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Neharwali Haveli

Location:At Kucha Saadullah Khan, behind Golcha cinema of Daryaganj

Open: On all days

Admission: Visitors can enter the haveli by requesting the residents/shopkeepers

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the Haveli, or they can hire auto-rickshaws, metro rail and taxis.

Preferred Timings: 10.00 am- 9.00 pm

Photography charges: nil

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Functional Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

(Data are as of July 2005)

An interview broadcast on a popular news channel by the President of a neighboring country suddenly created interest in one of the Havelis of the old walled city, located at Kucha Saadullah Khan, behind Golcha cinema of Daryaganj. Overnight the Haveli became popular and one of the favorite tourist destinations of Old Delhi. The Haveli is Neharwali Haveli, the current Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf's ancestral home. It was in this haveli that General Musharraf was born and spent the first four years of his childhood. Though now in a dilapidated condition as it has given way to a residential and commercial complex, Neharwali Haveli was bought by Musharraf's grandfather Qazi Mohtashimuddin after he retired as the commissioner of Punjab. General Musharraf's father Syed Musharraf Uddin later moved to Pakistan with his whole family deserting the haveli during the partition of India.

However, apart from being associated with Musharraf's family, Neharwali Haveli also has historical significance as the main minister or wazir of the court of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar lived in it. The haveli is located in that area of the walled city where Muslim culture, traditions and etiquette flourished as this part housed the havelis of many Mughal noble families who had commanded much respect and esteem in the court.

At present, the haveli is occupied by more than 5 families and is situated between crowded clusters of narrow alleys and it is difficult for anyone to imagine its original grandeur.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, Kashmeri Gate, St James Church, Dara Shikoh Library, Lothian Cemetery, and Rajghat

Nearby Places to Eat

Peshawari restaurant, Moti Mahal, Nandlal Ka Dhaba, Mithas fast food joint, Karim Hotel near Jama Masjid, Ghantewala sweet shop, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel and many delicious roadside food stalls.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Daryaganj book market (on Sunday), Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewelry) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewelry and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01