Lado Sarai:

Is this really Delhi’s SOHO?


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?


Duration:                               4 hours

Mode of Commuting:        Walk

Meeting Point:                     Customized

Timings:                                 Customized

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