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Timings : 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Lunch: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Closed on Monday

Cost : No Entry Fee

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Ghalib ki Haveli , Delhi Overview

Tucked in the Gali Qasim Jan in Ballimaran in Old Delhi, Ghalib ki Haveli was the residence of the celebrated 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. The building has now been turned into a heritage monument and is home to several relics from the life and times of the poet. Boasting of incredible Mughal architecture, the highlight of the Haveli is a sculpture of Mirza Ghalib that was installed in 2010. Besides, you can also find several poems written by the poet that are displayed here.

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A Peek into the Ghalib ki Haveli

Ghalib ki Haveli has been declared a heritage site by the Archaeological Survey of India. Built in the typical Mughal style of architecture with lime mortar and lakhori bricks, the monument offers a peek into the life and times of the renowned poet Mirza Ghalib. Arched walkways and a central courtyard welcomes you into the building where you can see the couplets of Mirza Ghalib written in his own handwriting that are hung on the walls. Along with that, there are also couplets written by his contemporaries in the likes of Ustaad Zauq, Abu Zafar, Momin Khan Momin and others.

Another wall on the side throws light on Ghalib’s favourite things like his attire and costumes. There is another poster that lists his favourite dishes which include taley hue kabab, sohan halwa, bhuna gosht, aam ka achaar and dal murabba etc. Besides that, there is another chart that lists his personal interests and hobbies like kite playing, playing chausar or shatranj etc.

In addition to that, there is a single door protected room in the haveli that has the only photograph that was ever taken of Ghalib. There are also other pictures and portraits of the poet. Aside from that, there are hand written letters, couplets and utensils and accessories like hookah etc.

Sculpture of Mirza Ghalib

History of Ghalib ki Haveli

It is believed that Mirza Ghalib lived here in the haveli for a long period of time after he came back from Agra. It was here that he wrote a large number of his Persian and Urdu ‘diwans’. After the death of Ghalib, the haveli housed several shops up until 1999 when the haveli got occupied by the government. It was then renovated and turned into a memorial museum.

How to Reach

The nearest metro station to Ghalib ki Haveli are Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar, both of which fall on the yellow line. From either of the metro stations, the monument is barely a 10 min walk into the bylanes of Ballimaran.

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