About Connaught Place New Delhi
Connaught Place has a long and distinguished
history behind it. Named after the Duke of Connaught, a
member of the British royal family, this market was
originally designed by Robert Tor Russell in
collaboration with WH Nicholls. Its is a sprawling circular
market, it was the largest of its kind in India at that
The British believed that a market in the shape of a
horseshoe would prove lucky for both shoppers and
shopkeepers. There may be something in that as CP continues
to be Delhiís premier shopping destination even after
sixty-five years of its birth.
Apart from being the commercial and business hub of Delhi,
Connaught Place has Hotels, countless restaurants, watering
holes, shops and emporia and cinema halls too.
§ Connaught Place - Inner Circle
Shops, shops and more shops. Outlets of almost all
international brands available in India are along the inner
circle: Benetton, Allen Solly, Reebok, Nike, Leviís, Lee
Cooper - you name it. Some of the finest restaurants,
eateries and bars pop up here too. There are some excellent
bookshops which you can check out for material on India.
Thereís lots of silver and artificial jewellery studded with
semi-precious stones in the small Tibetan shops that abound
here. But then you need to know your silver from the fake
stuff. Refugees who came after the Partition and Tibetans
who came when China invaded Tibet settled here as traders
and put up this market.No big shops here, just small kiosks
selling all kinds of cotton clothes and curios that you may
like to take home. Most of the clothes are export surplus
garments and are sold dirt-cheap.
Another must while you are at Janpath is the Central Cottage
Industries Emporium. Across the reoad from Janpath, in
Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, this is the place to go for Indian
§ Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Do visit the various state-run emporia for the best
handicrafts of the various states they represent.
Here are some tips about where to buy.
Shawls : Zoon, the Kashmir Emporium.
Bronze lamps and icon : Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu
Exquisite silks : Cauvery, the Karnataka Emporium.
Madhubani paintings and gems : Amrapali, the Bihar
Printed cottons, miniature paintings and jewellery:
Rajasthali, the Rajasthan Emporium.
Tea : Manjusha, the West Bengal Emporium.
Wood carving : Mrignayani, the Madhya Pradesh
§ Palika Bazaar
An underground bazaar where cheap electronic goods and
clothes are there for the picking. There are around 400
shops in this market and bargaining is the mantra for
shopping here, or anywhere in Delhi for that matter.
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