Old Pictures of Delhi Before Independence Rare Pictures of Delhi Black & White

February 15, 2012

trams in delhi picture

Delhi which is the National Capital Territory of Delhi is one of the largest metropolis in India. Delhi has a important relation to India’s history. Nearly every foreign ruler or Indian ruler had Delhi as its capital. Though it was not until the Mughal rulers made some of the most marvelous structures in Delhi. Located on the banks of river Yammuna Delhi’s monuments used to shine like stars in the sky. As mentioned in the Mahabharata Indraprastha which was the capital city of the Pandavas, is in Delhi. Mahabharata is an Indian epic. In 1639 Shahjahan the son of Babar build a city with walls around it which he named it as his capital called it Delhi. Here are some of the pictures from the glorious past of Delhi including the Delhi Durbar in 1911.

King George V was one of the guest at the Delhi Durbar. Though there are numerous pictures of Delhi in rare black and white colors before independence and 1857 revolt than any other city of India. Still I tried to collect some of them from the web.Delhi recently completed 100 years of its establishment as the capital.

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Begum of Bhopal and her Son to attend the Delhi Durbar picture

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Delhi Darbar with all the soldiers attending the ceremony

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Picture of Delhi Gate and Daryaganj

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Delhi Durbar camps of soldiers and kings

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Soldiers infront of the Delhi Gate

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King George V & Queen Mary attending Delhi Durbar while the young Indian princes are sitting behind with courtiers

Delhi durbar was held to commemorate the King and Queen of England. According to wikipedia King George V was wearing the Imperial Crown of India with eight arches, containing six thousand one hundred and seventy exquisitely cut diamonds, and covered with sapphires, emeralds and rubies, with a velvet and miniver cap all weighing 34.05 ounces (965 g). They then appeared at a darshan (a sight) at the jharoka (balcony window) of Red Fort, to receive half a million or more of the common people who had come to greet them

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King George V with Queen Mary at the balcony window to see the people who had come to greet them. Not to mention most of the money and treasures were from Indian kings which the Britishers had looted after defeating and overthrowing kings.

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Soldiers around Maharajas while they see the Jama Musjid Delhi

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Old Fort of Delhi

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Picture of Grand Trunk Road to Delhi by Lilliah to Delhi from Bombay

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Tomb of Mirza Jahangir of Delhi

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Tomb of Shums ud din builder of Qutub Minar is inside the Qutub complex

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The Tuglaq Tomb in Delhi

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These pictures were taken in 1911, by a young Anglo-Irish aristocrat, Lilah Wingfield, set off for India to witness the only durbar – or ceremonial gathering – ever to be attended by a British monarch. She gained a remarkable insight into the workings of colonial India.

While over population and poor maintenance of these monuments is the major cause for low tourism in these areas, people lack concern for these historical architectures as well. As the land prices in Delhi are at rise usually illegal constructions around these monuments is abundance with no one to interfere.

There were times when trams used to run on Delhi streets here are the pictures.

Once Delhi, Now Delhi

Picture of tram running on Delhi streets Urdu was widely used language

Once Delhi, Now Delhi

Picture of the area around the India Gate you can see the bushes and barren land

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Delhi Road with tram running on the road and the watch tower in picture

The Tram system was operation in Delhi, since 6 March 1908 to 1963. They were at their peak during 1921 when 24 open cars using 15 km track were operational.

Another busy road of Old Delhi

Nagar Dola kids playing in Delhi old picture

Kids Enjoying a mela with wooden marry go round.

 

Delhi, 1958

Indian Parliament black and white picture areal view

Picture of Jantar Mantar, Delhi





Areal View of old Delhi

A common Delhi Man dressed in the modern British clothes.

Pigeons

Pipe Seller in Delhi Hukka

DelhiĀ  Ekka Gadi or Tonga/horse cart picture

Watching Soccer

Old cross from top of St James Church, Delhi. January 1891 Riddled by mutineers shot in 1856-57

Qutub Minar old picture

Qutub minar during 1858

Jamia Masjid Delhi as it was in 1865

Old picture of Kashmiri gate

Old picture of Kashmiri gate, Delhi 1895

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The staff of the Delhi Central Post Office, in a photo by Raja Deen Dayal, 1903 (to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII)

Tomb of Shumsuddin

Tomb of Shamusuddin Iltutmish 1858 inside Qutub complex

Image sources:- bl.uk,bbc, columbia university etc.

http://www.digitalhen.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-15874781



7 Comments

  • By askme9021, October 30, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    nice collection i really enjoy to see it. Thanks for sharing a nice collection of historic palace.

  • By sunil, November 2, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    this is amezing i like aal the old delhi picture thankx to share the images

  • By Rahul Sharma, October 10, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Great Pictures, atreat to watch thanks a lot to share
    Rahul Sharma,
    Gurgaon

  • By s p dube, January 27, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    great pictures. provides peek into history. nostalgic !!

  • By Monica, January 29, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    Thanks for liking the post Mr. Dube please share it on facebook with your friends.

  • By ajay, June 13, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

    all pics r very nyc nd very nyc collection.:D

  • By WASEEM AHMED, August 26, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    that are very nice pictures,

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