Goel Saheb Ki Kothi

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Built around 1869 AD, the haveli is in Dharampura of Shahjahanabad, the old city of Delhi. The name Dharampura of the locality was named after the word ‘Dharam’-religion, likely because of the presence of large number of small and big religious institutions including famous Jain temples.

The building is situated in close proximity of historic Jama Masjid and famous Jewelry markets of Dariba Kalan and Kinari Bazar. The haveli has one of the world’s narrowest gali in its backside “Gali Krishna”.

Vijay Goel and Siddhant Goel adopted this haveli in association with Heritage India Foundation. Due to its distinctive features such as central courtyard, arched entrances, sand-stone and marble pillars it is attributed to Late Mughal, Hindu and European architectural and design elements.

The haveli once boasted of grandeur and royalty which had been reduced to an ordinary run down building with spaces unrecognizable and falling structures. With 6 years of hard work and after extensive research, Vijay Goel and Siddhant Goel – the restorers worked tirelessly with active association of Architect Kapil Aggarwal.

The haveli now stands completely restored and reinstated. This enormous effort of the restoration work at Haveli Dharampura has renewed hope for the thousands of other havelis in the lanes and by lanes of yesteryears Shahajahanabad-todays Chandni Chowk.

Architecturally, the haveli is a unique example of residential buildings during 18thCentury and was planned around a central courtyard, a standard feature of that era. There is an intricate use of stone brackets, marble inlays, jharokas, and multi foliated arched gateways, arches, carved sandstone facades and wooden doorways. The traditional style of construction with lakhori bricks with mud and lime mortar, sandstone slabs, wooden joists and planks, flooring with lime concrete and the use of marblepillars for spanning gives a distinct architectural contribution to the period.

The haveli has become one of the most preferred cultural destination of Delhi. It has 13 fully functional rooms where guests experience the royal hospitality of a grand hoveli, restaurants serving authentic food of Old Delhi. A Hooka Room, a library, an Art Gallery, a handicraft shops, spa, two courtyard for functions. One can enjoy Kabooterbaaji (Flying Pigeon), Patangbaaji (Kite Flying) and can see Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Shishganj, Baptisht Church etc from the haveli’s viewing gallery.

Rahul Kumar
written by: Rahul Kumar
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