Pride Ride through heritage quarters of Lutyens Delhi
Utter the word, Lutyens Delhi (pronounced Lutchens and not Lootens) and chances are that images of the majestic Republic Day parade, the grandeur of India Gate and Parliament House will unfold in your mind. On GoMissing Lutyens Pride Ride, we cycle through the leafy boulevards that lead to impressive historical monuments like Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate and 11 Murti. The ride is all about re-discovering the stories from India’s colonial past, seeing the landmarks, we have often driven past or seen only up-close on television.
The ride begins early at 6:00 AM from the GoMissing office in sector 7 Dwarka, Delhi. The fully supported ride means, all you need to do is turn up in comfortable weather appropriate attire, a water bottle and a camera.
Head to 11 Murti
We head towards Central Delhi crossing the cantonment on way and stopping for a photo session at 11 Murthi on Mother Teresa Crescent. This massive glistening black sculpture by the artist Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury shows Mahatma Gandhi leading the Dandi March during the Civil Disobedience Movement. An artist par excellence, Deviprasad has often depicted the struggle of common man in British India. His work ‘Triumph of labour’ remains one of the masterpieces of contemporary art.
The next stop is the Teen Murti Memorial by British sculptor, Leonard Jennings, which stands on the road junction in front of extensive grounds of Teen Murti bhawan. The memorial comprises life-size statues of three soldiers, and was built in 1922 in the memory of the Indian soldiers from three Indian princely states, namely; Jodhpur State, Hyderabad State and Mysore State who served at Gaza Strip during the World War I under British India Army.
Raisina Hill and onwards to India Gate
From Teen Murti, we head towards Raisina Hill. This is one of the best places to view the Rashtrapati Bhawan and India Gate from. We see Parliament House bathed in morning light and next, we ride alongside the promenade on Rajpath and see India Gate in all its imposing glory. The path we follow is the same path that Indian armed forces and state tabloids take during Republic Day parade.
Morning is the time when we see other cyclists and fitness buffs enjoying the pleasant surroundings and soaking in some rich heritage.
The ride ends here, but fun does not! Hungry after the ride, we head towards Mysore café on Ashoka Road for a hearty south Indian meal.
Join us as we take you around Lutyens Delhi.
At a Glance
- Meeting time: Summers 5:30 AM, Winters 6:30 AM
- Meeting Point: GoMissing Expeditions Office – sector 7 Dwarka
- Ride distance: Approximately 45 km
- Duration: About 3 – 3.5 hours
- What to carry: Water bottle, camera
- What to wear: Shorts/ cycling shorts. Cycling Jersey/ T-shirt. Helmets are mandatory and are provided with all our bike rentals
- Group Size: Maximum group size of 5
INR 1,250/- per person