Let’s explore the Tomb of Khan-e Khana where Rakshanda Jalil will speak about Khan-e Khana (poet, statesman, soldier, one of Akbar’s navratna or Nine Jewels, patron saint of modern translators). We will also talk about the ongoing restoration work as part of the Urban Renewal Project undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust. The walk will also take you through Arab ki Sarai, Kataria Nursery, Basti Nizamuddin and finally to Sundar Nursery Complex. Here, we will see the Sundarwala Burj, Sunderwala Mahal, the newly-built amphitheatre, Chhota Batashewala Mahal, Bada Batashewala Mahal. The walk will end at the Chilla of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Gurudwara Damdama sahib.
Dr. Rakhshanda is a writer, critic and literary historian. She has published over 15 books and written over 50 academic papers and essays. Her book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City (Niyogi Books, 2008, Revised 3rd ed, 2014) continues to be a bestseller. She writes on culture, literature and society and runs an organization called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture.
Meeting point: Entry Gate of Sunder Nursery, Ticket Counter of Humayun's tomb
Tips: Wear loose comfortable clothing for an occasionally humid day in November and comfortable shoes to walk approx 3 km. Carry a bottle of water.
Extra costs: NIL