I am so glad Priyanka posted this. On my trip to Delhi last year, during my unexpected tour of Chandni Chowk, my guide took me here. At the time I had no idea who Ghalib was but found the space interesting but months later had forgotten about my my visit.
In the intervening months, though, I read a bit more and learned who Ghalib was. Now I feel a little embarrassed. I basically did the equivalent of going to the UK and seeing this old playwright’s house and forgetting I’d even been there only to be told later who Shakespeare was. How lucky was I to have the opportunity to visit Ghalib’s haveli even if I only realized what an amazing thing I saw after the fact?!
I wanted to visit this place for so long and one fine weekend I got the opportunity to do so and it was an extremely surreal experience specially because of the location of this place, I am talking about Ghalib ki Haweli and as the name suggests it’s the residence of the famous 19th-century poet.
I started by taking a metro towards Vishwavidhyala and getting down at Chandni Chowk metro station from there I started my rikshaw journey towards Ballimaran where the haveli is located. Rikshaw journeys in Chandni chowk are always fun you get to see people from all walks of life, somewhere far away you could smell hot jalebis getting ready to be sold, you could hear azaan from the nearby mosque, children playing cricket in the middle of the road and shopkeepers selling all kinds of things.
From the narrow roads of Chandni Chowk, our rickshaw took…
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