After Mumbai, Delhi is the second largest metropolitan city of India and capital of India as well. But other than being the political hub, Delhi holds a long history which should be known to every Indian or tourist who visits' the city.
If you are in Delhi, you would realise that there are many old structures that lie out of sight behind the new developments. But they are the actual face of history and showcase city's custom, culture, architecture, and craftsmanship. There is no better way to explore the city than taking the Delhi historical walks. Many tourist organisations today are using this method to familiarize the tourist the rich old culture of this city. The basic idea behind these walking tours is that it helps the tourists as well as the residents to know about the places that are not yet on the tourist itinerary and also helps them to communicate to the history in an intimate manner. One such place that is unknown to people is the Dharampura Haveli.
History of Dharmapura Haveli
Haveli in Dharampura is recognized as Late Mughal style; however, a portion of it is a later addition in the twentieth century. During the Mughal era, there were many havelis that were built by the courtiers. This haveli was built in 1887 AD. It was initially intended to have a blended design i.e. both private and business. Shops on the lower ground floor that open towards the road and the rest of the floors composed as living arrangement depicting the unification of the place. The ground floor with an excellent passage and first floor were built at a similar period, while the second floor plainly was a later addition in the mid-twentieth century. Earlier it was primarily used for residential purposes. However, as the time passed it is now used mainly for commercial activities.
Similar to other structures in old Delhi, even this place has turned into a ruin. But today, this haveli is in the race of getting nominated as the world heritage sites. In order to achieve this, for past seven years, restoration work is taking place in full swing. The only motive behind restoring this place is to bring back its originality that showcased strong reflection of Mughal and European era. To give back its original significance, the raw materials are procured from different parts of the county, for example, the cast iron railing were procured from Jaipur to give it an old Shahjahanstyle. Around 100's of masons worked day and night for the last seven years to give it back its old-world charm. So, during your historical walks in Delhi, Dharmapura will give you a sneak- peek into the city's magnificent past.
So, there are many unknown places in the city that has been drifted by the urbanisation but still has beautiful stories to tell. Heritage walks have bought these places into light once again. If you are visiting Delhi, then taking these heritage walks is a must to explore hidden histories of the place.
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