“Yeh Karol Bagh station hai, darwaaze bai aur khulenge.”
Karol Bagh, home to numerous herbal gardens, lies in the central zone and is one of Delhi’s most prominent places. It got its name from the Hindi-Urdu word ‘Qarol‘ which means curved like green chilly and ‘Bagh‘ means garden. While it is known for its herbal gardens, Karol Bagh also has a line of commercial markets spread in the area. The famous Ghaffar Market, Book Market and Ajmer Market are found in the streets of Karol Bagh.
Karol Bagh is also home to many people in Delhi. The residential complex was set up when the refugees came to India, post-partition. Ever since then, it has blossomed into a lovely community and the majority of people in Delhi reside here. The residents run their own shops and businesses that have flourished over time and made the Bagh famous.
The area holds an old-world charm that attracts people and gives them the real Delhi experience. Here, one can experconventionalraditional side of Delhi that is spread in multartisans plethora of traditional workhouses and handlooms that have the best Indian craftsmen with exceptional skills. They can turn yarn into magical artistic creations. Along with that, one can experience modernity with the upcoming hip markets and shops. Karol Bagh is a lovely fusion of modernity and History.
How to reach?
Karol bagh lies on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro. The area has a designated station called ‘Karol Bagh Metro Station’.
Autos and e-rickshaws can be found here with ease.
It is 4.4 km from New Delhi Railway Station and 13.7 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport.
What can I find at Karol Bagh?
The market is split into several streets and every street has its own speciality. Like, Silver Street has a stock of traditional silver and gold jewellery, along with precious stones. The goldsmiths and silversmiths of this area are known in the entire country for their craft and design.
Ajmal Khan Road market specialises in retailing inexpensive readymade garments, embroidered garments and cotton yarns. The place is dotted with fancy stores and big international branded stores. A weekly village market is set up every Monday. It is believed to be the biggest of its kind in Delhi. The big showrooms and retail outlets remain closed (weekly market holiday) when the village market is put and many local people and tourists come to visit.
Arya Samaj Road Market is a hub for second-hand/used books, magazines, journals etc. A destination for ardent readers.
Bank Street MSome pieces areal Khan Road and has shops that retail gold jewellery. There are pieces that are either handmade or designed in sophisticated machines. One can find various items here including a range of bridal trousseaus.
Ghaffar Market has everything available! This shopping centre homes a labyrinth of narrow pathways that are lined with small shops that specialise in supplying any imported products ranging from mobiles, and accessories to cosmetics, calculators, watches, sunglasses, electronic or digital diaries, and cameras, hairdryers, footwear and almost several else retailed to electronics. Besides these items, one can also find a number of furnishings stores, carpets and rugs, fashion accessories and even a variety of tea brands.
Tank Road Jeans Market, as the name suggests, is very popular for its affordable denim wear. It is one of the biggest wholesale garment markets in Asia that has all sorts of jeans at a very low price and is an apt marketplace for affordable denim fashion. The other largest wholesale marketplace in Asia is located in Gandhi Nagar in East Delhi which retails only ready-made garments. This market was established towards the end of the 1980s. One famous store here is the ‘Cop Shop’ that has a collection of amazing denim jeans and clothes.
Karol Bagh has a variety of restaurants and street food that serve exquisite delicacies.
Make a pit stop at Roshan di Kulfi and have chilled kulfis made with crushed almonds and Kashmiri kesar, doused in fresh cold milk. They also serve amazing aloo tikkis and lassi (malai maar ke). It was set up in Ajmal Khan Road about 60 years ago and is one of the oldest eateries in Karol Bagh.
For some sumptuous Mughlai food, head to Changezi at Dori Walan on New Rohtak Road. No one can resist their Nalli Nihari and butter chicken. The kebabs come piping hot out of the sigri and served. They open at 3:00 pm and run till 11:00 pm.
Ganesh Machchiwala has a variety of kebabs. They are famous for their fish tikkas. They also serve seekh kebabs, chicken tikkas and more. It is on Gurudwara Road and opens at 4:00 pm.
And, of course, Delhi’s favourite dish Chole Bhature can be found at Om Corner at Sant Nagar DB Gupta Road. They serve a different kind of bhature that is stuffed with paneer. It is delicious!
Karol Bagh is famous for its herbal gardens. The lush green grass and different hues of pink, red, yellow and green spread across the gardens make it look like a wonderland.
Karol Bagh Timings
Karol Bagh Market is open between 10:30 AM and 8:00 PM from Tuesdays to Sundays. It remains closed on Mondays only except for the Weekly Haat (Village Market).
Finally, if you are in Delhi and haven’t seen Karol Bagh yet then what are you waiting for!? Indulge in some good shopping and refuel with amazing food and resume. Aapne Karol Bagh nahi dekha toh kya dekha?