Sarai Kale Khan

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Sarai Kale Khan is a village of Gurjar Community. The people living here belong to Basista / Bossatta cast of Gurjars. The Gurjars are living here approximately since 1800 AD. Before 1800 AD these Basista/ Bossatta were living in village Dewli - Khanpur situated in South Delhi. Basista / Bossatta community is famous in other Gurjar community because of people of this village sticking together even in the modern times.

Some notable legends of Sarai Kale Khan are Ch Ratan Singh, Ch Nepal Singh, Swami Vichar Anand ji, and Sh Khem Bihari Vashista.Basistas of Sarai Kale Khan are famous for their big moustaches,personality,beauty,richness,kindness and royalty.Sarai Kale Khan is also called ‘moonchho Wali Sarai’.

The land area of the original Sarai Kale Khan village stretched from Purana Qila (Old Fort) in the north-west to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the west, Myur Vihar in the east and Taimoor Nagar in the south. The village is surrounded by monuments such as Purana Qila, Humayun's Tomb, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khana's Tomb, Baara Pullah and others.


The area was named 'Kale khan ki sarai', a sarai, or rest house for travellers or caravans and royal route from Mughal imperial courts and Chandni Chowk to their retreat at Mehrauli some 32 km away. The sarai itself named after a Sufi saint, Kale Khan of 14th–15th century, whose resting place along with that of another Sufi saint of Delhi, resting place of Hazrat Roshan Khan is today situated inside the Delhi Airport complex.[1] Though a Lodi era structure Kale Khan ka Gumad is also situated at Kotla Mubarakpur Complex in South Delhi, the tomb is dated to 1481 AD as per an inscription on the Mihrab inside the tomb, this Kale Khan was a courtier in the Lodi period during the reign of Bahlol Lodi [2]

Nawab Faizullah Beg, son of Nawab Qasim Jan, a courtier in reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II (r. 1728–1806), was a courtier in Bahadur Shah Zafar's reign, and built a complex later known as Ahata Kaley Sahab, so named a saint named Kaley Khan, who lived here for a while, after whom area was later named. The complex was later acquired by Bunyadi Begum, poet Mirza Ghalib's sister-in-law, and housed the poet after he was released from debtors' prison.[3][4]

The name Sarai derives from the time of the rule of the Afghan Sher Shah Suri, under whom a paved road network was built, with roadside inns called "Serais" every twelve miles.

Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State bus terminus[edit]

Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State Bus Terminus is a major bus terminus complex in Delhi, India catering to bus services to Haryana and Rajasthan states.


  1. ^ "A unique symbol of faith". The Hindu. 12 July 2008.
  2. ^ Sharma, Y.D (2001). Delhi and its Neighbourhood. sayyid dynasty and Mubaraka Shah’s Tomb. New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India. pp. 28, 87. Archived from the original on 2005-08-31.
  3. ^ Of Ghalib's abode, masjid and muse The Hindu, 8 January 2007.
  4. ^ Retracing Ghalib's footsteps The Hindu, 14 February 2007.

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