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!


KHIRKI VILLAGE: A monumental mess…

Sun. 13 Jan. 2013 / 11 am – 3 pm


Meeting Point:  Bata Shoe Shop, opp. Select Citywalk, Khirki, 11 am sharp.

Ending Point: Malviya Nagar, 3 pm

Mode of Commuting: Walk


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

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



Once a gem in the Tughlaq city of Jahanpanah (14th century), today Khirki Village is a mammoth mess, a conglomeration of dense buildings. Starting at Saket, just across from some of India’s biggest malls (read eyesores) the labyrinthine alleys go all the way upto Malviya Nagar, and Khirki is also flanked on all sides by other equally interesting urban villages like Hauz Rani and Chirag Dilli.


While Hauz Khas and Shahpur Jat and even Lado Sarai have a strong artistic / design bend, Khirki has acquired the reputation of hosting more experimental art practice, spear led by Khoj. It now has a rich tradition of community art festivals and projects and frequent interactions between the local community and the arts community.


Places visited:

  • Khirki Mosque (late 14th century)
  • Satpula, a waterwork / dam (14th c.)
  • Art on site, art installations in the village, and graffiti created as part of the Extension Khirkee festival
  • A walk through the maze to emerge at the other end, Malviya Nagar


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)

Khirki Mosque / Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur

Khirki Mosque / Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur

Satpula / Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur

Photo: Malini Kochupillai

Photo: Malini Kochupillai

Photo: Malini Kochupillai

Street art festival in Khirki / Photo: Malini Kochupillai