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A Brief History of Khan Market


A walk through the historic 'refugee market' named after Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan, set up in 1951 for the refugees that travelled across the border from the North-West Frontier Province to Delhi during the Partition in 1947.

The walk will cover the history of the market, the circumstances that led to its set up, cost of buying a shop at the time, original architecture, variety of shops in the 1950s - the halwai, the chemist, the meat-wala, ice cream wala, sabzi wala, and two books shops. We will get to hear the stories of some of the original tenants of the market who still live in the allocated flats above their shops.

Stripping away the exorbitant facade of the posh shopping complex Khan Market has evolved into, what this walk hopes to do is to recognize the resilience and determination of the refugees that originally populated and built it.

Meeting point: In front of The Big Chill Cakery, Khan Market

Tips: Please carry a water bottle.

Extra costs: Nil

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