Haveli Dharampura heritage boutique hotel is an oasis of old-world charm located in the heart of New Delhi’s old town within walking distance of the famed and fascinating sites of Delhi including the Chandni Chowk Bazaar, Asia’s largest spice market the Khari Baoli, the Jama Masjid and the not to be missed Red Fort. With a history that goes back some 200years, Haveli Dharampura was lovingly restored over a 6 year period back to its former glory, with the restoration work recognized by UNESCO for its preservation of a property of importance to the story and history of New Delhi – the restoration of Haveli Dharampura was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage in 2017. A Haveli is a traditional townhouse, manor house or palace that is significant for the quality and detail of its architecture and the Haveli Dharampura is one of Delhi’s finest examples. The Haveli Dharampura was built as a grand residence in the heart of old Delhi. The architecture draws inspiration from the Mughal period with intricate details in stone and wood, red-sandstone colonnades and the centrepiece of the property a large marble courtyard. The perfect grand residence in town, and the ideal home from home for travellers looking to explore and experience all the best of New Delhi. Today the Haveli Dharampura is a 13 rooms and suites heritage boutique hotel. Facilities at the hotel include a bar and lounge, rooftop terrace, marble courtyard, opportunities to try your hand at traditional kite flying from the hotel’s rooftop terrace, cultural shows and performances almost every day, and 2 restaurants including the locally renowned Lakhori Restaurant serving excellent Mughlai dishes along with a menu of dishes inspired by Delhi’s famous traditional street food restaurants and vendors. Perfect for sunset views enjoyed with a sundowner or champagne perhaps, the hotel’s rooftop terrace shares wonderful views of old Delhi with the minarets and domes of the nearby Jama Masjid as a beautiful backdrop. The Haveli Dharampura is a New Delhi boutique hotel without compare, sharing as it does the charms, character and history of yesteryear and located in the best place to enjoy the must-see sights and experiences of Delhi old town.
Mr Siddhant Goel
Your Host and The Team
“With the careful and sensitive restoration of what was an old haveli, called Haveli Dharampura, slowly going to ruin we have been able to showcase to the world the architectural glory that Daharampura was once known for. As an ardent Dilli Wallah (someone who calls Delhi home) I have grown up on a healthy diet of the historic temples and old houses that dot this endlessly fascinating city. Dharampura has everything that a place demands for one to enjoy the romance and wonder of Delhi’s history. Temples, havelis and many beautiful buildings that date back to the late 19th century. They all contribute to the region’s unique feel and character, and this is why I am doing my bit to save the Haveli Dharampura. Along with my father, we want to restore our home in a way that Dharampura is conserved and serves as an example of how heritage city can be preserved and remain relevant today. We cannot afford to let a place of history slip into oblivion. How else will we champion Delhi's case to be listed as a UNESCO world heritage city?
Built more around 200 years ago, Haveli Dharampura derives its name from its locality. ‘Dharampura’ was named after the word ‘Dharam’-religion, probably due to the presence of many Jain temples and the historic Jama Masjid in the area. The documents we have for the Haveli Dharampura informed us that the Haveli belonged to a Delhi Muslim family till 1869 when the grand home passed on to a Baniya family (mercantile caste). In 1982 the Haveli Dharampura was passed on to an adopted son who belonged to the Jain Community. The once grand Haveli had by now been reduced to a run-down building rapidly going to ruin. In 2010 the restoration and conservation of the Haveli Dharampura was started, and it took nearly 6 long years and 50 odd workmen under personal supervision to return the Haveli Dharampura to its former glory. It took in fact 3 years just to stabilize the structure. At first the idea was to open the property as a museum to showcase and promote the preservation and conservation of Delhis heritage buildings. However, after the 4th year of the restoration work, when the beautification work started, the idea of re-purposing the grand home as a Boutique Hotel was born, sharing a beautiful piece of Delhi’s heritage as the perfect home from home for visitors to this Dilli Wallah’s home. We look forward to welcoming you to Haveli Dharampura.”
Jharoka Rooms (5 units)
Diwan-E-Khas Rooms (6 units)
Shahjahan Suites (2 units)
Facilities and Highlights
- Lakhori Restaurant
The area of Chandani Chowk, where the Haveli Dharampura is located, is famed as the foodie capital of India for the enormous variety of food vendors and street food that deliciously and colourfully line the areas streets. The team at the Lakhori Restaurant, set on the Haveli’s ground floor, share the delicious delights of Chandani Chowk’s street food with diners by bringing the recipes of these wonderful dishes to the restaurant. Along with the restaurant’s take on Chandani Chawk’s street food delicacies, the Lakhori restaurant is also renowned for its menu of Mughlai cuisine.
- Live Classical Kathak
Sharing the arts and culture of the Mughal period within the beautiful setting of the haveli’s stunning architecture, the team at the Haveli Dharampura arrange performances of traditional Kathak music and dance every weekend. Enjoy the performance while dining on mouth-watering Chandni Chowk delicacies.
- Kite Flying and High-Tea
Head to the Haveli’s rooftop terrace and join in an Indian tradition, the flying of colourful kites. The views of old Delhi from the terrace are fantastic and enjoyed with a delicious high-tea and some sporting kite flying, memories are made of moments like these.
- Pigeon Flying
Marvel at the Northern Indian traditional skill of pigeon flying. Watch this unique art from the vantage point of Haveli Dharampura’s terrace. Pigeon flyers control their flocks of birds with a whistle, stick and bag of seed.
- Heritage and Spirituality Tour
Experience the ancient grandeur of Shahjahanabad on the banks of the Yamuna River. A guided tour taking in visits to India’s largest mosque the Jama Masjid, Asia’s largest spice market the Khari Baoli, the Kinari Bazaar selling rich and colourful fabrics and everything for dress making, the historic Naya Mandir Jain Temple and receive a blessing at the Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib (Sikh Temple).
- Old Delhi Street Food Walk
A guided tour of the many local favourite food vendors of Chandni Chowk. You will have the chance to visit and taste at least 10 of the finest and most cherished food stops in the area from the local savoury favourites of the flatbreads of Paranthe Wali Gali and the delicious Natraj Dahi Balla open since 1940 and serving just 2 vegetarian items, to the all-time favorite sweets of Gulab Jamun and Jalebi.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 13 guest rooms
Check-out until 12:00
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) New Delhi
Currency accepted: INR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Electricity voltage: 220V
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ACCESSHaveli Dharampura is located in the historic Chandni Chowk, less than 500m from the Chandni Chowk Metro Station and 50m from the Jama Masjid Police Station via Gali Guliyan. Parking (charged) is possible at Jama Masjid Gate No-3 (2-3 mins walk).
Airport transfers can be arranged, please contact the Secret Retreats concierge to book your private airport transfers.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) - 16 km
Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway station - 2 km
MRT Station: Chandni Chowk Metro station - 0.8 km
MRT Station: Chawri Bazar Metro Station - 0.89 km
MRT Station: Jama Masjid Metro Station - 0.95 km
CONTACT2293, Gali Guliyan, Near Gate No. 3 Jama Masjid, Dharampura Chandni Chowk, 110006 New Delhi , India