About Kalkaji, Delhi
A subdivision of South Delhi, Kalkaji is first known for housing the 300 years old temple dedicated to Hindu goddess Kali. In fact, the area’s name has been derived from the temple itself. Conveniently settled opposite the active marketplace of Nehru place and near to the famous Lotus Temple, the place has been a magnet for millions of tourists every year.
A central theme of much folklore, the temple dates back to even Satyayug. Some believe that the original temple was visited by Pandavas before and after the battle of Kurukshetra. The temple met with many facelifts, and what you see today is a 12-sided building made of marble and black pumice stones. The temple is not lavishly decorated, it is simple yet serene. The Holy Stone inside the temple represents goddess Kali. Best time to visit is between 6 AM or 7:30 PM. The site gets crowd-filled during holy festivals Navratras. So much so that special extra police force is deployed to control the crowd.
Next to the famous temple, Kalkaji is again known for being around important commercial and residential colonies of the capital. Just a few minutes’ walk from the temple area will reach you to the Nehru Place market, which arguably is the best stock house of latest and sought-after IT goods. Other highlights include Khirki Masjid, and Nizamuddin's Shrine, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Zakir Hussain Memorial. C R Park market and the Greater Kailash-1 market are also nearby. Kalkaji market also stocks a good variety of different items.
Foodies can remember to check in fun places like Salims in Kailash Colony Market, Hotel Park Royal, Karim's, Mc Donald's, Domino's Pizza etc. The area can be easily reached from all parts of the capital. Other than taxi, auto rickshaw, one can also find buses to reach here. The Nehru Place is the nearest metro station. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport and Hazrat Nizamuddin is the nearest railway station.