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Sarai Kale Khan is one of the three Inter State Bus Terminus in Delhi. It is situated on the MG Road and is next to the Sarai Kale Khan Flyover. The construction of the ISBT began in 1996 and it was commissioned in 2005. The objective was to decongest the Kashmere Gate ISBT. Till 1993, the only ISBT Delhi had was of Kashmere Gate and this was increasingly becoming congested due to heavy load of passengers arriving or departing from the National Capital to other states of north India.
Sarai Kale Khan ISBT handles arrivals and departure of buses to some towns in states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Besides being an ISBT, it is also a depot for DTC local buses.
Platforms and Destinations (Updated June, 2018)
|1 to 5||Gurgaon, Narnor||10 minutes service from 6 AM to 10.10 PM|
|9 to 12||Faridabad||20 minutes service commencing from 6.40 AM to 10.00 PM|
|13 to 15||Rewari||30 minutes service from 6 AM to 8.00 PM|
|19 to 22||Ballabhgarh, Palwal, Hodal||25 minutes service commencing from 5.30 AM to 10.00 PM|
|23 to 25||Firojpur, Jhirka, Balaji, Mahavir Ji (Via Alwar)||90 minutes service from 7 AM to 11.30 PM|
|29 to 31||Aligarh, Kher, Topal, Jawar||Only 6 buses are plying NT at 6.30 AM lase 12 all night|
|40 to 43||Ghaziabad||5 minutes service commencing from 6 AM to 10.00 PM|
|45 to 47||Hapur, Garh, Brij Ghat||10 minutes service commencing from 5.30 AM to 9.00 PM|
|51 to 53||Agra, Gwalior, Pin Hut||25 minutes service commencing from 5.00 AM to 11.30 PM|
|54 – 55||Mathura||30 minutes service from 5.40 AM to 11.30 PM|
|56||Brindawan||8 AM 12 AM 4 PM and 3.35 PM|
|57||Goverdhan||8 AM 11.20 AM and 3.30 PM|
|63 to 66||Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Udaypur||90 minutes service from 5.00 AM to 9.35 PM|
|67||Tizara||5 AM 7 AM 5 PM & 6 PM|
|68||Seekar, Major||7.50 AM 1.45 PM 2 PM 5 PM|
|69||Jhunjhunwala, Chiru, Bikarner||6 AM 6.40 AM 5 PM 10 PM|
|73||Kota||4 hours service commencing from 7.00 AM to 11.30 PM|
|74||Khatri||2 –3 buses 12.15, 3.15 & 4.40 PM|
Sarai Kale Khan ISBT and Local Connectivity
Sarai Kale Khan is emerging as yet another transportation hub on same lines as Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar.
In close vicinity to this bus terminus is the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Also, the elevated corridor developed, popularly called the Barapullah Drain project, close to it connects it with Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Mayur Vihar and INA colony.
How did Sarai Kale Khan Get Its Name?
‘Sarai’ is a term used to refer to rest houses for travelers. During the medieval period, under the rule of different rulers, a number of ‘sarais’ were developed. This term was used for resthouses built by Afghan Sher Shah Suri after every 12 miles on the main road networks of the time. Sarai Kale Khan is named after a sufi saint by the name of Kale Khan who lived during the 14th-15th century. The tomb of Kale Khan is situated in the Delhi Airport complex. Another monument attributed to the Sufi saint is ‘Kale Khan ka Gumbad’, situated at Kotla Mubarakpur near South Extension. So, this ISBT was named after this popular sufi saint.
It was Nawab Faiullah Beg, one of the courtiers of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s reign built Ahata Kaley Sahab which was a complex. This complex was later used by sister-in-law of poet Mirza Ghalib, Bunyadi Begum.
Who was Veer Hakikat Rai?
Having known how Sarai Kale Khan got its name, it is also important to know who was Veer Hakikat Rai after whose name this ISBT has been named officially.
Veer Hakikat Rai was a boy born in Sialkot during the reign of Mughals in the 14th Century who was martyred in Lahore at the very tender age of 14 for not converting to Islam. He has ever since been a subject of many poems, essays and plays. Many localities have been named after him.