Shahjahanabad VII: Chelpuri, Roshanpura & Dharampura

This post covers another portion of the area of Old Delhi just south of Chandni Chowk road, enclosed by Chandni Chowk road to the north, Dariba Kalan lane to the east, Chawri Bazaar to the south and Nai Sarak to the west, and contains some really interesting neighborhoods.

General location of area covered

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General sequence of areas photographed

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Kinari Bazaar and Maliwara lanes

Kinari Bazaar is a colorful commercial lane that is popular with tourists.

Along Kinari Bazaar lane

01 01 kinari 01 02 kinari

Naugharana is a lane off Kinari Bazaar with a Jain temple at the end01 03 kinari 01 04 kinari 01 05 kinari 01 06 kinari 01 07 kinari 01 08 kinari 01 09 kinari

Back to Kinari Bazaar lane02 01 kinari

A lane leading off Kinari Bazaar02 02 kinari

Looking into a haveli courtyard02 03 kinari

Paranthewali gali02 04 kinari

Maliwara lane03 01 maliwara 03 02 maliwara

A building off Maliwara lane03 03 maliwara 03 04 maliwara

Roshanpura Area

To the south of Maliwara lane, covering the western part of the area covered in this post is the Roshanpura area. This could be the most interesting part of Old Delhi I’ve visited yet (I haven’t yet seriously explored the southern part of the old city). Roshanpura is a microcosm of Old Delhi as a whole, with haveli entrances, facades and courtyards, some interesting 20th c buildings including some desi deco stuff (which is my personal interest), odd nooks and crannies, and interesting streets and neighborhoods.

Roshanpura area

04 01 roshanpura 04 02 roshanpura 04 03 roshanpura 04 04 roshanpura 04 05 roshanpura 04 06 roshanpura 04 07 roshanpura 04 08 roshanpura 04 09 roshanpura 04 10 roshanpura

Haveli courtyard, with newer floors one on top of the other!05 01 roshanpura 05 02 roshanpura 05 03 roshanpura

Haveli facade and gateway05 04 roshanpura 05 05 roshanpura

Ok so I couldn’t choose which photo to put up of this arched street entrance, so I put up all five. Don’t judge me!!06 01 roshanpura 06 02 roshanpura 06 03 roshanpura 06 04 roshanpura 06 05 roshanpura

Another arched entrance to a neighborhood, this one with a variety of styles on display, along with desi deco and what I might start calling Trippy Deco (the yellow building with rounded balconies!)

07 01 roshanpura 07 02 roshanpura

Trippy deco!07 03 roshanpura 07 04 roshanpura 07 05 roshanpura 07 06 roshanpura

“Regular” desi deco07 07 roshanpura 07 08 roshanpura 07 09 roshanpura 07 10 roshanpura

Back to 19th c haveli entrances08 01 roshanpura

Anglo-Mughal architecture (sourced from the same design vocabularies as Indo-Saracenic, but with different patronage and intentions)08 02 roshanpura

Back to regular Shahjahanabading09 01 roshanpura 09 02 roshanpura 09 03 roshanpura 09 04 roshanpura 09 05 roshanpura 09 06 roshanpura 10 01 roshanpura 10 02 roshanpura 10 03 roshanpura

 

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10 04 roshanpura 10 05 roshanpura 10 06 roshanpura 10 07 roshanpura

Along Chelpuri Lane

Chelpuri is a narrow lane running through the center of the area covered in this post, connecting Chawri Bazaar to Kinari Bazaar. Photos are taken in a general south-to-north sequence.

11 01 chelpuri 11 02 chelpuri 11 03 chelpuri 11 04 chelpuri 11 05 chelpuri 11 06 chelpuri 11 07 chelpuri 11 08 chelpuri

Small haveli courtyard11 09 chelpuri 11 10 chelpuri 12 01 chelpuri 12 02 chelpuri 12 03 chelpuri

Really narrow alley!12 04 chelpuri

Entrance to a Jain temple12 05 chelpuri 12 06 chelpuri 12 07 chelpuri 12 08 chelpuri

Small courtyard12 09 chelpuri

Dharampura Area

This is the eastern portion of the area covered in this post.

13 01 dharampura 13 02 dharampura

A new commercial building coming up13 03 dharampura 13 04 dharampura 13 05 dharampura 13 06 dharampura

Some more desi deco13 07 dharampura 14 01 dharampura 14 02 dharampura 14 03 dharampura 14 04 dharampura 14 05 dharampura 14 06 dharampura

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