Explore New Delhi – Connaught Place and Hauz Khas
Delhi, the capital of India, was once considered a formal and sensible city of bureaucrats. Its long and divergent history has seen it conquered by the Mughals, colonized by the British and populated by Partition refugees (from India and Pakistan) after Independence. More recently, there has been another kind of revolution, with the reinvention of inconspicuous neighborhoods in cosmopolitan destinations to explore in Delhi. Here is the selection of the great neighborhoods of Delhi that are close to the main tourist attractions of the city.
Connaught Place (or CP, for short) is the central business district of New Delhi. It was built by the British and completed in 1933. The layout consists of three rings (interior, middle and exterior) of white buildings in Georgian style with columns, with a park in the center. Considered the heart of the city, the main roads radiate in all directions.
Those who are familiar with Delhi will remember Connaught Place as a rather boring shopping arcade with somber bars and leather shops and uninspiring clothing. No longer! The opening of the Metro train station strengthened the neighborhood, and is now one of the liveliest in the city.
Fresh bars and restaurants continue to emerge at a dizzying pace, and Delhi party people congregate there for nightlife. Most of the action takes place in the outer circle, while the middle circle has banks and offices. To be hungry? This is what you should eat at Connaught Place.
Other attractions in the area include the serene Gurdwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh house of worship), Prachin Hanuman Mandir (a very old temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god), Janpath market,
How to get there: Take the blue or yellow line of the Delhi metro train and get off at Rajiv Chowk, which is an important interchange station. It is located right in the middle of Connaught Place, below Central Park.
Hauz Khas Village
Undoubtedly, the most fashionable district of Delhi, Hauz Khas Village has a fascinating medieval history dating from the thirteenth century. The neighborhood gets its name, which means “real water tank” from the deposit that was built there.
Now it is surrounded by a paved path and is part of the Hauz Khas complex (admission is free). This area also includes the remains of a fort, a madrasa (an institution for Islamic learning), mosque and the tomb of Firuz Shah (who ruled over the Sultanate of Delhi from 1351 to 1388).
There is also a popular adjacent Deer Park. Hauz Khas did not start to be cool until the 1980s, when it was redeveloped as an exclusive residential and commercial area. Currently, this urban town is full of elegant boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and bars. Some would say that it is even overpopulated and overrated. The Kunzum Travel Cafe is a great place to hang out. Try also these popular restaurants and bars in Hauz Khas.
How to get there: Hauz Khas is located in South Delhi and can be accessed through Sri Aurobindo Marg. You have a stop on the yellow line of the Delhi subway train, but you will have to take a rickshaw car from the station or walk about 20 minutes to get to the village. Alternatively, you can get off the train at the Green Park metro station on the same line. It is at the same distance.
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