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Shahdara, is a geographical region in the city of Delhi, India, situated near the banks of Yamuna river. It is one of the oldest inhabited areas of Delhi and integral to what is known as Purani Dilli (Old Delhi). Shahdara is one of the new district of Delhi and has collectorate office at Dilshad Garden near Gagan Cinema. Delhi Metro started its operation from Shahdara only. Shahdara is the premier metro station of the DMRC and first station on Red Line.

Shahdara is located in Delhi
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°40′54″N 77°16′16″E / 28.6816°N 77.271°E / 28.6816; 77.271Coordinates: 28°40′54″N 77°16′16″E / 28.6816°N 77.271°E / 28.6816; 77.271
Country India
 • BodyEast Delhi Municipal Corporation
 • OfficialHindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code011-2232, 011-2238, 011-2230
Vehicle registrationDL-13
Nearest cityGhaziabad
Lok Sabha constituencyNorth East Delhi and East Delhi
Civic agencyEast municipal Corporation of Delhi (North and East)



In Urdu, Shahdara means "door of kings". The origin of the name lies in two Persian words: shah meaning "kings" and dara, a door or entrance. Shahdara was established by a Mughal king.


Shahdara developed around a chhota bazaar (small market) called Chandrawali village dating to the 16th century CE. It was used as a stopover in the passage from Meerut to Delhi. After Chandni Chowk, Shahdara is the among the oldest suburbs of Delhi.[1] In the 18th century CE, Shahdara had grain warehouses and whoIesale grain markets which supplied the Paharganj grain market, across the Yamuna river.[2]


Shahdara contains two municipal council zones (Shahdara north and Shahdara south).

Economic establishments and infrastructureEdit

Shahdara is the fourth station on Line 1 (Red Line) of the Delhi Metro from Dilshad garden. The Cross River Mall contains liquor Shops, Cafes, Restaurants and a Movie Theatre. The Vikas Cine Mall contains an Indian Bank branch and a Movie Theatre. The Leela Kempinski is the 5-star hotel in this area. The Plaza and various other hotels like Ginger, Crown Plaza are also there. It has Barbeque Nation at Vivek Vihar near CBD. Various world-class education institutions and top universities of India are establishing their campus here.

Religious sitesEdit

Shahdara is the location of a number of religious places. The Akshardham is a temple and a centre of cultural and historical art exhibition is 10 km from here.

Shree Sai Sarnam mandir near Shahdara metro station. Old church in Chhota bazar Shahdara. Gurudwara near rehabilitation colony Kabir Nagar. Arya samaj Mandir in Shivaji Park. Janardhan Mandir and Kirti Mandir in Subash Park. Hanuman Mandir on Hanuman Road. And various other temples. Masjid are there in Shahdara.


Shahdara subdistrict is further divided into two parts of the Municipal Council zones of Delhi which are named as the ‘South Shahdara’ zone and the ‘North Shahdara’ zone. These zones are bounded by important areas like Dilshad Garden, Dilshad Colony and Tahirpur, Preet Vihar, Bhajanpura and Yamuna Vihar.

Ram NagarEdit

This residential area was once farmland. Mandoli road hosts a market for daily goods and domestic items.

New Modern ShahdaraEdit

New Modern Shahdara has two parts: New Modern Shahdara (Budh Bazar) Mandoli Road and New Modern Shahdara II. There is the DDA road and the Shashi public sec. school and City convent school. The pin code of this area is 110032. It comes under the jurisdiction of Mansrovar park police station, and has the Shahdara post office. Area New Modern Shahdara II. It is situated in Chandrawali village dating to the 16th century CE. There are 14 streets. Late Ch. Mahender Singh Bhati was well known personality of this colony and he was the First Pradhan of New Modern Shahdara.

Naveen ShahdaraEdit

Naveen Shahdara is between Shahdara and Welcome metro stations and behind Shyam Lal College. It is an affluent area with parks, schools, colleges. It has number of shopping sites. It is a posh area of Shahdara.

Bholanath Nagar and Govardhan Behari ColonyEdit

Bholanath Nagar is an older colony in Shahdara. There are government and private schools located in this area including Baburam school, Sanatan Dharm Devnagri Pathshala school, Handa school, Bloom public school, and Children Welfare public school. Jharkhandi temple, an old religious establishment, is also located here. Govardhan Behari Colony is adjacent to Bholanath Nagar. Veer Abhimanyu park in Govardhan Behari Colony was one of the largest parks in Shahdara which has now been converted to municipal parking.

Vishwas NagarEdit

Vishwas Nagar is a large suburb in Shahdara with approximately 50,000 registered voters. Unlike most of Shahdara it is a well-settled and planned colony with parallel streets, some of which are named after the pandavas. The two main roads are Pandav road and 60 feet road. On 60 feet road are a number of banks. Parallel to 60 feet road are Bhishma road and Kunti road, which provide a bypass for traffic. The 60 feet road is also the site of a weekly market on Saturday. It is one of the Oldest industrial area in Delhi consisting of more than 10,000 small scale factories. Vishwas Nagar has a cinema called the Supreme theatre; previously the Swarn cinema. The "Vishwas Nagar Extension" and the "New Vishwas Nagar" are areas of greater affluence containing a central business district.

In Vishwas Nagar are the Mata Chintapurni Temple, Maharaja Surajmal Park, the Cross River mall, the Agarwal Fun City mall, the Kempinski Ambience hotel, the Park Plaza hotel, a CNG pump station, two petrol pumps, a fire station, the central pollution control board, the Karkardooma court, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a planned University of Delhi campus. There are a number of schools including a government senior secondary school, and an MCD school,

Bhikam SinghEdit

Bhikam Singh lies within Vishwas nagar ward number 226. Sites in this area include 64 gali, the new Sanjay Amar development in Kasturba nagar, the new Vishwas nagar development, the Shivam enclave, Lahri development, and the Anupam apartment complex.

Shalimar ParkEdit

Shalimar Park is an area of affluence. There is a Children's Welfare public school. The nearest metro station is Welcome station.

Subhash Park, Subhash Park Extension, Panchsheel Garden, and Mohan ParkEdit

Subhash Park is an affluent area with convenient travel connections due to its junction location and travel infrastructure, clean roads and a planned underpass to connect to Mudrika. The water supply and drainage systems are reliable. The Kirti Mandir was built by late Smt. Kirti Devi in the year 1968-69. It has Janardhan Mandir, built by Late. Janardhan Dutt(J D) Sharma ( Master/Guru ji) who was affluent man in the area. Shanti hospital was built when late Sh.J D Sharma made Dr. J P Sharma to do this noble act.

Kardam PuriEdit

Kardam Puri is the suburb in Shahdara with the largest population. The inhabitants are of lower class. Jyoti Nagar is nearby. a very very tacky area to live. It is being a Muslim majority area and all are true patriotic.

Jyoti Nagar East, Jyoti Nagar WestEdit

Jyoti Nagar is a leafy affluent area, once called Sikdarpur. It is situated 2.5 km from the Shahdara metro station with convenient connections and amenities. It occupies both sides of the Delhi-Saharanpur main highway, "Loni Road".

Central Park hosts the Jyoteshwar Mahadev temple to Lord Shiva; the Agrasen Dharamshala inn; the Chotta Shiva temple and the Durga temple. There is also a Bahirov temple in the area. Shivaratri, Navratri, Dashera and Janamashtami celebrations are held in the park. There is a government primary school, Sonia public school, Guru Harkishan public school, Takshila public school, Konark public school, Ekalavya library, HDFC bank and Lovely Flowers public school, Pizza diet, Vishal mega mart, Domino's pizza. Durgapuri square (chowk) is nearby. There is a market at Kardam marg.

Meet NagarEdit

It is Situated on main Wazirabad Road near the railway line. It has 4 Blocks Namely A, B, and C A Block in which middle and upper-middle-class people reside. It has its own Railway Station. There is Old playway School Jawahar Lal Nehru School" currently managed by Shakti Pandit ji, Maternal uncle of Adv. Raja Pandit.

Jyoti ColonyEdit

Jyoti Colony is a very old area near Loni road and 100 Foot road. On the Durga Puri chowk, there is an old, large temple to Durga, Ekalavya Library and on Loni road there is a Makki mosque.

North Chajjupur (Indira Niketan)Edit

Chajjupur is one of the oldest colonies in Shahdara. It is about 2 km from Shahdara metro station and about 500m from Durgapuri chowk. Chajjupur has a temple of Lord Shiva. Chanakya marg runs through ChajjPur, connecting Jyoti Colony and Babarpur.

Chhota BazaarEdit

The Chhota Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest bazaars in Shahdara & Delhi. Civil Hospital is there in front of Mewa Ganj on the same road. It is a centre for ladies' clothes (sari, suits and kurta. One of the oldest markets is "Teliwara", which was a centre for the mustard oil trade for many years till British rule. When we enter in Teliwara there is a landmark in the middle of the market named "Jat Dharamshala". Geeta bhawan is also famous for facilitating wedding occasions and parties. Still one can find many ancient houses with rare crafted designs here, especially in Pathan Pura Gali, Old Teliwara. Before the setup of Delhi Metro station there used to be a famous fruit and grain market which used to attract all the locals from east Delhi. Half of this market is still active near Shahdara Bus Terminal near the gas agency. Near Anaj mandi there are Mohalla Gajju Katra , Mohalla Sarai (old name is Noon ki Mandi , Ghee ki Mandi).

Another market place is the Anaj Mandi, a grain market which becomes a place of worship to Hanuman each Tuesday and Saturday. The Hanuman mandir (temple) dates to the 1700s. The bazaar has close proximity to Shahdara railway station, Jwala Nagar, Jain Mandir Gali and Shahdara metro station.

Currently, this area is progressing day by day as having new posh flat system and new business hubs.

Rohtash NagarEdit

Rohtash Nagar is an old area divided into Rohtash Nagar East and Rohtash Nagar West. It has been spread unevenly and has mix population of Punjabis Baniyas Brahmins and others castes.

Balbir Nagar & Balbir Nagar ExtensionEdit

Balbir Nagar is a clean residential area, home to businessmen and upper middle class people. Arwachin Schools's owner resides here. There are many temples. There is a park named Prem Chopra Park. Balbir Nagar Extension has wider streets compared to Balbir Nagar. It has majority of Brahimin Population with teaching background. In its initial days, Retd & working Govt. Teachers were its residents. Area has Arwachin School, Goverdhan School, Vivekananda School, Anurag Bharti play school, KVM model school, Tent wala school. Energy point is food point for youngsters. Janta hotel is a budget Indian eatery. This area has Jain Mandir, 60 foot road. Only timber market merchants reside here There are various intellectual living born and living in Balbir Nagar & Balbir Nagar Extension.

Shivaji ParkEdit

Shivaji Park is near Naveen Shahdara. Middle and upper middle-class people reside there. There is the Little Flower Public School. Also Shivaji Park is a hub of learning institute like Classics Tutorial, Advance Academics, NVP, A&G and many other institutions.

Gorakh ParkEdit

Most of the residents of Gorakh Park are business people from the Upper middle-class. It is being divided into East and West Gorakh park. Hanuman Mandir road market is very close to it. Bhagat sweets is there in this area

Nathu ColonyEdit

Nathu Colony lies on the Mandoli road which starts from GT Road and ends at Mandoli chungi. Nathu Chowk is also popular as a landmark. West Nathu Colony is better than East Nathu Colony in terms of wealth as well as standard of living. Nathu chowk is also known by Plus Sage library. There is underpass from Nathu Chowk to go to GTB Hospital and towards Gagan Cinema and Dilshad Garden.

Ashok NagarEdit

Ashok Nagar is a large, affluent suburb in which middle and upper middle class people reside. It has a well-known daily market, the Shukr Bazar Chowk. Schools include Deep Public School, Siddharth International, Krishna Bodh School and Plus Sage library. Delhi Development Authority MIG and LIG flats are situated at Loni Road's west 30 mins away from Shahdara metro station by four wheeler. There is also Mangal Pandey Road and Mandoli Road in the east. Delhi University Bhimrao Ambedkar college is just 20 mins away from this area.

Chander Lok ColonyEdit

This residential area was also once a small farmland called Sikdarpur village and is now a clean residential area. The inhabitants are of lower to middle class. Ram Nagar, Nathu chowk and Mandoli road are nearby. Landmarks along Mandoli road include Hanuman mandir and Nathu Chowk. Shahdara railway & Metro station are near by railway stations.

Kabool NagarEdit

The Kabool nagar has a huge and well maintained Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and is popular among Shirdi Sai baba Devotees. People throng from far away places to Visit this temple.Part of Kabool nagar has two story dwellings. Its residents are affluent and educated. It is a safe area with well maintained civic parks. Nearby is the Rohtash Nagar market and the Shukr Bazar. Most residents are Jains or Punjabi.


Babarpur has its origins in an old village. It is an affluent area with amenities. The main street has automobile, school and furniture showrooms. The Hariom Gali of Babarpur, a welfare association founded in 1982, hosts a dharamshal, a religious sanctuary.

Mansarovar ParkEdit

This area has wide roads, a metro station, water drainage and DDA flats. This area has all the required facilities like Private and Government Schools, Firms like- Kartstring Digital Media, Dispensary, Post office, Bus Stand, Temples, Parks and the most important is its own Metro Station. The area also has a charitable Jain hospital where they charge very nominal fee. This area is also known to have the base location of social organizations like Indian Arts Foundation and Mansarovar Park Welfare Organization.

Durga PuriEdit

Durga Puri is a well-organised area, previously known as Sikdarpur. Durga Puri is located near a temple ON Durga Puri chowk, 2 km from Shahdara railway station.

Shri Ram NagarEdit

This area is situated near the Grand Trunk Road. It was established in 1927. Here middle and upper middle class people reside. There is a mixed society of Jains, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. It has BC area called Takiya.

Ganga ViharEdit

Ganga Vihar Pin code is 110094 and postal head office is Sonia Vihar. It is near Gokalpur metro.


Shahdara hosts a number of hospitals and schools Shanti Nursing home Jyoti Nursing home East Delhi medical centre Sarvanam Neuro Centre Swami Dayanand General Hospital GTB Hospital Sher-e-Shahdara Medical centre Shree Ram hospital Chandsi Piles clinic Shanti Mukund Deepak memorial Galaxy hospital

Schools Little Flowers Public School Naveen Bharti Public School Arwachin Shikha Sadan Little Flowers International School Nav Jeewan Public School Gandhi Memorial Mukherjee School Tent Wala School Building wala School Hari Wardi Gunda Gardi School St. Joseph school DAV school Kendriya vidyalaya (under construction) Dev public school Vidya vihar Vidyalaya SR capital School Laxmi Public School


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1] Accessed 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ [2] Shahjahanabad: the sovereign city in Mughal India, 1639-1739. (Suburbs, Paharganj, pg 58). Blake, Stephen P. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-521-52299-4.
  3. ^ List of hospitals in Shahdara, India on a Page website. 23 January 2012. Accessed 27 May 2012.