Connaught 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, Connaught Place was the largest of its kind in India at that time. Despite numerous big malls, CP continues to be the largest in India.
The shape of the Connaught Place is based on the horseshoe. The British
believed that a market in the shape of a horseshoe would prove lucky for
both shoppers and shopkeepers. This was in accordance to the popular
belief of the natives. And as decades have gone by, CP continues to be
Delhi's premier shopping destination. It seems that once and for all
that prediction has stood correct. Connaught Place (officially called
Rajiv Chowk, but referred to as C.P. by Delhiites) is a central business
district of New Delhi, India. It is instantly recognisable on any map of
Delhi, being the big circle in the middle with radial roads spreading
out in all directions, like spokes on a wheel. Rajiv Chowk Metro
station, located under Connaught Place, is the busiest stationof Delhi
Metro. It is also an interchanging point. Although Connaught Place
appears to be a logically planned area, balant enchochment has somewhat
defaced this marvel.
Connaught Place's obvious Victorian architecture is modeled after the
Royal Crescent in Bath, England. The various inlets and outlets to
Connaught place are known as redial roads. There are as many as 9 roads
to reach Outer circle from various parts of Delhi and close to 12
radials to get out from this place.