Delhi University’s North Campus may be regarded as the primary reason behind the massive footfall witnessed by North Delhi, Ironically a few seemingly significant places in the region have gone unnoticed by the masses. From age-old edifices to religious places and even markets, North Delhi has a lot more to offer than one could think.
Delhi University North Campus offers you some places to add to your must-visit list & if you are near check out a few:
1. Mutiny Memorial
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This archaic structure dates back to the 19th century and symbolizes the revolutionary independence struggle of 1857. Originally constructed by the British rulers, this four-storeyed tower made of red sandstone commemorates the martyrs of those who fought in the Delhi field forces. The Mutiny Memorial is considered to be an important heritage site of Delhi, situated near Kashmere Gate is a must-visit spot for history buffs!
Where | Mutiny Memorial – Kamla Nehru Ridge, Civil Lines
Timings | 10 AM – 5 PM
2. Pir Ghaib
The contentious Hindu Rao Hospital, besides being a hub of Covid-19 warriors also acts as a prominent landmark demarcating the presence of the historic hidden gem – Pir Ghaib. This 17th-century structure was built during the Tughlaq era and acted as a hunting lodge cum astronomical observatory, which is discernible from the gaping holes in the structure. The adjoining Baoli has major historical significance as well, considering that it was in use during British rule. The folklore associated with Pir Ghaib dictates that a saint had mysteriously disappeared from the premises of this edifice, which led to the place’s being named in that way. A structure that’s completely in tatters now, you could surely drop by here if the rich heritage of Delhi tickles your fancy.
Where | Pir Ghaib – Hindu Rao Hospital Complex, Civil Lines
Timings | 8 AM – 5 PM
3. Monastery Market
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Situated in Civil lines, this bustling market offers an extensive range of all things fashion! Primarily catering to men, Monastery Market houses numerous stalls that sell everything from shoes, caps and belts to Shirts, Jeans and Trousers. The best part about the market is that the products here are super affordable and at the same time feature pretty decent quality! You can find the latest trends and stock up your wardrobe after a day-long retail therapy from this place so head over there now!
Where | Monastery Market – Bela Road, Monastery market, Ladakh Budh Vihar Colony, Civil Lines
Timings | 9 AM – 8 PM
4. William Fraser’s Bungalow
Yet another archetype of the colonial era’s influence, this pristine-white edifice has splendidly stood the test of time. We say this because even though the place dates back to the early 1800s, it’s still in use as the administrative office of the Northern Railways. William Fraser’s Bungalow marks a significant period in Delhi’s history as the symbol of transition from the prowess of the last of Mughal Rulers, Bahadur Shah to the British empire; as the owner of the Bungalow served as a civil servant to both. Another fun fact is that the structure is built on the foundation of a dungeon that has tunnels leading to the Red Fort, Yamuna River, and the campus of the Bungalow. Head over to this place for a quick peek into the city’s history and get some shots for the gram while you’re at it!
Where | William Fraser’s Bungalow – 1569, Church Rd, Kashmere Gate
Timings | 10 AM – 7 PM
5. Kamla Nehru Ridge
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One of the greenest and most serene places of Delhi, the sublime Kamla Nehru Ridge is a natural sound and a historically significant landmark! Besides the abundant greens, myriad species of flowers, and birds flocking around the place, the ridge also houses several archaic landmarks dating back to the. These include the popular Flagstaff Tower situated at the highest point of the ridge, a 14th-century mosque, and Khooni Khan Jheel, a pond that was used as a dumping body for cadavers during the pre-independence era. A rather unexplored path for heritage trails, the majestic Kamla Nehru Ridge offers boatloads to its visitors from a birds-eye view of the city to the calm aura of nature.
Where | Kamla Nehru Ridge – Civil Lines
6. Nicholson Cemetery
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By now it’s been established that North Delhi is rich with places signifying the city’s legendary heritage, especially from the 1857 revolt. Nicholson cemetery is one such historic landmark that marks the final resting place of Sir John Nicholson, a famous Brigadier-General of the British Empire; among hundreds of other British and Indian nationals. This undying symbol of Colonial rule in India offers a quaint, peaceful aura that presents a sharp contrast to the bustling chaos of Kashmere Gate. Marvel at the intricately constructed tombstones and laze around in the sprawling gardens at Nicholson Cemetery.
Where | Nicholson Cemetry – Club Road, Ludlow Castle, Civil Lines
Timings | 9 AM – 5 PM
7. St. James’ Church
The oldest standing church in Delhi, St. James’ Church is nothing less than an architectural and historical landmark. Built by Colonel James Skinner back in 1836, the church has gone on to undergo numerous restoration processes to finally stand tall as a symbol of the famous war hero’s glory and inspiring journey. The church highlights elements of the Italian Renaissance domed design and also acts as the burial ground of numerous prominent personalities of the colonial times including William Fraser and Col. Skinner himself. This beautiful edifice is undoubtedly the most sought-after place on the list and you should check out the place for the sake of being a true Delhiite!
Where | St. James’ Church – Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate
The hidden gems of any city signify its true essence, and as proud denizens of the city that we call home, we should be cognizant of such places. So keep this list in handy and educate yourself about these unexplored treasures in North Campus Delhi University