Set amidst lush gardens and shady trees, Sham Nath residence has retained its old world charm and colonial architecture. It escapes the constant noise and pollution of the inner city, yet remains within easy access to the city's most magnificent Mogul monuments like, Red Fort, Jamma Masjid and the famous shopping centre of historic Chandni Chowk with its quaint bazaars and meandering lanes.
Guests will be enjoying all the comforts of a prestigious family residence, formerly the home of late Mr. Sham Nath - after whom the famous Heritage Road has been named. He was the Mayor of Delhi and an eminent minister in Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet.
Situated in the North Delhi residential area of Civil Lines, with its impressive 'Days of the Raj Bungalow', our residence is 10 minutes walk from the famous Delhi University.
Before 1857, when the Great Indian Rebellion (or Mutiny) took place, there were just two or three big houses in the area - Thomas Metcalfe's palace by the river, Hindu Rao's house up on the Ridge, and 'Lodlow Castle' at the southern end of Alipur Road. After 1857, the British moved out of the Walled City en masse, and settled in the area just north of it, bounded by Quidsia Gardens to the south and the Ridge to the north, and called it Civil Lines.
By 1890 'second tier' Europeans comprising railway officials and mill managers moved into Civil Lines, and over 110 large colonial houses in big leafy gardens came up, as well as three hotels - the Maidens, Hotel Sussie and the Cecil.
While the Capital was being built on Raisina Hill, the temporary capital functioned out of the vice-regal lodge (now the offices of Delhi University), in Civil Lines and a Secretariat constructed on Alipur Road (Sham Nath Marg), which now comprises the Vidhan Sabha.
Today, few old structures survive like, the Maidens Hotel, Exchange Stores on Sham Nath Marg. There is the Ridge of course, afforested (mainly with acacia) after the Mutiny, and crowned by the burly Flagstaff Tower and gothic looking Mutiny Memorial. You can still walk in Quidsia Gardens where the last emperor of Delhi, Bahadur Shah Zafar visited the garden on his elephant, and checkout the tombstones in the Nicholson Cemetry across the road.
And there are still a few quiet, shady lanes, where time travel is still possible in this part of Delhi…
Compiled by Ranjit Lal, who has authored many books, viz;
The Crow Chronicles (Penguin)
The Caterpillar Who Went on a Diet and other stories (Puffin)
That Summer of Kakagarh (Tulika)
The Simians of South Block and the Yumyum Piglets (Roli/IndiaInk)
Birds of Delhi (Oxford University Press)
Birds from my Window (Tulika)
Wild City (Penguin)