Urban Village Walks Festival // January 2013

Presented by 1100 Walks (www.1100walks.com)


Explore 4 urban villages in South Delhi, and experience the fascinating blurring of the dichotomies of rural-urban / traditional-modern in these lal-dora lands ! Soak in ARCHITECTURE (historical and illegal) ; MARKETS (plebeian to designer luxury), STRUCTURES OF COMMUNITY, and revel in these treasure houses of dreams,  aspirations, trends and stories. Come walk with us and create a new shastra of the urban villages as they prosper today!


LADO SARAI: Is this really Delhi’s SOHO?

Sat. 5 Jan. 2013 / 11 am – 3 pm


Meeting Point: Genda Mahal, F 342 A, Second Floor, Lado Sarai, Behind Crescent Mall. 11 am sharp.

Ending Point: Lado Sarai, 3 pm

Mode of Commuting: Walk


Registration Details:  Contribute Rs. 1500/- per person. Inclusive of brunch and snacks.

Please pre-register.  Contact Himanshu Verma / 41671100 / himanshu@redearthindia.com


Sandwiched in the layers of the first cities of Delhi (Lalkot and Mehrauli), the urban village of Lado Sarai offers easy access to built heritage from down the centuries. In recent years (post the sealing drive by the city authorities), it has also become an art hub, with art galleries mushrooming  on the main street, along with furniture and carpet stores, and other creative practices.


Our Lado Sarai walk starts with a terrace top brunch at the captain’s house, known infamously as Genda Mahal, the house of marigolds (some panoramic views promised). On the walk we discover tombs, some renovated, some crumbling, some encroached. Walk through the lanes of the village – old havelis, wells, the last few pastoral remains (cow sheds & more…), bustling markets… End the walk browsing art and design in the village, and a treat at the locally revered pizzeria cum cheese shop. Is this really Delhi’s SOHO?


Get our URBAN-VILLAGE Calendar 2013

Featuring urban villages of Delhi and Mumbai

With photographs by Aparna Jayakumar & Malini Kochupillai

For details: http://redearthindia.com/?page_id=1353


Images (click to enlarge)

Lado Sarai Renovated Tomb / Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur

Lado Sarai (Encroached) Mosque / Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur

Lado Sarai Encroached Tomb / Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur

Lado Sarai’s main street / Photo: Red Earth

Temples and funky houses, circa 21st century / Photo: Red Earth

Art Street: A profusion of galleries / Photo: Red Earth

Kashmir Green Haat / Photo: Red Earth