My Visit to Shahjahanabad

Shahjahanabad by Blogger Sonali Chanda Blogger Moon

Memories can also be very realistically effective when it wears the ornaments of architectural grandeur.
Yess,I am telling the memorable days of my visit to the grand heritage old city of Shahjahanabad,where the forgotten,neglected golden history of the most famous art, architecture, music, shayris, poets and their traditions speak silently.

“Rakhta tha Dilli iss logo’n ne naam Ishqabad,

Magar afsos ba misle khana wo ho gayi barbad”

Truly it is…what it was written as shayri..


Once,my passion city was built around the outstanding Red Fort(Qila-e-Mubarak),on the bank of Yamuna,where Shahjahan entered in1648 through the river gate and grandly converted the city into a Paradise by building spectacular gardens, buildings, mosques, temples, water bodies, and many other architectural pieces of art.
Thus, Shahjahanabad became the civilizational brain of the Mughals,thethen capital of the Mughal dominion. Thus, its limit was guarded by a rampart of random rubble.
To enter the old palace city of Shahjahanabad, I took a paid auto from the Chandni Chawk to get the glimpses of the most desired,amazing courtlife,rich lifestyle of the Royals.

But, to my surprise, I saw the city, being sandwiched between the clumsy population of the Northern and Southern parts of Delhi,with the river Yamuna to the east.
Very little space of extension of my dream city..remained..
The only lifeline of the overpopulated city was there in the south portion of it.
What I learned about the world famous city of Shahjahanabad,pulled me to visit not only the mere ‘gallis’ or the ‘old structured ‘muhallas’,which are not even reconstructed. .
But I drove there to pleasure my eyes and mind to get the glimpses of Maqbaras, the God of enchanting shayris and dekhtam.. Mirza Asadullah Baig Ghalib and His residence, wonderfully decorated Jharokhas, decorative balconies,Chhatris, marble architectures,which were the iconic style of the Mughals. .
Urdu poet Mir Taki Mir rightly said once-“The streets of Delhi are not mere streets, they are like the album of a painter”
Hopefully, awaiting my next visit to another parallelly passionate desired city….Fatehpur Sikhri. …with a new dimension!

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Sonali Chanda : Eminent, young photographer, blogger Sonali Chanda is now launched her first travelogue as a promising author, with her personal experience about her travelling, photography about some unexplored stories about the land of high passes. She traveled different off route places , gathered thrilling experiences which will be shared with her readers gradually one after another in her series of books, She completed her photography course in Panipath after her post graduation in English literature and Phonetics. Originally she is from Kolkata, but for her work schedule, she has to stay outside Kolkata very often. So, honorable readers, do cherish and enjoy her travelogue with her, which she is sharing with all her readers, friends and wellwishers. She witnessed almost several diversities of our Indian Plateau, worked over different subjects in photography.. . Khuri village in Rajasthan, she experienced the tribal locals of typical rajasthani culture, their classical folks, breeding farms of camels, and the most popular forts, that are all our heritage. Like Rajasthan, she covered Mandu, Orchha, Jhansi, and many more places for her photography to explore the rich Indian Heritage. Kashmir, her recent explore, gave her a special experience as she travelled the last Indian Village, Turtuk, where still Balti language exists among the villagers.. Even she is interested in hills and mountainous parts of the Greater Himalayas and The Karakoram ranges, she proved herself a skillful photographer, as well as travel-blogger to share her views and photography.. .

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