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Khooni Darwaza (Lal Darwaza)
Khooni Darwaza (Lal Darwaza)

Khooni Darwaza (Lal Darwaza)

Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi

The Basics

This spooky old gateway was built by Sher Shah Suri in the middle of the 16th century, and over the years it has been the site of many tragic events. Emperor Jehangir had the murdered bodies of his adversaries displayed here, while Aurangzeb, the son of the creator of the Taj Mahal, had his own brother's head displayed at the gate. Three Mughal princes were killed here during the 1857 Rebellion, and legend has it that the trio haunt the archway to this day.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Khooni Darwaza is a must-visit for history buffs and those with an interest in the supernatural.

  • Wear sunscreen and bring bug spray if visiting at dawn or dusk.

  • The gate may be difficult to explore for those with mobility impairments.

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How to Get There

Khooni Darwaza is located right on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in Old Delhi, a 6-minute walk south of the Delhi Gate metro station. Delhi's main bus station, the ITO, is about a 20-minute walk or 5-minute auto rickshaw ride away. Taxi and rickshaw drivers may know the site by its alternative name, Lal Darwaza (Red Gate).

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When to Get There

Khooni Darwaza is accessible day and night, though it's best to avoid visiting after dark, irrespective of whether you believe it's haunted, as it has been the site of crimes. If you’re in Delhi during the warmer months (April through October), you’re best off visiting earlier in the day, when temperatures are at their coolest.

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Haunted Delhi

Delhi is a very old city, so it's no surprise that many of its ruins and ancient buildings are reputedly haunted. These include the Jamali Kamali Tomb in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, the Malcha Mahal in South Delhi, Nicholson Cemetery in the Kashmiri Gate area, and Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, right across from Khooni Darwaza.

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