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The Havelis, Kuchas and Katras of Chandni Chowk:

A ‘Haveli’ traditionally is a huge house, almost palatial in its scale. A normal Haveli would have a big courtyard surrounded on the four sides by spacious rooms.

A 'Kucha’, in Mughal times used to be a zone comprising of houses whose owners shared Landmarks & common feature, usually their mode of occupation. During Shahjahan’s time zoning was a commonly accepted feature of town planning. (Hence the names Malliwara, the gardeners neighborhood and Ballimaran, the oarsmen’s neighborhood).

A ‘Katra’ refers to a separate wing of tradesmen and craftsmen belonging to the same trade. They usually lived and worked together.

All these form an integral of Chandni Chowk’s traditional framework.

 

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