“Delhi as it stands today the capital of India has been the capital town from time immemorial.”
So begins the text of the guide book within which this lovely map is found. After a brief historical introduction, the guide lists and describes important tourist sites throughout the environs of Delhi. These sites correspond with pictorial representations on the map, and include Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Raj Ghat, Jama Masjud, and more.
The map is clearly designed for foreign visitors to the city. A clever ‘YOU ARE HERE’ stamp and drawn-in arrow points to about the Hotel Janpath — presumably this particular map was given out there or sold at a nearby newsstand, but the stamp and arrow could be applied differently for different locations.
In the main part of the map, colors distinguish different sections of the city. At center in yellow is New Dehli, an urban district that serves as the administrative heart of the city. It was developed as part of the 19th century move of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi, and large parts of it were planned by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, both leading 20th-century British architects.
At the north end of New Delhi is one of the centerpieces of Lutyens’ development plan, Connaught Place. Also appearing in more detail in a large inset at top Connaught Place is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in India.
Other insets include Jor Bagh Colony, an upscale neighborhood with many embassies, Defence Colony, an affluent neighborhood established for retired Indian Armed Forces personnel, Sunder Nager, and Kailash.
To the west of New Delhi, delineated by orange, is the Delhi Cantonment (popularly referred to as Delhi Cantt), which was established in 1914, and houses the Indian Army Headquarters, Delhi Area; the Army Golf Course; the Defense Services Officers Institute; military housing; Army and Air Force Public Schools; and various other defense-related installations.
The clever compass rose has a map of India at its center.