Vasant Vihar

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Vasant Vihar
Neighbourhood
A modern house in Vasant Vihar Block C
A modern house in Vasant Vihar Block C
Vasant Vihar is located in Delhi
Vasant Vihar
Vasant Vihar
Coordinates: 28°33′27″N 77°09′32″E / 28.5574°N 77.159°E / 28.5574; 77.159Coordinates: 28°33′27″N 77°09′32″E / 28.5574°N 77.159°E / 28.5574; 77.159
Country India
State Delhi
District South West Delhi
Government
 • Body Municipal Corporation Of Delhi
Languages
 • Official Hindi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration DL-12
Nearest city Gurgaon
Lok Sabha constituency New Delhi
Vidhan Sabha constituency RK Puram
Civic agency Municipal Corporation Of Delhi

Vasant Vihar is an exclusive neighborhood located in the South West Delhi district of National Capital Territory of Delhi.

Vasant Vihar is one of the most expensive residential areas in the world[1] and is home and work place to notable personalities, like international sports shooter Vikram Bhatnagar and Sikh Empire Royal family descendants. It houses two markets, the Vasant Vihar Market and the Basant Lok market from where the PVR Cinema multiplex chain started. It is located near the diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri, and houses over 50 diplomatic missions of foreign countries.[2]

Overview[edit]

The four main areas in Vasant-Vihar are Munirka Marg, Poorvi Marg and Paschimi Marg, literally Eastern and Western Street, that along Palam Marg and Vasant enclave area that form a rough triangle that encloses much of the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is primarily residential and when first planned consisted of six blocks named A to F, with each block having its own local market. Houses located on Palam Marg consist of some of the most expensive real estate in the NCR region. Vasant vihar is the 16th most expensive residential area in the world.[citation needed] Houses here sell at prices ranging from ₹25 Crore to ₹200 Crore (USD 5 million to USD 40 million).[citation needed]

The area nearby contains the residential colonies for employees of Air India, Reserve Bank Officers, Central Bureau of Investigation, Parliament. At the edge of the neighbourhood, across the Outer Ring Road lies, the Uttara Swami Malai Temple on a small hillock. There is also a historic church located in Vasant Vihar, as well as some Mughal era monuments.

Infrastructure[edit]

For transport, there are four major taxi stands in addition to Radio cabs. There are 6 bus stops for route nos. 623 and 56, and the area will have a Metro station operable by 2014 to connect it to the phase III line of the Delhi Metro. The location of the metro station is near F-block and will have exits to the F-block residential area as well as the Basant Lok Shopping Complex, RBI colony and Hill View Apartments.

Vasant Vihar has several parks. There is a large district park, and each of the 6 blocks (A-F) have at least one park each to cater to the residents of the respective block. All parks have dedicated jogging tracks, flower beds and tree lines.

Vasant Vihar houses Holy Angels Hospital for providing medical and dental services in South Delhi.

Education[edit]

Vasant Vihar also has schools such as Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Modern School, The Shri Ram School (Junior Wing) Tagore International School, Guru Harkrishan Public School, Holy Child Auxilium School (Senior branch), Delhi Public School (Junior Branch), SBDAV, Upras Vidyalaya. All the schools are privately funded and mostly follow English as the primary language medium of instruction, with Hindi being the second language. The structure and style of education is modeled on the British education system.

Community life[edit]

Vasant Vihar has a community center called "Kalyan Kendra" run by the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) where several functions are held for getting together residents during festivities and celebrations. The apex governing body is elected to office by the residents every 5 years, and this body assumes charge of all welfare activities of the neighborhood's residents.

There is a community club called the Vasant Vihar Club, located on 88, Paschimi Marg that has several sports and health centers: a gym and dedicated facilities for swimming, clay tennis, badminton, squash, table tennis, billiards and snooker. There are card rooms, a library with a reading room as well a serviced bar, two restaurants (Indian and Chinese cuisine) and a modern bakery. The club organizes events commemorating Indian festivals like Holi, Baisakhi, Diwali as well as socializing events like rain dance parties, live band music and Bingo (Tambola) parties on Sundays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheaper to buy in Burj than in Vasant Vihar
  2. ^ Embassy Listings For India