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HT City takes you to Kailash Colony Metro station, in our weekly series on exploring the city through Metro lines.

entertainment Updated: Dec 17, 2010 02:22 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

It took me 20 minutes, a ticket worth Rs16, and change of three Metros to reach Kailash Colony Metro station, which falls on the violet metro line. As I entered the Ladies’ compartment, the centrally heated coach was a big relief from the cold outside. Half of the my journey took place underground. On my return, I took an auto to Barakhmabha road, just 9km away from Kailash Colony. It cost me Rs 70 and took more than 40 minutes. The bitter cold and the traffic jam just added to the woe.

Shop and eat
The Metro station is basic, with no frills. It seemed some part of it was under renovation. Outside the Kailash Colony station, there were several showrooms and shops, most of which have closed.

There is Gold’s, popular with the residents of the area. The Flying Carpets shop, just adjacent to Gate No 1 is a must-visit if you are planning to buy carpets for your house. They stock all type of carpets. Prices start at a few thousands and goes up to a lakh. The shop also sells stoles, though similar to the kinds you can get in markets, such as Janpath. The stoles are priced from Rs 200-1,200. On the other side of the road, you can also check out eateries such as Karim’s.

From Gate no 1, I took a left and started walking. Within 5 minutes, I reached one of the most popular eateries in the city — Big Chill Cafe. With pagoda style architecture at the entrance, the restaurant serves Italian delights. Inside, the ambience was warm. It had framed posters of retro Hollywood flicks — one reason why it’s so popular among college-goers.

Adjacent to the cafe, there’s a pub called Storm. It used to be popular for the cheap beer, but has now shut down and has opened up branches in Rajouri Garden. There isn’t much to do around the station. You could take a rickshaw that will charge something around Rs 25-30 and go to the popular Greater Kailash-1 market. The market is known for trendy clothes, silver ware and shoes.

In Krishna’s land
I decided to check out other places as I am a frequent visitor of the GK market. I thought of exploring something new. I started to walk and I reached Iskcon temple after a walk of 15 minutes. The temple is located on an elevated land, called Hare Krishna Hills, in East of Kailash. There is a thorough security check at the entrance, and every item in your bag is screened. All items, such as chewing gums, pan masala and cigarettes will be retained by the guards and you can claim them on your return. As you climb the stairs to enter the temple, chants of Hare Rama Hare Krishna will greet your ears.

A few stairs up, and beautiful interiors and idols extend a warm welcome. A little further, and there’s the Krishna museum, complete with an audio-visual narrative of the Bhagvad Gita. And if that isn’t enough for you, the various eateries inside the temple complex are sure to keep you busy for at least half an hour.

Govinda’s Confectionery and Bakery serves delights such as Govardhan cake, at Rs 40 a piece. They also serve croissants, cookies and other quick bites. There is also a sweet shop, which sells laddoos, made both from besan (gram flour) and coconut, at Rs 200 a kg. Don’t miss their rasgullas, which are part of the prasad. If it’s something more filling you’re looking for, the vegetarian buffet at The Govinda restaurant does it.

At the souvenir shop, take a pick from bright-coloured Krishna motif T-shirts, 3D posters and CDs of devotional chants.

Heard in the metro
The boys are so smart. They act as if they did not know that this is Ladies’ compartment when caught
Side ho jaao please
, please adjust
Wow! The boys of south Delhi are so nice
Ladies compartment, bhaiya!

Reading in the Metro
The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay- A book that depicts the contemporary urban society and its obscene obsession with celebrity
Sense and Sensibility- A Jane Austen novel, it is a must in everybody’s library

Music in the Metro
Munni badnam hui (Dabangg)
Zor ka jhatka (Action Replayy)
Hairat (Anjaana Anjaani)
Sexy back (Justin Timberlake)

Metro diary
Oops! for Ladies only.
On Monday, my friend and I decided to take the Metro to go to office. I was getting late, so got into the Ladies’ coach. But that very moment, I felt that I should not have done so! Everybody stared at me as if had teased some girl. They looked at me and whispered, nudging at each other. I ran towards the regular coach and then could I breath easy. I pledged that from now on, I am going to stay away from this compartment.
Sumit Dubey, a metro commuter

Metro elsewhere
Madrid Metro
It is the sixth longest metro in the world after London, New York, Moscow, Seoul and Shanghai
The first line of the Madrid Metro opened with eight stations on 17 October 1919
The Metro network has 231 stations on 12 lines plus one branch line, totalling 282 km, of which approximately 92% is underground.
Unlike normal Spanish road and rail traffic, Madrid Metro trains use left-hand running on all lines due to historical reasons.

Metro Destinations
Kailash Colony- Isckon Temple is located near the Kailash Colony Metro station. You could easily walk down to this site from the station

Report card
Escalators- yes
Clean toilets- yes
ATM- no
Food joints- no
Spacious parking- no
Bookshop- no
Rickshaw stand- yes
Pay phones- no

First Published: Dec 16, 2010 17:27 IST