Connaught place, Delhi
Connaught place is a central place in New Delhi, like a giant round about from where radiate immense avenues. On the central area, with gardens, water basins, it is a quiet place where young (and less young) people of Delhi like to chill out in the evening, before night arrives. Basins, a rest on the lawn, quiet people, a nice place to walk around, look at the people, the reflections in the water, have a chat, a perfect place before returning back to the hotel, walking along the shopping arcades.
Even the militaries enjoy to sit there and enjoy the atmosphere before sunset (last picture).
Interestingly built in New Delhi. Rings of colonnaded buildings. At the time I visited, the Park was not in use, due to construction of the Metro. There are many Western type restaurants, Fast food outlets and shops in this area. Very busy at night, many locals visit and shop here.
Connaught Place, built in 1931, named after the Duke of Connaught, a member of the British royal family is one of Delhi's most popular shopping centres. There is nothing that one cannot buy here. It also has several eating-houses. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. The complex, popularly referred to as CP, is an important meeting point for all sections of people and is something. Even tourist don't miss it for nothing else then for its architecture and the humdrum of everyday life.
Opened in 1931 and named after the Duke of Connaught, Connaught Place, (which has now, like most things in India, been renamed Rajiv Chowk but is locally known simply as CP), is a series of circular roads around a central park. It was designed by Robert Tor Russell and features archways and colonnades but is showing its age and needs a good coat of white paint. Its a rather confusing place to navigate around and you do end up going round in circles! Its meant to be sectioned in blocks named A, B, C etc but I couldn't see any kind of signs stating these. Its full of high end fashion shops and restaurants plus the usual suspects such as McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and TGI Fridays. Western chain stores such as Woodlands, Dockers, Levi's, Reebok and Nike. The central park area was closed when I first visited Delhi in November 2006 but was open with people stretched out on the grass when I came back in March 2007. I believe it was redesigned and re-opened in December and is closed on Mondays.
Connaught Place is the big city center of Delhi - and a concept I never understood. It's a huge circular place with 3 rings - the inner, the middle & the outer ring. It's literally impossible to get a grip of those! We've been there dozens of times, but it's like a messy spider-web, I don't know. In the end I even managed to find some shops I was actually looking for, but I'm still not sure if that was a coincidence or not. :)
There are many shops, restaurants & bars all around the place & a bit out of the Place there's the Statesman's House, streets with small shops, airline offices, under-walks & stuff like that. It's always funny to stroll around & get lost here & there, ain't that right? :)
Connaught Place is at the centre of New Delhi. Its a big circulars square where you can find nearly everything you use to need when you are out traveling, banks, tourist office, restaurants, hotels, shops, cinemas ... white buildings with columns and archs where I easyly get lost, but where is nice to walk to hide protect your self from the sun or rain.
The white walls are full and dirty because red marks ... this marks are something red they chew, tobacco or something like that.
There children sell necklaces of flowers of jazmin, clean shoes, or ask you for money.
mainly built in the 1930's of British in style,this is mainly an area in the middle of a large roundabout.The buildings are made of archways and are good for sightseeing out if the sun!!.
Here you will find many shops and restaurants as well as travel agencies and banks...a good place as any for the tourist to eat,shop and exchange.