Exploring Chandni Chowk – Episode 1

Exploring Delhi’s famous Chandni Chowk area (Purani Dilli / Old Delhi) also popularly known as Delhi 6 !

In this episode we’ll get to learn about the history of this place and also we’ll take  quick glance at the Digambar Jain Lal Mandir (also known as Urdu Mandir) and the Gauri Shankar Temple.

The Play of Light

Sometimes it’s dim

Sometimes bright

and sometimes it’s just the right amount of Light..in our Lives!

Club all those moments..and it becomes LIFE!!

And likewise…as u merge dimlit, overlit n normally lit photos..u get something that looks Life-like 🙂 Just sharing some moments as I fool around with fotos and editing..mostly some HDRish blah blah 🙂

Location: Ruins at Kotla Firoz Shah, New Delhi, India

firz shah hdr2 firz shah hdr1

a djin's Ka pot!

Hijron ka khanqah – Jahaaz Mahal – Hauz-i-Shamsi – Jharna (Mehrauli)

The lesser known HIJRON KA KHANQAH (spiritual retreat for eunuchs), JAHAAZ MAHAL, a water storage reservoir with a divine connection HAUZ-I-SHAMSI and few more interesting places ..in this final part of the MEHRAULI VILLAGE HERITAGE series !! Happy Exploring!

Zafar Mahal

A ruined summer PALACE, a fading SULTANATE, the IRONY of the famous POET emperor and a VACANT GRAVE.. all this and much more of what is known as ZAFAR MAHAL in this quick video. Happy Exploring!

The Dargah of Hazrat Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki (Qutub Sahib)

Sharing a quick video tour to the Dargah of Hazrat Baktiar Kaki also popularly known as Qutub Sahib.

Gandhak ki Baoli and Banda Bahadur’s Shaheedi Sthan

In this video-tour we visit the following two places in the Mehrauli village:

1) Gandhak ki Baoli : a hundreds of years old step-well whose water smells of sulphur

2) Banda Bahadur’s Shaheedi Sthan: the martyrdom site of Banda Bahadur

We are – Delhi Blog of the Week :)

Wow!! HT City (Hindustan Times – Delhi) have featured our blog in their  Delhi Blog of the Week feature today 🙂 Excited!! Thanks so much readers and the HT family 🙂

Here’s a snapshot of the article and below that is the text view for better readability.

HT City Delhi Blog - Aditya Pathak

Photo Credits for Aditya’s Profile Pic : Amelie Laurin (http://www.amelielaurin.com/)

(Text view – borrowed from the HT e-paper)

DELHI BLOG OF THE WEEK

Video Explorations

Friday, June 21, 2013

by Usama Sulaiman

Here’s a blog that takes chronicling the experience of discovering a place, out of paper, and onto reel. The blog is a collection of videos about blogger Aditya Pathak’s exploration of the city, and his love for music. It has some elaborate and informative films documenting his walks around heritage sites and other places of interest in Delhi.

The videos on the blog carry with them historical stories and anecdotes, which are easy and fun to connect with. “During my first visit to the Mehrauli Archeological Park, I realised that audio-visuals and storytelling make the process of learning quite easy. Had I been in school, I wouldn’t have to mug up history books and hate the subject so much. That’s when I decided to create these videos,” says Pathak, an IT professional who believes that while it is fun making these films, he has also ended up creating a sort of learning aid for students.

What emerges as its USP is the fact that the videos bring the places to you, in a fairly unadulterated form and without any artificial props — in a way a commoner would see them.

One such video is of the Mehrauli heritage walk, which features Rajon Ki Baoli, Ghiyasuddin Balban’s tomb, Metcalfe’s Estate and Folly. These videos tell the tale of the coming in existence of these monuments and the people related to them. Other noteworthy videos found on the blog are on the Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Bakhtiar Kaki’s Dargah. Although most of the videos here are centred on archeological visits, Pathak says that he has realised the true cosmopolitan essence of the city through these explorations.