The route through Mirza Ghalib ki Haveli is trough the old and famous market of Ballimaran. There are many ancient havelis and they are in such a condition now that it is hard to find any from the street. The Haveli of Mirza Ghalib has been transformed into a small museam. It is said that if Mirza Ghalib would have written in English than he would be as famous as Shakespeare.
While staying at this Haveli, he wrote his Urdu and Persian ‘diwans’. Many a year after Ghalib's death the place housed shops inside it until the year of 1999 after which the govt. acquired a portion of it and renovated it bringing back its old world Mughal magnificence & splendour. It was given a special touch with the use of Mughal Lakhori bricks, sandstone & a wooden entrance gate to obtain that feeling of the 19th century period
Old Delhi, with its narrow alleyways and Mughal architecture, belongs to a different era and Ghalib ki Haveli is hidden in one of the many by lanes of Ballimaran area. The two room house is all that remains of one of the finest Urdu poets to have ever lived. The quixotic couplets that hang on the sidewall are a testament to his prowess. "Peene de sharab masjid me baith ke Galib Ya woh jaga bata jaha KHUDA nahi hai!!" English Translation Allow me to drink alcohol in the mosque If you cannot then tell me a place where there is no God The writings showcases Ghalib's unique gift to translate his deepest thoughts, highest cravings and darkest emotions into witty couplets on a piece of parchment. The other room had an entire wall covered with a regal painting of Ghalib smoking hookah. The pink and red chandeliers, the old parchment - torn and crumbled - with distinctly written Urdu words looked magical behind the glass frame.
Who doesn't know Ghalib? The famous Urdu and Persian poet of the Mughal Empire used to live here. It has been described as a heritage site by Archaeological Survey of India. It has a museum which displays many items of Ghalib and his time.