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Central Delhi District

Central Delhi District

Central Delhi district refers to areas in and around what is famously called Old Delhi. The district is bound in north by North Delhi District in north, North-west and West Delhi districts in west, New Delhi and South-East Districts in south, North-east Delhi District in north-east and East Delhi and Shahdara districts in east.

The district subdivisions are Civil Lines, Karol Bagh and Kotwali. Its administration is under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The head office of Central Delhi District is Daryaganj.

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Area and Population

As per the latest Census of 2011, the area under Central Delhi District is about 25 square kilometers and the density of population here is about 23000 people per square kilometer. The total population of this district as per the latest census is about 0.578 million. This district has seen a decline in population in last 10 years.

Central Delhi comprises areas of what was previously known as Shahjahanabad (Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj and Paharganj) and has grown spatially to include Burari in northern part, Sangam Vihar and Yamuna Bio-diversity Park areas further south, areas from Wazirabad to Delhi University including Kamla Nagar and Malka Ganj, Ananad Parbat and some parts of Karol Bagh and Rajghat.

Rajghat is a top tourist destination, as it the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation and a messanger of peace and non-violence.

Railway Stations                               

Both the New Delhi Railway Station at Paharganj and the Old Delhi Railway Station close to Chandni Chowk lie in this district.

Metro Connectivity

Red Line of Delhi Metro crosses this district from east-west direction.

Yellow Line crosses it in North-South direction.

Violet line of Metro connects the central part to southern parts and beyond to other areas of south.

The Airport Line also reaches the peripheral area close to Paharganj in south.

The Blue line of metro crosses this districts at two point- one in south-west and the other in south-east.

Kashmere Gate ISBT

One of the most prominent Inter-state Bus Terminus of northern part of the country at Kashmere Gate in Delhi is located here. Buses from near and far away cities of other States arrive and depart from here.

The ISBT is also connected to Delhi Metro Violet Line directly.


The district is home to National Monuments of immense historical importance. Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid and Ghasiuddin Masjid are prominent among these. These were built during the Medieval times and are part of national heritage of our country.

Commercial Centers and Markets

The rich culture of cuisines has ever been the hallmark of the markets of this district, particularly of Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid areas. Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar and Fatehpur Sikri areas are some of the old established and largest wholesale markets of Delhi. Grains, food stuffs, clothing materials and clothes, spices, dry fruits are some of the best known commodities traded from here.

Jama Masjid area is known for its delicious non-vegetarian cuisines, some of which date back to the Mughal period and, therefore, these are called ‘Mughlai’ food collectively. Besides a number of brassware, collectibles, items of stationery and other products are available here.

Karol Bagh is another prominent marketplace famous for its electronic devices, clothing items and many other items.

University of Delhi, also called the North Campus, is an educational hub comprising many colleges and coaching institutes. The close-by areas of Kamla Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar are known for being home to students and besides private residences one can find a number of PGs in this area.

Daryaganj and Delhi gate are also large shopping markets. One can find musical instrument shop that are decades old. Delhi Gate was the place of famous Sunday Market till recently where old books of myriad subjects could be found at throwaway prices. This market has been shifted to a new location at Mahila Haat ground opposite Broadway Hotel in Chandni Chowk.

Paharganj is another shopping hub and this area is popular with foreign tourists for its leather based goods. In addition, there are a number of budget hotels which provide avenues of cheap stay to Indian and foreign tourists. New Delhi railway station situated next door is another boon.

All residential and commercial areas are also interspersed with markets for convenience to the locals.


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