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New Delhi, India

Lodhi Art District

India's first open-air public art district sits in the heart of the country's capital. 

Lodhi Colony is a neighborhood located in central Delhi that mostly contains government housing blocks. But this isn’t a bland stretch of real estate.

In 2015, the St+art India Foundation, an organization dedicated to making art more accessible, partnered with the government to allow street artists to use the state-owned buildings as massive canvases. 

As a result, this once-quiet residential neighborhood has now become a vibrant hub of eclectic artwork. Over 50 murals created by local and foreign artists are now housed here. The works cover a wide range of themes, from social issues to nature to re-imagined aspects of Indian culture. 

The success of Lodhi Colony has driven a surge in interest in street art across India, as St+art has expanded its efforts to other major cities. By making the murals free to all, this initiative has given Indians of all economic strata the opportunity to engage with and become more involved in art.

Know Before You Go

There is no definitive map for navigating the murals in Lodhi Colony, so the best way to see the art is exploring on your own. The majority of the art is located between Meherchand Market and Khanna Market. Start at one of these points and gradually discover the murals yourself.

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