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Kanika Nevatia Jun 22 2015

Facts You Didn't Know About Connaught Place!

Etti Bali Jun 22 2015
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The colonial heart of New Delhi--Connaught Place is now the 5th most expensive office market space in the world! Yes, you read that right. If you have worked, or are working in an office in CP--this is a moment to celebrate. Let us take you on a journey that’s rooted in the British Raj, and one that refuses to come to an end!

1. Named after the Duke of Connaught and son of Queen Victoria, CP is modeled after the colonnades of Cheltenham and Bath to alleviate homesick British nationals in the country.

2. The two-storey colonnaded structure was built in 1933 and acted as a gateway to Lutyens’ Delhi or Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone (LBZ).

3. Apart from being a shopper’s paradise, Connaught Place houses many places of historical importance, such as Agrasen ki Baoli and Jantar Mantar.

CP at Night (by Budhesh)

4. Many British era shops are still thriving in CP. Ram Chandra & Sons, Mahatta & Company, and Wenger's are a few of them. Wenger’s opened in 1926 and was the first bakery to introduce French Bread in the Imperial capital.

5. The Regal Building, which houses the famous Regal Cinema is also a British era legacy which still continues to entertain us. The cinema opened in 1932, and now functions as a single-screen movie theatre.

6. CP has a concentric structure, with an inner and an outer circle, positioned such that it faces the native settlement of Shahjahanabad.

7. Central Park, the lush green centre and a heritage part of CP, humbly boasts the highest National Flag in the country!

The National Flag (from the official Facebook page)

8. Connaught Place now ranks ahead of Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex and Nariman Point in terms of property rates for owning an office!

9. CP presents a study on the theory of Ship of Theseus. The place has undergone so many re-development and construction projects, yet remaining true to its original form, that we can only awe in wonder at its timelessness.

The dilliwala finds solace in the colonial charm, the firang fills his life with colour and the young aspires to have a corner office with a shiny glass exterior, overlooking the old and the forever new.

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