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Havelis of Delhi

Havelis or palatial residence of Delhi symbolise the historical and cultural grandeur, which have been an innate part of the the historical city for centuries. The history of havelis date back to the days when the city was called Shahjahanbad during Shahjahan tenure 1638-1649. Though many of the havelis were destroyed during the Sepoy mutiny of 1857, yet many of the havelis, which were residence of rich and famous people of the city, are still present in some parts of Old Delhi.

Built in classical style, the havelis of Delhi were a grand edifice in their hey-days, which have become one of prime tourist attraction for visitors willing to peep into rich historical past of Delhi. Names of some of the famous havelis include Ghalib’s Hakimon Ki Haveli (where the great poet Ghalib lived), haveli of Zeenat Mahal, Begum Samru’s Kothi, Namak Haram Ki Haveli, Haidar Quli Ki Haveli and Neharwali Haveli (the ancestral home of the president of Pakistan, General Parvez Musharraf).

All these havelis with its ruined originality may not be something that can be said to be the major attraction for tourists, yet it is worth putting one at greater understanding of richness and grandeur of cultural panorama of society hundreds years ago. A visit to these havelis along with its nearby locations, which are abode to many of famous historical monuments and sightseeing spots, constitute a fine excursion opportunity for tourists.

Must See & Do !
Visit the nearby tourist attractions: Several of famous tourist attractions like Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, St James Church, Lothian Cemetry, Salimgarh Fort and Rajghat are close to abundance of havelis lying in old Delhi area. Visiting these havelis along with is fine tourist delight.

Shop around the haveli: By the time your gazing at the havelis is over, you can shop at nearby famous shopping venues like Daryaganj Sunday book market, Chandni Chowk, Chatta Chowk, Nayi Sarak and Chor Bazar, all together make a hot shopping spot for Delhites.

Savour traditional foods at famous eating out: Located on the ground floor of the havelis are several of eating spots lined up in a row. Some stalls date hundreds years back, and have become favourite eating points for tourists. Must try are Peshawari Restaurant, Nandlal Ka Dhaba, Karim Hotel, Ghantewala Sweet Shop and Paranthewali Gali.

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