Top 10 Things To Do In Connaught Place, Delhi - Updated 2024

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Located in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place, or CP, is one neighborhood you simply cannot miss while touring the capital city. Rich with sites of historical and cultural importance, this commercial and business hub of Delhi has plenty to keep you entertained for an entire day. Characterized by a circular structure complete with white Georgian-style columns and Palladian arches, the area is split up into three circles, namely inner, middle and outer. The inner-circle (Block A to F) and the outer circle (Block G to P) have many global chain stores and shops, restaurants, and bars, while the middle circle has offices and banks. Here’s a rundown of the best things to do in Connaught Place, Delhi.

1. Indulge in a good read and great tea at Oxford Cha Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Cha Bar is housed within CP’s Oxford Bookstore. It offers over 150 types of teas from different parts of the world. Plus, there’s an extensive selection of delectable baked goodies and snack items such as sandwiches, rolls, pizzas, and more to accompany your tea. The surrounding bookstore boasts an impressive collection of books, magazines, and novels spanning across languages and genres, from rare finds to bestsellers. So, if you’re looking to spoil yourself with a cake, tea, and a good read, this is the perfect place for you.

Cha Bar

Address: N-81, Barakhamba Rd, Block N, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: Cha Bar

Opening hours: 9:30am - 9:30pm (daily)

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2. Get your dose of nature at Central Park

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Source: Photo by Flickr user El Toñio used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Central Park provides the necessary dose of nature and greenery that is hard to come by in the bustling and chaotic Delhi. The park has pathways for walking and jogging, as well as lots of green lawns sprawling beneath the verdant trees. It also features four water bodies, fountains, and a 350-seater amphitheater where musical performances and cultural events are held regularly.

Central Park

Address: Unnamed Road, Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: Central Park

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free entry

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3. Explore the historic structures at your own pace (from USD 6.0)

If you’re a history enthusiast or an architecture lover, visit Agrasen Ki Baoli, which is a 14th-century stepwell. Back in the day, it was used to store water, as well as served as a place for socializing. Today, its old brick walls are the perfect spot for a photo shoot. If you’re an astronomy buff, a visit to Jantar Mantar, an astronomical laboratory that is known to provide accurate time and date is a must.

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4. Catch the latest flick at one of the many cinemas

PVR Plaza No poster for Padmaavati
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Pulakit Singh used under CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the best ways to escape the heat of Delhi is by catching a flick at a movie theater. Connaught Place is home to many cinemas including the vintage PVR Rivoli and Carnival Cinemas Odeon that have plenty of showtimes throughout the day, making it easy for visitors to come and go as they please. There’s also a delightful food counter just outside the hall where you can grab a coffee, popcorn, and other snacks.

PVR Rivoli

Address: Regal Building, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: PVR Rivoli

Carnival Cinemas Odeon

Address: Carnival Cinemas Odean, Odean Square, D Block, Connaught Place, Delhi 110001

Website: Carnival Odeon

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Rajeev

I am a full-time licensed tour guide living in Agra, India. I received my Regiinal Level Guide certificate in 2007 from the Ministry of Tourism now I have a Pan India license. Before I discovered the tourism industry, I worked in the law, medical and insurance fields. I have a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology and Organic Chemistry. After achieving my Masters of Science in Organic Chemistry, I went to law school. My passion for history and culture led me to my profession today. I still enjoy learning science. I use it to understand the healing power of plants: mainly herbs, fruits and vegetables. My hobbies include collecting postage stamps, coins, paper money, reading, music, and of course, gardening. I also love photography, which I have become very good at. Many tourists have enjoyed my personal sightseeing tours. I enjoy meeting people and showing them my world. My lifelong experiences here, combined with my studies, allow me to help people get to know the real India. If you enjoy learning about this way of life, I am the one to come to! I work mainly in Agra, but will create tours to places outside of the city. While my tours are mostly walking tours around the city, I can arrange for transportation as well. If you need accommodation services, I can provide that too. Traveling to India is not just a journey, but an experience!

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Hello Travellers people calle me Farman a experienced freelance tour guide. I work with several Free Tours company and we would love to show you around and give you the best tips and recomendations. If you travel in India you will discover a new aspect of this wonderful city. If it is your first visit i warn you one thing: you will fall in love in love with India and you will end up coming back.

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Namaste!! I Take privilege to share about myself. My name is Zeeshan. I was born and raised in the rich history of India, in the Beautiful City of Agra, I had no Doubts to become a Tour Guide because I couldn't stop myself been attracted towards the charm for History & Architecture of monuments located at Agra from my childhood. I Chose to become a Tour Guide to fulfill my Passion & to learn, share about the Customs, Tradition, Culture, History & Architecture of my Incredible Country which has a Unity in Diversity. I am 34 years old and 14 of them I Dedicated as a Tour Guide. I am Educated, Professional, Sociable, Punctual & friendly. I can interest you by presenting interesting facts about India. I always take into account the wishes of my Clients and create individual plans of Excursion. I help my Clients in choosing the Best Stops, Stores, Cafes & transfers. I did my Masters in Indian History (Medieval Period). I believe my Journey has just begun as I discovered an enormous amount of knowledge of History, Architecture & Culture of North India by reading & Travelling So I am very Well Versed to Deliver the Tour just like a local. I consider myself a Professional in this field, I am happy that my clients take their India Tour Memories as an Experience to Cherish it throughout their lives. In easy words, you can travel with me like an old family friend from India.

5. Go museum-hopping

National Charkha mesusum .
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sushma_Sharma used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Learn about the history of Charkha or the spinning wheel at the National Charka Museum. Charkha conjures up images of Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Independence movement, and the museum shows the significance and evolution of this humble tool through vintage models of spinning wheels. In earlier times and even today at some places, Charkha is being used for weaving indigenous cloths. If you’re into gemstones, crystals and minerals, head to the National Handicrafts Design Gallery and Earth Treasures Museum, which also contains a rare dinosaur egg. For those with an artistic bent must check out the Dhoomimal Art Center that showcases contemporary artworks.

National Charkha Museum

Address: block g, Palika Parking, G-36, Radial Rd Number 2, Above, Palika Bazar, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: National Charkha Museum

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

National Handicrafts Design Gallery and Earth Treasures Museum

Address: 3rd Floor, Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: National Handicrafts Design Gallery and Earth Treasures Museum

Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)

Dhoomimal Art Center

Address: Level I, A-8, Block A, & II, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: Dhoomimal Art Center

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10:30am - 7pm (closed on Sun)

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6. Take a selfie with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds

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Madame Tussaud is a wax museum that contains life-size replicas of Bollywood and Hollywood actors, sports personalities, musicians, world leaders, and historical icons. Here, you can pose with the legendary Amitabh Bachchan or Marilyn Monroe, meet David Beckham or Sachin Tendulkar, or take a selfie with Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga.

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7. Go on a food walk

Street food, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Source: Photo by Flickr user nathalie_r used under CC BY 2.0

Delhi is a food lover’s paradise, so no trip to the city would be complete without trying the local food. If you happen to be in Connaught Place, we recommend trying the Amritsari kulcha with chilled lassi at the Kulcha Junction, a strawberry milkshake at Keventers, bhelpuri at Odeon Bhelpuri Bhandaar, chole bhature and rajma chawal at Jain Chawla Wale, and Nutella waffle and rum tarts at Wenger’s Deli. Do not leave without trying the Fire Paan at Odeon Gupta Paan Palace, one of the oldest shops in the neighborhood.

Kulcha Junction

Address: T- 2395 Ground floor, Faiz Rd, near Sun palace hotel, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110005

Website: Kulcha Junction

Opening hours: 9:30am - 9pm (daily)

Wenger's Deli

Address: A-18, Rajiv Chowk, Block A, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Opening hours: mon - Fri: 11am - 7:45pm; Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 8:45pm

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Jatin

Jatin
New Delhi

One of the corridors of Connaught Place British era eatery in Connaught Place Connaught Place, Middle Circle

If you are a history buff, try visiting Connaught Place on a weekday evening, when its corridors are relatively less crowded. The iconic white colonnades, along with numerous archways, are stunning examples of Georgian architecture from the British colonial era. I, for one, have always loved strolling through these iconic Georgian colonnades. A pro tip: Blocks E and F are always less crowded than the others in the inner colonnade and will better allow you to soak in the vibe and the architecture.

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8. Enjoy a drink or two at one of the many bars

Lord of the drinks
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CP has some of the coolest bars and pubs in the city, so it definitely calls for a night on the tiles. Some of the noteworthy spots where you can enjoy a good drink are Lord of the Drinks, The Darzi Bar & Kitchen, the Junkyard Cafe, and the Ministry of Beer. If you’re feeling peckish, you’re in luck: all of these spots serve savories from Indian to international cuisines.

Lord of the Drinks

Address: G-72, Radial Rd Number 2, Block G, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: Lord of the Drinks

Opening hours: 11:30am - 12am (daily)

The Darzi Bar & Kitchen

Address: H, 1st Floor, 55, Connaught Cir, Block H, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: The Darzi Bar & Kitchen

Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)

The Junkyard Cafe

Address: 91, N Block, Connaught Cir, Mc Donalds, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: The Junkyard Cafe

Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)

Ministry of Beer CP

Address: M-43 Outer Circle, Connaught Circus Road, near Connaught Place, Shankar Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Website: Ministry of Beer CP

Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)

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Ranil

Ranil
New Delhi

Connaught Place (CP) has some of the nicest bars in Delhi. But if you're planning to drink like there's no tomorrow, consider planning your ride back to your place well in advance. Besides the no drinking and driving policy, it may even be a tad bit difficult to take the Metro back home. The security checks at Metro entry gates have zero tolerance for intoxicated passengers who could potentially be harmful to other passengers. However, if you have a sober friend or someone to accompany you, or if you're moderately or safely drunk, the security personnel may take a call.

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9. Indulge in retail therapy (from USD 30.0)

Connaught Place teems with luxury brand stores and street vendors selling a range of items, including home decor, clothes, beauty products, accessories, junk jewelry, handicraft, shoes, and more. Walk along the corridors of the inner circle, where you’ll find big brands like Puma, Van Huesen, Lifestyle, H&M, UCB, etc.. If you’re a passionate bargain hunter, head to Janpath Market nearby, or Palki Bazaar, which is an underground market between the inner and outer circle of CP. All in all, Connaught Place truly caters to people from all walks of life.

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Anupama

Anupama
New Delhi

The local stores in the region quote higher prices, so try & bargain for the price before buying a product.

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Jatin
New Delhi

Murals at Shankar Market

If you want to witness charming murals during your shopping spree, check out Shankar Market, which is right opposite the M-Block of Connaught Place. I stumbled across this street incidentally one night and have visited it time and again for photo sessions.

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10. Visit a religious sanctuary (from USD 21.0)

Connaught Place has a multitude of temples, gurudwara, and churches. Perhaps the most popular is the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh temple that serves free meals (langar) to thousands of people every day. Some of the other important and must-visit places of worship in the neighborhood include the 20th century Sacred Heart Cathedral Church and the Hanuman Mandir dedicated to Hindu god Hanuman. All these religious sanctuaries are not only known for their architectural beauty but are also reflective of the city’s rich culture and history.

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Explore Connaught Place

Connaught Place is a dynamic and continually evolving neighborhood, with something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado, nature enthusiast, shopaholic, foodie, or party lover, this place has numerous options that guarantee a great time. The best way to reach this hip and happening neighborhood is via Delhi metro - take a yellow or blue line of the metro and disembark at Rajiv Chowk Station, which is situated right at the center of CP.

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Chirag

Chirag
New Delhi

If I had to pick one offbeat gem in Connaught Place, it would be the Museum of Illusions. Trust me, this place is a riot of fun and a quirky detour from the usual. Picture yourself diving into a world where nothing is as it seems—perfect for those Instagram shots that'll have everyone talking. Open every day till 9pm, and with tickets easily booked online, it's a breeze to plan. Prices are reasonable too, and whether you're going solo or with your squad, it’s the kind of place that'll flip your perspective—literally.

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