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Here’s what Delhi’s iconic Connaught Place looked way back in 1938

Connaught Place or CP, hosts some treasures the city continues to hold close — Regal Cinemas, Wenger's bakery, Cambridge Book Depot, etc.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2016 3:39:30 pm
Connaught Place 1938 video, Connaught place the nand now, Connaught place In New Delhi, Delhi's CP, CP 1938 The CP that we know and see now was not how it was years ago. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

CP or Connaught Place in New Delhi is also an ever buzzing hub, with something to offer to each person in the city. While the heart of the city is home to beautiful cafes and cool hangouts, it also hosts some treasures the city continues to hold close — Regal Cinemas, Wengers’ Deli, Cambridge Book Depot etc.

But was CP always the same? Brimming with people, sounds of their chatter and the epic National Flag hoisted right in the middle? A 1938 video of Delhites’ favourite hangout place has gone viral on social media. The short clip shows how British introduced India — whose love was earlier restricted to only tombs, temples and palace gardens and therefore, went on to construct so many of them — to the “business centre of the modern India”.

Unlike how we picture CP today — complete with traffic jams, shops and makeshifts at every nook and cranny, the 1938 CP was different, yet to get used to busy work going humans flocking the place.

This vital part of Delhi was named after Field Marshal Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and the construction work began in 1929 and was completed in 1933.

Today, CP is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres in New Delhi, India. It is often abbreviated to CP and houses the headquarters of several noted Indian firms.

Watch CP’s 1938 video here. 

The stark difference is fascinating, isn’t it?

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