Defence Colony

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Defence Colony
Defence Colony is located in Delhi
Defence Colony
Defence Colony
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°34′N 77°14′E / 28.57°N 77.23°E / 28.57; 77.23Coordinates: 28°34′N 77°14′E / 28.57°N 77.23°E / 28.57; 77.23
Country India
DistrictSouth Delhi
MetroNew Delhi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Urban Local BodySouth Delhi Municipal Corporation

Defence Colony is an affluent locality situated in central South Delhi, India, built in the 1960s for veterans of the Indian Armed Forces.[1][2] Today, Defence Colony market is home to around twenty restaurants and coffee shops, besides high-end shops.[3][4]


Defence Colony was created in the aftermath of the partition in 1947. Newly independent India allotted land to resettle serving Indian military officers whose homes lay across the new border in Muslim-majority Pakistan.[5] Besides its central location from most parts of the city of Delhi, the locality is immensely popular among all Delhiites for the exotic varieties of cuisines that it has on offer[citation needed]. There are many restaurants in Defence Colony. [6]

Defence Colony Welfare Association Club, commonly referred as Defence Colony Club was established in 1976 as Defence Colony Ex. Services Institute, however it was renamed in 1980, and functions under the Defence Colony Welfare Association.[7]

Historic monuments[edit]

Close to the main Defence Colony market inside a round about, stands the octagonal tomb of Shaikh Ali, known as "Gumti of Shaikh Ali". Built in the 15th-century Lodhi dynasty-era, near the historic area of Kotla Mubarakpur, it housed two graves inside the tomb till early 20th-century, which are now long gone. The tomb houses the Defence Colony Welfare Association (DCWA) office, since 1960.[8][9]


Defence Colony is accessible by many means of public transport including auto rickshaw, taxi, Delhi Transport Corporation buses as well as the Delhi Metro. The closest metro station to most of Defence Colony is Lajpat Nagar, which is an interchange station between the Violet Line and Pink Line. For some parts of the Defence Colony, it is closer to walk to South Extension metro station, which is on the Pink Line. To the Northeast of Defence Colony is the Sewa Nagar railway station of the Delhi Ring Railway.

To the South, Defence Colony is bounded by the Ring Road. To its East and West are Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and Bhishma Pitamah Marg respectively. The North of Defence Colony is bounded by the tracks of the Delhi Ring Railway.


Dr RadhaKrishan International School in C Block.


  1. ^ "South Delhi's property prices down by 20-35%, Defence Colony and Vasant Vihar worst hit". The Economic Times. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ Onkar Singh (2005). Indian ex-servicemen. Krishna Prakashan Media. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-81-7933-175-0.
  3. ^ The Rough Guide to India. Rough Guides. 2003. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-84353-089-3. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ Vir Sanghvi (31 August 2013). "Rude Food: in the food lanes of Delhi". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". ft. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Defence Colony Restaurants". Zomato- Order Food Online. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  7. ^ "About Club". Defence Colony Welfare Association Club. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Colony welfare office in Lodi-era tomb". Hindustan Times. 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Present Condition of Gumti of Shaikh Ali at Defence Colony market round about". Government of Delhi. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  10. ^ "List of School Recognised by Delhi Government". Retrieved 30 July 2015.

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