Mirza Ghalib Ki Haveli

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Mirza Ghalib Ki Haveli

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The area
Neighborhood: Chandni Chowk
This densely populated neighbourhood of Old Delhi is more than three centuries old and is a prized treasure trove, home to diverse Indian communities is most popular for its heritage havelis, old bazaars and places of worship. Explore the everyday life of the locals as you walk into the spice, jewellery, dry fruits, wedding markets and build up an appetite for the Indian street food, including stuffed parathas & jalebis and Mughlai food at Karims. Head to the magnificient Jama Masjid for stunning views of Delhi 6, with the iconic symbol of India in the backdrop – Red Fort. The diversity of Old Delhi demands an entire day to truly enjoy all the treasures hidden in this culturally rich part of the city.
How to get there
  • Chandni Chowk • 6 min walk
  • Chawri Bazar • 7 min walk
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34 reviews
Very good

New Delhi, India107 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a small Haveli in a small crowded street of Chandni Chowk In Old Delhi. It was here that Mirza Ghalib spent last nine years of his life. The visit takes you back 150 years in history and brings in mind the images when Ghalib would have lived here. Sheer delight. The place has now been converted into a small museum of sort where things related to Ghalib are kept and his poetry is written. I had visited Chandni Chowk so many times earlier but was not aware of this historical jewel in one of the alleys. Quite clean and calm, must visit if you love Ghalib and his poetry.
Written January 13, 2020
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Payal G
Mumbai, India1,095 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
One has to abandon Google maps and rely on old fashioned instructions from locals (ask the senior shopkeepers for Ghalib's haveli in Balimaran) to reach this unique museum. It's about a 10 minutes walk through Chandni chowk market from the Chandni chowk metro station. Basically a portion of the ground floor of his haveli has been converted into a museum. While the display items are not his personal things the place has a wealth of information on his life. Entry is free.

Urdu poets during the lingering end of the Mughal Empire have been among the most famous residents of Delhi thanks to their poetic tributes to their beloved city which are still quoted. They captured the pinnacle of Delhi's culture and riches.

Of these poets Ghalib towers the tallest. While he had residences across North India where he spent varied amounts of time, he is best known for his association with Delhi and the last Mughal Bahadur Shah Zafar. Though the environs of Ghalib's Delhi residence are no longer what they would have been in his time, it's worth a visit for his fans and those trying to get a glimpse of old Delhi culture. Readers of William Dalrymple will also find it an interesting visit.

Written December 31, 2019
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New Delhi, India200 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
When I came to know of the place, I was expecting to see the whole Haveli. Upon visiting I came to know that the government restored only two rooms of the Haveli in year 2010. Excellent paintings of Mirza Ghalib with two original manuscripts are placed for public viewing.
Written January 13, 2016
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Canada1,663 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Through the maze of turns and alley ways in Chandni Chow lays this very well hidden old havali that is turned into an esoteric haven for admirer's who appreciate the works of Mirza Ghalib.
Written March 19, 2020
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Niranjan D
New Delhi, Delhi, India1,399 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
This is the place where the famous poet spent his last days. Though the place is called Haveli, it is not more than a small two rooms + one courtyard house. It is pathetic to see the condition and maintenance standard of the place of such a well known poet. The rooms contain several hand written collection of ghazals of the great poet and a huge painting on the wall. There is a sculpture of Ghalib donated by another great poet of bollywood, Gulzar. Located on a crowded small lane of Qusim Jaan Gali at Baradari, Ballimaran in Chandni Chowk (opposite a small Ballimaran Government Dispensary). It is for the people who loves Ghalib and his poems.
Written November 30, 2017
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New Delhi, India99 contributions
May 2017
Good place to know a little more of the poet! Well maintained artifacts are there for view.
However the area that is open to tourists is quite small.
Written May 18, 2017
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New Delhi, India11 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Mirza Ghalib, the famous Urdu & Persian poet who weaved the last years of the Mughal Empire in India’s Delhi with his immaculate collection of poetry, lies forgotten in the cotton air you breathe in this ruined Haveli (mansion). Fans of old forts and monuments such as me simply love walking down these lanes. History of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s crumbling empire lies bare open for you to feel here. Only a small portion of the Haveli has been restored - the rest occupied by small shops. It lies in a very narrow lane, a small walk away from Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. As you approach it under the eye of curious onlookers, you enter through an old, big doorway. It’s dark inside and it takes a bit of a time for your eyes to adjust. Noise from the outside magically escapes, it’s cool inside, coloured lamp shades and old walls are adorned with Ghalib’s poetry and old items. You wonder how Ghalib would have climbed the stairs, fallen in love, taken the ride to the Red Fort for the royal court and held Mehfils. The walls are cold to touch, the place is quite small and before you know, you’ve covered it all... curtains cover big arches giving you an idea how door-less buildings worked in those days. The reading material gives an idea of history to those who don’t know much. More than being informative, a trip to Ghalibs Haveli makes you live a moment in history, feel it for yourself, regret the crumbling ruins and go back with a bit of Ghalib etched in you forever.

Must Have: chai and jalebi at Firdaus Mithai Wala at the corner nearby
Written August 7, 2019
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Mumbai, India217 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Myself being a fan of Glib sir's writing, found a treat in this visit to be able to see the place where that great literary figure spend the last of his mortal life. The entrance is free and that is very much evident on the bad upkeep of the place!
Written March 30, 2019
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,968 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Mirza Ghalib was one of the most well-known literary figures of India. On my recent visit to Chandni Chowk in Delhi, I was informed by Google that the haveli, where this great poet spent his last days, was nearby. Following directions through the narrow lanes of Ballimaran, I stumbled upon the place.

The nondescript building only has a small board at the entrance describing who was once its occupant. Inside, one can see that most of the building has been taken over by various businesses, with only a couple of rooms and a passageway serving as a memoir of Ghalib's life and times.

While there are plenty of pics and verses by the poet, it does not really engage an uninformed visitor. A lone caretaker is in charge of the place and entrance to it is free. That said, the internal lighting is extremely poor and the maintenance leaves plenty to be desired. The government needs to urgently take charge of the place and improve it, as it can be a prominent landmark in the area.
Written December 15, 2017
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Satyendra Garg
Port Blair, India6,490 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Though I am not in Urdu Shaayari but I have heard of Mirza Ghalib and I find it coincidence that I have been to his grave in Nizamuddin, Ghalib Academy and Ghalib Haveli.
He is certainly the best known Shaayar who lived during and saw the Great Revolt of 1857. His compositions are revered worldwide by connoisseurs of literature and poetry.
This is a great place to be in Ballimaran in Chandni Chowk. They have kept his poetry and the ambience of those times. It is a good feeling to be there and take photographs.
The Haveli is open between 11 AM and 6 PM except on Mondays when it is closed.
Written June 4, 2017
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