Officially known as Rajiv Chowk yet both locals and travellers love to call this bustling neighbourhood Connaught Place. Built in 1933 and named after the Duke of Connaught, Connaught Place was constructed to make it the Central Business District and till today it remain as the main commercial centre in the city. It was designed in the shape of a horseshoe to bring good luck to both shoppers and business owners as this was and still is the commercial heart of Delhi. Connaught Place was first designed by W.H. Nicholls, the chief architect to the Government of India plaza based on the European Renaissance and Classical style but he left India before the plan and Robert Tor Russell, chief architect to the Public Works Department finished the design for Connaught Place. Connaught Place consists of the Inner Circle, the Middle Circle and the Outer Circle, plus seven radial roads.
The Inner Circle at Connaught Place is home to an array of shops, restaurants and cafes. Whether you are planning to splurge on shopping, dining or just to hang out with your buddies, Inner Circle is just perfect for all. If it’s shopping, Inner Circle is home to the underground market, Palika Bazaar. Shopping in Palika Bazaar needs lot of hard work but Palika Bazaar has almost everything and anything one could possibly imagine. From clothing, shoes and fashion accessories to electronic items such as DVD player, mobile phones, shaving kit and gaming console and from souvenirs and gifts to art and crafts, pirated DVD’s and CD’s. you will find it all here. After a day of shopping, go up and relax in the Palika Bazar park or head to the nearby Central Park. Just outside the Palika Bazaar, there are also many restaurants and eateries where you can savour variety of food along with fruit juices and soda.
Travellers will also find many well-known stores and brands like Addidas, Nike, Levis and more located along the Inner Circle. If you are looking for a place to dine or just relax and enjoy a drink, then Inner Circle is home to many excellent restaurants and bars. Check out the Host Restaurant, for some mouth-watering Indian dishes. English Dairy is also another great restaurant serving Indian Cuisine located in the Inner Circle. The Ignis Kitchen & Bar is also another Inner Circle popular joint among both locals as well as tourists.
If this is not enough, well you can always check out the shops, restaurants and bars located in the Outer circle.