Sarojini Nagar was established around 1950s located in south west Delhi. Before the current name, its name was Vinay Nagar or Beena Nagar. It was named after Sarojini Naidu, a famous Indian freedom fighter and poet. The market is surrounded by Safdarjung Enclave, Laxmibai Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Chanakyapuri, Netaji Nagar and South Extension. Sarojini Nagar is very close to the Safdarjung Airport. It is located in the locality of Chanakyapuri. Sarojini Nagar Market is known and mostly famous for cheap flea shops.
Sarojini Nagar is adjoined by the government housing and colonies.
It was the part of “29 October 2005 Delhi bombings”. This mishappening occurred on 29th october 2005 in Delhi where resulted in the killing of 62 people and injuring of more than 200 people.
- Location: Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi-110023
- Entry fee: Free of cost
- Closed: Monday
- Market Timings: 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
- Best time to visit
- In Summer: During evening hours (5.00 to 9.00 pm)
- In Winter: 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
Sarojini Nagar Market is famous for apparel shops
Sarojini Nagar Market is one of the most crowded flea markets in Delhi. This market is also a favorite shopping place for girls and tourists. There are a lot of reasons behind this. The market offers various cheap shops with variety of branded and non branded stylish clothes, footwear, accessories etc. The important thing is that these shops sell the items in the much cheaper rates which is the main reason of buyer’s attraction.
One can bargain the items on a very high scale in the market. It is often named as the bargain market. People who can’t afford to buy branded and costly clothes love to visit the Sarojini Nagar market. This is a place of high quality clothes with much cheaper price.
Sarojini Nagar Market can be categorized into following:
During evening time, the Central market has hundreds of street vendors and small street shop sellers. One side of the Central market has bakery shops, US POLO Exclusive, Paradise Sarees, Capri store, Atta Chakki, Mohan Restaurant, Grover Furniture etc. The other side faces the Hanuman Temple, Electronic Stores, Optical Shops, Dry Cleaners and Pharmacy shops, Lahori Restaurant.
Old Tree Lane:
This lane is famous for Old Tree shops selling good quality bags.
Mandir wali side:
This area is known for the temple “Hanuman Mandir”.
Sabzi Market is located in the south end of Sarojini Nagar. As the name says, it is famous for fresh fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price. People generally bargain for the price of vegetables and fruits in the Sabzi market. There is also a parking space available near to the Government Girls Senior Secondary School No.
The Babu Market: Babu Market is in the north-west corner of the market. Some famous shops in Babu market are Chacha Saree, Lalaji ki Dukan (Kurta Pajama shop), Keval ki Toy Shop, Neelgagan Stationery, Kumar Dentist etc. Most of the shops are surrounded in rows facing each other and mostly these are cloth shops.
There are so many roadside stalls and small shops with collection of things from girls fashion accessories like earrings, Bangles, hair pins, necklaces, sandals, bellies, hand bags and purses to girls latest designed clothes Indian and Western clothes.
The best thing is that the road side shops have the good quality products at cheaper rates. One can expect a summer t-shirt in just Rs. 200. The market is full of imported Western clothes which girls like to buy. You can expect a good quality denim jeans in just Rs.1000 or less which generally costs Rs. 3000 to 5000 if you visit a branded store.
There are many shops in the Sarojini Nagar market which have the facility of changing rooms, so girls try out the apparels and buy them out. Sarojini Nagar market is not only meant for girls shopping but it also has a lot of options for men and children. Men can buy shoes and shirts in much discounted rates.
People when tired after long hours of shopping like to treat themselves and when the market is full of roadside eatables then no body stops themselves from trying them out. Chole bhature, samosas, gol gappe, juices and shakes are found in each and every corner of the market.
The market is overcrowded on Saturday and Sunday. If you have a long list of shopping and if possible try to visit the Sarojini Market during weekdays. During weekends try visiting the market in the morning hours.
You can always find the tourists or foreigners shopping in the Sarojini Nagar market because of the reason that the market is cheap and has a good collection of both Western and ethnic apparels. Foreigner girls like to try and wear Indian kurtas and suits and so this market fulfills their need.
One can spend a whole day in the market and end up buying a lot of things spending a small amount of money.
Outside visitors (foreigners) also have the option of currency exchange. Money Changer, Sidhi Forex Pvt LTD, Sahil Sagar services Pvt LTD are some of the common one available in the main market.
ATMs facility is available in the market too like ICICI bank, HDFC, PNB bank ATM etc.
There is also a library near the main market of Sarojini Nagar named Delhi Public Library. One has to take the membership of the library before he uses it.
How to reach Sarojini Nagar Market
INA metro station is the nearest metro station to the market. It is approximately 2 km away from the market. Once you get down at the metro station you can hire the private auto which charges just Rs. 50.
Sarojini Nagar Metro Station
The Sarojini Nagar Metro Station is located on the pink line of Delhi Metro. It was inaugurated on 6th of August 2018. Before this station, Ina Metro Station was the nearest metro station to Sarojini Nagar. Sarojini Nagar Metro station is opened by Delhi metro, operated by Delhi metro rail Corporation (DMRC). It has 2 platforms, Platform 1 and platform 2.
The platform 1 is towards Shiv Vihar and the next station is Delhi Haat Ina. One can get down here to change to the next station for Yellow line. The platform number 2 is towards Majlis Park and the next station is Bhikaji Cama Place.
To reach Sarojini Nagar market one can get down at Gate number 2 which is also known as pilanji Gaon.
Via personal vehicle
If you are commuting by your personal vehicle, the parking facility is also available in the market area with a minimal charge of Rs. 10 for 4 hours.
There is also an option of multilevel parking but you might need to wait a little long for your turn to come.
Famous shops in Sarojini Nagar Market
Chacha Saree Bazar:
Address: Shop No 8 And 9, Main Market, Sarojini Nagar
This shop is located in the main market of Sarojini Nagar and offers a variety of ethnic and latest designed sarees and ladies suits at a reasonable price. Staff of the shop is polite and helpful to get the customers right product.
Address: Shop no.199, The Big C, Sarojini Nagar Market
This shop offers a good collection of men and women clothes like t-shirt, shirts, pants, trousers, night suit etc. The shop also has a trial room facility where the fitting of the dress can be tried.
Shop Website: https://www.newu.in
Address: Shop no. 21, Sarojini Nagar Market
Stelatoes is a famous footwear shopping store and is one of the girls favorite footwear shops. This shop has a variety of ethnic and latest collection of footwear. Girls prefer to buy the sandals and bellies from Stelatoes preferably. It is not only meant for girls or women but also has a great collection of men and kids footwear.
Shop Website: http://stelatoesshoes.com/stores.html
New Diamond Sports:
Address: Shop no. 171, Sarojini Nagar Market
This is one of the good sports shops in the market where you can buy from small sport items like skipping rope to popular sports items like cricket bats, tennis, badminton etc.
Address: Shop no. 54, Lane E, Sarojini Nagar Market
This shop is a collection of bags and luggage.
Gulati Toys and Cycle House:
Address: Shop no. 143, Lane G, Sarojini Nagar Market
The shop is a little suffocated but offers a good collection of kids toys and games.
Mahendra Sweet House:
Address: Shop no. 67, Babu Market, Sarojini Nagar
This shop is always crowded with customers. It’s a nice place for sweets and snacks. Chole bhature, Pav bhaji are the famous food items of the shop. The only problem is that the customers need to take and eat the food outside of the shop because there is no sitting arrangement inside the shop.
Shahi Dahi Bhalle:
Address: Shop no. 8, Ring Road Market, Sarojini Nagar
As the name says this shop is famous for it’s delicious mouth watering Dahi bhalle. It’s a small shop where people buy food and eat outside of the shop. This is located in the Ring road market, Sarojini Nagar.
Shop Website: https://shahidahibhalle.business.site
Address: Shop no. 144, Ring Rd Market, Sarojini Nagar
This shop is located in the Ring road market, Sarojini Nagar which offers both veg and non veg food. As the name says this is basically famous for variety of kulchas like Amritsari kulcha, paneer Kulcha, Masala kulcha.
Shop Website: https://www.kulchakingfood.com
Amar Jyoti restaurant:
Address: Shop no. 186, Lane E, Sarojini Nagar Market
It’s a family restaurant mainly famous for its north Indian cuisine with sitting facility.
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Lajpat Nagar Market is a bit expensive market and shopping here is a bit difficult as compared to Sarojini Nagar Market. Sarojini Nagar Market is everyone’s market, here one gets trendy clothes and fashionable jewellery at cheap prices. And bargaining is done at a very good place, even college going children can easily do good shopping for little money.
So if seen in this way, Sarojini Nagar is a market for doing more shopping for less money, whereas Lajpat Nagar Market is a market of family people where there will be less shopping and need more money. Most of the middle-aged people come to Lajpat Nagar market or those who are about to get married, they come shopping for wedding purposes.
Both the markets have their own distinct identity. Generally low quality garments are found at Janpath Market so one should be lucky to get good stuff at lower prices with high level bargaining. Whereas in Sarojini Nagar market all kinds of goods are available and that too All kinds of household items from bridal to casual wear are available at very low prices.
In a way, it can be concluded that if we suck at one market in Sarojini Nagar Market and Janpath Market, then it will be Sarojini Nagar Market where all kinds of goods are available at very low price.
I remember when I used to study in college 8 to 10 years ago, in 2010, I used to buy a very good t-shirt for ₹ 50 in Sarojini Nagar market.