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Coronation Durbar Park

Coronation Durbar Park is situated on the Burari road close to Delhi’s Nirankari Sarovar. At times, it is also referred as Coronation Memorial as it served as Delhi Durbar’s venue during 1877 when the England Queen Victoria took charge as Indian Empress. Later on, in the year 1903, it celebrated grand accession of the King Edward VII. On December 12th 1911, they organized the coronation ceremony of George V who took the responsibility of Indian Emperor. In 1911, Westminster Abbey got his coronation here which was attended by princely states. In order to throw limelight on Delhi’s history they decided to organize coronation durbars in this wide open Coronation Park ground.

Currently, they are restoring the monuments at this place. This park carries the tallest and largest King George V statue along with lofty pedestal. The statue was bought from central New Delhi to this park during mid 1960s. King George V who took his coronation as Indian Emperor in the year 1911 laid foundation stone for New Delhi as new capital of India.

History of Coronation Durbar Park

Being a prominent destination of well known historical legacy, Delhi was selected to be the appropriate place to construct park. Towards Shahjahanabad’s south, they developed New Delhi with 3 durbars in 40 years by British Monarchy. This location displayed the great grandeur of British rulers to native Kings and other people who visited the Durbar.

Lord Lytton, Indian Viceroy inaugurated the durbar on January 1st 1876 at Delhi’s Coronation Park to celebrate the proclamation of Indian Empress, Queen Victoria. He carried this procession just to show British Government’s effort in establishing, ‘order and discipline, which was in ideology part of the whole system of colonial control’.

British Monarchs celebrated their Coronation by organizing 2nd and 3rd durbars at this destination.  King Edward VII celebrated his coronation on January 1st 1903 by organizing second durbar. Chief architect and Viceroy, Lord Curzon meticulously planned and organized an outstanding display of splendor and pomp.

In 1911, they organized final durbar at same venue in the same fashion. The durbar was carried out with great effort and care ensuring everything at utmost pomp and glitter as George V, the Emperor was supposed to attend that durbar. Lord Hardinge organized this as King was the 1st monarch of UK to participate in this durbar. King was accompanied by Queen Consort, Mary. The historical proclamations made by King led to current Edward Lutyens developed New Delhi which was constructed towards Shahjahanabad’s south west which was the very last Mughal region in Delhi.  Queen and King George V took their seats on a golden throne under the shade of golden umbrella proclaiming the capital change of British captured India to Delhi from Calcutta on December 11th, 1911.

Best Time to Visit

Morning time is the ideal time to enjoy Coronation Park.

How to Reach

Light form of railway lines lay during 1911 durbar connecting the camp of Governors and Viceroy to Civil lines on the other side whereas the other line runs between proclamation podium and parade ground.
This park is situated on Burari Road (Bhai Parmanand Marg) in crowded urban picture of Delhi, 17 km from Delhi and 2 km from Kingsway Camp. Karnal road or Mall Road paves way to Bhai Paramanand road from Kingsway civil lines of Delhi.

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