Connaught Place Experience: - Connaught place is a very famous vintage market of New Delhi. If you are a shopoholic in your Delhi Tour Package you must include the visit of Connaught Place in your travel plan. The start of the twentieth century ushered a new era for the city of Delhi, the capital of British India was relocated from Calcutta to New Delhi, befitting the capital status the construction was on full swing to make the new and modern capital of British India. The grand palace styled structure was under construction for the viceroy. In this construction spate a new and modern market was envisaged, the designs of this market complex were made by Robert Tor Russell, even after a time span of ninety years the Connaught place still remains the very prominent and costliest area of the sprawling new Delhi.
Connaught Place New Name: -In 2013 The market was renamed in name of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi the ex prime minister of India. But even after an official name change the name “Cannaught” seems to be etched permanently in the psyche of common delhites who still prefer to call it by the former nomenclature. This area of Connaught place before the construction was abode of three villages Jai singh pura, Madho ganj and Raja ka Bazaar. These three villages were evicted and the residents were settled in karol bagh area of new Delhi. Rest of the structures in the area other than the Hanuman temple, a Jain temple and the historic jantar mantar and the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara were all decimated and razed down.
Connaught Place History & architecture: - The construction of the market complex started in year 1929 and it was completed in year 1933. The name of the market was named after duke of Cannaught who was a close relative of the British royalty. The design of the market was simple it was a huge circle with a large central park The market was developed on a circular pattern, the outer circle and the middle circle Eight major radial roads originated from the Connaught place. The market is a two storied structure with a classified Georgian design . The pillars and the pathways are conforming to the designs.
Palika Bazaar and Rajiv Chowk: -In 1970 an underground market was designed in the area near the central park ,this underground market was called the Palika Bazaarand Is the first fully air conditioned underground market complex of India. An underground parking also is situated in the central park area of the Connaught place.
The Rajiv chowk metro station is very important hub of Delhi metro it is the transit point of two major lines of Delhi metro the yellow line and the blue line, by foot fall perhaps the Rajiv chowk is the busiest metro station of New Delhi.
Even today Cannaught place is favorite destination of shoppers in Delhi. In your 2 Days Delhi Agra Tour you must include connaught place for shopping. There are brands here operating since ages, Wingers is one such bakery operating since the Victorian era. The new age has brought in the multinational food joints such as Dominos pizza, The Mac donalds, Burger King, Starbucks café, some very well known Indian food joints are also present in the Connaught place, Haldiram, sagar ratna ,Nirulas etc .
Hotels in Connaught Place Delhi
1. Hotel Radisson Marina
2. Hotel Palace Heights
3. Hotel Bright
4. Mystery Rooms
5. Hotel Wing Flow
6. Hotel The Daffodils Inn
First Smog Tower of India in Connaught Place: -
Thus is growing concern of pollution in Delhi which is caused by different factors such as construction work, traffic and Parali in the neighboring states. To cope with the smog which becomes a grave problem in December and January, the government of Delhi planned for installing smog Towers in the National capital. In this line the first smog tower of India was made in Connaught Place New Delhi. It was immigrated by the Chief Minister of Delhi at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in C.P. The smog towers were built in the Chinese capital Beijing and they work as air prefers. They have multiple layers of air filters to purity air and fans to suck the air.
This smog tower of Connaught Place is 20 meters long and mils purify 1000 cubic meter air per second. It incurred INR 20 Crore expenditure or it’s installations. Similar is going to be installed at Anand Vihar soon. The pollution Board and the IIT experts will study the impact of such smog towers and this would pane a way for further work and in the direction of saving the environment and human life.
Movie theatres in Connaught place: - The twentieth century was time of theatre and the movies, Sir Sobha singh who was father of known Indian writer khushwant singh opened the Regal(movie theatre) in year 1932, this new medium or the silver screen became a major craze and soon some more move movies halls were inaugrated in the Connaught place area, The Regal, Rivoli, Odeon are still functioning and entertaining the masses. Central Park of Cannaught place has second highest flag pole in the country where the huge Tricolour flutters proudly, It can be seen from a long distance.