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Ajmeri Gate

Ajmeri Gate is the site of First War for Independence of India in 1857. The Gate is located at Chandni Chowk. The name of the gate is derived from the fact that the road running from the gate led to Ajmer, a city of Rajasthan.

Today, most of the walls of the gate have been demolished to build commercial buildings. The gate at the west is still intact.

The Ajmeri Gate derives its name from the fact that the road which ran from this gate led to Ajmer in Rajasthan. The gate is surrounded by a park and a madrasa built in 1811 by Nawab Ghaziuddin Bahadur, the son of the first Nizam of Hyderabad.

Ajmeri Gate is one of the silent monuments of Delhi. The Mughals came and went; the British came and went; the Gandhis came and went; the Gate still stands with a certain pride, although devoid of aesthetic beauty, which it must deserve perhaps.

Ajmeri Gate is usually locked. However, on visitors’ request the caretaker opens it and leads them inside the gate. There is a stone-paved ground with a few Peepal trees in the courtyard. The curved archway inside, gives a view of Old Delhi’s hustle-bustle. Across the railing visitors can see New Chicken kebab shop, Rehmani Mosque, abandoned police post, Indian Labor Union branch office, fruit stalls, and omelet carts. The rubble walls of the gate give a meditative feel to visitors.

History

During the Mughal era, Ajmeri Gate was the chief royal exit spot to reach Ajmer, which was the sufi pilgrim city of Rajasthan. Ajmeri Gate was constructed as one of the 14 gateways in Shahjanabad’s great wall. Shahjanabad was the seventh city of Delhi. Today, the gate lies isolated. The wall of the gate has almost vanished.

Most of the gateways have disappeared in today’s era, except four that have stood the test of time. They are Ajmeri Gate, Mori Gate, Lahori Gate, and Kashmere Gate.

Architecture

Ajmeri Gate is surrounded by a park. There is a madrassa, which was built by Nawab Ghaziuddin Bahadur, who was the son of the 1st Nizam of Hyderabad, in 1811.

There is no open green space, placid pool, or other landscaped beauty near the gate. Instead, the Gate stands amidst traffic square. One road leads to New Delhi Railway Station. The other road leads to Chowri Bazaar, which is a buzzing market and boasts of the deepest metro station of Delhi city. The third road leads to GB Road, which is a red light area of Delhi. The fourth road goes into a back alley, which is famous for pickpockets and anti-social elements.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Delhi is from October to March. Delhi’s winter is better than its summer to visit various places in the city.

How to Reach

Ajmeri Gate is easily accessible. The New Delhi Railway Station lies in close proximity to it. The nearest metro station is Ajmeri Gate Metro Station. There are plenty of autorickshaws, rickshaws, cabs, and buses that can take you to this gate.

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