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Connaught Place

Connaught PlaceWelcome to the most popular place of Delhi - Connaught Place!!

Connaught place is an important financial, commercial and business center of Delhi. This place was named after Duke of Connaught, the inner circle was named as Rajiv Chowk and outer circle was named as Indira Chowk. It has been graded as fourth most expensive office destination in the world.

Connaught place was constructed by evacuating the area like Madhoganj, Jaisingh Pura and Raja Ka Bazar. In early days few cinemas and few restaurants were opened in Connaught place. The restaurants in Connaught place that were opened in plaza were Kwality, United Coffee House, and many other restaurants serving Mughlai and Continental cuisines. Wenger a famous place for pastries and home-made Swiss chocolate was established in Connaught place by a Swiss couple. This is known to be largest owned restaurant in Delhi. Other restaurants that served royalties and other people were Embassy restaurant, the Imperial hotel the first royal hotel, etc.

There are eight separate roads from Connaught inner circle leading towards Parliament street, Radial Road1 through 7. There are 12 roads from the outer Connaught circle known as Indira Chowk which leads to Janpat Market, Radial Road 1, and Palika Bazar an underground market, etc. There are many restaurants, shops and Hotels located on the Outer Connaught circle or Indira Chowk. The middle circle of Connaught place has few offices and many small food joints. The first Starbuck coffee house was opened in Connaught place in Hamilton House. This place has also been hosting many cultural programs, recently successfully hosted “Dilli ke Pakwaan” event on one of its street.

You may find no or less dustbins placed in this area. As Connaught place has witnessed five terrorist blasts on 13th September 2008. The dustbins were used to place the bombs in this area. The two bombs were recovered from the site, amongst which one was placed in Regal cinema in Connaught place.

Restaurants in Connaught Place:

Dinning in Connaught place gives you plenty of options to choose from. There are many restaurants in Connaught place mainly on the outer circle, serving Indian and international cuisine like
  • Warehouse cafe’
  • White Waters
  • My Bar and Lounge and Restaurant
  • Barbeque Nation
  • Parikrama – the revolving restaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Aqua – The Park
  • Andhra Bhavan
  • Kitty Su – The LaLit, Ardor
  • Q’BA
  • 1 Cafe Lounge
  • Berco’s
  • Route 04
  • Pind Balluchi
  • Sarvana Bhavan
  • The Beer Cafe’
  • Rajdhani restaurant
  • Veda, Redo
  • Wenger’s
  • Bar King street
  • Haldiram
  • United Coffee House
  • Zaffran
  • Movida cafe
  • Boombox Cafe’
  • Castle 9
  • Minar
  • SSKY Bar and Lounge
  • @Live by Q’BA
  • The Great Kabab Factory-Radisson Blu Marina
  • Agni – The Park
  • Nizam’s Kathi Kabab
  • Gola Sizzlers
  • Nirula’s
  • KFC
  • Indian Coffee House
  • M- Aunty’s Kitchen
  • Taste of China
  • Fifty9- Radisson Blu Marina
  • Pizza Hut, Embassy
  • Zen
  • Dehli Darbar
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • 24/7 – The LaLit
  • The Connaught Bar- Radisson Blu Marina, etc.  
Delhi has a good night life, apart from the recent miss-happenings. Many of the restaurants in the city run 24/7, or from 12 noon to 12 midnight, or 7am to 11pm, etc. This place has every type of cuisine ranging from Indian, Continental, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, etc which is served in different restaurants in the range of Rs.300 per person to Rs.2500 per person.

Among the restaurants in Connaught Place, subway in Connaught Place is a very popular one.
Address of Subway:
N-14, Ground Floor, Outer Circle,
Connaught Place, New Delhi

Connaught Place Hotels:

If you are planning for a trip to Delhi, better book a hotel beforehand as you may face difficulty getting a room on the spot in a good hotel in this area. Hotels in Connaught place, in Delhi ranges from 5 star hotels to 2 star hotels. Few of the hotels located in this area are
  • The Lalit (5star)
  • The Metropolitan
  • The Imperial
  • The Corus
  • Hotel Bright
  • The Hans Hotel
  • Apartment 52
  • Hotel Le Roi
  • The Pearl, Hotel Star Plaza
  • Palm D’or
  • Walnut Castle Hotel, etc

    Fix your budget, check and book the room in a hotel, as the availability of the room rate in Connaught place in Delhi ranges from Rs.600 to Rs.9000 per night.

Offices in Connaught Place:

According to an article published in economic times the Connaught place is considered to be the 4th most expensive location for office in the world. This place is known for its socio-political and economic activities. This place also has popular streets for shopping which has a wide variety of retail outlets, shops, emporia, etc. The offices in the Connaught place includes
  • Lufthansa
  • Citibank
  • Air India
  • ING Vysya
  • Reliance
  • LIC
  • TV Today
  • Standard Charted
  • HSBC Bank
  • BNP Paribas
  • DLF
  • PNB Housing finance Ltd
  • PACL Limited
  • Rolls Royce
  • Hitachi India Pvt Ltd
  • Kwality Group
  • Reuters
  • Jindal Reality Pvt Ltd
  • CMC Ltd
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd
  • BSNL
  • Indian railway catering and Tourism, etc
The allotted office space is divided in three categories A, B and C. These are graded based on the many factors including location, construction work, amenities, service, etc. The rent of the A category is the highest and that of grade C is the lowest.

Companies in Connaught Place:

Apart from offices in Connaught place there are many companies located in this area like
  • CISCO System India Pvt Ltd
  • AT & T Ltd
  • Rio Tinto India Pvt Ltd
  • Thales Indian Liaison
  • Tektronix India Ltd
  • Sanofi Torrent India Ltd, etc

Shopping in Connaught Place:Shops in Connaught Place

Shopaholics, Connaught place will drive you crazy! The main markets of Shopping in Connaught place are Palika Bazar and Janpath. The main mantra for shopping in the local market of this place is “Bargaining”. Bargaining is basically negotiating with the dealer on the price offered. Bargaining is only applicable for local shopping and not for branded showrooms or malls. The place is visited by all age group mainly youngsters. The main attractions for them are the trendy fashionable items. While shopping at Palika Bazar or Janpat be aware of cheaters and pickpockets.  You can shop in Connaught place the latest Indian Jewellery items, handicrafts, antique items, etc.

Parking in Connaught Place:

Traveling by your own vehicle is good idea, but parking in Connaught place is a big problem due to increase in the number of vehicles in the city. After the start of Delhi metro service the traffic has reduced. But, parking charges have been increased in this area, which means spending extra bucks for getting a parking space at owner’s risk.

How to Reach:

To reach this place you have many options like Local train, Metro rail, Local bus, Taxi, Auto-rickshaw, etc. The nearest metro station is Rajiv Chowk metro station.  You can even opt for city bus service to reach Connaught place.

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