DELHI: This one is quite a big deal if you a history buff. After six years of painstaking restoration, ITC group of hotels has finally launched Haveli Dharampura, a restored 130-year old Haveli (a big posh house) in the heart of Old Delhi’s Chandani Chowk area. This is a part of the hotel’s WelcomHeritage series.
A number of Havelis were built in the are by courtiers and rich merchants during Mughal and late Mughal period in this area.This one in particular dates back to 1887 AD. It was originally designed to have mixed use pattern for both residential and commercial purposes. The Haveli’s architecture has a distinctive late Mughal style influence though parts of it seem to be influenced by the 20 Century sensibilities as well.
Revamping the Haveli took some serious effort. “On our first visit to the Haveli, we were quite dismayed at the deplorable condition of the building and not sure if it could be restored at all and if so, to what extent, may be just enough to withstand few more years,” said restorers Vijay Goel and his son Siddhant Goel on the hotel’s Facebook page. They also had some help noted architect Kapil Aggarwal.
And it was indeed an effort when you take a look at the before and after pictures! Spread over 600 sq yards, the building once consisted of 60 small rooms. They have now been redesigned with modern state-of-the art furnishings and facilities for 28 huge rooms aligned along the central courtyard. The hotel now offers two restaurants and 13 rooms and has been open for reservations since March 1.
“In addition to its historical roots, what makes ‘Haveli Dharampura’ an integral addition to the WelcomHeritage portfolio is the fact that this is the only heritage hotel of its kind in New Delhi and the first to be established under a professional hospitality brand,” an ITC spokesperson said. Email for reservations at [email protected] Tel. : 011-23261000, 23263000
Now take a look at the magnificent hotel.