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Walk around Dharampura

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The foundation stone of Shahjahanabad was laid in 1639 as Mughal emperor Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra. Dharampura emerged as a neighborhood housing the nobility of the city. This walk will take us through some of the most well preserved courtyard houses (havelis) of this city and enable us to explore the world within worlds of ornate Jain temples, fabulous gateways, busy bazaars and perfumeries. It will start at the Jama Masjid and we will touch upon the planning principles of the city and how Shah Jahan was deeply invested in its design, his vision as one of the greatest patrons of architecture in Indian history and how the residential spaces of the elite captured the essence of Mughal architecture.

Riya is an architect and moved to Delhi only a year ago for work. Initially daunted by the city, she let Delhi quickly win her over with its inescapable charm.


Meeting point: Gate no. 1, Jama Masjid, towards Galli Kababiyan side.

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