Pragati Maidan is a venue for large exhibitions and conventions in New Delhi. It is having an area of nearly 150 acres (more than 625,000 square metres of exhibition space, was the biggest exhibition center in Delhi'. It is owned, operated, controlled and managed by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), the trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India.
It is a huge complex of buildings, covering over 150 acres (0.61 km2) sprinkled with many lawns, overlooking the historic PuranaQila, which stands opposite Gate no 1. These fine examples of post-independence architecture have been included on the World Monuments Fund's 2018 list of monuments at risk to highlight their importance and need for protection.
The complex houses many pavilions like the Nehru Pavilion, the Defense Pavilion, the Indira Pavilion, and the Son of India Pavilion. It has various building which are built in various shapes and sizes. It also has an auditorium where Rock shows and plays are held quite frequently. There is also an internal shuttle service for those who do not wish to walk. PragatiMaidan houses a movie theatre called Shakuntalam, quite popular among college kids for its comparatively cheap tickets. The complex houses 18 exhibition halls, several buildings, eateries, performance spaces and compounds, including headquarters of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), and hosts over 70 national and international exhibitions annually, with the largest being the India International Trade Fair which attracts over 10,000 exhibitors and over 30,00,000 visitors.
Pragati Maidan is flanked by Mathura Road to its West and Bhairon Road on the South. To its east runs the main railway line to Central and Southern India. PragatiMaidan offers about 61,290 sq. metres of covered exhibition space in 16 halls, besides 10,000 sq. metres of open display area.
Some of the events held in Pragati Maidan are the India International Trade Fair, World Book Fair and the Auto Expo.
The best way to reach Pragati Maidan is by Delhi Metro. Get down at the Pragati Maidan metro station which is located at gate number 10.