Chandni Chawk is one such place which has spread its name in every part of the country. Delhi 6, popularly know owing to its pin code has been quite successful in keeping its old Delhi tradition alive. There are many hidden gems in Chandni Chawk which equally needs to be explored and one such is Haveli Dharampura.
This 200-year-old property is one of the most beautiful heritage hotels and a real treasure is hidden amidst the chaos old Delhi. But before going further with it let me tell you that this architecture was renovated by minister Vijay Goel. There are palaces in Chandni Chawk which are now either a shopping complex or have been destroyed. It took six years to renovate the haveli and maintain the actual architecture and design.
So, having heard a lot about this palace cum heritage hotel, I wanted to visit this place. I had heard about the colourful evening organized here for the people.
The features of the haveli are a tribute to the late Mughal style. The haveli was constructed in 1887 AD. The three-storeyed haveli is an amalgamation of Mughal, Hindu and European architecture. However, before it was restored, there were families living in it and they had changed according to their need. The original roof at the upper level had collapsed, rooms were partitioned into smaller ones. It was in severe bad condition.
About the Haveli
Walking inside the Haveli will take you back in the Mughal era. Each and every design has been skillfully recrafted. There are in total 13 rooms for tourists and heritage enthusiasts to experience the unique and vibrant culture of Old Delhi. Haveli Dharampura has marble courtyards on every floor, jharokhas, woodwork inspired by the original designs found there and narrow staircases. The original safe or tijori, which was used by its original owners to store money and valuables, is also on display here.
Rooms at Haveli are named after the seven gates that guarded the old city of Shahjanabad. However, restrooms are inspired by the seven iconic markets of Chandni Chowk.
The best part of this haveli is its rooftop restaurant from where anyone can have a pristine view of Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. If you are morning person then don’t miss watching Chandni Chawk from its rooftop restaurant. The view is amazing and unforgettable.
If I would have to describe my experience in Haveli Dharamoura then I would say it is a perfect place for those who see beauty and art.
The highlight of haveli is Lakhori restaurant which includes a 7-course menu. This menu changes every week. The menu has 17 dishes–a spiced welcome drink, a selection of Dilli-6 chaat, followed by soup and variety of mains. On the vegetarian menu, the mains are aloo katliyan achari, deg subz korma, lazeez handi paneer and Dharampura special dal.
How to reach:
Get down at the Chawri Bazaar metro station. Walk or take a rickshaw to the Jama Masjid Police station. From there you walk to the street opposite ‘Gali Guliyan’ and take a right turn of the gali. The second haveli on your left is Haveli Dharampura.
There are three types of room options available: Shahjahan Suite for Rs 18,000 per night, Diwan-e-khas Room for Rs 11,250 per night and Jharokha Room for Rs 9,900 per night.
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