Travel Diaries

Abandoned Haweli

| Abandoned Haweli in Chandni Chowk |

They came to the bazaar to do their chores,


looking at the colorful shops,
and what they had in store.


Walking through the narrow streets,
sublime with sunlight,


Little did they know about the mysteries that waited for them in the broad daylight,


Away from the busy bazaar,


through the lanes filled with old houses and colorful doors,


They looked at their beauty and wondered with awe ,


 the quaint buildings had a character of their own,


They looked like art amongst the old doors.


The abandoned Haweli stole their heart,


where they felt more at ease, than they ever had.


Dress : Vintage | Hand-embroidered Mojri’s : Jaipur | Earrings : Moda Yalda (buy here) | Hand-embroidered clutch : Handicrafts Fair | Henna Tattoo : DIY

Whenever Chandni Chowk comes to our mind we think of congested narrow lanes with sunlight entering in from slight places in between the concrete, filled with an array of shops or we would mention Karim’s, Parathe Wali Galli or the Kinari Bazaar.  But there is so much character to this place that it seems only unfair to not to know about it. Chandni Chowk was built in 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite daughter Princess Jahan Ara, who designed this market.  The market was once divided by canals to reflect moonlight with a square pool at the centre of the market that shimmered under the moon, giving this market its famous name.

We were excited to shoot in the colourful Kinari Bazaar amongst the hustle-bustle of the market, when Dolly and I decided to shoot at Chadni Chowk for our collaboration. Our euphoria turned into horror when we entered the bazaar and realised that it remains closed on Sundays. Little did we know about the secrets we were about to unravel. As we walked through the abandoned streets away from the closed market, we discovered colourful wooden doors in bright shades of green, pinks and blues, quaint buildings and then we found this monumental door with artistically carved pillars and beautiful carved flowers with unrealistic details, the likes of which I had seen only in Jaipur Forts and this was the entrance to the home of an ordinary man. I was awestruck.

As we walked further, we saw a very ordinary looking small wooden door and as we entered that door, we were standing in the courtyard of powder blue abandoned Haweli. Oh and I can’t even describe in words how beautiful it was. It just reminded me of times when my mother told me about the beautiful Haweli’s Of Chandni Chowk and I would never believe her.

For this post we decided to wear proper “English Tea Time clothes the Desi way”. I decided to wear a black vintage cut-work midi dress as I wanted to incorporate a little piece of history in my attire. This dress was worn by my mom in her teens and is about 30 years old. I added a mirrored rajasthani belt to the dress to break the monotony of black and hand-embroidered mojri’s that I picked up street shopping in Jaipur.

I added Banajara coin tassel earrings (buy these at my shop here). I tied my middle-parted hair in a low ponytail and went for oxblood lips as I wanted to exemplify the old world charm. I wanted to look like art amongst the history of this place. I made a haath-phool henna-tattoo on my hand and another on my neck to give this look a core Indian element. I completed the look with colourful hand-embroidered bag that I bought from Handicrafts Fair. I am wearing only vintage and handcrafted stuff in this look (sounds so fancy).

To know about Dolly’s outfit and the story behind it, check out “Them Old Doors” on her blog Spill The Sass or visit her Instagram handle. Also you can buy most of her attire on my site here (yay to that).

This story is shot by Mixtape Photography. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Guys I am doing a Diwali Giveaway on my blog. I will be giving up discount vouchers from Zachi Store. All you have to do is mention amazing Diwali DIY Ideas to decorate your home in the comments below and on my Instagram. I will be choosing 5 winners on 3.11.15.
Good Luck.

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