Moti Bagh

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Moti Bagh
Country  India
State Delhi
District New Delhi
 • Body New Delhi Municipal Corporation
 • Official Hindi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 110021
Lok Sabha constituency New Delhi
Civic agency New Delhi Municipal Corporation

Moti Bagh (Hindi: मोती बाग़, Punjabi: ਮੋਤੀ ਬਾਗ਼, Urdu: موتی باغ) is a residential locality with posh neighbourhoods located in South Delhi. The residential locality with lot of planted trees and parks was developed in the 1970s, is divided into South Moti Bagh and North Moti Bagh.

Moti Bagh is official residence to senior civil servants, members and Chairman of the Railway Board, other employees serving in the Government of India and several officers of the Indian Armed Forces.

New Moti Bagh locality is also close by.[1]


Moti Bagh was established by Arakpur Mochi, Situated on the fringes of Chanakyapuri, the colony has derived its name from a bagh (garden) and the area's name which was Arakpur Bagh Mochi. Maulavi Zafar Hasan's Monuments of Delhi published in 1919 describes Moti Bagh as: "The Bagh is an extensive enclosures surrounded by a masonry wall with a bastion at each of the four corners and a big gateway towards east. in the centre of the enclosure there is a tank about 120 sq. feet with a circular bastion, which has a pavilion of three compartments on its northern bank. it was originally a bagh built by one Ramdas entitled Mochi and it is after his title that the garden is known".[2] at the turn of the century the area came to be known as Mochi Bagh rather than the Arakpur Bagh Mochi. The name remained on paper. after the 1970s, the process of land acquisition for government accommodation began. "once completed, the name Mochi Bagh sounded a tad too crass for a high-end government accommodation. so, the babudom quietly changed it to 'Moti Bagh'," says RV Smith, a prominent historian. "Till late 1960s, it was all agricultural land and a few houses. the people who were well off left the area to buy kothis elsewhere," said Ashok Tanwer, resident of Fatehpur Beri. Ironically, what remains of Arakpur Bagh Mochi is an unauthorised cluster awaiting regularisation.[3]


It is easily accessible from Health centers like AIIMS and Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of India's biggest and busiest airports. Nanak Pura Gurudwara is also located very near to Moti Bagh.

The north west moti bagh colony has two main markets, Begum Zaidi Market and Basrurkar Market. There is one hospital and a CGHS dispensary, both near Begum Zaidi Market.There are 8 schools, 5 of them are on North moti bagh; a primary co-ed school, two Sarvodaya Vidyalays; boys and girls school, and 2 run by NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corporation); NP Co-ed senior secondary school and Navyug School while 3 of them are on South Moti bagh; sarvodaya vidyalays separate for boys and girls, and Delhi Tamil Education Association (DTEA) Sr. Secondary School. The National Rail Museum, New Delhi is also located nearby. The historic 'Gurudwara Moti Bagh Sahib' was built in 1783 by Sikh military general Baghel Singh, along with other noted gurudwaras like Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib and Bangla Sahib.

North West Moti Bagh has high rise and multi-storey apartments.

Moti Bagh has Type 2, Type 3, Type 4, D-II (B and C blocks) and C-II and C-I houses.


A District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) of SCERT for South Delhi zone is also situated here. Apart from South Study Centre of School of Open Learning at South Moti Bagh, New Delhi.


  1. ^ "New homes for govt staff changing New Delhi". Indian Express. Jul 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Monuments of Delhiby Maulavi Zafar Hasan, 1919.
  3. ^ "An unauthorised cluster is all that remains of Arakpur Bagh Mochi". Hindustan Times, Delhi. 21 Apr 2013. p. 8. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 

Coordinates: 28°35′N 77°11′E / 28.583°N 77.183°E / 28.583; 77.183