The Delhi Gate is located within Walled City of Lahore in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Delhi Gate was built during the Mughal period and is one of thirteen gates of the Inner City. The area near the gate is a historical place, in which a number of old buildings, havelis and markets are located. The Wazir Khan Mosque can be accessed from this gate. Delhi Gate, one of the most prominent existing gates of the walled city is situated just opposite the Daryaganj Police Station. It was the southeast gate of the walled city of Shahjahanabad. It was build by the Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1648. There is confusion among the Historians on its naming but the most reasonable theory claims that this gate lead to the previous cities of Delhi and thus it got its name. The road, till recently, was popularly called as Thandi Sarak (cool road). The street was lined with Pipal and Neem trees and thus, was shady. The road proved to be the meeting point for the subjects in the summer season and thus got its name.
This gateway is made of Sand Stone and is very dominating and intimidating in its outlook. Though it can never retain its grandeur, it still commands considerable charm. The interesting thing about the Delhi gate is that it has its century old wooden locking system. The system is very complex and thus it had remained unused since the times of British.Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi built in 1649, was built like a fortress and had 14 gates with which to enter the city. Out of these 14 gates just 5 survive today and bear mute testimony to the grandeur of the city that they were a part of Delhi.
Najafgarh Fort had 4 gates in all directions but currently only one left which is this, Delhi Gate built in 1790 A.D. Delhi Gate is the main entrace to the old city which is now Main Market of this area which resembles to be hundreds of years old. Historically Najafgarh is one of the oldest city in Delhi along with ShahJahaBad (Old Delhi, Chandni Chock area), Mehraulli etc. It was part of Bahadur Shah -II empire before the british came and took contron of Delhi. There was a great Battle of Najafgarh fought between British Army and Najafgarh's Freedom Fighters and sepoy who rebelled in Aug, 1857, in continuation with the 1857 mutiny. Many British Generals have mentioned najafgarh in their History Books but Sadly it found no mention in Indian Books. - By Aman