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    Tourist Place

    Neharwali Haveli (General Musharraf's house)
    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
    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

    The busy locality of Daryaganj, near the Delhi Gate of Shahjahanbad, is known for its unique feature, a very distinct style of architecture prevalent at the turn of the century. The influence of modern European architecture is quite prominent in the buildings of the area. They have mouldings on the façade, circular pilasters (columns), semi-circular arches and were designed in such a manner as to encounter the 'riot of light' (heat) as well as the chilly winter of Delhi. Fireplaces can be found in most houses and they are large and spacious with lots of space to breathe. However, prior to the British, the area served as a small open market place for the citizens of Shahjahanbad. It came to be known as Daryaganj (Darya-river, ganj-market) because the River Yamuna used to flow near it.
    Today, after so many centuries, Daryaganj is still a market but now an overpopulated busy and congested one. Today it has the offices of some of the most well known distributors, publication houses and organizations of the country apart from good Indian restaurants and shops selling different kinds of items. Golcha, one of the oldest cinema halls of the capital, Delhi Book Store, said to be the Asia's largest medical bookshop, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) Restaurant widely acknowledged for its Mughlai dishes and Lahore Music House (reputed for dealing in musical instruments) are few of the popular destinations, which can be explored on the streets of Daryaganj. 

    Special Attraction
    Daryaganj Old Book Market
    Apart from these living artefacts, Daryaganj at present is extremely popular for its thriving old book bazaar where book lovers and students come from various parts of the country to purchase books at throw away prices every Sunday. Stretching over a kilometer on the pavements of Daryaganj and a source of income for about 200 pavement booksellers, this interesting book bazaar is a special feature of the area for the past three decades. A patient buyer never returns disappointed from here as he will definitely spot some interesting book among the piles of secondhand books, periodicals and magazines. 

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