Formed after the partition of India to house people who came essentially from Multan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan to India and named after the veteran freedom fighter – Lala Lajpat Rai, Lajpat Nagar has ever since remained one of the top residential and commercial destinations in Delhi. Today, it is one of the top shopping destinations in Delhi thronged by hundreds of thousands of avid shoppers every day.
The Central Market
The Central Market of Lajpat Nagar is known for hundreds of shops selling clothing, fabrics, accessories, footwear, electronics and home furnishing items. The diversity within the market is quite visible. While there are modern centrally air conditioned malls on one hand, there are traditional shops and tent-stalls on the other for selling products. Sanskriti, Malhotras, Ramji Sons, Harisons, KC Creations, Home Saaz are some of the popular stores selling apparel, clothing material or home furnishing. You can find traditional Indian garments, western clothing and the Indo-western fusion wear in this market for men, women and children. Also, there is an “export-market” where the export surplus clothing or fabrics are sold at cheap prices.
A number of shops selling artificial jewelry items and accessories such as ear-earnings, necklaces, bracelets, etc are a must visit for fashion-conscious people. There is no dearth of beauty product brands selling their creams, lotions, lipsticks, perfumes and other items.
While on the move, you can also find a range of shops selling toys and gift items, decorative pieces, paintings and footwear. Bata and Liberty also have their footwear stores here. Besides, there are shops selling traditional “Punjabi juttis”.
The market is also characterized by a wide variety of eating avenues, the most famous among those being the hawkers who sell “chuskis”, “lemonades”, “fruit chaats”, “shakarkandi”, “dal pakodis” and other such items on bicycles and bamboo-straw made platforms. At the same time, you have Pizza Hut, Dominos, McDonalds and other fast food chains present here. The traditional food items -“chole bhature”, “pakodas”, “lassi”, south Indian “dosas” and “idly vadas” and other items can also be savoured here.
For the movie lovers, the presence of PVR cinemas and multiplex is an added boon and this makes the market quite complete in all respects.
Beyond Central Market
Though Lajpat Nagar has become synonymous with Central Market, the special expanse of this area goes beyond the market. Administratively, it is a part of the South-East Delhi District and is named as Lajpat Nagar I, II, III and IV. It lies on both sides of the ring road. While Lajpat Nagar Part I, II and III are on northern side, part IV is on southern side of the ring road. Lajpat Nagar IV has residential colonies such as Amar Colony, Double Storey and Dayanand Colony.
Lajpat Nagar also has residential buildings. This is one of the most sought after places for purchase or rentals of residential colonies. The flourishing and happening market, close proximity to top hospitals, schools, colleges, banks and many other offices and outlets makes it one of the highly priced residential and commercial localities of Delhi.
Lajpat Nagar is connected to rest of the city with a well laid out road network as well as Delhi Metro rail network. It lies on the margins of inner Ring Road which connects it to all parts of the city.
Pink Line of Delhi Metro passes through the Central Market with stations at Lajpat Nagar in west and Vinoba Puri in east.
The Violet line of Metro connects the western periphery of Central Market with stations at Lajpat Nagar in north and Moolchand in south.
The nearby areas to Lajpat Nagar are South-Extension Part II, Kotla Mubarakpur, AIIMS and INA Market to its west, Greater Kailash to its South, Jangpura and Nizammudin to its north and New Friends Colony, Jeewan Nagar, Maharani Bagh to its east.