Majnu ka tilla, Paharganj, Khooni Darwaza: Know why Delhi’s areas have weird names!

Were you born in Delhi? If yes, then you must surely be knowing every place of your city. The weird names of localities or roads or monuments leave the newcomers confused, as they aren’t aware of the real fact behind the names. Instead, how many Delhiites know the reason of such weird names of places. Well, maximum number of citizens might not be aware for sure.
Here, we bring you a collection of some of the weird places in Delhi, as to why they were named so differently. We are sure this would amaze you, as the reasons are really not the ones you might have thought.
Barakhamba: The place Barakhamba got its name after the Barakhamba monument. It has a tomb that was built during Lodi time period.the tomb has twelve pillars which means Barah in urdu or hindi.
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Mehrauli: The place was earlier known as Mihirawali. It means the Home of Mihir and was founded by King Mihir Bhoja who belonged to Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty. The name later transformed to Mehrauli.

Dhaula kuan: If the name is translated to Hindi, it would mean White Well. It is referred to an old water well belonging to the area having white-colored sand. The well was constructed by a nominal Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Alam II.

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Majnu ka tilla: The place got its name an Iranian Sufi mystic Abdulla also called Majnu. Majnu ka Tilla or the hillock of Majnu was made in Abdulla’s remembrance. The Gurudwara was built by a Sikh military leader in 1783.


Jhandewalan: This place have a Jhandewali Goddess’ temple. The names was given during the rule of Shah Jahan, as the prayer flag of the Jhandas were offered in prayers. It was built by Badri Bhagat who once dreamt about Mata Jhandewali and told him about locating an Idol of hers.

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Pahar ganj: It means the hilly neighbourhood and is located close to Central Delhi. It is among the three important administrative subdivisions during Mughal era.

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Khooni darwaza:  The name gained its names. as there Mughal princes were killed at this place. Bahadur Shah Zafar’s three sons namely Mirza Abu Bakht, Mirza Khizr Sultan, and Mirza Mughal were killed by a British Captain William Hodson.


Chandni Chowk: It was built by Shahjahan favorite daughter, princess Jahanara in 17th century. The market in Chandani Chowk was designed in square shape. It had a pool in the centre which used to startle due to moonlight. Shah Jahan was famous for the silver merchants and silver is called Chandi in hindi. It is also believed that the name was Chandi Chowk which later evolved to Chandni Chowk.


Sarai kale khan: The place got its name after the Sufi saint Kale Khan from 14-15th century. It used to be a rest house for people or the troops who had to travel to faraway places in Delhi.

Barapulla Elevated Road (Delhi’s Longest Flyover) connecting Sarai Kale Khan to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium opened on December 7, 2010. Photo shows the commuters using the flyover.

Ballimaran: It was named after the boatmen who belonged to the Mughal era. Balli is hindi word which means oars of a boat and Maran is known as the act of how one steers those oars. Ghalib Haveli is also located in Ballimaran where he spent his last phase of life.



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