Revolt of 1857 – India’s 1st War of Independence & Siege of Delhi

Kashmere Gate walls which show where Cannon balls have left a mark from the assault of 12-14th sept 1857WHAT: 10th May 1857. A mass mutiny by a garrison of native Indian Sepoys (soldiers) of the British East India Company in the dusty little town of Meerut near Delhi threw the country into turmoil, and thus began the 1st Indian War of Independence.  The revolt soon spread like wild-fire across the Northern parts of India and Shahjahanabad (modern-day Old Delhi) the capital of the crumbling, almost non-existent Mughal Empire was thrust into prominence. The old and ailing Mughal king, Bahadur Shah Zafar II residing in Delhi’s Lal Quilla had suddenly become the unwilling rallying point for the mutineers & civilian uprising. The battle-cry of ‘Dilli Chalo’ was uttered & repeated by thousands of Indian soldiers of the ‘Company’ across regions and Delhi, became virtually synonymous to the control that the ‘Company’ or the ‘Indian Mutineers’ had over the country. For almost 15 months hard & violent battles were fought, but finally the British East India Company using advanced western arms & ammunition and a far better organized army quelled the ‘Mutiny of 1857’.

ATTRACTIONS: DelhiByFoot gives you the opportunity to explore some of the strategically significant spots related to the Mutiny on Delhi’s northern ridge & Kashmiri Gate area and and learn why Delhi or Shahjahanabad as it was known then, was of such importance to both the Indian ‘Mutineers’ and the English ‘Company Soldiers’. The walk covers one of Delhi’s major fort entrances which saw pitched fighting, positions from where both sides bombarded each other, a memorial erected in the honour of the British & Indian (supporters of the English army) soldiers who lost their lives defending & re-taking control of the city, one of Delhi’s oldest surviving active Church and the Nicholson cemetery.

BEST TIMES TO VISIT: Morning 7AM onwards


STARTING POINT: Kashmiri Gate Metro Station (McDonalds inside or outside the metro station, depending on your mode of transportation)

BEST WAY TO REACH: Take the Metro till Kashmiri Gate Metro Station on the Yellow Line (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri Track)


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8 thoughts on “Revolt of 1857 – India’s 1st War of Independence & Siege of Delhi”

  1. Hi yash…thanks for writing in. The events of 1857 definitely was more than just a small mutiny and hence of all efforts made by separate pockets of Indians this was by far the most historically significant…So yes in a way we think it definitely was a War of Independence…

    What about you ….what is your opinion of same…

  2. Yes Vishal, it was definitely not a national phenomena, but Mughal it definitely was not. Most of the disgruntled elements apart from the peasantry was the native Sepoys of EICompany…Bahadur Shah Zafar was just a figurehead who was suddenly thrust into importance….

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  3. yes 1857 revolt is not first freedom fight because all were fighting for their earlier position . it was not only mutiny but also pesants,landmaster were included in this revolt. if this revolt would spread all over india then we might be free in1857 revolt

    1. Yes Dev…many personal as well as societal triggers were there. Both for the people who rose in a revolt or those who continued supporting the English! Join in for some walk some day if you live in Delhi…

  4. Hello , and thank you for the info !! I just wanted to know if the heritage sites or any historical sites were affected in this revolt??!

    1. Hello , yes many monuments were affected and some vanished in the aftermath /as a consequence of the many small skirmishes between Indians and the Eurpeans.

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