Connaught place is considered as the heart of Delhi. Among the Delhities, it is popularly known as ‘CP’. Built in 1931, Connaught Place reflects the touch of British architecture. It is one of the best commercial zones in Delhi due to its well-planned structure. The charm of Connaught Place is still the same even after so many years of its existence. People of all class and age come to spend their quality time in CP with their loved ones. It is a perfect place for shopping, business and entertainment.
Going into the history of CP, one will find some interesting facts. It was the headquarters of British Raj. Connaught Place was named after H.R.H. Field Marshal, first Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. However post-independence, the inner circle was named after Rajiv Gandhi that known as Rajiv Chowk. Due to its prime location and well panned structure, CP is the fourth most expensive zone for offices in the world as per the Global Property Consulted CBRE Group. In 2013, Forbes has listed it on the fifth place in highest priced market.
Connaught Place is mainly divided into two parts – Inner Circle divided into blocks A to F and Outer Circle divided into blocks G to N. With passing years, CP has gone through various renovation concepts. During the time of Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010, Central Park has been opened in middle of the CP above current Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. Spread in the area of 41,500 sq meters, Central Park is one of the best places in CP to spend evening with family and friends. The park has 21 different fountains constructed in middle of four water bodies with a water cascade. Bottle Brush, Royal Palms, Ashoka, Indian Laurel, White Champa, Pink Tabebuia and Gulmohar are some of the popular species of plants that can be seen in this park. To make this place more valuable and appealing, the national flag of India has been hoisted in the park which has 60 feet width and 90 feet length.
Shops of all leading international brands are located in this zone giving am ample choice to shopping freaks to shop whatever they want to do. The nightlife of CP is also attractive as there are many finest restaurants, lounge and bars in and around CP that opened till late nights. Nearby places like Jantar Mantar and Agarsen ki Boli are quite famous among the tourists. For entertainment, multiplexes like PVRs and Big Cinema are there where you can enjoy your favorite movies. Religious places like Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Catholic Church and Hanuman Mandir are quite near to CP where a large number of devotees visit throughout the year. Places like Palika Bazar and Janpath are known for cheap and reasonably priced attires and other essential things. New Delhi Railway Station is quite near to CP from where visitors can take trains to any part of India. The Rajiv Chowk Metro Station has total eight exit gates that take you in different blocks of inner circle. CP is quite famous among the international tourists. Undoubtedly it has all qualities and attractions that make it a must visit place.