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Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli
Submitted by sarfrazyusuf on Thu, 12/04/2007 - 20:27

The Haveli of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib (1796-1869) is located in the Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi and is the place where the great poet spent the last three years of his life. The Haveli has since been considerably renovated and was being used for commercial purposes until December 1999 when the Delhi Government acquired a portion of the Haveli and set up a memorial museum dedicated to the great poet. The museum was opened to public on 27th December 2000 on the birth anniversary of Mirza Ghalib.

The acquired portion of the Haveli has been restored to its original splendor. Originally the Haveli consisted of arched corridors on three sides enclosing an open courtyard. However now only a portion of it is open for the visitors but a lot of care and effort has been put so that the visitors can relive and experience the nineteenth century grandeur. The special features of the Haveli have been highlighted like the Mughal Lakhori bricks, sandstone flooring, wooden entrance gate and chhajja in the courtyard.

One must not skip the museum inside the haveli which houses various personal belongings of the maestro that provide an insight into his life. It contains letters of Ghalib written in his own hand in both Urdu as well as English. There is also a photograph of the poet with a hookah in his hand, which is considered to be his last photograph. Besides all this, one can also find a chronology of events, selected couplets from his works (in Urdu Only), books and some other personal belongings of the poet.

Address – Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk, Delhi

How to Reach – The best way to reach here would be to take a Metro to the Chandni Chowk station and hire a cycle-rickshaw from there. One could also take local buses or hire an auto rickshaw (not recommended due to the chaotic traffic situation in Old Delhi).

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Guest wrote The greatest Urdu Poet at 12:51:58 AM on December 31, 2008

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I really appreciate the efforts made by our Delhi Govt to conserve the heritage of Mirza Ghalib. This city of Delhi has forgotten her Legendary Poet-Mirza Ghalib.

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