Saket (Delhi)

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Saket
District Subdivision
Road in Saket A Block.
Road in Saket A Block.
Saket is located in Delhi
Saket
Saket
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°31′09″N 77°12′48″E / 28.5192°N 77.2134°E / 28.5192; 77.2134Coordinates: 28°31′09″N 77°12′48″E / 28.5192°N 77.2134°E / 28.5192; 77.2134
Country  India
State Delhi
District South Delhi
Languages
 • Official Hindi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 011


Saket, is an upmarket residential colony located in the South Delhi district, of Delhi, India. The neighborhood is named after the city of Ayodhya, also known as Saket, an ancient, religiously significant city in Uttar Pradesh. It falls under the Hauz Khas subdistrict of the South Delhi district; district headquarters is also situated on M.B. Road, Saket.[1] DDA has developed the Saket Sports Complex spread over 18.5 acres, in 1990.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name Saket in Sanskrit means a place that is close to the heavens and Saket was the ancient name of the city of Ayodhya.

Residential blocks[edit]

Saket is primarily a residential area which consists of Press Enclave and residential blocks named by alphabets from A to N. These blocks constitute a mixture of row houses, multistorey apartments and two-storey apartments.

Block A, B,C,D (Golf View Apartments)[edit]

A Block Saket, runs adjacent to the Malviya Nagar Metro station.C block Saket is located near saket metro station, PVR anupam and DDA Golf Course. The block has the best rain water harvesting in south Delhi. D block adjacent to C block is famous in surrounding areas for The Threja Park. The park has different segments for those wanting to sit,to walk,to cycle and to play. It is one of the few parks in Delhi to hv a water cooler system installed.It is a small but beautiful park for people from all stages in life

Gof view is adjacent to Malviya Nagar Metro station. Ekta apartment and Press enclave is in East of it and DDA Golf Course towards West of it.The DDA MIG Flats Or Golf View Apartment is other name of it.The moment you enter in C block a sign board on top of entrance declares B,C,D Block. The C block component of it has odd numbered flats on right hand side and even numbered flats on left hand side.This C block has a beautifully maintained park, nicely landscaped and housing a senior citizens enclosure with a library.The C block has some houses Having B block as their prefix and few houses Having D block as their prefix. Both B block houses and D block Houses can be accessed from C block entrances. There is a mini market next to B,C,D block(Glof View Apartments) which has chemist shops, sweetshop,hair saloon, Car decor, meat shop and Mother dairy & doctors clinic.Bang opposite to B,C,D block entrance is boundary wall of Gyan Bharti school, although the entrance to school is from different side.

Block N[edit]

Block N is bordered by J-Block market, M Block, Mandir Marg and block J. It is a compact block with 120 DDA SFS flats, similar in design to H Block. It was likely the last block to be constructed in Saket by DDA. It is a very well maintained, peaceful and conveniently located block. It has multiple parks, good parking space and play areas for children. The resident association for this block is very active. This block hosts residents from all corners of India.

Block J[edit]

Block J is bordered by Mandir Marg on the east, Block H on the west, M.B. Road on the south and the J Block market on the north. All houses are of row houses, much like the rest of Delhi. Like the rest of Saket, there are many parks. The largest park, Thakur Vatika witnesses many morning walkers in the morning and the evening. Adjoining Thakur Vatika, there is a temple of Goddess Kali and Apeejay School, Saket. Block J boasts of two local markets. The larger market consists of a post office, few restaurants, bakery's and sweet shops which attract many shoppe

Block H[edit]

Block H is bordered by Block J on the east, Block G on the west, M.B. Road on the south and Block K on the north. It consists of two storey apartments and boasts of multiple parks and well planned housing, separate servant quarters, garages and a local daily needs market.

Block G[edit]

Block G is bordered by Block H on the east, Block E and F on the west, M.B. Road on the south and Block K on the north. It consists of row houses facing either the East, North or the South direction. There is a Block G park which is adjoined by Block E park on the west.

Block F[edit]

Block F is bordered by Block G on the east, Block E on the west, M.B. Road on the south and Block E on the north. It consists of row houses and two storey apartment similar to Block H.

Block E[edit]

Block E is bordered by Block F and G on the east, Block D on the west, M.B. Road on the south and the PVR complex on the north. It consists of only row houses. It boasts of the large E block park that serves residents from Block H, Block G, Block F and Block E. Some of the row houses along the major roads are now running various banks such as HDFC Bank, State Bank of India, ICICI bank.

Block D[edit]

Block D is bordered by Block E on the east, Qutab Golf Course on the west, M.B. Road on the south and Block C on the north. It consists of only row houses. It boasts of the large parks and a direct exit from the Saket metro station. The yellow line between stations Malviya Nagar to Saket passes underneath this block. Kendariya Vidalaya, Saket, a government run school, is also situated in Block D.

Points of interest[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

There are three shopping areas in Saket - PVR complex, J-Block Market and the Malls. The PVR complex is ideal for branded eateries such as Pollo Tropical, McDonald's, Domino's, Subway, Cafe Coffee Day as well several restaurants and pubs.

The J-Block market is relatively local but hosts an assortment of stores, including Gopala and Misthaan, which are popular sweet shops and a Bakery Rozana. The great thing about the J-Block market is that you can find most of the things you need for your daily needs and more. It is a wonderful neighbourhood market.

All the malls have food courts of their own and the area has recently been opened for independent commercial eateries. All major food chains are venturing into this region.

Entertainment[edit]

Saket is home to the PVR Cinemas Anupam-4 Multiplex Theatre, which was the first multiplex in India. The place was originally called Anupam and was owned by the Ansals Group, a group that also ran the Gyan Bharti School and shared a common boundary with the Anupam complex. The Ansals Group eventually leased the cinema hall to the PVR Venture Group (Joint venture between Mr. Ajay Bijli and PVR of Australia). The nearby Select Citywalk mall also houses the PVR Premier, a newer 6-screen multiplex, and the adjacent DLF place house shops and restaurants like the The Big Chill Cafe.[citation needed]

Around the area is also a video game parlor (featuring bumper cars, a virtual reality game, and a bowling alley; it was closed recently), an Archies gallery, and several other novelty shops. Also close by at Saidul Ajaib is the Garden of Five Senses developed by DTDC.[3]

Schools[edit]

There are several schools in and near Saket:

  • Several government schools

Hotels[edit]

The ITC WelcomGroup owns a 5-Star Deluxe Hotel. It has 220 rooms.

Medical facilities[edit]

There are three hospitals in Saket, all of which are privately run:

  • Max Devki Devi Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Max Super Specialty Hospital
  • G.M. Modi Hospital

Other hospitals include:

  • Sawan Neelu Angel's Nursing Home
  • Chikitsa Hospital

Sports and culture[edit]

Saket Sports Complex[edit]

The Saket Sports Complex was developed by the DDA in 1990. It is spread over 18.5 acres in the area between Gyan Bharti School, Max Hospital, G.D. Modi Hospital and Mandir Marg. The sports complex offers various facilities for playing cricket, tennis, badminton, squash, and table tennis, and a gymnasium, a jogging track, and a swimming pool.[2]

Getting there and orientation[edit]

Saket shares its border with Mehrauli (where Qutub Minar, the largest brick minaret in the world, is situated) on the west, Pushp Vihar on the east, Malviya Nagar & Gitanjali Enclave on the North and Sainik Farms on the south side.

The easiest way to reach Saket is to take the Yellow Line of Delhi metro.There are 2 metro stations in Saket-Malviya Nagar station on the Press Enclave Road and Saket station on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road .Both these stations are underground.

One can also reach Saket on any of the following buses: 427, 500, 501, 512, 522A, 532, 534, 680 at the Bahri Mudrika (Outer Ring Road). There are many auto and taxi stands here as well.

Future expansion[edit]

As India's economy continues to grow and major Indian cities continue to expand, neighborhoods are quickly changing and upgrading throughout the country and Saket is no exception. It is on the verge of becoming the "Mall Hub" of South Delhi since four major malls have opened on the Press Enclave Marg at the Saket District Centre. The road is named after the most recognisable enclave in Saket,"Press Enclave" where many journalists from media organizations around the country and the world live. The presence of many good schools in the area also makes it an education hub of south delhi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Introduction South Delhi district, website.
  2. ^ a b Saket Sports Complex DDA.
  3. ^ "A treat for the senses". The Times of India. Feb 22, 2003.