New Delhi Tourism Guide

New Delhi Tourism Guide

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New Delhi is the capital of India and is filled with must-see landmarks, cultural attractions and fun activities. Although Delhi and New Delhi are used interchangeably, the latter actually refers to the bustling metropolitan district that makes up part of the larger city of Delhi. The capital was designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and and Sir Herbert Baker. The entire city’s style was created as a symbol of British power, giving rise to the region’s melting pot of culture and architecture. New Delhi was inaugurated as India’s new capital in 1931.

With the city being renowned for its temperamental climate and polluted air, it’s important to carefully choose when to visit this vibrant city. Avoid travelling to New Delhi between April to June, as uncomfortable heats upwards of 40°C are known to be common. Similarly, December and January experience extreme climates, with cold snaps dropping temperatures down to around zero. However, if you book your trip between February to March or October to November, you will miss the worst of the weather and monsoon rains. The temperatures around this time will be at a blissful 20-30°C, with azure skies and warm evenings to enjoy.

New Delhi is one of the liveliest and most exciting cities on the globe. We’ve compiled this travel guide to help you plan your holiday, but we always encourage you to get out there and explore this stunning city for yourself.

Top Attractions

To visit somewhere like New Delhi and not take a few trips to appreciate its history would be a shame. That’s why one of our top attractions is the Red Fort, found in the historic Old Delhi. An incredible living example of the power of the Munghal Emperor, it may not have survived the last few centuries completely unravaged by time but it’s still an incredible artefact: one which allows you to feel more in tune with the city’s past. Also make sure you check out the light show on an evening. You won’t regret it.

When it come to history, you can’t get a better look at The National Museum, which is an amazing trip down the storied past of India. If you even have the slightest inkling of interest in history, then you need to check this place out. In fact, even if you don’t, go anyway because its incredible collection of hundreds of thousands of pieces of artwork, including many masterpieces, will likely change your mind.

When New Delhi does something, it wants it done bigger and better than anywhere else. The National Zoological Park is a great example of this. Exhibitions here span a whopping 176 acres and include everything from hippos to royal Bengal tigers. Speaking of which, they do amazing work in the field of conservation, with breeding programs designed to keep those big cats around for centuries, along with many other weird and wonderful creatures.

Things To Do in New Delhi

There are so many sights to see and places to visit around New Delhi that tourists will be spoilt for choice. From tombs and temples with great religious significance to insightful and educational museums, there is something in the capital for every visitor.

Here are just a few of our favourite destinations in New Delhi.

Humayun’s Tomb

This beautiful landmark was built between 1569-70 and serves as the tomb of Mudhal Emperor Humayun. The enchanting mausoleum was inspired by the Taj Mahal and is one of the first ever examples of Mughal architecture in the country. The design takes inspiration from Persia, with its bold red sandstone, white marble dome and arched alcoves. The gardens are split into four areas, which surround the tomb itself and feature flourishing flora and flowing water. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, this site should rank highly on your list of must-visit Delhi locations.

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Price: Rs10 per entry. Children up to 15 years go free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 06.00 – 19.00

Address: Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India

The Red Fort

Take a trip over to Old Delhi to see the awe-inspiring, towering red sandstone structure of the Red Fort. Built in 1638 as a show of the Mughal emperors’ power, the massive walls were intended to keep out invaders. Today they attract crowds of tourists, who come to marvel at the gorgeous Lahore Gate and explore the many rooms, which include the Drum House, Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths, Palace of Colour and the stunning white marble surroundings of the Hall of Private Audiences. Visit at evening to catch the dazzling sound and light show.

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Price: Rs10 per entry. Rs50 for entry to Sound and Light Show.

Opening Hours: Daily (except Monday): 09.30 – 16.30

Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India

Qutub Minar

This 74-meter-tall structure is constructed from red sandstone and marble. It is the second tallest minar in the entire country, coming second to Fateh Burj, and features a circular staircase inside, with 379 steps leading to its peak. The Qutub Minar can be found at the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to several significant historic monuments.

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Price: Rs30 per entry

Opening Hours: Daily: 07.00 – 17.00

Address: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India

Swaminarayan Akshardham

The Swaminarayan Askshardham, also known as Delhi Askhardham, is a grand campus of spiritual and cultural influence. This is one of the largest Hindu temples and features an abundance of traditional Hindu and Indian displays. Sat near the banks of the Yamuna river, this towering temple attracts around 70% of all Delhi tourists, who come to witness the Sahaj Anand water show, traverse the thematic garden and explore the three exhibitions held there, which include an IMAX film on Swaminarayan’s early life, a cultural boat ride and the Hall of Values.

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Price: Free

Opening Hours: Daily (except Monday): 09.30 – 18.30

Address: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092, India

India Gate

This memorial is dedicated to 82,000 soldiers who served the undivided British Indian army and lost their lives during the First World War. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the gate is reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and displays the names of 13,300 Commonwealth servicemen. A simple shrine was built under the India Gate structure in 1971. Known as Amar Jawan Jyoti, meaning the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, this marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Price: Free

Opening Hours: Daily: 05.00 – 00.00

Address: Rajpath Marg, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

The National Museum

Established in 1949, New Delhi’s National Museum is one of the largest in India. The majestic building, located on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road, hosts an extensive range of exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy around 200,000 works of art spanning over 5,000 years, from the pre-historic era all the way to modern masterpieces. Please note, the museum is closed on Mondays.

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Price: Rs10 per adult, Rs1 for students, Rs100 Audio fee for Hindi, Rs150 Audio for other languages, Rs20 fee for camera

Opening Hours: Daily (except Monday): 10.00 – 17.00

Address: Rajpath Crossing, Janpath, New Delhi, India

Outdoor Spaces of New Delhi

New Delhi is home to some truly breath-taking outdoor spaces, complete with luscious greenery, incredible structures and a rich heritage. In the warm daylight, you can explore these grand sites and picturesque picnic spots, or head out in the evening to watch the sky light up with the colours of the sunset. Be sure to take a camera, as these are places you won’t want to forget.

Lodhi Gardens

Located on Lodhi Road, this popular park is the perfect way to escape the busy New Delhi streets and markets. Sprawling over 90 acres, you will find yourself surrounded with towering trees and colourful flowers, as well as buildings and ruins with a wealth of history behind them. Here you will see Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, architectural works dating back to the 15th century and more, all making their mark on the green landscape.

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Price: Free

Opening Hours: Daily: 06.00 – 19.00

Address: Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India

Siri Fort

The distinctive ruins at Siri Fort are all that remain of the fort built back in 1303, to defend the city from attacks from the Mongols. Legend has it that this site got its name from the Hindi word ‘sir’, meaning ‘head’, as it was said to be built on the severed heads of around 8,000 Mongol soldiers. The brutal backstory of this site has today given way to a beautiful landscape. When visiting this site, be sure to head over to the small, urban Shahpur Jat village nearby, with its oval shape and quiet neighbourhood streets.

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Price: Free to visit

Opening Hours: 24-hour

Address: August Kranti Marg, Khel Gaon Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110049, ‎ India

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Nearby in Mehrauli, in the South West district of Delhi, you will find the Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Expanding over a huge 200 acres, this park is home to more than 100 historically significant monuments, including sites such as the Tomb of Balban, which marks the first time a true arch and dome were built in India. You could spend an entire day here, delving back in time as you explore the impressive architectural relics.

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Price: Free

Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 18.30

Address: Opposite Qutub Minar Metro Station, Anuvrat Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India

National Zoological Park

New Delhi’s National Zoological Park has so much to offer its visitors. Situated near the Old Fort, it features a 16th century citadel and beautiful green island within its 176-acres, along with nearly 130 different species of animals. Exhibitions here include giraffes, zebra, hippos, hyenas, jaguars, monkeys and a collection of birds from across the world, as well as an intriguing underground reptile house. The zoo is also home to conservation breeding programmes for rare creatures, such as the royal Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, Indian rhino and brow antlered deer.

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Price: Rs40 per adult, Rs20 per child (height between 3-5 feet) & senor citizens, free for children below 3 feet, Rs50 still camera fee

Opening Hours: Daily (except Friday): 09.00 – 16.30

Address: Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India

Unwrap the layers of Delhi by shopping and eating at Chandni Chowk or Dilli Haat, by visiting ancient & medieval ruins scattered across the city or modern wonders like Lotus temple and Akshardham temple, by walking & bird watching in its gardens or by visiting its more than 50 museums.

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Shopping in New Delhi

One of the best things about a place like New Delhi is that it has so much to offer. You can find pretty much whatever you want from budget to luxury, from international to local. This is also reflected in their shopping districts, which are a kaleidoscope of goods and experiences. Here’s just a few examples to get you going.

Try a Food Tour

One of the best ways of getting in touch with New Delhi’s culture is through your taste buds. The city is known for its tongue-tantalisingly incredible dishes and one of the best ways to truly experience not only the dishes but the markets and the stories behind them is by going on a food tour. Experience an incredible selection of local dishes and take a look through Old Delhi with an excellent guide to help you appreciate the culture behind the flavours.

Address: Varies depending on tour

Opening Hours: Varies depending on tour

Chandni Chowk

If you’re looking for the true New Delhi shopping experience, with the chaos of the crowds that come with it, then there’s perhaps no better example than Chandni Chow. This is considered by many to be the heart and soul of street food in the city. It’s certainly a busy experience and isn’t for everyone, but this here is the real deal. It’s not a perfect way to shop, but it is a fascinating and authentic one.

Address: Chandni Chowk | A-17 Masoodpur Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110006, India

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 19.00

Select Citywalk

You know how we said one of the most amazing things about New Delhi was how diverse it is? When you look at the Select Citywalk and our last entry, that should give you a perfect example of why that is. If you want bustling market streets, the city has it. If you’re looking for a more refined mall experience where you can find luxury international brands, then Select Citywalk is the place you want to be. This is a great upmarket mall with a terrific selection of stores from around the world, with some more regional selections to complete the mix.

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Address: A-3 District Centre, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.30 – 23.00

Dilli Haat

Looking for an outdoor market experience but find the intense crowds of the likes of Chandni Chowk a bit much? Then Dilli Haat might be the answer you’ve been looking for. The catch is you have to pay a small fee to enter (only Rs30 for adults and Rs10 for children). However, it’s more than worth the asking price to really enjoy this terrific craft market. Other than street food (which is also in abundance here), the handcrafts are perhaps the purest example of New Delhi street market culture and offer the perfect chance to get yourself a souvenir from your trip.

Address: Sri Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

Fun Facts

  • The unique architecture found around the city isn’t a simple accident. It was founded in the early 1900 (1911 to be exact) by George V, who was emperor of India at the time. As such, the city was originally designed by British architects giving many places their distinct look.
  • While environmental advancements might not be the first thing you’d consider when thinking about New Delhi, its public transport is actually a bit of a trailblazer in this regard. The public transport system in the city runs on compressed natural gas.
  • That’s not all on the environmental front either. The city also has about 20% of its landmass filled with forests.
  • New Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. This is partially due to the incredible expansion of its telecommunication, tourism and technology industries.

Where to Eat in New Delhi

No trip to New Delhi is complete without gorging yourself upon the eastern delights of some of the best Indian food the world has to offer.

The street food of Delhi is legendary, with authentic stripped back cuisine the way these streets intended for them to be served. With hundreds of great street vendors to sample across the city, here’s a couple to get you started.

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Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar

Make use of that trusty metro pass and head out to Old Delhi for this regional favourite. This vendor is located in Chandni Chowk, across the street from its gastronomic opposite, McDonalds. Cheap and cheerful at only 80 rupees for two people, you and a friend can enjoy some of the freshest chaat in the land and experience the majesty of the famed walled city of India.

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Address: 62-opp. Mcdonald, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 20.00

Bittoo Tikki Wala

In a tale that captures the DIY attitude of India’s food, this tasty crispy tikka vendor started as a single cart and has grown to become a franchise player all across town. Its popularity is certainly justified, delivering world class flavour for only Rs60 a plate.

Address: Various locations

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 23.00

Prince’s Paan and Chaat Corner

Located in Greater Kailish, this popular local hangout serves everything from butterscotch paan to hot gol gappas. It’s a little more expensive than other vendors, coming in at around Rs250 for two popular dishes, but it’s still well below the value of such high quality cuisine.

Address: M 29/5, G.K. Part 1, New Delhi, Delhi 110048, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

These are just a few examples of all Delhi has to offer. Try to enjoy all the great street food you can, as you just can’t find it this good anywhere else. But with so much choice, it can be difficult to know whether you’re getting good quality, hygienic food, so be sure to avoid food left out in the open. If you really want to get the best taste of India, consider joining local foodie groups to guide you on your journey.

While street food is still considered the pinnacle of flavour for purists, there are plenty of exceptional culinary experiences to be found in the city’s restaurants, for that extra dash of luxury to go with all that spice.

Indian Accent

A plucky underdog battling it out against the industry heavyweights, Indian Accent appears at first glance to be doomed to fade into local legend, as it delivers world class food out of a small boutique hotel. But chef Manish Mehrotra has made the world take notice: it was ranked as the best restaurant in India by Time for its innovate combinations of international and local flavours. A true restaurant experience that cannot be replicated in the markets.

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Address: 77, Friends colony West, New Delhi, Delhi 110065, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 12.00 – 14.30, 19.00 – 23.30

Punjabi by Nature

There are no prizes for guessing what kind of food is on offer here. A masterclass in north Indian cuisine, this restaurant is famed for their monster portions and consistently brilliant offerings. It may not be the most innovative of restaurants but Punjabi by Nature sticks to what it knows and does it very, very well.

Address: 11, Basant Lok Pvr Priya Priya Cinema Complex, Community Centre, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110057, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 12.00 – 00.00

Dum Pukht

Another heavy hitter on the restaurant scene, Dum Pukht serves its food in true style out of a 5-star hotel, giving the room a royal ambience that sets the bar for decadence. While some claim the food is a little bland by local tastes, owing that to their international appeal, no one can doubt that this is world class cuisine served in a world class environment.

Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India

Opening Hours: Daily: 12.30 – 14.45, 19.00 – 23.45

“Lip smacking street food of Chandi Chowk, the big fat Indian weddings, culture-filled narrow lanes of Delhi 6, iconic historic monuments and one of the most diverse and populated cities of the world, Delhi is much more than its famous Delhi Belly! It is the lifeline of India!”

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Nightlife in New Delhi

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New Delhi’s nightlife has come from humble beginnings through an explosive growth period to become a metropolis of bars, cafes, clubs and lounges that populate the capital. Bar crawls are an excellent way of getting to know the city, and are filled to the brim with the best late night events money can buy at heavily discounted prices. Hookah and shisha lounges are also a popular part of Delhi’s rich culture and really come to life on the evening.

With that in mind, here’s a few examples of great nightlife spots in New Delhi:

Kitty Su

It should be no surprise that within the busy streets of New Delhi lies some truly awesome clubbing spots for party animals to happily dance the night away. Kitty Sun is one of, if not the most popular and praised nightclub in the city and, considering some of the competition, that’s no small compliment. Terrific crowds, great tunes played by world class DJs, delicious drinks and great times abound.

Entry Fee: Varies depending on event

Opening Hours: Sunday – Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday: 22.00 – 01.30, Thursday: Closed, Friday – Saturday: 22.00 – 01.30

Address: The Lalit Hotel ,Barakhamba Road, Opp Modern school ,Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

Nero Bar

Found at the rather classy Le Meridian Hotel, it’s no surprise that Nero Bar styles itself as a cool, laid back place where you can sip cocktails feeling like the smoothest person in the city. This is thanks to its terrific ambience and sleek surroundings. It’s not all style and no substance though: Nero Bar offers an incredible menu of cocktails crafted with care and great service. Its dark good looks have seduced many a night time wanderer.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 01.00

Address: Le Meridien, Windsor Place, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

Aura – The Vodka Bar

Often is the case with modern bars that they have some kind of vague, arty sounding name which leaves you wondering what on earth that establishment actually offers. Well, the Vodka Bar is an example of a nightlife spot that believes in being blunt with its customers with what it’s all about. This is about world class cocktails: it’s as simple as that. It’s a little bit pricey but that’s what you get for this level of quality.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Opening Hours: Daily: 16.00 – 01.00

Address: 12 Dr Apj Abdul Kalam Road | The Claridges, New Delhi 110001, India

Top Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to haggle:
    If you’re not willing to barter in New Delhi, then you’re likely to get ripped off. If they know you’re a tourist, they’ll know you’re likely have money on you and will do what they can to take as much as possible. So get good at negotiating if you want to grab a bargain.
  • Carry water on you:
    Delhi doesn’t just get hot: it can also be incredibly crowded, particularly in certain parts of the city. With that in mind, make sure you keep well hydrated to keep yourself healthy on your travels.
  • If you want a late night, get the drinks in early:
    Despite Delhi being a packed modern city, they still like to keep to their bedtimes. Very few bars remain open past midnight and shops shut considerably early than that, so make sure you’re prepared for your evening entertainment.
  • If you can, check out the city during a festival:
    The only way that a place like New Delhi can get even more exciting is if you choose to go there during either Diwali or Holi. The atmosphere during these times is something you’re unlikely to ever forget

Hotels in New Delhi

Luxury Hotels in New Delhi

If you’re happy to spend on your travels, then you’ll have your pick of plenty of luxurious hotels across Delhi. These opulently designed and spacious hotels offer their guests fantastic facilities, including pools, gyms, spas, onsite restaurants and unrivalled service.

Some of these establishments, such as The Imperial in Janpath are attractions in themselves. This hotel has the only Chanel store in the whole of the country and features a priceless ‘British Art on India’ art collection. This is a hotel that doesn’t need any new fangled gimmicks to sell itself. This is about classic luxury, with a style that has stood the test of time and looks as ravishing today as it ever did. It’s one of the pinnacles of world class Indian hotels, featuring a full service spa, four restaurants and an outdoor pool.

When you have a hotel like Andaz Delhi, a concept by Hyatt, you know it has to be something good to call itself a name that audacious. We’re not exactly sure what “the concept” is exactly. All we can say is that this is one fine looking hotel. It’s got a distinctly minimalistic style which, rather than coming off as drab, makes the hints of colour here and there really sparkle. There’s a less is more philosophy to the rooms that really makes them stand out stylistically. Luckily, that same mantra did not follow through to the facilities, which feature a European food hall, a bar, an onsite spa and even a nightclub in the works. It’s a hotel that seems to have thought of everything, as best exemplified by their inclusion of a piece of individual artwork in every room to help you fall in love with the city.

The Radisson Blue hotels are so renowned around the world for their quality that it almost seems redundant to tell you that the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport branch is very, very good indeed. It has that signature Radisson flair, with those extra touches that make it more than just a big brand hotel. They also take inspiration from their location in subtle ways so each hotel has its own individual personality, from its sandy exterior to its beautifully decorated rooms. In terms of service, taste, quality, facilities and more, The Radisson Blue Delhi Airport is the epitome of excellence.

Mid-Range Hotels in New Delhi

The city has a lack of mid-range hotel chains, which means it can be difficult to ensure you are staying at a good guest house. Rooms can vary significantly in quality, so it is always worth spending some time researching your accommodation.

It is worth looking into the new official ‘Delhi Bed and Breakfast scheme’. This has given rise to a selection of private rooms, but make sure to stay in the better Delhi neighbourhoods, which can be easily reached by the metro system, to ensure good, clean rooms and plenty of facilities. These will also allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy tourist areas after a long day.

Prices for mid-range hotels vary from over 2,000 rupees for a simple, single room, up to around 6,000 rupees for a stay in a full service hotel with breakfast.

Here’s a few examples of good mid range hotels that can be found across New Delhi.

Right dead in the centre of the mid-range market is the Hotel Sheldon, which offers some pretty impressively sized and beautifully decorated rooms. It is absolute ideal to put your feet up after a long day travelling in New Delhi’s busy streets. While the quality of your room does heavily impact the price, whatever you go for, you’re guaranteed a great deal with every one of them offering way above what is often found within this price range. Their family rooms in particular are fantastic for those with little ones. There’s also an onsite restaurant and breakfast is included.

We weren’t quite sure whether to put Ahuja Residency Golf Links on our luxury or mid-range list. Although this might just squeeze into what can be considered mid-range, with rates starting around Rs5,000 a night, it sits right on the precipice. So, how does it stand out from the crowd to be worth the extra cash? The clue is right in the name. Ahuja Residency Golf Links not only offers stunning rooms in a lovely homely environment, it also has a wonderful free buffet breakfast, a health club and most importantly of all, it’s situated right in the heart of Delhi’s golf country. That means it’s ideal for those with a love for one of the world’s favourite past times.

Another excellent mid-range hotel to top off our list is Hotel Cabana. In many ways, it’s very similar to the Hotel Sheldon. It offers a terrific selection of tastefully decorated rooms, except the Hotel Cabana takes a less conservative approach than the latter: adding dashes of colour and Indian enthused artwork and décor which really make the rooms stand out. It’s a matter of taste but if you’re looking for a hotel that isn’t afraid to show its colours and does so with exquisite taste, then the Hotel Cabana could be right for you. The hotel includes a restaurant and 24-hour room service.

Budget Hotels in New Delhi

If you’re looking for affordable accommodation, you won’t be short on choice in Delhi. Many of the centrally located hotels and B&Bs will be in noisy neighbourhoods, but if you are willing to compromise on your peace and quiet, you will be conveniently close to all the major attractions. Expect small and simple guestrooms with basic amenities.

The prices of budget hotels in the city range between 400 rupees up to 2,500 rupees for higher quality rooms.

A family hotel through and through, the Hotel Arjun offers great family rooms at decent prices, with rates starting around Rs1,700 a night. If you’re looking for somewhere ideal for your little ones without breaking the bank, then this cheap and cheerful accommodation could be right up your alley. Featuring modern looking rooms, with excellent space for the price range, you’ll be amazed at just how much bang for your buck you can get with Hotel Arjun. In keeping with their family friendly policies, large groups looking to party may find their booking turned down, while under 5s stay for free.

Who says you need to pay big money to get a little bit of luxury in your life? The Hotel Prince Palace Deluxe might be a budget hotel in terms of price, with rates starting around Rs1,550, but you wouldn’t know that from staying here. If there’s one thing the Hotel Prince Palace Deluxe does best, it’s exceeding expectations with colourful décor and stunning artwork in large comfortable rooms. The hotel also includes a restaurant, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in public areas and a rooftop terrace.

Hotel Kwality’s deep blue colour scheme may seem at odds with the more traditional set up of many hotels, but this design style really does give it its own personality. It feels cool, breezy and makes your stay in this rather compact hotel feel a touch roomier than it would otherwise. There’s not much to say about a hotel that’s this cheap, with rooms costing less than Rs900 a night: it offers an affordable place to rest your head in a great location with good service. This is as close to budget as budget gets and for its price, it’s not a bad offer.

Staying true to its name, the exterior of Hotel Southern does conjure up some sense of feeling like you’re in the deep south, with sun-kissed walls and a sandy colour scheme next to its bright red inviting hotel sign. Inside however, you’re immediately transported back to New Delhi, with its unmistakable style making its way all the way up to the reception desk. The rooms are modern, contemporary and most importantly, they’re comfortable and are worth the asking price of around Rs,1780. The hotel features a restaurant and a free breakfast buffet.

For more hotels in New Delhi, explore the Expedia India website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around in New Delhi

With New Delhi offering so much to travellers, it’s no surprise that things can get hectic in the hustle and bustle of India’s metropolitan jewel. The public transport can often reflect this, but there is a choice of different travelling options to help you get to where you need to be.

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Public Bus

For the less discerning visitor who wants the authentic local experience, the city has an extensive public bus service, which is a cheap and effective way of getting from A to B. But you get what you pay for in India’s capital. These busses can be very hot and crowded by western standards. However, if you want to get a taste of what it’s really like to live in the heart of southern Asia, you won’t get further for cheaper in any major capital. Look out for the red and green government run DTC busses over the privately run orange variety.

Private Taxi

Taxis are also available by the thousands, at varying levels of price and comfort. On the lower end of the scale, there’s yellow and black ambassadors, which are unlikely to come air conditioned but are reliable veterans of New Delhi’s busy streets. Rates can vary greatly, so it’s better to agree on a fee up front before starting your journey.

If you’re willing to pay a little more, you’re sure to get your money’s worth with a radio taxi. These can be hired via phone and are of a much higher standard of vehicle, comfort and convenience. They are available 24/7, but be aware that there’s a 25% late night charge. Unlike ambassadors, tipping is not expected.

Never get into an unlicensed taxi. You should also be wary of drivers offering to take you to particular shops or shopping districts. Drivers are known to take a cut from sales gathered through their recommendation and it will likely be overpriced.

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Auto rickshaws

Auto rickshaws are available for even less than the ambassador cabs and can be great for short journeys. These can be deemed a little too rustic for western tastes if you’re planning a long haul though. You can flag down these three-wheeled vehicles in the street. Similar to the taxis, it is advised that you try to negotiate a price with the driver before you start your journey. Avoid the prepaid desks in stations, as these can try and overcharge you by as much as triple the actual price.

Alternatively, you can book prepaid rickshaws from auto stands throughout the city. These are run by the police. All you have to do is tell them your destination and pay for your journey upfront, including a 5 rupee service fee. You will then be given a coupon and directed by a policeman to the next available auto rickshaw. This is an easy and safe way to travel, with all the fees covered before you even step foot in the vehicle.

The Delhi metro

Perhaps the best way of getting around the city is through the state of the art Delhi Metro, which is a beacon of progress and a lasting legacy of India’s economic development. You can get a smart card for 150 rupees, which can be topped up whenever you wish to ride. Tourist cards are also available and give you unlimited use for one day (100 rupees) or three days (250 rupees).

The metro is the most modern way to travel throughout Delhi, as well as being the easiest way of visiting the city’s history.

Best Time to Visit New Delhi

The months between October to March are generally considered to be the best time to visit New Delhi. At the start of Autumn, this city experiences pleasant and cooler temperatures, with the flora coming into bloom. This is ideal for roaming around the many outdoor attractions or bustling markets that the city has to offer.

If you don’t mind hotter climates, then you can also consider visiting between April to June. This is the start of summer, with the mercury hitting highs of around 45°C. Due to this though, many tourists tend to avoid the city during this period, meaning the streets are les crowded and off season hotel prices are more affordable. Similarly, fans of rain can enjoy peace, quiet and city splendour during Monsoon season between July to September.

Flights to New Delhi

When flying into New Delhi, you will arrive in the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Situated just 16km away from the New Delhi centre, it serves the city as one of the busiest airports in the world and the 10th busiest on the continent. It’s therefore no surprise that there are many different national flights landing here, with around 486 journeys taking place between Mumbai and Delhi every week alone.

Alternatively, you can opt to travel to the well-connected New Delhi Railway Station via train. However, depending on where you depart from, rail journeys often are longer and can be more expensive than flights. The city also enjoys various public and private bus services that link New Delhi to cities across the country.

Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to New Delhi.

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