Sarojini Nagar lies to the north of inner Ring Road in Delhi bounded by Laxmi Bai Nagar and Kidwai Nagar West in the east, Chankyapuri in north and Netaji Nagar to its west. The area is characterized by residential colonies with a central market in between, famously called the Sarojini Nagar market. The wide streets of the area cut at right angles providing a rather square aerial view of the area.
Sarojini Nagar is in close vicinity of AIIMS and Safdarjuhng hospitals, two of the most prominent hospitals of Delhi. Administratively, it lies in the South-west district of Delhi.
The Sarojini Nagar Market
Sarojini Nagar market is known for its apparel, fabrics and dress materials. In fact, this is one of the most popular flea markets in the city. Though there are a number of other shops which sell sweets and other eatables, sports shops, electronic items, furniture, pharmacies, home furnishings and accessories to name a few, it is the cheap and best clothing which dominates the character of market. The market is known for providing highly trendy and stylish clothes for men, women and children at low prices. The market is visited by people looking for cheap clothing as well as by fashionistas for taking inspiration for new designs.
The Sarojini Nagar market is divided in to different sections. Babu Market on the north-western flank of this market is dominated by the cloth shops. The famous “Mucchad Halwai” (sweet shop of man with big moustaches) shop is also present here. Toy shops, tea stalls, meat shops are some of the other old established shops in this part of the market.
The Export Market for which Sarojini Market is most famous is to be found in the back lanes of the market. This is the place where export surplus clothing and accessories, such as bags and belts, can be found at cheapest prices. This market remains crowded as people from all around Delhi come here for trendy apparel and dress materials at lowest prices.
The “subzi” market, or the vegetable market, is also a part of Sarojini Nagar market. This is the place to get cheap and fresh vegetables and fruits in this market. Facing it is the Central Market. This is the place where garments shops, sweets shops, “aloo tikki” stalls and “kulfi” stalls can be savoured to delightful contentment.
The inner ring road provides immediate connectivity to eastern and western parts of Delhi. A number of flyovers and underpasses enable seamless connectivity to different parts of the city.
The Pink Line of Delhi Metro passes through the south-eastern flanks of this region with station at Sarojini Nagar.
A Brief History of Sarojini Nagar
Sarojini Nagar was known as Vinay Nagar previously, and the adjoining areas of Netaji Nagar and Laxmi Bai Nagar were respectively called West Vinay Nagar and East Vinay Nagar. However, these areas were renamed after the freedom fighters as we know these today.