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Connaught Place

Connaught Place

Connaught Place is the most happening place in New Delhi. Connaught Place is also known as Rajiv Chowk.
Connaught Place, the horseshoe-shaped market of New Delhi, was designed by Robert Tor Russell and W H Nicholls. It was named after the Duke of Connaught, a member of the British royal family. It was the largest of its kind in India at that time. Connaught Place is still a premier shopping destination of Delhi, with a number of restaurants, food joints, watering holes, shops, emporia and cinema halls. It is one of the leading commercial and business hubs of the city and can be broadly categorized into two areas - Inner Circle and Outer Circle.

Inner Circle offers almost all the international brands, finest restaurants, eateries, bars and excellent bookshops. Then, there is Janpath, with small kiosks offering export surplus garments at very reasonable prices and curios such as silver and artificial jewelry in small Tibetan shops. One can also explore the Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Janpath and Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, across the road, for Indian handicrafts. The state-run emporia at Baba Kharak Singh Marg offers best handicrafts from all over India, including Kashmiri shawls and carpets, Madhubani paintings and gems and tea from Bengal.

Palika Bazaar at Connaught Place is an underground supermarket, offering electronic goods and clothes at reasonable prices. There are more than 400 shops here and you should be an expert at bargaining, if you want to buy something here. Sunday Bazaar on the ramparts of Red Fort is known as 'Chor Bazaar' (meaning a market of thieves) or 'Kabadi Bazaar' (meaning trash market) among the locals. It is actually a flea market, where you can get almost anything, from antiques to beautiful bottles to secondhand clothes to carpets.

Connaught Place is an architectural gem and is one of the most striking structures of Delhi. It is located in the heart of the city and is well connected by buses. There are a number of radial roads leading out of the Connaught circle. You can also reach here via Metro. The Metro station of Connaught Place is known by its official name Rajeev Chowk. The market is popularly known as CP and remains closed on Sunday. After you are done with your shopping and dining, enjoy the evening watching colorful fountains at the Central Park. So, remember not to miss out on the most happening place of the city.