Connaught Place

Connaught Place, officially known as Rajiv Chowk is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi.  CP  houses the headquarters of several Indian firms. Its surroundings occupy a place of pride, counted among the top heritage structures of the city. It was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens’ Delhi featuring a Central Business District, named after the Duke of Connaught. The construction work started in 1929 and was completed in 1933. The inner circle of Connaught Place was renamed Rajiv Chowk after the late Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and the Outer Circle was renamed Indira Chowk by the Union Home Minister S.B. Chavan. Today, Connaught Place is one of the most vibrant business districts of Delhi. It is the fourth most expensive office destination in the world, according to a global property consultant CBRE Group.   Most of Indian princely states now had their local homes in the nearby areas around King’s way, present Rajpath, and would frequent shops for designer clothes, artefacts, shoes and pianos. Regal cinema, the first cinema of CP too opened in time; it went on to host popular concerts, theater groups and ballet performances. Odeon and Rivoli, followed by Regal, and Indian Talkie House opened in 1938. Initially only Indian snacks were available at CP, but gradually restaurants started opening in the plaza, with names like Kwality, United Coffee House and others offering Continental and Mughlai cuisines.

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