Karol Bagh

Located in Central Delhi, about 2 kilometers from New Delhi Railway Station, Karol Bagh Market is one of the most popular and oldest markets of Delhi. This shopping place has branded air conditioned showrooms as well as non-branded retail shops, along with small shops on the pathways.

The commercial infrastructure of Karol Bagh has been changing over the ages, but a visit to it will take you back to the feeling of historical ambiance. It is indeed an unforgettable experience where you get an idea of how the trading is done in India. There is a perfect blend of western and traditional aspect of the crafts and the craftsmen have the perfect skills to do so. These two contrasting visuals give you an unforgettable experience of the market area and make you want to come back to it.

Karol Bagh Market is divided into several streets where there are markets of their own and each lane specializes in something or another. The silver street for instance is a very famous street in Karol Bagh, which sells gold and silver jewellery with precious, and semi precious stones in it. The goldsmiths and silver smiths who own these shops are popular throughout the country and so have their shops in the market.


The residents of Madhoganj, Raja ka Bazaar and Jaisingh Pura evacuated their village to build Connaught place and other nearby places, which were relocated to become Karol Bagh. It used to be a residential area for the Muslims before they shifted to Pakistan after the partition in 1947. Most of these refugees were traders.

In 1920, many villages like Jaisingh Pura, Raja ka Bazaar and Madhoganj were vacated so that Connaught Place could be built. Karol bagh has also been a home for Bengali community and has witnessed the oldest durga puja of the city.

In 1984, several incidents of anti Sikh riots were reported where the shops were burnt. Later, Karol Bagh became the target of the terrorists in 2008 where a bomb blast was reported in the Gaffar Market.

Rajgir Pura, Beadon Pura, Bapa Nagar, and Dev Nagar are the residential areas of Karol Bagh. The wholesale garment shops, is Tank Road which was formed in 1980s by a few shopkeepers.

How to Reach Karol Bagh

Karol Bagh is about 20 to 22 kilometers away from Indra Gandhi International Airport and as a Karol Bagh metro station, which is on the blue line.

Attraction around Karol Bagh Market

Gaffar Market

This market is also popular with the name of grey market because one can find china made goods that one can get there easily. You can find electronics like cameras, televisions, air conditioners, mobiles and mobile accessories in this market. You must keep one thing in mind when you purchase these items that they do not have any guarantee. For instance, once there was a version of iPhone available in the market a few months before it was even initiated in Europe.

The narrow lanes of Gaffar market are always crowded with people and often make it difficult for people to walk comfortably. Despite the MCD sewage being there on the main highway, the market is often found in a shabby condition.

Bank Street

The bank street of Karol Bagh is famous for the jewelry shops it has and they specialize in bridal jewelry specially.


Located at the west of New Delhi Railway Station, Paharganj is in the neighborhood of Central Delhi and is called Shahganj or King’s Ganj. It is a market, which is there since mughal times. Paharganj happens to be the third sub division of Central Delhi after Karol Bagh and Darya Ganj.

This place is very poplar for the number of affordable hotels, restaurants, lodges and dhabas it has along with a variety of shops, which have been there to meet the needs of domestic as well as foreign tourists. The low budget travelers find it really easier to stay in Paharganj without worrying about the money at all. It is also becoming very popular for the international cuisines that are being introduced.


Dedicated to Maa Aadi Shakti, an avatar of Goddess Durga, Jhandewalan Temple is an ancient temple for the Hindus, which is located in the Jhandewalan Road near Karol Bagh in Delhi. It is a very respected and famous shrine of the Goddess. Thousands of devotee are attracted towards the temple and visit it throughput the year. During the Shah Jahan’s rule, the place was named Jhandewalan because paper flags were offered at that time.

This temple is said to be one of the most religious sites for the Hindus and anyone can worship in this temple irrespective of their cast, religion, or status. The chanting of mantras is done in the evening and in the morning. The devotees of this temple are blessed by good health, happiness, and peace.

Several festivals are also celebrated in Jhandewalan Temple and the excitement is seen especially during Durga Puja and Navratris when special pujas are organized by the temple authorities. The flowers and lights have been decorated beautifully in the temple to attract people.

Karol Bagh Metro Station

Also known as Qarol Bagh, Karol Bagh metro station is on the blue line of Delhi Metro and connects it to the residential as well as commercial areas of Delhi.

Coordinates:   28°38'38"N   77°11'19"E

Nearby cities: Karawal Nagar, RAM PARK, Loni

Visiting Hours and Open Days

In weekends, Karol Bagh market closes at 8:00 PM and during the weekends, it closes around 9 PM. It is closed on Mondays but the roadside shops are still open which lets you shop some things on that day too.


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