The city of Delhi has a long history and today, after centuries of growth, its citizens live in an environment where new elements are juxtaposed with old ones. Often centuries-old buildings and groups of buildings lie out of sight behind modern development. Sometimes new growth tends to overshadow the older areas of the city. But these areas and the communities that live in them represent the city’s history, tradition, heritage, culture, architecture and craftsmanship.
One of the important mandates of INTACH is to make the citizens aware of the importance of their cultural and historical environment and help them to develop a harmonious relationship with it. In pursuit of this objective, INTACH Delhi Chapter in association with Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), MCD Heritage Society and DDA have regularly conducted walks in various areas of Delhi since 2005. Heritage walks is an important strategy to achieve the following objectives:
- Create awareness among citizens about the key historic areas within Delhi;
- Help citizens and tourists to relate to the historic parts of the city in a more personal and intimate manner;
- Draw the citizens of Delhi and tourists into areas of rich cultural and architectural Heritage which are not yet on the tourist itinerary;
- Increased number of visitors results in heightened sensitivity of the local populace towards the historic value of settlements and encourages local communities to conserve and preserve their own heritage and inculcate a sense of pride and appreciation among them; and,
- Initiate community based conservation efforts involving citizens, volunteers, and other organizations.
The Heritage walks take place every weekend and are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable walk-leaders. Visitors are provided with illustrated information material which includes relevant facts about the monuments, a route map etc. INTACH Delhi Chapter conducts two types of walks: Regular and Customized.
The highlights of each of these areas can be viewed by clicking the link to these areas. The schedule for these walks appears on the website every month. The fee per person is Rs. 100/-. Visitors need to register separately for each walk by completing the form. (click here)
Customized walks are conducted based on special requests. The itinerary of these walk is customized to the needs of the visitors. Visitors need to register by completing the form (click here) indicating their areas of interest. Accordingly an itinerary is prepared and separate fee for the walk is calculated.
Plans are being finalized to add seven more heritage walks to this list in time for the Commonwealth Games, 2010.