India // Delhi //

Connaught Place

New Delhi’s commercial hub, Connaught Place (known as “CP”), with its classical colonnades, is radically different from the bazaars of Old Delhi, which it superseded. Named after a minor British royal of the day, it takes the form of a circle, divided by eight radial roads and three ring roads into blocks lettered A–N. The term Connaught Place originally referred to the inner circle (now renamed Rajiv Chowk after Rajiv Gandhi), the outer one being Connaught Circus (now Indira Chowk, after Rajiv’s mum). CP is crammed with restaurants, bars, shops, cinemas, banks and airline offices.