You must have visited the famous monuments and tourist places of Delhi at least once (if you haven’t, it’s high time you do!) and wondered what they looked like in the bygone era. Yuvraj Khanna, an avid photographer from Delhi, went a step further to find that out! Four months back, this 24-year old decided to go ahead with his unique, yet creative idea and started hunting for old photographs of popular Delhi monuments on the internet.
What he did with those is making the youth go gaga over his Instagram profile today!
Scroll down to see these timeless wonders through his eyes…or rather, lens!
1. The ruins of Qutub Minar might have green sitting spaces today. Back then it had nothing more than shrubs & weeds…
2. Oh yes! There was a time when you could actually lean against the Iron Pillar near Qutub Minar. The pillar’s condition, though, has remained unchanged since its inception.
3. Seeing how roads near Rashtrapati Bhavan looked then, you’ll probably wanna go back in time to escape Delhi’s maddening traffic…
4. …And if the picture above didn’t convince you, this definitely will.
5. The peaceful and pretty St. James Church, as we see today, was once pummeled with bullets during a rebellion against the British
6. Here’s India Gate as we see it today vs when it was under construction…
7…And here’s India Gate with the Amar Jawan Jyoti vs one that didn’t have the latter yet!
8. These autowalas in Connaught Place are completely oblivious to the fact that they were almost run over by a tank back in 1947!
9. This is what the PVR Plaza of Connaught Place looked like back in the 1950s, only less popular now
10. The lush green lawns of Humayun’s Tomb were used as farming lands back then. And you thought it always looked like this?
“Since culture and history is so deeply ingrained in Delhi, travelling through time in this city is a feeling made real whether it’s through a street name that has an old lore attached to it or through physical manifestations of the city’s architecture that we all love so much,” is what an excited Yuvraj told Buzzfeed earlier this week.
Interesting, isn’t it? Now why don’t you share this with your friends and let them too take a virtual tour to the past through this budding photographer’s excellent photowork. And if you’d like to suggest to him more monuments he could cover, feel free to pop them in the comments below!
This story was originally posted on Buzzfeed.