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Haider Quli Khan Gateway

Location: Near the Fatehpuri Masjid in one of the alleys of the main Chandni Chowk Road

Open: On all days

Admission: Free and open to all.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located near the terminal point of Chandni Chowk or they can hire auto-rickshaws, taxis and metro rail.

Timings: Sunrise to sunset

Photography charges: nil

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Main and functional Metro Station: Delhi Main

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

(Data are as of July 2005)

The ruins of Haider Quli Khan's Gateway can be found just near the Fatehpuri Masjid in one of the alleys of the main Chandni Chowk Road. While moving on the right hand side of Chandni Chowk, from Fatehpuri Masjid towards Red Fort,, after crossing the Katra Bariyan, the gateway can be reached by taking the first right turn before a open space, locally known as metal verandah. This lane directly leads to the 18th century gateway built by Haider Quli Khan, a senior Mughal official during the Mughal Emperor, Mohammad Shah's period. He was a very powerful official, first posted in Deccan region and then in Gujarat. He later became the Commander of Artillery under Mohammad Shah's reign and was stationed at Delhi. However, many officials and noblemen did not like him because of his nefarious activities.

Haider Quli Khan built this imposing entrance gateway along with his sprawling palace in Chandni Chowk. The gateway made up of sandstone led to his large beautiful palace and garden, which was destroyed in the coming years. At present, there is no sign of the palace in the area and the gateway too is in a very dilapidated condition. However, still one can imagine the grandeur and glory of Chandni Chowk and standard of life of the people where a simple official only had such a grand and majestic entrance as well as the palace.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Fatehpuri Masjid, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Salimgarh Fort, Kashmeri Gate, St James Church, Dara Shikoh Library, Lothian Cemetery, and Rajghat

Nearby Places to Eat

Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/09/07