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"Nicolson Cemetary" Delhi Things to Do Tip by Rupanworld

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During the India's first war of independance in 1857, Brigadier-General John Nicholson of the Bengal Army led 2,000 soldiers and attacked Delhi. Nicholson’s men attacked the Kashmiri gate of Delhi within which the Indian rebels had held up, the army was large and succeeded in breaking the defence and entering. The event saw huge casualties on both sides. But nevertheless, the British captured Delhi as well. It is said that there were so many dead bodies resulting from this action that it was impossible for the living people to come out of their houses. It was decided that all the dead bodies- whether Indian or British- would be gathered together and burnt. During the attack, like many of his men, John Nicholson, also died. However, he was buried with full honour. This cemetery is known after him and during the early years, it was a must see point for all visitors from England. Today the Nicholson Cemetery is rather in a state of neglect.

Directions: Close to Kashmiri gate metro station

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