If you are a true-blue Delhiite you are probably already familiar with the marvels that Connaught Place in Delhi has to offer. If not, then worry not, here we are to help you decode the best things to do in the heart of the National Capital.
Connaught Place, more commonly known as CP is the centre of Delhi and the hub for everything fun. From food to shopping, religious places and historical monuments, CP has got it all.
Here are the top 5 things you can do in CP:
1. Shop till you drop at Palika Bazar.
It is no secret that Connaught Place is the perfect place to shop for anything. From India’s oldest toy shop to some of the most high-end shopping brands, CP has got it all. It is also the perfect place for a typical Delhi street-shopping experience. If you are not a fan of expensive brands, and like getting more for less then Palika Bazaar is the place for you. From knock offs on huge brands to junk jewellery, there is nothing you will not find in Palika Bazaar.
2. Explore the beautiful temples in the area and pay your reverence.
Connaught Place also happens to be home to two of the most famous and important religious places in the city.
Hanuman Mandir: Firstly there is the Hanuman Temple. It is the biggest Hanuman Temple in the city and every day sees hundreds of devotees coming in. It is believed to be one of the four ancient temples from the time of Mahabharata.
Address: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Bangla Sahib: The other place that one must visit in CP is the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Bangla Sahib is an oasis of peace and calm in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Connaught Place.
Address: Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi
3. Go back in time at one of the city’s best kept vintage theaters.
Long before all the fancy multiplexes, there used to be single screen theaters. Go retro by watching a movie in either Odeon or Rivoli, one of the vintage movie theatres in CP. These movie halls still hold that old world charm which will certainly take you back in time.
Address: PVR Rivoli, Regal Building, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Odeon, D Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
4. Pay homage to the monuments of Agrasen ki Baoli and Jantar Mantar.
Delhi is a city that has an extremely rich culture and heritage. It is dotted with a number of monuments of historical importance that need to be visited by everyone, at least once. The two monuments in CP absolutely worth visiting are Agrasen ki Baoli and Jantar Mantar. Agrasen ki Baoli is an ancient step well and is well known all over the country because of the ghost stories that come with it.
Address: Hailey Road, Near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, K G Marg, New Delhi
The Jantar Mantar in Connaught Place has 13 grand astronomical tools which still give the accurate time and date, as well as marking important astronomical movements and is a fascinating glimpse of India’s historical scientific prowess.
Address: Connaught Place, Sansad Marg, New Delhi
5. Participate in the heart of the city’s art and culture.
For those with an inclination towards art and culture, you may just find the right place to meet like-minded people in the heart of the city. Head over to the ICCR auditorium. It hosts a number of cultural programs from the various Indian states as well as from different parts of the world. It hosts weekly cultural events and festivals dedicated to a specific country. You can also head over to the Dhoomilal Art Centre and meet fellow art enthusiasts.
So, where are you planning to go?