Civil Lines is one of the elite colonies in North Delhi that is still under development. The name originated during the British rule when the British government had a system of separating the Civilian buildings from the British Military Buildings. The colony designated for civilians was named ‘Civil Lines’. This place still holds the old British charm as well as a contemporary ambience and one can still view the ancient British monument named ‘Metcalfe House’ here. The Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity Home is situated on the north of Qudsia Bagh in this colony that shelters homeless children.
Other colonies that constitutes the Civil Lines region are Kamla Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, an educational centre that also homes the old Batra Cinema, Kingsway Camp which has a congested marketplace, Hudson Line inhabited by very rich and people of high profile, Timarpur that homes numerous government offices, Radio Colony, Dhir Pur, a small congested village, Dhaka Village mostly inhabited by students, Gandhi Ashram that has a large open green area famous for the ‘Khadi Fair’ named after Mahatma Gandhi Ji who visited this Mela once, Parmanand Colony mostly inhabited by Punjabis and Sikhs and Model Town which has numerous Branded Showrooms and ideal for shopping branded items. It also has the famous North Campus Delhi University as its neighbour.
Civil Lines also homes numerous historical artefacts that makes it a hot tourist spot. These include the Coronation Pillar, Hindu Rao's House, Mutiny Memorial and Viceregal Lodge and places like the Delhi Ridge, Qudsia Bagh, Roshanara Bagh and Shalimar Bagh. This region is sure to bring back those century old dynasties alive with the presence of Historical Monuments like the ‘Ashoka Pillar’, ‘Chauburji Masjid’, ‘Flagstaff Tower’, ‘Majnu Ka Tila’, ‘Nicholson Cemetery’, ‘Pir Ghaib’ and ‘Shah Alam's Tomb’.
Ensuring that the Monuments are kept intact and damage free, the State Government of Delhi has ensured that only a few sections of Civil Lines is converted into a residential settlement which homes numerous National and International Banks and ATMs including several Educational Institutes and Schools for higher studies. This region is also known to have an underground Metro Railway Station other than the one seen in Connaught Place and has since become one of the fastest developing sub districts in Delhi.
Civil Lines also has its share of world class and multi-cuisine Restaurants like ‘Motets Drive-in Bar-Be-Que’, ‘Moets Chinese’, ‘Embassy’, Domino's Pizza, McDonalds and Nirula’s.
Civil Lines is well connected via road and the Delhi Metro link that connects this region to Connaught Place situated just 10 - 20 minutes away, the Indira Gandhi International and Domestic Airports located approximately 60 minutes away, the New Delhi Railway Station located approximately 6.6 Kms or 18 minutes away and the Old Delhi Railway Station which is located just 3.2 Kms or 12 minutes away. The nearest Bus Stand is the Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminal which provides buses that ply in and around this region and to and from other places in the City.