On the foothills of the Aravali mountain range, lies Vasant Kunj, an uptown locality in Delhi. From schools to headquarters of leading business offices, it is home to all that matters. Within its vicinity are tourist hotspots like the DLF Promenade, Qutub Minar among other places. If youre in and around Delhi, you should make a quick visit to the sector that’s is known for its elegant plush green cover.
The area of Vasant Kunj is divided into four regions – A, B, C and D which then is further divided into pockets. It attracts the creme de la creme, and has a sound backing of modern amenities to live up to the expectations. Heres a list of the places that make Vasant Kunj, what it is.
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Delhi Public School
One of the most outstanding educational institutions, Delhi Public School or DPS Vasant Kunj. built in 1994, is known for its discipline and academic professionalism, imparting the same to its students. It is located in the Sector-C of Vasant Kunj and enjoys much prestige where education is concerned. It is affiliated to CBSE.
The Jagannath International Management School, formerly the Jagannath Institute of Communication and Design is also located in this area. From good school to great college, you dont quite need to step out of the region.
Vasant Kunj Sports Complex
Developed and maintained by the Delhi Development Authority, the Vasant Kunj Sports Complex is an attractive athletic and sports place. With facilities that include indoor sports like table tennis, squash courts, billiards, and outdoor sports like tennis, basketball, swimming etc. it is a perfect club, for the old and young to pursue their sporting goals. Coaching facilities are also available for the learning enthusiasts.
Vasant Kunj shopping mall complex
Comprising three malls, the complex is a hub of activity, also housing corporate offices. The malls include Ambience Mall, DLF Promenade and DLF Emporio. Together, they are often directly compared to Select Citywalk, Saket.
Offering a range of options for the young, the old and the very young (you get it!), Ambience mall has everything from a cinema, pubs, bars, childrens play areas, anchor stores, a fitness and recreation centre, among others.
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With a three floor structure and a host of options to eat and shop from, DLF Promenade is the second of three malls in the mall complex on Nelson Mandela Road in Vasant Kunj. Shops like Om Book Shop, Nike, and restaurants like Pinos Pasta are a highlight of the mall. The DT cinemas are located on the second floor of the mall.
Built for the ultra rich, DLF Emporio is uber luxury redefined. It houses brands like DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace. Yes, even writing these names down cost out pockets dear! DLF Emporio is perfect for when you need that heavy-heavy dose of pampering and want to wrap yourself in luxurious delight. (Or maybe when you forget your 25th anniversary and need to make it up to your spouse!)
Heres the thing about good malls. They are so huge, that you cannot roam one without a few stops of food (Maybe thats their strategy? Are we onto something?). Either way, being in Vasant Kunj means there is no dearth of interesting options.
Located in the Ambience mall, it serves Asian, North Indian and Continental food. But what it’s really known for its microbrewery, terrace seating, techno decor, massive dance place that come together to make your experience worth every last dime.
Specialising in delicious burgers, Captain Grub is that late night craving you dont want to miss. For meat lovers, its a special kind of treat.
The Beer Cafe
‘Nuff said. Its beer, and you cannot miss it. An elaborate beer menu with some delicious finger food – perfect for that casual dinner.
Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill
For them sports enthusiasts, Underdoggs in the Ambience mall, provides the best ambience for the thrills of winning. If your team loses, you know there is always someone who will share your pains too. A winner all the way!
Indulge in some exquisite fine dining at Yauatcha, it serves up delicacies from China and is known for its modern Cantonese cuisine. (Watch some Masterchef, before you go, maybe?)
Try their kung pao chicken, or pick the Taste of Yauatcha, a four-course menu for a fixed price. The only problem here is, the food looks so good, you might not want to eat it!
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What is Delhi without dim sums and momos? Located on the ground floor of the DLF Promenade, Keya is known for its dim sum platter. Its vibrant energy, youthful ambience and indoor and outdoor spaces make for a great evening to dance away.
These by no means are the only ones. After all, three malls is a lot of area to have walked. From Johnny Rockets, Hawkers, Punjabi By Nature, Chilis, Nandos, Mamagoto there is soemthing for everyone, a taste for every individual.
Fitness and well-being
Eating, shopping and? Staying fit of course. All that indulgence must be paid for – in sweat. Vasant Kunj has some great places, that will motivate you to work out and burn them calories, as they come.
With a monthly membership of Rs 8,000, it is not too expensive and offers bootcamps and pilates classes apart from the usual.
The ever reliable Golds Gym never fails. Situated in Sector C, its half-yearly membership is around Rs 27,000. Commitment for 6 months, is a must.
Providing yoga, aerobics, pilates and others exercise options, Ozone too is a good option to choose from. Its half-yearly membership costs Rs 36,000. Pay steep, feel the burn and do not even think of giving up after the first month with this pinch!
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The Institute of Liver and Biliary Science is a first-of-its-kind in the country, offering a complete liver and biliary treatment.
Places to stay
If you want to stay permanently here, which is a very good option we say, you might have to pay anything upwards of Rs 11,000 per sq. ft.
For those travelling, there are a range of options to chose from. (Rates are for one night)
Hotel Ambrosia: Rs 1,000
The Grand New Delhi: Rs 9,000
Pluto Inn: Rs 3,000
Merchant Mariners Home: Rs 1,800
Craft Village: Rs 3,500
As you see there is something for everyone and a hotel for every budget is easily available.
How to reach
The nearest railway station, or stations are Ghitorni, Arjan Garh and MG Road on the yellow line and Chattarpur station on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon line.
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