Art Galleries & Exhibition

Make Art, Not War: Things to do at Lodhi Colony

In early 2016, artists from all over the world were invited to New Delhi, to help make Lodhi Colony the very first ever open public art district in India. With coordination with the government, the St+art foundation was able to do so. Today it's quite possibly the most beautiful city block I've ever been to (not that I've travelled the world, but I have seen my share of city living).

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The paintings on the walls are a sight to behold and it's easy to forget that we're still in Delhi, as we walk from street to street with each grand canvas etched with a vision of an artist from a different part of the world. I could go on about these colourful streets but let us leave that for another time. Unknown to most, Lodhi Colony was the last residential area to have been built under the British Raj in Delhi.

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And quite frankly, they did a bloody good job of it. Ample space for the residents to chill, a front yard, and even parking space. Not to forget the immense greenery in the area (as if having Lodhi Garden in the vicinity wasn't enough). And the best part is the silence. Yes, the one thing that is most scarce in a city like Delhi. Silence. All this makes it, quite possibly the best place to live in the city. This obviously doesn't include the people who were born with a Golden Spoon in their mouth. For them, they're better of battling for a spot at Lutyen's Bungalow Zone.

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There are a fair number of monuments in the area and if you're into architecture and history, it's a must see. If you're not, there still is plenty to do. For example, the eateries here range from your hole in the wall budget ones like MI food center to exclusive members-only IIC Cafe. After you've had your fill, you can also indulge in some retail therapy at stores like Play Clan, where you get quirky stationary or The Book Shop, to buy your dose of literature. If these bore you and you prefer boutiques, then they have that as well. And there are a few more. And then some more. Trust me, there's something for everyone. Now go get some Lodhi Loving.

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