Khan Market

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Coordinates: 28°36′01″N 77°13′36.5″E / 28.60028°N 77.226806°E / 28.60028; 77.226806

FabIndia outlet, Khan Market, New Delhi.

Khan Market (Hindi: ख़ान बाज़ार, Punjabi: ਖ਼ਾਨ ਬਾਜ਼ਾਰ, Urdu: خان بازار‎), established in 1951, and named in honour of Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan (Brother of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan) has been ranked as the costliest retail location in India.[1] In 2010, it was rated as the world's 21st most expensive retail high street by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield[2][3][4] and is consistently ranked as one of the costliest high end streets.[5][6]

History[edit]

Middle lane, Khan Market started turning to commercial space in 1990s.

Established in 1951, the U-shaped, double-storey market complex originally had 154 shops and 74 flats on the first floor for shopkeepers,[7] Many of these shops were allocated as seed land to immigrants from the North-West Frontier Province after the partition of India, Khan Market is named in honor of Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan, brother of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, by the first traders who set up shops in the market, in appreciation of his efforts in helping them migrate to India safely during the partition. The market is not named for Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan as is erroneously believed. Also near by is "Sujan Singh Park", New Delhi's first apartment complex, built in 1945, and designed by Walter Sykes George and named after the grandfather of this enclave’s most famous resident, writer Khushwant Singh.[8] George also designed, 'The Ambassador Hotel' next door, built in 1945 in mix of British and Art Deco style. The building is now a heritage property and the hotel has been taken over by the Taj Vivanta chain.[9]

Until the 1980s, all the flats on the first floor continued to serve as homes, and neighbourhood grocery stores and middle-class shops existed in the middle lane, despite the fact it catered most up to upmarket Golf Links, Sundar Nagar, and diplomatic crowd from Chanakyapuri. However gradually the real estate boom and expanding families of first generation of occupants forced many families to move out. Thus these homes were sold and started getting converted into shops. By the 2010s, only a few families were still living in these two room flats.[7]

A 2011 Cushman & Wakefield survey ranked Khan Market as the world’s 21st most expensive shopping street.[7]

Overview[edit]

Today it has grown to become one of the most expensive commercial real estate locations in the city. It has a wide variety of stores, including modern showrooms of most of well-known brands, like Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Benetton, Goodearth and others. Silver Jewellery stores Amrapali, Safeera, Silverline etc., Delicatessens, bookstores, paints and hardware stores, electronics, kitchenware, and fabric stores mingle with some of the better restaurants in the city. Some of the stores and eating joints include FabIndia, Raj stores, Anokhi, Sanjiv Mehra's Allied Stores,[10] Cooptex, Allied Party Xpress, Aamayo, Route 04, The Kitchen, Market Cafe, Cafe Turtle, Albake, Big Chill Cafe, Cafe Zaffiro, Barista, McDonalds, Subway, Kriti Creations, and a general store, National Cloth House and Khadi Gramodyog.

It is also famous for food including kebabs from Salim's Kebabs, Khan Chacha's Kebab's and momos opposite Lok Nayak Bhavan, which houses several government offices, and a retail market for lighting fixtures on the ground floor. There are also several popular bookstores in the market which offer a unique selection of books in the heart of Delhi. The market remains closed on Sundays.[11] The cuisines available at the restaurants include American, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Malaysian, Burmese, Lebanese & Indian etc.[12]

Location[edit]

Khan Market Station entrance and Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi.

It is located almost at the heart of the city, close to India Gate. Surrounded by residential complexes – both government owned and private, including Golf Links, Lodhi Estate, Shahjahan Road, Pandara Road, Rabindra Nagar and Sujan Singh Park. Its environs are home to a significant number of bureaucrats from the central government, and famous people like the satiric author Khushwant Singh. It is one of the greenest pockets of the city, very close to the famed Lodhi Gardens. Also in proximity are the India International Centre, the India Habitat Centre, offices of the World Wide Fund for Nature, and other organizations.

Transport[edit]

It is serviced by the Khan Market underground station of the Delhi Metro (Violet Line), which lies in front of the colonial-era Ambassador Hotel(Now Taj Vivanta).

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