Popular among both business and leisure travelers, Connaught Place (also called CP or Connaught Circus) is the heart of New Delhi-NCR for activities ranging from work trips, shopping, sightseeing, weddings, exhibitions and much more. There aren’t many options for hotels near Connaught Place, so travelers looking to stay in this central location should book as much in advance as possible, as CP is conveniently accessible from all parts of Delhi and hence the hotels here are always in high demand. While New Delhi Railway Station is a 5-minute drive away, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport) is about 25 minutes’ drive from here. Delhi Metro too has a station in CP making it even more hassle-free for travelers. Delhi Airport Metro Express further connects CP with IGI Airport via interchange at New Delhi Metro Station.
FabHotels has multiple premium hotels situated close to major landmarks in CP, including FabHotel Check'In By Oran CP and FabHotel Daffodils Inn Connaught Place (near Rajiv Chowk Metro Gate No 5). Alternatively, travelers can also opt for FabHotel Sunstar Karol Bagh or FabHotel Suncourt Karol Bagh, which are approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Connaught Place. For those who want to stay near New Delhi Railway Station, FabHotel Mohan International Paharganj and FabHotel Pallvi Paharganj are good options. Also one can opt for FabHotel Star who is looking for the transit hotels near Delhi Airport.
About Connaught Place
The heart of Delhi, Connaught Place as it is widely known is among the largest commercial and financial centers of India. This horseshoe-shaped shopping district was named after Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught. Fashioned in the Palladian architecture, it is designed as a colonnade and is all white-washed, bringing back memories & glimpses from the British colonial times. CP is broadly divided into Inner Circle and Outer Circle. Inner Circle has blocks named A to F, and Outer Circle has blocks named G to N. The locality harbors some of the best clothing and accessories brands in these two circles apart from an array of swanky restaurants and bars.
Furthermore, it is also home to offices of various government institutions and MNCs like LIC, Citibank, Passport Seva kendra, Statesman House, Vodafone and ICICI Bank.
Shopping and Dining in Connaught Place
Shopaholics can splurge on brands like Adidas, Nike, Allen Solly, Gas, Johnson Watch Company, Bentley, Lee, Louis Philippe, Orra, Park Avenue, Pepe and Wills Lifestyle in the Inner Circle, and Lacoste, Omega, Rado and TAG Heuer in the Outer Circle. Not just the global brands, enthusiasts and first time visitors to CP can also visit Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Palika Bazaar, Janpath, Tibetan Market, Shankar Market and several state emporiums to buy handloom clothes, trendy bags, tacky posters, trinkets, artificial flowers, artifacts, handicrafts, novels and much more. There are many age-old, family-run stores like Mohanlal Sons and Ganga Ram & Sons that offer tailor-made suits, pyjama-kurtas and shawls. Besides, several shops selling exquisite silver jewelry, perfumes, ittar, and traditional footwear are also present here. With so much to offer it is certainly a shopper’s paradise, a gourmet’s delight and a culture enthusiast’s ultimate travel destination.
Foodies cannot miss a visit to Delhiites’ all-time favorite places like Saravana Bhavan, Wenger’s, Kwality Restaurant and Indian Coffee House. Keventers and Depaul’s are perhaps the oldest coffee shops in the area. Book lovers be delighted to flip through latest books and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee at Cha Bar, located at the famous Oxford Book Store.
Attractions in and around Connaught Place
Connaught Place is not only a commercial hub, but is in itself a tourist attraction. Besides, there are aplenty other points of interest nearby, including Agrasenki Baoli, Jantar Mantar, Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, and Hanuman Mandir. Iconic attractions such as India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, National Zoological Park and Purana Qila are approximately 15 minutes’ drive away. Several Connaught Place hotels are in proximity to these popular places offering convenient accessibility.