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Hathi Gate and Zafar Mahal

Location: In Qutb Minar Complex in Mehrauli in Delhi, just 16 kilometers from Connaught Place

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission Fee: 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 in south Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat


Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: about 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)

Just few meters away from the western entrance of the Dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki lie the remains of Zafar Mahal with an imposing gateway popularly known as Hathi Gate. The Mughal Emperor Akbar II, built this grand Zafar Mahal as his summer palace. It was later reconstructed by his son and the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Bahadur Shah used this palace as a hunting lodge and also during the festival of Phulwalon ki Sair when the florists of the capital honored him every year. It was he who added the magnificent red sandstone Hathi gate with the curved Bengal roof. The three-storeyed imposing gate has intricately carved windows with arcades inside it, which are flanked by rooms. The interior of the gateway has been built on the lines of Chhatta Chowk of Red Fort. At present, the Hathi Gate is in a good condition but the Zafar Mahal has been converted into shops and houses and it is difficult to imagine that it once was summer palace of the Mughal emperors.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, Jamali Kamali Mosque, Adham Khan's tomb, Qutab Minar, Gandhak ki Baoli and Rajon-ki-Bain & mosque.

Nearby Places to Eat: Thai Wok Ambavata Complex, Osaka Aurobindo Marg, Red Snapper Aurobindo Marg and a number of roadside food stalls are there nearby to the Qutab complex.

Nearby Shopping Venues:Ambavata Shopping Complex, Mehrauli, Hauz Khas Village, Sahara Mall and DT Mall in Gurgaon

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01