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Delhi: A book recommendation


Posted by phileasfogg on December 13, 2011


If you're visiting Delhi, here's a book you should look out for: Delhi: 14 Historic Walks, by Swapna Liddle. It's just been published by Westland-Tranquebar Press and is now available online within India - and are among the online retailers you could order it from. It'll be in bookstores a few days from now, also at airport stores.

Swapna Liddle is an eminent historian whose PhD thesis was on the culural history of 19th century Delhi. She's been leading historical walks in Delhi for over a decade now, so she really knows her stuff. Delhi: 14 Historic Walks is a walk-route compilation of 14 routes, with loads of information about the historical background, interesting anecdotes and legends, architectural details, and more, of each monument that forms part of a route. Photographs, maps, and details like entry fees, facilities available, and how to get there, are also included.

Although some of Delhi's lesser-known monuments are included in the book, so are the city's top tourist attractions, like the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, the Qutb Minar and Humayun's Tomb, and Lutyens's Delhi. Give it a try; it's far more reliable and informative than the average tourist guide, and if you're keen on history, you'll be able to get more out of a stint in Delhi.

- Madhulika

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Reply by banmai on May 29, 2012

Oh, it is a good book. Thank you for share.

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