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on nature’s lap An early morning scene at Lodi Garden
on nature’s lap An early morning scene at Lodi Garden

A Heritage Walk provides a workout with a historical class, discovers Sanjeev Verma

Gyms might be the preferred workout place for most, but the joy of the outdoors cannot be replaced by machines. I realised this when recently I got a chance to be a member of the Lodi Garden heritage walk group. It was one of the heritage walks organised every month by the Indian National Trust for Art and Heritage Culture (INTACH), Delhi.

After getting up earlier than my usual, I reached Lodi Garden as 8 a.m. on a Sunday. I must say, this seemed like quite a travesty of justice. The whole world was relaxing and I had to go out. But I decided to be a sport and have a good time. Jaya Basera, the guide who conducts heritage walks under the aegis of INTACH, started by briefing us about the programme and the place.

I was in fact lucky to get an opportunity, which served two purposes at the same time. Not only did this walk gave me a chance to personally get information about some exquisite examples of medieval architecture, but also showed me the value of garden strolls.

I got a chance to study different people in various yoga postures. While the walk helped me to exercise my legs and expand my lungs, it helped me clear my head as well. I could hear the chirping of the birds and feel a fresh breeze. These are benefits that I can never get in a gym. And on top of that, I even got a history lesson.

I got a chance to learn about the tombs of Mohammad Shah and Sikander Lodi. Mohammad Shah’s Tomb was built in Sayed period (1414 – 1525) and the Shish Gumbad was built during the reign of Sikander Lodi (1484-1517). There are some graves in the garden under the open sky. This was because of a belief that the blessings of God fall in the form of mist and dew drops and can be experienced only under an open sky.

This was one workout where I did not need to shell out a single penny from my pocket and I was not compelled to follow any particular time schedule. I realised that next time I could even take my pet for this workout! How perfect is that?

(To take part, contact: intachdelhi@rediffmail.com)

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