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Khuni Darwaza

Location:On the main Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg just opposite to the entrance of Maulana Azad Medical College.

Open: On all days

Admission: Free and open to all

Photography charges: nil

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located between old Delhi and New Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station:

Functional Metro Station:

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 30 minutes

(Data are as of July 2005)


Built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri in 16th century, as one of the gates of his city Shergarh, Khuni Darwaza or Bloody Gate is located on the main Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg just opposite to Maulana Azad Medical College. It is a double storeyed majestic gate and is largely constructed with grey stone except for the frames of its windows, which are made up of red sandstone. The gate got its present name after the first war of Indian Independence in 1857 when a British officer named Captain Hudson killed the remaining progenies of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar whom he captured from Humayun's Tomb. The bodies were displayed for public viewing before taken to Kotwali. Local tales tell of blood dripping from the ceiling of the gateway after the massacre that followed the reoccupation of Delhi. It is the same place where Dara Shikoh's head was also displayed a couple of centuries ago when Aurangzeb murdered him in their battle of succession for the throne of Delhi.

There are also stories that even today the blood drips from the ceiling during the rainy season. However, the possible explanation is that when rainwater gets in contact with the rusted iron joints of the gateways' ceiling, it becomes slightly reddish in color. The gate was earlier known as Kabuli Darwaza as the road from the gateway lead to Kabul (Afghanistan) in those days.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Feroz Shah Kotla, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, St James Church and Rajghat

Nearby Places to Eat

Udipi restaurant on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Hotel Inter-Continental in Connaught Place, mouth-watering eating joints in Bengali Market, 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 in Meena Bazaar for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art galleries, leather goods and the list goes on), Janpath (clothes and low priced gifts, souvenirs and curios), Chatta Chowk (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts), Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods) and Daryaganj book market (on Sunday)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01


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shahid mahmood

Posted on 2011-09-27These are reminiscences of a glorious past.