Ghalib ki Haveli

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Ghalib ki Haveli
غالب کی حویلی
Bust of Mirza Ghalib.JPG
A bust of the Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib, at the Haveli
Established27 December 2000[1]
LocationGali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran
Key holdingsHandwritten Poems of Ghalib
CollectionsBust of Ghalib
Public transit accessChawri Bazaar Metro Station

Ghalib ki Haveli (Urdu: غالب کی حویلیALA-LC: G̱ẖālib kī Ḥawelī IPA: [ˈɣɑːlɪb kiː ɦəˈʋeːliː] lit. "Ghalib's Mansion") was the residence of the 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and is now a heritage site[2] located in the Gali Qasim Jan, Ballimaran, Old Delhi and reflects the period when the Mughal era was on the decline in India.

؎ اگ رہا ہے در و دیوار سے سبزہ غاؔلب
ہم بیاباں میں ہیں اور گھر میں بہار آئی ہے

Transliteration (ALA-LC):

"Ug rahā hai dar o-dīwār se sabzah, G̱ẖālib!
Ham bayābāṉ meṉ haiṉ aur ghar meṉ bahār āʾī hai."

It is roughly translated into English as:[3]

"Greenery is growing out of the doors and walls, 'Ghalib'!
I am in wilderness and spring has arrived at my house."


A view of the Haveli

Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli is located in the Old Delhi and is a heritage site declared by Archaeological Survey of India. It offers an insight into the Mirza Ghalib’s lifestyle and architecture of the Mughal Era.[4] The large compound of the Haveli with columns and bricks are the reminiscence of the Mughal Empire in Delhi. The walls are adorned with the huge portrait of the poet and his couplets which are hung around the side walls. After the takeover by the Delhi government the haveli was made into a permanent memorial museum housing objects related to the poet and his times. It also houses various hand written poems by the poet besides his books. The museum also houses a life size replica of the poet in a realistic setting with a hookah in his hand. Portraits of Ustaad Zauq, Abu Zafar, Momin, and other noted contemporaries of Ghalib can also be seen. On 27 December 2010, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit unveiled a sculpture of the poet that was sculpted by a well known artist Bhagwan Rampure and commissioned by poet and Hindi film lyricist Gulzar.[5] A portrait of Ghalib commissioned by the former president of India Dr. Zakir Hussain served as the blue print for the sculpture.[6]


Ghalib lived in this Haveli for a long period of his life after he came from Agra. While staying at this Haveli, he wrote his Urdu and Persian ‘diwans’.Many a year after Ghalib's death the place housed shops inside it until the year of 1999 after which the govt. acquired a portion of it and renovated it. It was given a special touch with the use of Mughal Lakhori bricks, sandstone & a wooden entrance gate to recreate the 19th century period.[2]


It is built using traditional material including lakhori bricks and lime mortar.[7][8][9][10]


Located near Chawri Bazar metro station and Delhi Junction railway station it is open to all, with free entry and no photography charges, from 11 am till 6 pm on all days except Monday.


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  1. ^ "Ghalib ki Haveli". Archived from the original on 20 November 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Ghalib ki Haveli". Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. ^ Ghalib: Ug raha hai dar-o-deewar se
  4. ^ "Mirza Ghalib's Haveli in Chandni Chowk, Delhi". Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Ghalib's marble bust unveiled". Times of India. 27 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Ghalib's Legacy". 3 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Haveli to speak of a history lost in time". Times of India. 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ "5. Havelis of Kucha pati Ram, in South Shahjahanabad" (PDF). World Monument Fund.
  9. ^ "Revival of Hemu's Haveli on the cards". Yahoo News India. 6 August 2015.
  10. ^ "A Jail, school and orphanage: Bawana's fortress gets another makeover". Hindustan Times. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018.