Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Karol Bagh

Karol Bagh Market
Karol Bagh (Pincode 110005) is a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood in Delhi, India, and also home to the Karol Bagh (Lok Sabha constituency). It is one of the three administrative subdivisions, of the Central Delhi district, of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with the other two being, Darya Ganj and Paharganj.

History
Karol Bagh was primarily a residential area with a large Muslim population until the exodus of large number of Muslims to Pakistan and an influx of refugees from West Punjab after Partition in 1947, many of whom were traders. There remains a sizeable Marathi, Tamil-speaking community. Karol Bagh was also home to a large Bengali population, and has one of the oldest Durga Puja in the city, though their numbers have now reduced.

Many incidents were reported at Karol Bagh in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Some other residential localities in Karol Bagh are Raigar Pura (named after a caste Raigar from Rajasthan), Beadon Pura (Named after an English officer), Dev Nagar, Bapa Nagar, W.E.A. Karol Bagh was the target of a terrorist attack in October 2008, when there was a bomb blast in Gaffar Market

Karol Bagh Market
Karol Bagh market is one of the oldest shopping areas of Delhi. It's central location and proximity to the major places and monuments of the city makes it a favorite among visitors.

A walk through Karol Bagh market provides an unforgettable experience. It's a journey into history, traditional treasure house that mirrors the finest art of Indian craftsmen. What makes the shopping even more delightful is that the visitor has the options of walking in modern air-conditioned complexes or through narrow alleys to traditional shops where often the artisan himself presents his work and also explains the intricate details of his craftsmanship.

Indian Jewellery in Karol Bagh Market
The variety of Indian jewellery available in Karol Bagh market is mind boggling. From intricately set necklaces in an array of precious stones to inlaid gold anklets to simple silver bangles, the market offers all.

Delhi's gold and silver smiths are the famous in India and in fact, an entire street in old Delhi is still called the 'silver street'. Besides gold and silver, the city offers a variety of precious gems - rubies, emeralds, sapphires and a variety of semi-precious stones like cornelian, lapis lazuli, and garnets. Karol Bagh has the maximum number of jewelery shops in Delhi.

Thus we can say, Delhi's traditional jewellery street is worth a visit. Here, in shops located in narrow lane, one will be able to witness craftsmen at work and see designs, which are still worn by traditional Indian women. What makes the jewellery from this market is not only the quality of the metal or stone rather the fine craftsmanship available only in this part of the world!

Ajmal Khan Road
Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh used to be famous for inexpensive readymade garments, cotton yarn and embroidered garments; but it is much more than that now. Fancy stores, big international labels and all kinds of Indian munchies and masalas are available here. The weekly haat (a typical informal village market ) held here every Monday, when all the big stores enjoy their weekly holiday, is perhaps the biggest and most unique of its kind in Delhi.

Arya Samaj Road
Arya Samaj Road in Karol Bagh is a place where you can buy second hand books. But the real McCoy is actually the Sunday book bazaar held at Daryaganj.

Bank Street
Just off Ajmal Khan Road, Bank Street has shop after shop displaying (and of course selling) gold jewellery. Pick up a handcrafted piece or a machine-made pattern, the variety is mind-boggling.

Ghaffar Market
This labyrinth of alleys and lanes specializes in offering any imported products, which you can dream of buying sitting right here in India. From cosmetics through watches, sunglasses, calculators, mobile phones, electronic diaries to hairdryers you can expect to find everything. Read More...

Other shopping options at Karol Bagh
Shoppers in Karol Bagh have either the option of choosing fabrics from the rich array of cotton, silks, woolens or synthetics, or buying readymade garments in the trendiest of the world of fashions. Be it traditional Indian Saree or an evening dress, the bargains here are unbelievable.

Other good shopping options at Karol Bagh include furniture and furnishings, carpets and dhurries, spices and tea and a wide range of fashion accessories.

How to reach Karol Bagh
Karol Bagh market is situated at a distance of 2 km from New Delhi Railway Station. The distance between ISBT and Karol Bagh is 9 km. (approx.). Indira Gandhi International Airport is located at a distance of about 22 kms.

One can reach Karol Bagh market from different places in Delhi by taking a bus, taxi or metro.

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