the Sur Dynasty, managed to defeat Humayun. After taking over the city of Dinpanah, Sher Shah added several structures to this complex and named the fort as Shergarh. However, Humayun finished the structure by the end of 1545 after recapturing the capital. It is adorned by three majestic gates namely Humayun, Bara and Talaqi Darwaza, an imposing prayer hall made of marble and sandstone called Qila-I-Kuhna Masjid and the pleasure tower called Sher Mandal, which was later used as a library by Humayun. You can read more about the Old Fort here.
One of Delhi’s most serene and beautiful landscapes, Lodhi Gardens is spread across 90 acres of luscious gardens and exquisite tombs that will delight your eyes with every step. Also known as ‘Lady Willingdon Park’, the gardens are dotted with monuments that date back the reign of the Lodhi dynasty that flourished during the 15th and 16th century. Besides housing the tombs of Sayyid ruler Mohammed Shah and Lodhi King Sikandar Lodhi, it also contains the Shisha Gumbad(Glass Dome) and Bara Gumbad (Big Dome) within its perimeters. The architecture represents a combination of the styles that demarcated both the Sayyidis and Lodhis and is a piece of engineering that highlights the illustrious history of the city. The backdrop provided by the lush greenery to the sombre structures makes it a go-to destination for tourists and residents alike.
Dilli haat is the melting pot for the varied Indian cultures and traditions. Derived from the word Haat in hindi which means weekly markets in rural or semi urban areas of the country, Dilli Haat had been visualized as a exhibition of traditional Indian culture where rural life and folk art are brought to cater to an urban clientele. This bazaar showcases a colourful and eclectic cuisine and craft options to indulge in. It also hosts many cultural events to display the range of cultural diversity that the sub-continent boasts. Located within the most prevalent commercial centres of the city, the centre displays extensive foundation work, thatched roof cottages and kiosks to derive some allusion to a real haat. It is a one of a kind cultural immersion that needs to be indulged in.
Tentative Schedule and Costing for the program
The Heritage Walks schedule has been shared below for your reference. Interested explorers can choose to be a part of the visits to any of the following destinations based on their interest.
|Date||Time||Destination||Tentative Tour Fee* in Indian Rupees|
|6th July, 2018||6:30 am to 8:30 am||Humayun’s Tomb||1300|
|6th July, 2018||6:30 am to 8:30 am||Purana Qila||1200|
|6th July, 2018||6:00 pm to 8:30 pm||Dilli Haat||800|
|7th July, 2018||6:30 am to 8:30 am||Lodhi Gardens||1000|
|7th July, 2018||6:30 am to 8:30 am||Humayun’s Tomb||1300|
*The tour fee will include costs for transportation, entry fee tickets, packaged breakfast (wherever applicable) and the tour guides’ fee.
You can register for the heritage walks while registering for the conference on our registration portal.