Connaught Place & Around
¤ Major Commercial and Business Hub of Delhi
Place has a long and distinguished history behind it. Named after the
Duke of Connaught, a member of the British royal family, this market
was designed by Designed by Robert Tor Russell in collaboration with
WH Nicholls. A sprawling circular market, it was the largest of its
kind in India at that time.
The British believed that a market in the shape of a horseshoe would
prove lucky for both shoppers and shopkeepers. There may be something
in that as CP continues to be delhis premier shopping
destination even after sixty-five years of its birth.
Apart from being the commercial and business hub of Delhi, CP has
countless restaurants, watering holes, shops and emporia and cinema
¤ Inner Circle
Shops, shops and more shops. Outlets of almost all international
brands available in India are along the inner circle: Benetton, Allen
Solly, Reebok, Nike, Levis, Lee Cooper - you name it. Some of
the finest restaurants, eateries and bars pop up here too. (Check our
Restaurant Guide for further details.) There are some excellent
bookshops which you can check out for material on India.
No big shops here, just small kiosks selling all kinds of cotton
clothes and curios that you may like to take home. Most of the clothes
are export surplus garments and are sold dirt-cheap (you just need the
patience to bargain). Theres lots of silver and artificial
jewellery studded with semi-precious stones in the small Tibetan shops
that abound here. But then you need to know your silver from the fake
stuff. Refugees who came after the Partition and Tibetans who came
when China invaded Tibet settled here as traders and put up this
Another must while you are at Janpath is the Central Cottage
Industries Emporium. Across the reoad from Janpath, in Jawahar Vyapar
Bhavan, this is the place to go for Indian handicrafts.
¤ Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Do visit the various state-run emporia for the best handicrafts of
the various states they represent.
Here are some tips about where to buy.
Shawls : Zoon, the Kashmir
Bronze lamps and icon : Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu Emporium.
Exquisite silks : Cauvery, the Karnataka Emporium.
Madhubani paintings and gems : Amrapali, the Bihar Emporium.
Printed cottons, miniature paintings and jewellery: Rajasthali, the
Tea : Manjusha, the West Bengal Emporium.
Wood carving : Mrignayani, the Madhya Pradesh emporium
¤ Palika Bazaar
An underground bazaar where cheap electronic goods and clothes are
there for the picking. There are around 400 shops in this market and
bargaining is the mantra for shopping here, or anywhere in Delhi for
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