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
Vehicle registration DL 3C

Saket is an upmarket residential colony located in the South Delhi district, of Delhi, India. The neighbourhood is named after the city of Ayodhya, also known as Saket, an ancient, religiously significant city in Uttar Pradesh. Saket has four major malls on the Press Enclave Marg. The road is named after the most recognisable enclave in Saket, Ibyat, where many journalists from media organisations around the country and the world live.

The local district headquarters are also situated on M.B. Road, Saket.[1] DDA has developed the Saket Sports Complex [1] spread over 18.5 acres, in 1990.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name Saket in Sanskrit means a place that is close to the heavens. 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, multi-storey apartments, and two-storey apartments. There are several parks associated with these residential blocks as well.

Points of interest[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

There are three shopping areas in Saket: PVR Anupam 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 Cafe, which are popular sweet shops and a Bakery Rozana.

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 Big Chill Cafe.[citation needed]

Around the area is also a video game parlour (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:

Colleges

There are several colleges near Saket:

Shaheed Bhagat Singh College( Sheikh Sarai)

Sri Aurobindo College( Shivalik, Malviya Nagar)

Hotels[edit]

The ITC WelcomGroup owns a 5-Star Deluxe Hotel. It has 220 rooms. The Hosteller owns a backpacking hostel for travelers with 60 beds, divided between private rooms and dormitory setups.

Another hotel is Hilton Garden Inn, located 30 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, at DLF Place Saket District Centre.[4]

Medical facilities[edit]

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

  • Max Super Specialty Hospital (with 550 beds)
  • Max smart super Speciality 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]

Shopping Centre[edit]

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.

Saket lies on 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, 493, 500, 501, 512, 522A, 532, 534, 448, 448A, 548, 680 at the Bahri Mudrika (Outer Ring Road). There are many auto and taxi stands here as well.

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. 
  4. ^ "Hotels in New Delhi - Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket – India". hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06.