Haveli Dharampura in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk bags UNESCO award



Haveli Dharampura in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area has been recognized and awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2017.

This is for the first time a heritage building in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area has been recognized with the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award. Senior member of the UNESCO Heritage Awards jury Duong Haan said, “The conservation of Haveli Dharampura rescued an extraordinary 19th-century residence in old Delhi from years of unsuitable interventions and adapted it for contemporary use as a luxe boutique hotel.”

The Haveli’s original spatial configuration was re-established and ornate architectural elements were carefully restored, returning the building to its former splendour.

High-quality workmanship ensured the authentic preservation of the Moghul-era architecture, with dozens of dedicated craftspeople employing traditional materials and construction techniques alongside sensitive modern interventions.

A solely private initiative of the Heritage India foundation, this successful project serves as an inspiration for restoring other historic havelis in the old city, thus contributing to its patron’s long-term vision to revitalize Shahajanabad in all dimensions, Duong Haan added.

Speaking on the occasion Union minister Vijay Goel, who undertook the Herculean task of restoring Haveli Dharampura six years ago along with his son Siddhant Goel, said, “This has been possible only due to sheer hard work spanning six years. We built the haveli from scratch without distorting its original beauty and old-world charm, which continues to entice the visitors.”

ITC Group of Hotels have set up 2 restaurants in the Haveli with 14 rooms and each corner is a reflection of the glorious history and heritage highlighted by the architecture, style, colours and also in the flavours.

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