|| Mirza Ghalib ki Haveli ||
“Hazaaron khwahishein aise k har khwahish mein dum nikle,
Bohut nikle mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle” – Mirza Ghalib
At one of the by-lanes of old Delhi near Chandni Chowk, this 19th century home of the famous Ghalib is located at 5 minutes away from BalliMaran.
As you reach, you will find the place well kept with the Mughal times of architecture over the walls. There are two halls mainly. One consisting few items used by Ghalib and manuscripts of Ghalib, the other hall with a bust of Mirza Ghalib and details of his life stories framed all over the walls.
A notable thing about the place is the way the lighting, paintings, curtains have been put – just keeping the taste of a Sufi poet. Also, the place is really cool and quiet even being at the center of busy streets of old Delhi.
Renovated under the joint venture of Indian Council of Cultural Relations and the Government of Delhi. This Museum of Mirza Ghalib has been designed by Showcraft, they have kept the place in accordance to the historical shreds of evidence and with the parity to a Sufi poet’s house.
History says the Haveli was presented by a Physician who was a fan of his Urdu poems. Over here Ghalib stayed during the last 2 years of his life and used to recite his poems to his audiences every evening. After Ghalib’s death, the Physician denied anyone to reoccupy it.
This Haveli has also witnessed the fall of the Mughal empire and the rise of the British rule. It was in this turmoil, Ghalib used to reside.
So, get yourself and head to this place. Get soaked into some of the best-written poems of the poet.
How to Reach:
- Nearest metro station: Chandni Chowk
- Get a rickshaw and ask to take you to BalliMaran. It will hardly take 20 to 30 INR
- From Bali Maran Junction, start walking and follow the Google Maps.
- Journey to the place will be worth through the crowded bustles of typical Old Delhi
Best Time to Visit:
- Even on a weekend afternoon, the place was quiet and peaceful.
- Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (Monday closed)
- No entry fees for the place
- Photography is allowed inside the museum
- Washrooms are not there inside the place
- Time needed to visit would be around 20-30 minutes
Ending this with one of his writings: