A timeless canvas of experiences

Haveli Dharampura

Haveli Dharampura

Delhi
, India

Built around 200 years ago, Haveli Dharampura derives its name from its locality. ‘Dharampura’ was named after the word ‘Dharam’ – religion, owing to the presence of a large number of Jain temples and the building’s proximity to the historic Jama Masjid. The title deeds show that it originally belonged to a Muslim family, and changed hands in 1869. By 1982 it had become home to a Jain family, and was in disrepair. In 2010, restoration began, initially with the aim of creating a museum, but eventually the idea of repurposing it into a boutique hotel was conceptualized. Restoration took nearly six years and over fifty workmen under personal supervision to achieve its current glory.

The Haveli has 14 rooms for guests to stay in, each named after the Gates or the Markets of Old Delhi.

The Restaurant ‘Lakhori’ is dedicated to Lakhori Bricks that one can still see on its unplastered walls, one of the main construction materials in the Mughal period.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Heritage

Destination

The magical streets of Old Delhi carry the iconic post code ‘Delhi-6’, captured on silver screen in a eponymous Bollywood movie. For a stay in Old Delhi, Haveli Dharampura cannot be beaten. Here, you are surrounded by the quintessential Old Delhi in all its flavours, colour and chaos. Winding your way through the lanes of old city to come up to the ‘Haveli’ at any part of the day or night is to see the city in a time-space wrap, vignettes that are unique to Delhi. At the Haveli, cuisine, culture, rituals and daily life come together to paint an evocative timeless canvas of experiences, all this at a short driving distance from all the capital’s iconic attractions.

Accommodation

Haveli Dharampura offers five-star hospitality for the discerning traveller. The 14 beautifully designed rooms give you the opportunity to relive the Mughal era through their architectural beauty while living amidst up-to-date comforts of modern times. The rooms and suites are decorated in a very personal Indian boutique vibe. Outside, pillared galleries enfold a central courtyard leading to the airy terrace where you can enjoy sundowner with views of Jama Masjid’s domes and minarets.

The three storied building houses two Shahjahan Suites, six Diwan-e-Khas rooms and six Jharoka rooms. Every room has been tastefully designed and has a unique ambience achieved through clever utilization of space. A Heritage traveller’s dream, every room tells the tale of two Indias – one that spells its history and the other that takes you through its restoration journey.

Dining

An old ethnic ambience and the desire to bring street food to the table lends an edge to Lakhori restaurant – named after the Lakhori bricks of the Mughal period. Located on the ground floor it promises to satiate your palate with Old Delhi delicacies and the rich Mughlai cuisine. Guests can also enjoy drinks at the rooftop, the regal arches take you back in time while you sip the champagne and watch the sun setting over the horizon feeling like a royal in the Mughal era.

Experiences

The experiences within the Haveli allows you to see Old Delhi as an insider. The early morning mix of sounds and rituals – from the muezzin call to prayer at dawn from the minarets of the Jama Masjid, the morning flurry of the wings of the homing pigeons, to the kites on a free fall in the late afternoon to late evening bustle of the city’s denizens and lanes pack up for a short night.

Heritage & Divine Spirituality Tour: Experience the Grandeur of Shahjahanabad (among the seven cities of Delhi) built on the banks of river Yamuna with our in-house walking guides. Visit the magnificent Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque), spend time at Digambar Jain Temple, takeaway Indian spices from Khari Baoli (Asia’s largest spice market), walk along the unending lanes of Kinari Bazaar (shops selling delicate lace, blingy borders and sparkly sequins) and finally be blessed at the Gurudwara Sis Ganj, sacred to Sikhs from all over the world.

Old Delhi Street Food Walk: Treat your food cravings to the unique culinary flavours from the streets of Chandni Chowk, renowned the world over for its variety and authenticity. Visit the top 10 shops from the ever famous ‘Paranthewali gali’ and binge on all-time favourites like Gulab Jamun and Jalebi but only after you wolf down a few ‘dahi ball’ at Natraj’s.

Personal Yoga Session: The resident Yoga specialist will work with you on a private session of Yoga designed for your strength, stamina and acumen.

Haveli Dharampura is for anyone and everyone. The location works beautifully for the history buff, the foodie, the cultural explorer and even for those just visiting the city for a short period.

Why we love this place

Haveli Dharampura is unique for being the only bona fide luxury heritage hotel in the former Mughal capital, Old Delhi. It took six years of hard work to painstakingly restore the 200-year- old haveli and bring it to its former glory. Acknowledged by UNESCO and awarded with the Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, Haveli Dharampura offers a wonderfully romantic hideaway in the heart of India’s bustling metropolis and political capital. Screened from the brouhaha of the surrounding streets by thick stone walls, the mansion is surprisingly tranquil once you are inside its cusp-arched gateway.

About your host

Through the painstaking restoration of an old and dilapidated building called Haveli Dharampura, the Goel family have taken the first step to showcase to the world the architectural glory that Dharampura was once known for. Being ardent ‘Dilliwallahs’ (citizens of Delhi), Mr. Siddhant Goel grew up on a healthy diet of the heritage of its lanes reflected in the remnants of colossal temples, old homes, famous eateries and shops dating back to the 19th century enough to romanticize medieval history.

It is this background that inspired Mr. Goel to do his bit to save Dharampura. With no dearth of aesthetic appeal to cast an impression on tourists, father and son took on the arduous task of restoration so that Dharampura today stands as an icon of restoration, a heritage monument in its rightful place in the history of the walled city.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

Haveli Dharampura has been awarded UNESCO Asia -Pacific award for Cultural & Heritage restoration for preserving a 200 year old Haveli. Along with the Haveli, the area around has also been restored and cleared by organising underground wiring, placing dustbins and street lights to light up the lanes and painting the area in colours that match the old Havelis. Promoting kite-flying, performing arts like instrumental music – Tabla and Sarangi, classical dance form of kathak, etc. helps in keeping the culture of old Delhi alive and afford livelihoods. The food heritage of Old Delhi has also been the key inspiration while designing the restaurant menu at Lakhori. The 7 course tasting menu takes you on a culinary journey through Old Delhi starting from in-house recipes, to street food and rich Mughlai cuisine.

Haveli Dharampura ensures no single use plastic cutlery, straws, plates, bowls, glasses, etc. are used. The use of washable cutlery is encouraged, and if disposable items are needed, those made with biodegradable and compostable materials such as areca leaves or sugarcane waste (bagasse) are used. Safe filtered drinking water is served in glass bottles and glasses that can be washed, sterilized and reused.

Haveli Dharampura has a systematic waste management system and encourages reducing consumption of resources such as water, energy, materials, and others. Internal and external audits are conducted to understand and reduce type and amount of waste. Waste is segregated and processed properly before handing to the garbage collector.

Local businesses are supported and since the opening of the hotel, the neighbourhood shops have been supported. Ethically sourced and use of local, seasonal, package free and organic produce is encouraged. Many of the staff come from the immediate neighbourhood. Haveli Dharampura supports a fair working environment with equality, diversity and inclusion; and employees are trained, skilled and upskilled to echo the values and ethics of the family.

All travellers are made to understand the importance and process of heritage conservation. Each staff member is also a story teller who understands the significance of the history of Old Delhi and Haveli Dharampura and is able to narrate the same to travellers in the form of traditions such as kite flying, kathak performance, classical music and sharing of age old recipes of Old Delhi, as well as curated heritage walks through Old Delhi’s bylanes, exploring hidden temples and stories about Shahjanabad.

Our Recommendation

Ensure you spend at least two nights in Delhi 6. If you are travelling with children or are celebrating a life event, ask for the all-inclusive Shahjahan Suite Experience.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)