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With it’s birth as Shahjahanabad in 1639, the wallet city of Delhi continued to be the capital of the Mughals till the end of the dynasty – and carried the history forward with the havelis and the royal cuisine – both speaking of the grandeur of the olden years that this place has seen. Today, although the scene has completely changed – with dilapidated buildings and crowded alleys carrying weight of the old world charm on their shoulders, the aura still prevails.
Frequented by foodaholics and on a must-do list of foreigners, Chandni Chowk is a place unknown to none. Be it the best mughlai food available throught the year, the seasonal delicacies, or the history of the place – it attracts people from every nook and corner of the world – Indians and foreigners alike. President, Heritage India Foundation and MP Mr. Vijay Goel & his son Siddhant, orchestrated the restoration of Haveli Dharampura – located in one of the bylanes – Gali Gulian, Dharampura – over 7 years! A work of passion and dedication – the before and after pictures of the three storeyed haveli – speak for themselves – the story of a khandahar turning into a heritage hotel. Just consider the facts – 7 years; 45 lakhs, around 1000 trucks of debris – don’t they speak of the enormity of the task?
The majesty of the haveli will leave you spellbound – well appointed rooms and suites, chajjas, a central courtyard with a fountain, a library, a rooftop restaurant with a view and a 360 view of the walled city – are examples of the magnificence. Haveli Dharampura is the perfect example of restoration – the mughal architecture is perfectly preserved – a feat achieved during the first 3 years. What was once dotted by ramshackle balconies, flaking walls and a claustrophobic colony of 60 rooms, has now been transformed into royal rooms & suites, each named after a gate of Delhi. There will be performances, a museum, a library, a heritage centre to name a few.
Lakhori is the quaint in house restaurant of the haveli – and will cater to both the residents and non-residents. The menu here is in full sync with vibe of Chandni Chowk – where traditional and modern co-exist in symphony – some age old mughlai recipes, some modern twists and a plethora of exciting beverages to choose from. The smoothies and mock-tails are a perfect blend of time-honored and modern recipes – who knew the customary chai-biscuit could have an avatar as a beverage. Jahan-Ara was everyone’s favorite – a khus based mocktail infused with some chili flavor made its rounds. The array of smoothies tasted as good as they appeared to the eyes and Paan Banarasi – a liquified version of the favorite mouth freshener was refreshing.
The menu boasts of mughlai cuisine with twists – kadak roomali roti redefining the concept of community eating, the kebabs served with miniature paranthas and the very surprising aloo gobhi mutter deconstructed – a must try – what a brilliant way of presenting the household common. The menu has ample choices – especially the vegetarians are going to be very contented eating here.
aloo gobhi matar deconstructed
The haveli, now a Welcome Heritage property opens to public next month, reservations are on. It is perfect way to rejoice the history and aura that Chandni Chowk so elegantly echoes.
2293, Gali Gulian, Dharampura, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Nearest Metro: Chawri Bazaar
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