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Where to Stay in Delhi
Whether you're looking for a cheap backpacker's hostel or a lavish boutique hotel, you can find it in Delhi. As one of India's largest cities, there is no shortage of lodging choices. For cheap accommodations, check out Old Delhi. Here, you will be among some of the city's most historic landmarks. Centuries-old mansions, mosques and fortresses dot the streets of this walled-in district. In particular, there are a number of hostels and cheap hotels near Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi's most famous street. This crowded strip is full of shops and food vendors. To the south, you will find New Delhi, the city's commercial and financial hub. Business travelers will want to find lodging close to Connaught Place. This business district is home to several Indian corporate headquarters as well as some of the city's more upscale hotels. Discount hotels are also available in the New Delhi region of the city. Check out Paharganj. Here you'll find a crowded bazaar full of street vendors who sell everything from clothing to food. It's also close to public transportation. Among the cheap hotels in this district, you will also find a number of hostels and guesthouses.
Delhi Hotel Tips
The most popular time to visit Delhi is during the spring. The weather during the months of February and March is the city's most pleasant. This is also the beginning of the city's festival season. If you are planning on booking a trip during this time, search for low-priced flights to Delhi and hotel deals far in advance. Delhi's nicest hotels, especially those in New Delhi, can skyrocket in price during this peak season.
The fall months of October and November are also a popular time to visit Delhi. By this time, the heat of the summer has subsided, so tourists can tour the city on foot comfortably. Crowds are a little thinner than in the spring, so you have better odds of booking cheaper hotel reservations.
Because of the intense summer heat and humidity and the winter chill, summer and winter in Delhi are low tourist seasons. Although the weather can be uncooperative, you can find some of the best hotel deals during these seasons.
Delhi Hotel Recommendations
For one of the nicest stays in all of Delhi, head to The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. The hotel was built by an associate of British architect Edwin Lutyen, who is credited with designing much of Delhi during the period of British rule. The interior is decorated in a combination of styles, including Art Deco, colonial and Victorian. Rooms boast elegant and modern furnishings. Dining options are plentiful. In fact, the hotel claims several award-winning restaurants, including The Spice Route, which specializes in South-East Asian cuisine. If you want a drink, grab a seat in the 1911 Bar and choose from more than 500 varieties of beverages.
If you want a cozy stay in a great location, check out BNB New Delhi Homestay. This quaint bed and breakfast is owned by a local couple who are both fluent in English. The small guesthouse offers visitors a choice of three rooms, all of which are equipped with private bathrooms. All rooms also have private entrances, ceiling fans and free Wi-Fi Internet access. The owners serve complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day, and breakfasts include a selection of traditional morsels, such as cereals and toast, as well as Indian dishes and fresh juice.
For a mid-range hotel option close to many of the best sites in New Delhi, check out the New Haven Hotel. Here, you will find simple yet comfortable and clean rooms at a price that won't break your budget. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, private baths and satellite television. Many restaurants, cafes and shops are located within walking distance, including one of Delhi's shopping malls. The hotel also features a terrace garden and offers guests freshly prepared meals to order.
Delhi boasts a very robust public transportation system. The Delhi Metro is one of best ways to see the city. The 180-mile train system currently consists of five lines. Trains make stops near all major tourist destinations. The color-coded system used to identify trains makes it easy to read transit maps. You can also access much of Delhi via bus. However, most bus routes are only written in Hindi, and buses can get crowded during peak hours. You can also rely on taxis, which you can hire by phone. For shorter trips, hail an auto rickshaw. These compact three-wheeled scooters are a tight squeeze, but they often cheaper than cabs. Walking is only recommended for traveling from one tourist site to the next within the same region of Delhi as distances can be long.