Coronation Durbar Site

Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

This historical oddity is worth seeking out if you like exploring forgotten corners. Around 10km north of Old Delhi, a lone obelisk marks the site where King George V was declared emperor of India in 1911, and where the great durbars (fairs) were held to honour India’s British overlords in 1877 and 1903. A few marble busts of British officials and a mammoth statue of George V decorate the neighbouring park. Take an autorickshaw from Model Town metro station (3km).

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Nearby Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad) attractions

1. Signature Bridge

2.34 MILES

Iconic new suspension bridge over the Yamuna River. It's tower is the tallest structure in Delhi. Can be viewed from the Tibetan enclave of Majnu-ka-Tilla.

2. Ashoka Pillar

3.38 MILES

Dating from the 3rd-century-BC reign of the Buddhist emperor Ashoka, the pillar was brought here by Feroz Shah, and is incredibly well preserved.

3. Mutiny Memorial

3.44 MILES

Erected in 1863, this red sandstone gothic tower was built by the British to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in British service…

4. Nicholson Cemetery

3.94 MILES

Close to Kashmere Gate, this forgotten cemetery is the last resting place for hundreds of Delhi’s colonial-era residents, many of whom perished in…

5. Kashmere Gate

4.21 MILES

This northernmost gate (leading to Kashmir) was the largest of all the entrances to the walled city. It was only built in the 19th century, and was…

6. Delhi Public Library

4.63 MILES

Established in 1951, Delhi's library is open to all those with proof of residency, and has 1.6 million books in various languages.

7. Fatehpuri Masjid

4.68 MILES

Built by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan’s wives, this 17th-century mosque is a haven of tranquillity after the frantic streets outside. The central…

8. Town Hall

4.75 MILES

Built in 1864, Delhi's Town Hall originally housed a library, the European Club and the Lawrence Institute. There was once a statue of Queen Victoria in…