Kalkaji is a residential complex that got its popularity from the 3000 years old Kalka Mandir or Kalkaji Temple situated near Okhla in South Delhi and can also be accessible from the famous commercial centre of Nehru Place as it lies opposite to it. This region is visited by an innumerable number of devotees that throng the Temple premises for prayers and to experience divine spirituality hence allowing visitors to experience the perfect culmination and blend of cultural, traditional, secular and religious values.
The Kalkaji Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is known as the incarnation of Goddess Kali according to the Hindu Mythology. Locals visit the Temple during morning hours as well as evening hours for its famous Aartis which is joined in by the burning of incense sticks, sounds of cymbals and bells and the unique prayer chants transforming the Temple premise into a spiritual ambience.
Kalkaji was in fact named after the ancient and famous Kalkaji Temple and is known as a significant sub district of the South Delhi region due to its spiritual surroundings and presence of numerous ancient and historical attractions and architectural brilliance. This region is also situated exactly opposite to the famous Lotus Temple or the Bahai House of Worship that lies in the eastern side of Nehru Place in South Delhi. Another feature situated at a distance of a kilometre is the Dictum of Ashoka dating back to the 3rd Century AD and the famous ISKON Temple set atop the Hill of East of Kailash Colony. Owning to these numerous attractions, millions of tourists throng this region every year just to catch a glimpse of these spectacular historical and ancient artefacts.
Kalkaji also homes numerous tourist attractions to visit apart from the ancient Kalkaji Temple that include the famous Dargah of Chirag Dehlvi, Khirki Masjid and the Holy Shrine or Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.
Kalkaji is situated in close proximity to various shopping complexes that include its own Kalkaji Market, Nehru Place also known as the Electronics Hub of the city, Chittaranjan Park Market and the Greater Kailash – 1 Market that offers different merchandises, branded and non-branded fashion accessories, clothes and other items at a very reasonable price. The region also has a number of Hotels, great Food outlets and Restaurants that include the Supper Factory and Salims situated in the Kailash Colony Market, Karim’s, McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and the Nathu’s are just a few of the many Restaurants available in the Kalkaji Market and Chittaranjan Park Markets.
Kalkaji is well connected by the newly constructed and operational Kalkaji Mandir Delhi Metro Station which is situated right between the Nehru Place Metro Station and the Govind Puri Metro Station; all three situated on the Violet Line of the Metro Link. This Metro Station and the First Section of the Violet Line was opened on 3rd October 2010, on the same day of the Opening Ceremony and commencement of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Kalkaji is also easily reachable from the Nizamuddin Railway Station situated just 6.7 Kms or 19 minutes away and the Indira Gandhi International & Domestic Airports situated just 22.7 Kms or 45 minutes away. The New Delhi Railway Station is located just 14.2 Kms or 35 minutes away and the Old Delhi Railway Station is situated just 20 Kms or 48 minutes away and can be reached via the Metro Link. This region is also close to the Central Secretariat Metro Station and has numerous Buses, Auto Rickshaws and Taxi Cabs available for hire to all the important places in Delhi.