Delhi has a rich cultural heritage! It has been the seat of power for various rulers and dynasties. Be it Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan ruler, who built the area that is now known as Siri Fort in the 14th century. Later on, Shah Jahan who built the grand city of Shahjahanabad in the 17th century that comprised of Red Fort, Jama Masjid etc. His love for art and architecture can be summed in the words of Percy Brown, a noted art critic, “As it was the proud statement of Augustus that he found Rome built of bricks and left it of marble, similarly Shah Jahan had found the Mughal cities of stones, he left them of marble”.
Now, just imagine if you could walk through the rich heritage of Delhi without the hassle of parking your car, and taking care of your belongings?
Delhi Metro launched its Heritage line on 28th May 2017 to the delight of Heritage lovers. Delhi Metro Heritage line is an extension of the Violet Line (the one that starts from Escorts Mujesar) of Delhi Metro. Heritage Line runs from ITO to Kashmiri Gate covering Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, and Lal Quila. These stations allow Delhiites to delve into the rich culture and history of the Walled City. INTACH has conceptualized the panel installations on the Heritage Line.
Let’s take a look at what the Heritage Line stations look like:
Since ITO Metro station is situated at a strategic place in Delhi, so, the installations at the metro station capture the various colorful facets of Delhi like patriotism, recreational activities, etc.
In the 17th century, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan used this gate to visit the Jama Masjid for his prayer sessions. Jama Masjid lies on its left-hand side while the Red Fort lies on the right-hand side. There are a lot of eating joints near Delhi Gate. So the metro station has been designed in such a way that it captures the spirit of Delhi Gate!
Following the death of his wife, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi and founded the walled city of Shahajahanabad. The Jama Masjid was considered the central mosque of the new city. Built by more than 5000 artisans and a whopping 1 million rupees, the mosque took 6 years to be completed.
Other stations on the Heritage Line are:
The impact of Heritage Line on Tourism:
As with major metropolitan cities all over the globe, Delhi is also the city where a lot of people migrate to, in search of better opportunities. Many people are curious to know what Delhi is all about and why is it still a seat of power. Someone like me, doesn’t wish to enter a crowded area where there is a fight to find the parking spot then, the hustle and bustle of the area is mentally tiresome. Thus, for people like me, Heritage Line serves the purpose of letting people explore the real delhi in the most convenient manner!
Old delhi is pretty huge for someone who wishes to travel through it. With the convenience offered by Heritage Line, a tourist would stay one more day in Delhi and explore the architectural wonders as well as for gastronomical delight. Even the foreign travelers who book their heritage walks through the city, usually plan it in the early hours of the day as the streets are comparatively empty at that time. However, they may now head to old Delhi at a time convenient to them due to the Heritage Line.