TOP 8 THINGS TO DO IN CONNAUGHT PLACE – A LOCAL TRAVEL GUIDE
January 1, 1970
by Disha Agrawal
Connaught Place is one of the most happening places in Delhi. It is located exactly in the middle of the city of New Delhi and is built in a circular pattern. It is the place for everyone where you can get everything. It is a place where you can hang out with friends, family, go on a date or even travel solo. You can come here to sit back and relax, to shop, to a party, to get together with friends or to just explore and spend time. Connaught place is too extensive and varied to be explored properly in a single day. Not only that, you will also want to keep coming back here to explore more.
We have listed the top 8 things you should definitely not miss out on in Connaught place.
Shopping at Janpath
Janpath is one of the oldest Markets in Delhi. It is known as the paradise for budget travellers and shopaholics. You can find the latest trends here. Be it jewellery, clothes or home decor. Janpath market is lined with stalls selling Indian Handicraft. There is also Handloom Haat here which displays the variety of handloom articles and you just won’t be able to resist buying one of them.
Janpath is really famous for selling good quality jeans at low prices. Do head to this market for some budget shopping. Don’t forget to bargain. The prices might seem reasonable at first, but there is still a huge margin. However, the quality might not be that good. Be careful while choosing anything. Do check that the article is not a used one. Also, the market is crowded heavily, so keep your belongings close and be cautious of your surroundings. There are incidents of pickpocketing. After a tiring round of shopping, treat yourself to famous Indian street food here. If you don’t prefer street food, then there are cafes and restaurants as well.
Gole Market was built in the colonial times by Edwin Lutyens as a part of the New Delhi Layout. It is one of the oldest surviving markets of New Delhi with one of the oldest Sweet shops like Bangla Sweets and Kaleva. Bangla foods is the best restaurant here. They serve almost every cuisine at reasonable prices. You must head here for some lip-smacking dessert.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the most important Sikh house of worship. It is known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. This is exactly the place for people looking for peace and positivity.
After entering the gurudwara complex, the first thing you have to do is to deposit your shoes at the shoe counter. Then you wash your hands and cover your head with a piece of cloth before entering the main premises of the gurudwara. In a gurudwara, it is mandatory for all to cover their heads all the time. Before climbing the stairs to the main shrine, there will be a puddle of water with running supply of water. Gently place your feet in it and your feet will be washed. As you walk into the main shrine, you see the Guru Granth Sahib in the centre of the shrine, being worshipped. People go ahead and bow down in front of it, pray for their dear ones and ask for whatever they want. Then they find a comfortable spot to sit down and experience the bliss and peace. The atmosphere here is so tranquil and homely, that you can sit here for hours together, be listening to the devotional songs being played live and hum to their tune or just sit and meditate. You will feel a strange kind of mesmerisation at the grandeur of the gurudwara and automatically find yourself meditating.
Inside the gurudwara complex, outside the shrine, there is also a pool of water, known as ‘sarovar’. The water in it is known as ‘amrit’. Do take a walk around it and sprinkle some water over your head. Don’t forget to collect Prasad after this. They give halva as Prasad and it is really very tasty. After this, you can head to eat at the langar which is organised by the gurudwara at specific timings. Eating at the langar is said to be must if you visit here. They serve delicious dal, chapatti, sabzi and kheer.
Gorge yourself on Awesome Food
Connaught place is the hub for every kind of restaurant, café and bar. You can find each and every variety of food here. Take a stroll around and you will find innumerable options. You have options ranging from street food to fancy cafes and bars. Head to Naturals for an amazing ice cream experience. Then there is Keventer’s and Wenger’s where you can enjoy a wide variety of milkshakes. If you want to try North Indian cuisine, then Kake-Da-Hotel is the best. For multi-cuisine, you can go to Haldiram’s. And of course, we have our all-time favourites- pizza hut, Mc Donalds, Dominos, Subway, etc. There are numerous cafes and bars which remain open until 2 in the morning. Some cafes offer outdoor seating and rooftop seating as well.
There is also Odeon Paan Plaza, which serves a unique range of paan including fire pan, chuski paan, chocolate paan, etc.
Not to forget, the Parikrama Restaurant is a must visit. The restaurant actually spins around its axis to give you a 360-degree view of the Connaught circle. It is located on the 24th floor. So while you are enjoying your meal, you must also look out of the window because the view outside may not be the same as it was five minutes ago!
If you love to read and spend some quiet and relaxing time, then Oxford Bookstore is the place for you. And if you are a chai fan, then definitely cha bar is the place for you. Even if you are neither of the above, you must visit this place for the unique ambience it offers. Oxford Bookstore also holds gatherings and events like storytelling and poetry sessions. Do attend one of them if you happen to be there at the time.
This place has an unmatched variety of books and tea – deadly combination, right? Oxford Bookstore is where you can chose a book, sit there and browse through it for five to ten minutes and then decide whether to buy or not. And along with the library, is cha bar. Cha bar offers the most awesome range of tea we have ever seen. About 9 out of 13 pages of its menu are dedicated to tea alone. You can also order some snacks along with tea. The price too is very reasonable and pocket-friendly. We would suggest you take your own sweet time and relax and enjoy your tea with gentle sips and a light snack.
Connaught Place is well known for its Khadi Emporium. It sells authentic and genuine khadi products. Khadi is a very comfortable fabric to wear and it is made of pure cotton and/or silk. Everyone must try khadi once and must have at least one khadi item in their wardrobe. Keeping the quality in mind, the prices are quite reasonable.
Relax in Central Park
Central Park is situated exactly in the middle of Connaught place with the National Flag standing tall at the centre of the park. Central Park is the hangout spot for groups, couples as well as individuals. You can take a walk around or find a comfortable spot to sit down and relax. Sitting in the middle of New Delhi, in the middle of the busiest cities while relaxing and enjoying the view around is really refreshing. There is also an open-air theatre in the park where events take place occasionally.
National Handicrafts Design Gallery and Earth’s Treasure Museum
This museum displays award-winning handicrafts of Indian artisans, natural crystals, zeolites, minerals, gemstones, precious metals, fossils of dinosaurs and rocks from Moon and Mars.
You will find rare and beautiful precious stones displayed here. We bet you will be awestruck on seeing the egg of a dinosaur, no wonder dinosaurs actually existed! You will be absolutely stunned to see the Shiv Lingum carved out of clear quartz. It is a marvel to behold, carved with such finesse. It is said to be only one in the world.