In Urdu, Shahdara means "door of kings". The origin of the name lies in two Persian words: shah meaning "kings" and dara, a door or entrance. Shahdara was established by a Mughal king.
Shahdara developed around a chhota bazaar (small market) called Chandrawali village dating to the 16th century CE. During ancient times, it was used as a passage from Meerut to Delhi. After Chandni Chowk, Shahdara is the among the oldest suburbs of Delhi. In the 18th century CE, Shahdara had grain warehouses and whoIesale grain markets which supplied the Paharganj grain market, across the Yamuna river.
Shahdara contains two municipal council zones (Shahdara north and Shahdara south)
Shahdara is the fourth station on Line 1 (Red Line) of the Delhi Metro. The Cross River Mall contains Shops, Cafes, Restaurants and a Movie Theatre. The Vikas Cine Mall contains an Indian Bank branch and a Movie Theatre.
Shahdara is the location of the Sai Mandir (Sai temple). The Akshardham is a temple and a centre of cultural and historical art exhibition. There are also mosques, churches, gurdwaras, and, buddhist and jain temples existing in religious tolerance.
The Shahdara sub district is further divided into two parts of the Municipal Council zones of Delhi which are named as the ‘South Shahdara’ zone and the ‘North Shahdara’ zone. These zones are bounded by important areas like Dilshad Garden, Dilshad Colony and Tahirpur, Preet Vihar,Bhajanpura and Yamuna Vihar.
New Modern Shahdara has two parts: New Modern Shahdara (Budh Bazar) Mandoli Road and New Modern Shahdara II. There is the DDA road and the Shashi public sec. school and City convent school. The pin code of this area is 110032. It comes under the jurisdiction of Mansrovar park police station, and has the Shahdara post office. Area New Modern Shahdara II. It is situated in Chandrawali village dating to the 16th century CE. There are 14 streets.
Naveen Shahdara is near the Shahdara metro station and behind the Shyam Lal College. It is an affluent area with parks, schools, colleges . There are a old village names Uldhan Pur , this is the lal dora land now it has known as "O" Block in naveen Shahdara . Naveen Shahdara is the hub of education .
Bholanath Nagar is an older colony in Shahdara. There are government and private schools located in this area including Baburam school, Handa school, Bloom public school, and Children Welfare public school. Jharkhandi temple, an old religious establishment, is also located here. Govardhan Behari Colony is adjacent to Bholanath Nagar. Veer Abhimanyu park in Govardhan Behari Colony is one of the largest parks in Shahdara.
Vishwas Nagar is a large suburb in Shahdara with approximately 50,000 registered voters. Unlike most of Shahdara it is a well-settled and planned colony with parallel streets, some of which are named after the pandavas. The two main roads are Pandav road and 60 feet road. On 60 feet road are a number of banks. Parallel to 60 feet road are Bhishma road and Kunti road, which provide a bypass for traffic. 60 feet road is also the site of a weekly Saturday market. Vishwas nagar has a cinema called the Supreme theatre; previously the Swarn cinema. The "Vishwas Nagar Extension" and the "New Vishwas Nagar" are areas of greater affluence containing a central business district.
In Vishwas Nagar are the Mata Chintapurni Temple, Maharaja Surajmal Park, the Cross River mall, the Agarwal Fun City mall, the Kempinski Ambience hotel, the Park Plaza hotel, a CNG pump station, two petrol pumps, a fire station, the central pollution control board, the Karkardooma court, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Neha Arora ( HOD ) in Chartered Accountants of India visits here and a planned University of Delhi campus. There are a number of schools including a government senior secondary school, and an MCD school,
Bhikam Singh lies within Vishwas nagar ward number 226. Sites in this area include 64 gali, the new Sanjay Amar development in Kasturba nagar, the new Vishwas nagar development, the Shivam enclave, Lahri development, and the Anupam apartment complex.
Shalimar Park is an area of affluence. There is a Jain Cooperative Bank branch and a Children's Welfare public school. The nearest metro station is Welcome station.
Subhash Park is an affluent area with convenient travel connections due to its junction location and travel infrastructure, clean roads and a planned underpass to connect to Mudrika. The water supply and drainage systems are reliable. The Kirti Mandir was built by late Smt. Kirti Devi in the year 1968-69.
Kardam Puri is the suburb in Shahdara with the largest population. The inhabitants are of lower to middle class. Jyoti Nagar is nearby. very very tacky area to live
Jyoti Nagar is a leafy affluent area, once called Sikdarpur. Its more elite streets are located between Vivek Vihar and Preet Vihar on Vikas Marg. It is situated 2.5 km from the Shahdara metro station with convenient connections and amenities. It occupies both sides of the Delhi-Saharanpur main highway, "Loni Road".
Central park hosts the Jyoteshwar Mahadev temple to Lord Shiva; the Agrasen Dharamshala inn; the Chotta Shiva temple and the Durga temple. There is also a Bahirov temple in the area. Shivaratri, Navratri, Dashera and Janamashtami celebrations are held in the park. There is a government primary school, the Guru Harkishan senior secondary school, Takshila public school and Lovely Flowers public school. Durgapuri square (chowk) is nearby. There is a market at Kardam marg.
Jyoti Colony is a very old area near Loni road and 100 Foot road. On the Durga Puri chowk, there is an old, large temple to Durga and on Loni road there is a Makki mosque. Priyakant is one the famous personalities over there.
Chajjupur is one of the oldest colonies in Shahdara. It is about 2 km from Shahdara metro station and about 500m from Durgapuri chowk. Chajjupur has a temple of Lord Shiva. Chanakya marg runs through ChajjPur, connecting Jyoti Colony and Babarpur.
The Chhota Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest bazaars in Shahdara & Delhi. Civil Hospital is there in front of Mewa Ganj on the same road. It is a centre for ladies' clothes (sari, suits and kurta. One of the oldest markets is "Teliwara", which was a centre for the mustard oil trade for many years till British rule. When we enter in Teliwara there is a landmark in the middle of the market named "Jat Dharamshala". Geeta bhawan is also famous for facilitating wedding occasions and parties. Still one can find many ancient houses with rare crafted designs here, especially in Pathan Pura Gali, Old Teliwara. Before the setup of Delhi Metro station there used to be a famous fruit and grain market which used to attract all the locals from east Delhi. Half of this market is still active near Shahdara Bus Terminal near GAS agency. This area is very much blessed in terms of basic life needs of electricity and watering.Near Anaj mandi there are Mohalla Gajju Katra , Mohalla Sarai ( old name is noon ki mandi , Ghee ki mandi )
Another market place is the Anaj Mandi, a grain market which becomes a place of worship to Hanuman each Tuesday and Saturday. The Hanuman mandir (temple) dates to the 1700s. The bazaar has close proximity to Shahdara railway station, Jwala Nagar, Jain Mandir Gali and Shahdara metro station.
Currently this area is progressing day by day as having new posh flat system and new business hubs.
Rohtash Nagar is an old area divided into Rohtash Nagar East and Rohtash Nagar West. Rohtash Nagar is one of the best area in Shahdara. Rohtash Nagar is a market area. as well as residential area.
Balbir Nagar is a clean residential area, home to businessmen and upper-middle-class people There are many temples. There is a park which children call Prem Chopra park.
Shivaji park is near Naveen Shahdara. Middle and upper-middle-class people reside there. There is the Little Flower Public School. Also Shivaji Park is a hub of learning institute like Classics Tutorial, Advance Academics , and many other institutions.
Most of the residents of Gorakh Park are business people from the Upper middle-class.
Nathu Colony lies on the Mandoli road which starts from GT Road and ends to Mandoli chungi. West Nathu Colony is better than East Nathu Colony in terms of wealth as well as standard of living.
Ashok Nagar is a large, affluent suburb in which middle and upper-middle-class people reside. It has a well known daily market, the Shukra Bajar Chowk. Schools include the Deep Public School, Siddharth International and Krishna Bodh School. A number of businesses include Just, MIG, and LIG Flate at Loni Road's west. There is also Mangal Pandey Road and Mandoli Road in the east.
This residential area was once farmland. Mandoli road hosts a market for daily goods and domestic items. Landmarks along Mandoli road include, Indira piyaou, Lord Parasnath Jain Temple, Jain Charitable Clinic, Transformer, Ambedkar gate, Budh bazaar, a temple to Hanuman, and the Nathu square.
This residential area was also once a small farmland called Sikdarpur village and is ow a clean residential area. The inhabitants are of lower to middle class. Ram Nagar, Nathu chowk and Mandoli road are nearby. Landmarks along Mandoli road include Hanuman mandir and Nathu Chowk. Shahdara railway & Metro station are near by railway stations.
The Kabool nagar was developed in a prior industrial area. Part of Kabool nagar has two story dwellings. Its residents are affluent and educated. It is a safe area with well maintained civic parks. Nearby is the Rohtash Nagar market and the Shukkar bazaar. The Sai Baba mandir and Recently renovated and beautiful Jain Mandir (Temple) are located in Kabool nagar. Most residents are Jains or Punjabi.
Babar pur has its origins in an old village. It is an affluent area with amenities. The main street has automobile, school and furniture show rooms. The Hariom Gali of Babarpur, a welfare association founded in 1982, hosts a dharamshala a religious sanctuary.
This area has wide roads, a metro station, water drainage and DDA flats. This Area is the have all the required Facilities like Private and Government Schools, Firms like- Kartstring Digital Media, Dispensary, Post office, Bus Stand, Temples, Parks and the most important is its own Metro Station. The under the metro station bridge condition very bad. Delhi government do nothing for that devoplmment. The area also has a charitable Jain hospital where they charge very nominal fee.
Durga Puri is a well-organised area, previously known as Sikdarpur. Durga Puri is located near a temple to Durga and Shahdara railway station.11
This area is situated near the Grand Trunk Road. It was established in 1927.Here middle and upper-middle-class people reside. There is a mixed society of Jains, Hindus, Punjabis and Muslims.
Shahdara hosts a number of hospitals and schools.