Tucked away in Bal­li­maran bazaar in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, Ghalib ki Haveli is a 300-year-old his­tor­i­cal build­ing turned mu­seum, where you can revel in the famed poet's glory.

India Today - - ENTRY FREE - By Ak­shita Khosla

Echos of the Past

What Shake­speare is to English, Mirza Ghalib is to Urdu. Born in Agra as Mirza Asadul­lah Khan, Ghalib's works on sad­ness, de­spair and love have won peo­ple's hearts all over the world. The haveli-turned-memo­rial mu­seum is now decked in bright red drap­ery and dainty chan­de­liers to recre­ate the Mughal era, and of­fers in­sight into the poet's life­style. It was here that Ghalib wrote some of his finest verses and ghaz­als be­fore he breathed his last in 1869.

A Le­gend's Legacy

Head here for a peek into our rich cul­tural his­tory and to get mes­merised by Ghalib's un­par­al­leled legacy. This dimly lit mu­seum also wit­nessed the blood­shed of the re­volt of 1857 and the de­cline of the Mughal Em­pire.

For­got­ten Trea­sure

The poet's last pho­to­graph, hand-writ­ten let­ters, a life-size por­trait in a re­al­is­tic set­ting with a hookah in his hand, and a bust of Ghalib is what you will find here.

Ghalib ki Haveli was ac­corded the sta­tus of a her­itage site by Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia af­ter a 1997 High Court judge­ment.

Pho­to­graphs by RAMESH SHARMA

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