New Delhi, the central part of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the British-built capital of India. Characterized by its wide boulevards, many roundabouts (traffic circles), colonial mansions, and government buildings dotted with monuments from various parts of India's history, this is the heart of the capital. Connaught Place (now called Rajiv Chowk) and Khan Market are popular shopping centres and the nearby Paharganj area has many inexpensive hotels. New Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Stations for trains to the south and east are in New Delhi. Delhi Metro lines radiate out from the city centre so the area is well connected.
This article covers the government district of New Delhi. In addition to most of the historic New Delhi, this district also includes a large area to the southwest, as far as the airport. However, the southeast edge of historic New Delhi is included in a different district - South East Delhi.
New Delhi is a 20 to 30 minute ride by road from the airport.
The trip from the airport station to New Delhi station via the orange airport metro line costs ₹60.00 and takes 23 minutes with trains running every 15 minutes.
The staff at the Delhi tourist office is very helpful, and the office has a lot of free information:
- 1 Safdarjung's Tomb, Lodi Road, Delhi (Located on Lodi Road, near Lodi Gardens. About 500 m north of Jar Bagh metro station (Yellow Line)). 05:30 - 19:00. It is a tomb with onion shaped dome. It houses the tomb of Safdarjung, the Prime Minister during Mughal ruler Ahmad Shah Bahadur's rule. ₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners.
Lodi Garden Area
- 2 Lodi Gardens. A huge urban open space with an interesting mix of nature and history. The park contains several historic monuments like Muhammad Shah's Tomb, Bada Gumbad, Sesha Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi's Tomb and Athpula.
- 3 Muhammad Shah's Tomb, South eastern corner of Lodi Gardens. The huge tomb crowned with a massive dome has an octagonal plan with a octagonal chamber. Each of the eight sides have triple arched entrance and the eight corners are occupied by slopping buttresses. The chamber has doors on seven sides, the lone exception is the western side. The interior of the western wall contains a mihrab, so the tomb can also function as a Mosque. The massive dome stands on a sixteen sided drum and is crowned with a sprawling lotus. The dome is flanked by eight chatris, each of which occupy the mid point of the eight sides. The interior contains seven graves, the central one is believed to be of Muhammad Shah. The interior of the dome has a colourful fresco. The mihrab contains decorative stucco work so does the other seven arched gates. Short tapering minarates on the two back corners and jhakoraha (oriel) windows on the north and south ends are some special architectural features of the Bada Gumbad Mosque. Opposite the mosque is an elongated hall, which served as a sarai or guest house. Ir is devoid of any ornamentation and is a striking contrast with the mosque.
- 4 Lodi Period Mosque (East of Muhammad Shah's Tomb and south west of Bada Gumbad). Lodi Period Mosque is a small red mosque with a triple arched entrance. Although small in size it has an elegant appearance. It was once housed within a walled complex but majority of the boundary wall have long disappeared. The mosque is crowned with a vaulted roof, with stucco ornamentation.
- 5 Bada Gumbad (Bara Gumbad or Large Dome) (Central part of Lodi Garden). Bada Gumbad or large dome is probably the most imposing structure of Lodi Gardens. The structure stands on a square base topped with a huge dome. Although the structure looks two storied from the outside it is actually a single storied structure. It is built of grey sandstone with traces of black and red stones. On the north west corner is a mosque and on the north east corner is a sarai (guest house). Some historians believe that the Bada Gumbad served as a gate way to the mosque, while other believe it was a tomb. Sadly the occupant of this magnificent tomb can no longer be traced, but he was quiet likely to be an high official of Sikandar Lodi's court. The three domed mosque is approached from the east by five arched gateway. The central arch is the largest and the arches diminish in size as one moves away from the centre. The mosque is built in 1494 and is richly ornamented with stuccoes and frescoes. The stuccoes consists of elaborate geometrical designs and inscriptions from the Koran.
- 6 Sheesh Gumbad (Glazed Dome) (Central part of Lodi Gardens, Opposite Bada Gumbad). Sheesh Gumbad, was a similar structure to Bada Gumbad and is located just south of it. It literally meaning glazed dome, and the structure was once covered with glazed tiles, but majority of it has gone missing. The interior of the Sheesh Gumbad houses several graves but the occupants can lo longer be traced. The western wall of Sheesh Gumbad has a mihrab, so the tombed doubled up as a mosque.
- 7 Lodi Period Turret, South East of Bada Gumbad and next to eastern wall of Lodi Gardens. The 8.5 meter Lodi Period Turret probably served as a corner tower of a walled enclosure, but the walls have long vanished. The two leveled tower is crowned with a ribbed dome. The lower level contains the doorway and stairs lead to the second level containing a decorated Jharokha (Oriel) styled balcony.
- 8 Mughal Period Mosque and Gateway (North east of Sheesha Gumbad). The small mosque and a small gateway stands on the north east of Sheesha Gumbad. Both the structure date back to the Mughaal Period. The gateway probably served as an entrance to walled garden, sadly the walls no longer exist. The double storied arched gateway is topped with a Bengal type sloped roof. Next to the gateway is a small mosque with arched entrance and crowned with three domes. The mosque is devoid of ornamentation, and has a platform on its eastern side.
- 9 Sikandar Lodi's Tomb (Northern part of Lodi Garden). The Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is similar in structure to the Muhammad Shah's Tomb, but is housed in side a walled complex. The tomb is octagonal with triple arched entrance on all sides and sloping buttress at the corners, however there are no chatris round the giant dome.
- 10 Athpula (East of Sikandar Loddi's Tomb, near north east gate of Lodi Gardens). The Athpul literally meaning eight bridge consists of seven arches supported by eight pillars. The bridge spans over a water body and is still in use. Visitors entering the Lodi Gardens from the north east gate uses the bridge.
- 11 The Government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath, Connaught Place, ☎ , , , . The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours, coverings all of the major Delhi sites. If you should choose to go with the government-sanctioned day tour, be aware that due to the heavy agenda, you will need to have a quick foot, only 20-40 min are given for each sight, which is next to no time. Consider this day tour as a sampler. If there is a sight of particular interest, bookmark it and return at a later date.
- 12 Agrasen ki Baoli (Ugrasen ki Baoli), Vakil lane. Hailey Road, Connaught Place (Near Jantar Mantar. SE 200m of British Council. Take bus to Max Muller Bhavan. Barakhamba Road (Blue line) is the nearest metro station.), ☎ . 09:00-17:00. A historical steep well believed to be built during to time of Maharaja Agrasen of the Mahabharata era and reconstructed in the 14th century. Also here is the Baoli Mosque. Free Entry.
- 13 Chausath Khamba, Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti (Nearest metro station is Jangpura). Built by Mirza Aziz Kota, a foster brother of Akbar and an important noble during the time of Jahangir, this building has the tomb of Aziz Kota. The meaning of it is 64 pillars that support the structure. It also has other unidentified tombs. Free.
- 14 Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak, GT Karnal Road, Singhu Border, NH1 (Far north. From Jahangirpuri Metro Station (the closest one) fifteen km to north. Narela train station (west, about three km). Take bus 131, 136, 144-1, 144, 193 to stop Shingu Gaon. Walk ~200 m NE). This monument has a unique concept. Guru Tegh Bahadur has been depicted by a central pylon but his three disciples by three semi arches.
- 15 India Gate, Rajpath (1.6km east from Metro 'Central Secretariat' station (Yellow line)). This monument has been built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I. There is also an eternal flame for all fallen Indian soldiers.
- 16 Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk Metro Station). 09:00-18:00. One of five astronomical observatories commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur during the 18th century. The odd structures inside are enormous scientific instruments for measuring the movement of celestial bodies
- 17 Rajpath (M 'Central Secretariat Metro Station' or M Yellow 'Udyog Bhawan'). This is a main parade route that leads from Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President's residence) to India Gate, with many grassy lawns along the way. Especially nice in the evenings and at night when the buildings are lit and the vendors come out to supply the many picnicking families. Every year, on Republic Day (January 26), there is a massive parade here which showcases India's culture and military - highly recommended.
- 18 Sultan Ghari's Tomb (Hindi: सुल्तान ग़ारी, Urdu: سلطان غاری), Garhi's Tomb Rd, Ruchi Vihar, Vasant Kunj (Located in South West Delhi district. Take bus 66 to stop IMIC Hospital. Delhi Aero City Metro station (Orange Line) just two km northwest). This is the first tomb built in Delhi. It was built by Iltutmish in 1231AD for his son Prince Ghiyasuddin Mohammad. This was later renovated by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. It is in the form of a fortress with a courtyard like layout, not common among tombs. The octagonal grave–chamber with the crypt has an underground opening. The western prayer wall has a mihrab, decorated with marble in exquisite Turkish and Afghan design and inclde some inscriptions from the Quran. The front, marble facade, dated to Feroze Shah's rule (1351–88). The prayer chamber depicts a base slab of a Linga. - Events: # Thursday is a special (tolerance) day for worship when devotees both Hindus and Muslims. # Every year, on the 17th day of the Islamic month of between Ramadan and Eid festivals, the “Urs of Nasiruddin Shah” (death anniversary) fest is held.
- 19 Lal Bangla, Delhi Golf Club, Dr, Zakir Husain Marg (Khan Market (Violet Line) is the nearest Metro station further walk toward east about ten min). 05:00 - 22:30. This contains two separate masoleums which have the tombs of Lal Kunwar and her daughter Begum Jaan. Lal Kunwar was the wife of Mughal ruler Jahander Shah and mother of another Mughal ruler Shah Alam II. Lal Kunwar is similar to Nur Jahan, who monopolised power and gave important posts to his member of his family. The adjacent areas have the tombs of unknown tombs of third last Mughal emperor Akbar Shah II.
- 20 National Gallery of Modern Art (राष्ट्रीय आधुनिक कला संग्रहालय), Justice SB Marg, (Near Delhi High Court, C - Hexagon), ☎ .
- 21 Lodhi Estate, Lodhi Colony, Lodhi Road (South Central part of New Delhi). It is a Central Government Officers and Staff Residential Colony, built in the 1940s. Here are some 'tourist' places like the Sai Baba Temple of Lodhi Road, Khan Market, Jor Bagh, the 16th century Tomb of Sikander Lodhi, situated in Lodhi Gardens and the India Habitat Centre. There are several municipal parks including Charbagh which features the Lodhi Gardens. - The three main shopping markets in this area are Khanna Market, Khan Market one of the poshest & expensive market and Meherchand Market. Chocolate Wheel Confectionary in the Jor Bagh area is a very popular bakery.
- 22 Indian Air Force Museum (वायु सेना संग्रहालय), Palam, Subroto Park (From M (orange) 'Dhaula Kuan' take Bus 543B, 706, 722, 729, 773, 790, 792 or AG to 'Subroto Park').
- 23 National Museum (National Archaeological Museum, राष्ट्रीय पुरातात्विक संग्रहालय) (bus 410 to National Museum stop). Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Janpath. The layout here is labyrinthine and the presentation won't win any awards, but the collection is unparalleled and contains some true masterpieces. The section on the Indus Valley Culture and the one on Buddhist Heritage is most informative. The museum also showcases the arts and handicrafts from different regions of India. Keep an eye out for the 4,600 year old Harappan temple dancer, the Gandhara-era standing Buddha with Greek hair and a Roman toga, the stunning miniature painting gallery, and the giant temple chariot parked outside. An informative place for all interested in knowing more about Indian culture and history. ₹ 300 for foreigners (includes useful audioguide), ₹10 Indians (optional audioguide ₹150 extra), ₹1 for Indian Students, plus ₹300 if you want to use a camera. Decent restaurant on the second floor (lunch buffet ₹200). A cloak room is free for customers.
- 24 National Philatelic Museum, New Delhi (राष्ट्रीय डाक टिकट संग्रहालय), Sansad Marg Road Area (Metro Yellow 'Patel Chowk'), ☎ .
- 25 National Railway Museum (राष्ट्रीय रेल संग्रहालय), ☎ . Chanakyapuri. houses a collection of Indian trains from the past to the present - a worthwhile look into India's proud railway heritage. The collection includes carriages belonging to Indian potentates and British viceroys. Children can ride the small train that circumnavigates the museum. There is a small cafe on the premises. Open 09:30-19:30 (Apr-Sept) and 09:30-17:30 (Oct-Mar). Closed Mondays and national holidays.
- 26 Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (Teen Murti Bhavan), Chanakyapuri, Teen Murti Marg, ☎ . 09:00-17:00 (Closed Monday). Former residence of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Was used by the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army before Indian Independence. After Nehru's death in 1964, it was converted into a museum of his life, plus a library. It is one the biggest libraries of Delhi with 100,000 photographs, 18,000 microfilm rolls, and over 10,000 manuscripts. Also includes a planetarium (costs ₹50 adults, ₹25 children) where they show a movie on astronomy and the universe. Free.
- 27 Parliament Museum, Gokul Nagar (close to the Sansad Bhavan - Central Secretariat metro station (Yellow Line)). in the Parliament of India Library Building. -
- 28 11 Murti (Gandhi Salt March Monument) (On Mother Teresa Crescent). A monument representing the Salt March led by Gandhi in 1930 - a classic case of civil disobedience which played a key role in the Indian independence movement, and inspired later protesters such as Martin Luther King. The "11 sculptures" in the monument are designed to look like people of different religions and castes, all marching together.
- 29 Cathedral Church of Redemption (Viceroy Church), Church Lane (Near Rashtrapati Bhawan, Central Secretariat Metro Station). It is the headquarters of the Church of North India, Delhi Diocese. Built by Henry Medd between 1927-1935 it is a fine example of Colonial architecture.
- 30 Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1 Ashok Place (Off Baba Kharak singh Marg and Bhai Veer Singh Marg near Connaught Place near to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, M orange Shivaji Stadium). It is the biggest church in terms of structure and also the headquarters of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese. A must visit to enjoy the beautiful architecture and pristine beauty.
- 31 St Peter's Cathedral, Bhai Veer Singh Marg (Near St Columbas' school, bus 89 to Gol Market). It is the headquarters of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox church in Delhi. It is known as the Antioch of the East and is a fine example of Oriental architecture blended with modernity.
- 32 Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Ashoka Rd (just off Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place, M orange: Shivaji Stadium). - This is the main gurudwara for the many Sikhs of Delhi. You will need to cover your head (scarves provided for free) and stash your shoes in the shoe storage run by volunteers. Compared to other big tourist attractions, is free of scam or rude guards and can be enjoyed without hassle. You can sit inside and listen to the readings and prayers in Punjabi. Men should cover their head with something, although it is not mandatory, it will be seen as a sign of respect. Free.
- 33 Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, Pandit Pant Marg, Presidents Estate (near Parliament House, Central Secretariat Metro Station), ☎ . Built in 1783. The temple built near old Raisina village near Raisina Hill, at present Pandit Pant Marg, took 12 years to build.
- 34 Hanuman Temple (Hanuman Murti), Connaught Place (M Orange: Shivaji Stadium). The ancient Hindu temple has a self manifest idol of Hanuman Ji (who was an ardent devotee of Rama according to the Hindu legends), has an unusual feature fixed in the spire (Viman) in the form of a crescent moon (an Islamic symbol) instead of the Hindu symbol of Aum or Sun that is commonly seen in most Hindu temples.
- Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhandewalan Devi Mandir Marg, Block E, Jhandewalan Extension, Jhandewala (M from Karol Bagh Terminal 500m NE). One of the most popular temples of Devi Durga is Jhandewala Temple.
- 35 New Delhi Kali Bari, Mandir Marg, President's Estate (close to Laxminarayan Temple, M: R.K.Ashram Marg, 2 km away). Founded in 1930s
- 36 Uttara Swami Malai Temple (Tamil: உத்தர சுவாமி மலை கோவில், Malai Mandir ( Hill Temple)), Sector 7, RK Puram (Bus 66 to Malai Mandir). The main temple within the complex, formally called Sree Swaminatha Swami Temple, houses the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Swaminatha. The temple is built entirely of granite, and is reminiscent of the Chola style of South Indian Temple Architecture.
- Raghvendra Swamy Mutt - This is a place similar to temple and any devotee can visit there .This is situated on Moti Bagh Flyover, Rao Tularam Marg, R>K>Puram, Sector 12, New Delhi 110021. Timings for visit are 09.30 a.m. to 06.30 p.m. closed on Monday. This place is famous for Swamiji devotees visiting New Delhi.
- 37 Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan) (M: Central Secretariat Station). The shape is circular, which is based on the Ashoka Chakra. There are separate halls for the sessions of the Chamber of Princes, the State Council, and the Central Legislative Assembly. The building is surrounded by large gardens and fenced off by sandstone railings modelled after the Great Stupa of Sanchi.
Parks and gardens
- 1 Lodhi Garden, Lodi Road. Is a peaceful park in the heart of New Delhi. Lodhi garden is ideal for morning walks in the hot season and for afternoon strolls and picnics during the cooler months.
- 2 Mughal Garden, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raisina Hills (Central Secretariat Metro Station). 30 days in a year (Feb-Mar). The Mughal Garden, that reside in President House is very popular
- 3 Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri (Race Course Metro Station 1.5km east). Is a large park in the new Delhi neighbourhood of Chankayapuri, lying in the southwest.
- 1 Ambience Vasant Kunj (Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, South Delhi). is perhaps India's most luxuriant mall. You'll find 3 floors of international designer brands, as well as a number of Indian designers. Emporio also houses one of New Delhi's most popular new restautrants, Set'z (formerly Zest), a chic dining experience with over seven different cuisines to choose from.
- 2 DLF Emporio, 4 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, South Delhi (Bus 66, 326, 602-1, 602, 603, 604 to Shopping Centre Nelson), ☎ . 11.00-21.00. It is one luxury malls. The mall has been designed by architect Mohit Gujral and Chandu Chadha in Italian marble, burnished wood, and gleaming brass detailing. DLF Emporio has four floors including Ground Floor and comprises an area of 3ha. The mall features over 170 brands including 75 International Brands. Recently the promoters also opened a 180 seater high end restaurant called setz.
- 3 DLF Promenade, 3 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, South Delhi (Bus 66, 326, 602-1, 602, 603, 604 to Shopping Centre Nelson), ☎ . 11.00-21.00. Features the only 7-screen multiplex in Delhi
- 4 Connaught Place aka Rajiv Chowk (Metro Station 'Rajiv Chowk'). A unique cross between a European shopping arcade, an Indian bazaar, and an upmarket shopping mall. With all shops laid out in 2 circles, it's easy to get around and explore.
- 5 Cycle Market, Block E 4, Jhandewalan Extension, Jhandewalan (M 'Jhandewalan' Blue 0.5km S). Deals not just in bicycles, but in cameras as well.
- 6 Janpath flea market, Connaught Lane, Janpath, (Janpath Metro Station 0.3km N or Bus 500, 505, 522, 522A-1, 522A-2, 522A to 'Indian Oil Bhawan'). is a bargain-hunter's dream and just a two minute walk from Connaught place. Think of it as a vast flea market, where you can get all kinds of knick-knacks and clothes. Janpath is not a place for those unwilling or unable to bargain ruthlessly. Also, as in any flea market, quality will vary greatly. There are also some bookshops.
- 7 Karol Bagh (West Delhi Market, Gaffar Market, Sabka Bazaar), Saraswati Marg, Beadonpura (Bus 39, 39A, 71, 82N, 89, 166, 181, 212, 214A, 218, 309, 350, 351, 352,450 to 'D B Gupta Market'). known for traditional Indian Wear, sarees and shawls. Huge area and big brand showrooms. - Reputed to be the largest shopping area in Asia with 20,000 shops and traders. There are many tailors experienced in western styles (suits etc.). Also a growing number of hotels .
- 8 Paharganj, Arya Nagar (Opposite New Delhi Railway Station. - Bus 12N, 19, 19A, 39, 39A, 82N, 166, 181, 214A, 309, 351, 753, 838, 853AC, 857 to stop 'Paharganj'). Oriented toward backpackers, this strip of shops sells items such as Indian perfumes, shawls, tablas, rugs, jewellery, etc.
- 9 Palika Bazaar, Palika Bazaar Rd, Palika Bazar, Connaught Place (Metro Station 'Rajiv Chowk'). – This is a large underground market in the center of Connaught Place. The air here is bad and the quality of products low. One can hunt for DVDs, VCDs and audio CDs of Hindi, English and a few regional and foreign language films and PC-based games.
- Sarojini Nagar Market, Sarojini Nagar (Bus 53, 56, 89, 512, 536, 544, 544A, 615, 615A ro stop 'Sarojini Nagar Market' or 'Sarojini Nagar' Stn 0.4km N). This market is great for export surplus garments, and green grocery.
- 10 Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar (Metro Violet 'Khan Market' 0.3km NE - Bus 26, 47, 56, 173, 181, 326, 336, 344, 375, 408, 430, 440, 445, 450, 522SPL -). This up-scale area of independent shops is where foreign diplomats go for lunch and to shop for dog supplies, groceries (great choice of vegetables), clothes (upper class Indian style, not expensive, Fabindia and Anohki for women's clothing), housewares (Good Earth), jewellery/accessories, and books (many bookshops that have a wide selection at reasonable prices). expensive.
- jawala heri market (jawala heri market), jawala heri paschim vihar new delhi (in center of paschim vihar jawala heri market).
- 11 Handicrafts and Natural Products Emporium (Ratan Lal Market), Main Bazar, Pahar Ganj, Pahar Ganj, Ratan Lal Market, Kaseru Walan, Paharganj (near the New Delhi Railway Station). One of the largest and oldest emporiums of handicrafts and herbal products in Delhi. It was founded in 1932, and offers a large variety of gift items from different parts of India. Textiles, handmade crafts and furniture made by artists and craftsman are sold at affordable prices. Ayurvedic and plant remedies, herbal soap, shampoos, oils and natural fragrances are also manufactured. This complex of two four-storied buildings is welcoming and a popular place for foreign visitors to Delhi.
- 12 Cottage Emporium, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, HC Mathur Lane (near Connaught Place). is the main government-run location for selling handicrafts from all over the country. The prices are a little more than what you'd find if you went bargain hunting, but you can shop in air-conditioned comfort and all of the sales people speak English. The quality of items is quite good. You can pay with credit cards.
- Crafts Museum. also sells some handicrafts.
- 13 Nirula Bazar, Gole Market, Doctors Lane, Panchkuian Rd, Aram Bagh, Sidarth Basti, Aram Bagh, Paharganj, (in Gole Market, - a 15min walk North-West of Connaught Place. - M Blue 'Ramakrishna Ashram Marg'). Be sure to try a number of the shops in this area as all are selling similar goods. They will try to sell you is a hand-made Kashmiri rug.
- 14 R. Expo House, Paharganj (near the New Delhi Railway Station).
- 15 Sarojini Nagar Market, Sarojini Nagar (South Delhi. - Adjacent to Central Government employees flats - Sarojini Nagar Stn. 0.5km N). One of the biggest and famous market of South Delhi.
- 16 The State Emporium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg (Any bus to 'Dr RML Hospital' - or 0.5km NE Shivaji Stadium Metro Station). is the state's equivalent of a Cottage. one of the radial streets coming off of Connaught Place, and each state specializes in certain kinds of crafts. Some are better priced than others, and you can bargain a little. Many of them will take credit cards.
- 17 Dilli Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, Kidwai Nagar (South Delhi, INA Market stn, Metro Yellow Line 0.4km E). Crafts fairs happen here every week. - It is a wonderful place to get crafts from all over the country. What is distinctive here is that the artists themselves come to sell their goods, so your money goes directly to them, rather than to middlemen. Some bargaining may be necessary if you want the best price. Prices are higher than elsewhere, but the modest entry fee keeps out beggars, ripoff artists, and most touts. Many visitors find the mellow atmosphere worth the extra cost of shopping here. It also has a section called Foods of India. This has a huge number of restaurants, each showcasing the food of a particular state of India. (Most of them give a mix of Chinese and Indian food, but state delicacies are also included). This section is a must-go for the foodie-cum-tourist.
- 18 Fabindia, A-1, Hamilton House, Connaught Place, (in Connaught Place, Vasant Kunj and Khan Market), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 10.00-20:30. A popular store for high quality traditional clothing that caters to foreigners with a Western style store that is inside, with fixed prices, and no haggling.
- Handloom House, Handloom Marketing Complex, Janpath, (Short walk from Janpath Metro Station, located behind the Janpath market), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. A government initiative to showcase hand woven fabrics from around the country.
- Faqir-Chand & Sons, 16-A Khan Market (A short walk from Khan Market Metro.), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A wonderfully chaotic bookshop. Excellent selection of titles. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
- Full Circle Bookstore, Shop No.23, Khan Market, ☎ . 10AM-8PM. A well known independent book store - wide range of classics and religious books. Full Circle also publishes books by US and UK publishers under license, and is home to the celebrated Turtle Cafe.
- Galgotia and Sons Bookstore & The Bookworm, Connaught Place. Two more disorganized bookstores, but with an excellent variety of books available at excellent prices.
- 1 Khan Chacha, D-3, Radial Road 5, Block D, Connaught Place, ☎ . 12:00-23:00. A roomali rolls and kababs restaurant serving chicken, mutton, paneer, and rolls. Very popular with locals. Mains: ₹180-320.
- 2 Saravana Bhavan, P-13/90, Connaught Circus, Block P, Connaught Place, ☎ . A good South Indian joint located in Janpath very close to Connaught Place. They are a Chennai chain operating in Delhi. If you go at lunch time, prepare to wait a while. The various dosas are recommended, as well as the thalis (meals) and the sweet dishes.
- Moti Mahal, 5051/21-22, Netaji Subhash Marg, Dariya Ganj, ☎ . This restaurant proudly claims to be the inventor of butter chicken.
- 3 Sartoria Italian Cuisine, Basant Lok, Shiv Nagar, ☎ . 12:00-00:00. Italian style food, great pizzas, carpaccio, pasta and wines. Mains are about ₹ 500.
- 4 Slice of Italy, Shop No. 90, Lodhi Road, Mehar Chand Market (Near Nehru Stadium), ☎ . 10:00-01:00. near Lodhi Road and various other locations in Delhi. Italian style food.
- Fire, Lobby Level, The Park, 15 Parliment Street, Connaught Place, ☎ . 11:00-00:00. A casual style restaurant with middling ambience but good service and great food. They serve authentic Indian cuisine made from ingredients from their own small garden or organically sourced. Seasonal but small menu with Indian curries being the highlight. Mains: ₹350-700.
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 62, Middle Lane, Khan Market. 10AM - 10PM. A standard chain coffee shop. Friendly and helpful staff.
Paharganj is an area directly west of the New Delhi Railway Station, bordered by Panchkuian Road in the south, Igdah Road in the north, and Deshraj Bhatia Marg/Chitragupta Road in the west. The neighborhood is noisy, filthy, and full of touts, but it's also centrally-located and has many cheap hotels and thus very popular with budget travellers. Paharganj is considered a safe area.
- 1 Ajanta, Main Bazaar, Paharganj, ☎ , , , e-mail: email@example.com. Decent restaurant and nice atmosphere on rooftop bar, although rooftop seems like a construction site. The staff are often rude and may try to offer overpriced tour package bookings as often as they can. The rooms are small and many do not have windows. Bath/shower facilities are archaic. The hotel does not offer a luggage storage service. US$24.
- 2 Ajay Guest House, 5084-A, Main Bazaar, Paharganj (Opposite Khanna Cinema), ☎ , , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Has a good restaurant and German Brown Bread Bakery. Single: ₹700-900; Double: ₹800-1,200; Triple: ₹1,200-1,800.
- Ashiana, 50 Ara Kashan Rd, Ram Nagar (500m from the New Delhi Railway Station and within minutes of Connaught Place), ☎ . Single: ₹1,290-3,190; Double: ₹1,490-₹3,490.
- 3 Bloomrooms @ New Delhi Railway Station, 8591 Arakashan Road (2 blocks north of the exit of the New Delhi Railway Station), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Extremely modern and comfortable rooms. Rooms are noisy due to the location near the station. Single: ₹1,700; Double: ₹2,000-2,600; Breakfast: ₹250.
- 4 Chanchal Deluxe, 8524 Arakashan Road, Paharganj (Behind Sheela Cinema), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 54 rooms. US$24.
- City Inn DX, 5415-16, Ladoo Ghati, Nehru Bazaar, Paharganj (about a 10 min walk from the railway station), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Rooms with double bed, flat screen TV (with HBO, VH1, CNN, lots of Hindi channels), clean bathroom with Western toilets. Each bathroom has its own hot water heater. Room service, computers in the lobby for ₹30/hr. Very friendly staff. Located just around the corner from Hotel Relax and the vegetable market. Single: ₹400-900; Double: ₹600-2,000.
- Delhi Hotel, C23 Greater Kailash 2. Boutique hotel with affordable, neat, clean & hygienic rooms.
- Delhi Resort, Main Bazaar, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facilities of meditation, spider web, Burma Bridge, cliff jump, nature walk, rappelling, trust fall, and more. US$24.
- 5 [dead link] Durga International, 8715, D.B. Gupta Rd (500m from New Delhi Railway Station), ☎ . Basic hotel. Single: From ₹1,900; Double: From ₹2,100; Family Suite:₹4,500; Honeymoon Suite: ₹6,500.
- 6 Ginger Delhi (Rail Yatri Nivas), IRCTC- Rail Yatri Niwas, New Delhi Railway Station, Bhav Bhutti Marg (opposite New Delhi Railway Station or take Rail Yatri Nivas exit from New Delhi Metro station). Run by Tata group, known for clean and cost effective no-frills budget hotels ₹ 1,500-1,800.
- 7 Hare Rama Guest House, 298 Main Bazaar (Down the side road near the Khanna Cinema), ☎ . Popular hotel and place to book sleeper buses if you're heading to Dharamsala or Pushkar. They're very laid back staff which makes a nice change. 24 hour hot water and check in, and 24 hours stay from when you arrived. ₹400 single, ₹500 double for an OK non-air-con room. Extra 50% for air-con.
- 8 Metropolis Tourist Home, 1634 Bazaar Hand, ☎ . More expensive than the average Paharaganj hotel. It also has a good restaurant. Double: ₹2,500-3,500.
- 9 Hotel Namaskar, 917 Chandiwalan, Main Bazaar, Paharganj (located down a side alley), ☎ , , , e-mail: email@example.com. Only 5 min from the train station. Be prepared for a somewhat gloomy hotel, with possibly roaches in the rooms. No sheets or towels. Primary school right next to the hotel makes sleeping past 09:00 nearly impossible. Double Room: ₹400-650. Breakfast not included..
- 10 (on a side street off main bazaar at the intersection with the vegetable market), ☎ . Cheap and cheerful. Single: ₹300; Double: ₹400..
- Sai Palace, 22, Main Market Road, Pahar Ganj (Middle lane opposite railway station, Paharganj). Double: ₹550-₹1,350.
- Sham Nath Villa, 12, Sham Nath Marg, Civil Lines (Opposite Oberoi Maidens), ☎ , , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Double rooms with air-con US$90. Breakfast included..
- 11 Smyle Inn, 916, Chandiwalan,Main Bazaar, Paharganj (Take right street before Masjid coming from New Delhi station in Main Bazar), ☎ , , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Breakfast and internet access included in price. Single: ₹940-₹1,090; Double: ₹980-₹1,180; Triple: ₹1,200-₹1,380.
- 12 Vivek, 1534-50 Main Bazaar, Paharganj (about a ten minute walk from the railway station), ☎ . This has a pleasant rooftop restaurant, but rather bland food . Economy Room (Single: ₹650, Double: ₹750); Standard Room (Single: ₹750, Double: ₹800); Luxury Room (₹1,100-1,200); Club Room (₹1,500-1,600).
This area, west of Paharganj, is quieter, but not as centrally located. It is served by the Karol Bagh metro station.
- Anand Hotel, 8/41, WEA, Abdul Aziz Rd, Channa Market, Karol Bagh (Near Jessa Ram Hospital, Karol Bagh), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Basic hotel. From ₹1,990.
- Gulnar, 7A / 45 W.E.A. Channa Market, Karol Bagh, ☎ . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Clean and pleasant design/style. Free breakfast when you book directly from the hotel website; otherwise there is a ₹200 charge. Double: ₹2,400; Triple: ₹3,000.
- Royal Palace, 11A/27, W.E.A, Channa Market, ☎ , fax: . Clean and pleasant design/style.
- Hotel Pitrashish Premium, 59/36, New Rohtak Road Karol Bagh New Delhi, Delhi 110005, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 12 noon. Clean and pleasant design/style. ₹2000.
- TJS Grand, 16/16, Arya Samaj Road, Karol Bagh, ☎ . 32 rooms. ₹2,000.
Connaught Place / Rajiv Chowk
The centrally-located business district.
- [formerly dead link] Asian Guest House, 14 Scindia House, Second Floor, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place (Off Connaught Place), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Not recommended for families. Corridors and cheaper rooms are dirty and in need of renovation. Monkeys living outside the building and coachroaches inside are a special treat. From ₹675.
Chanakyapuri is an affluent neighbourhood where many embassies and the Prime Minister's residence are located. Chanakyapuri was developed as official residences for both politicians and civil servants to the Union Government. As such, it has numerous parks and open spaces, and suffers few utility disruptions. It is served by the Chankyapuri railway station (not metro station).
- 13 Maya's Nest, C2 Flat 2038 Vasant Kunj (next to JNU campus), ☎ , , e-mail: email@example.com. Bed & breakfast located in a safe, green, quite, residential area. Caters to single female travelers. Dorm bed: ₹1,500; Double: ₹3,500.
- 14 International Youth Hostel Delhi, 5 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri (near Sri Lanka embassy and Norway embassy), ☎ , , , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 11:00, check-out: 10:00. It is a member of the Hostelling International federation. Dorm bed: ₹300 (Non air-con) to 600 (air-con). Double: ₹900 to ₹1,600.
Mahipalpur is a neighborhood located close to Terminal 1 and within walking distance from the Aero City metro station. There are dozens of hotels in this area at several price points.
- Hotel Pitrashish Pride, 98 Najafgarh Kapashera Road, Kapashera Extension, New Delhi (5 mins drive from IGI Airport, Terminal 3), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Boutique hotel with 45 spacious rooms along with multi-cuisine restaurant and coffee lounge. From ₹2,250.
- Hotel Delhi Aerocity, 104/2/2, M. R. Complex, Rangpuri (Close to IGI Airport, Terminal 3), ☎ . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Hotel Delhi Aerocity is a budget hotel near Indira Gandhi International airport offering 3 star hotel facilities and services with in-house 24 hour restaurant and room service, airport pick up and drop services. Rooms are well spacious with modern interiors, free wi-fi, LCD, AC and fitted with all modern amenities. From ₹1,800.
- Hotel SPB 87, 17A/2, W.E.A. Karol Bagh, ☎ . 20 min from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and 10 min from New Delhi Railway Station. Satellite TV, wifi, and a private toilet and bath. They also have a conference hall for business meetings and guests. ₹2,590.
- Inn at Delhi, C-34, Anand Niketan, ☎ . Bed and breakfast homestay in Delhi ₹4,900.
- Mehar Castle (Karol Bagh). Large rooms with air-con, TV, hot shower, room service. US$28.
- Narula Inn, 1/90, (P-Block) Daulat Ram House (Connaught Place). Bed and breakfast. Double: ₹4,990.
- Prem Sagar Guest House, P block, 1F, Connaught Pl, Outer Circle (Near Shivaji Stadium, next block to the landmark Regal Cinema and a few doors away from McDonald's Outer Circle), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Clean quiet rooms, centrally located, terrace garden. All rooms have air-con, cable TV. ₹3,000-5,000.
- Saar Inn (Karol Bagh). Clean and comfortable with breakfast included, a very friendly professional staff. ₹3,200-4,000.
- Sunstar Grand, 7A/17, W.E.A. Channa Market, Karol Bagh, ☎ . Room service and a restaurant available for breakfast and dinner. Lockers available. Double: ₹2,400..
- 15 Oberoi Delhi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mostly a business hotel. 5 stars. Includes a luxury retail complex. Views of Humayun's Tomb and the New Delhi Golf Course. From ₹9,500 during low season and ₹12,000 during high season.
- 16 The Ashok, 50-B Chanakayapuri, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Situated on 25 acres in the diplomatic enclave. From ₹10,000. Discounts of 25%+ given for stays of 3+ nights..
- 17 The Claridges New Delhi, 12 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Rd, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Built in 1952 and renovated. From ₹13,000.
- Dusit Devarana, Samalkha, NH-8 (Just south of the airport), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sprawling resort hotel. From ₹10,000.
- 18 The Grand (Formerly the Grand Hyatt), Vasant kunj - Phase II, Nelson Mandela Rd, South Delhi, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 390-room business hotel generally not for tourists. Opulent lobby, modern rooms, pool and spa. From ₹9,000.
- 19 Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Rd (2km from several metro stations), ☎ . Huge and slightly aged, but still 5 stars, outdoor pool, small gym and spa, 3 restaurants, and all the usual amenities. Halfway between the airport and Connaught Place. From ₹8,000 during low season and ₹11,500 during high season, discounts given for advance payment.
- 20 The Imperial, Janpath (Connaught Place), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Built in 1931. Has the only Chanel store in India as well as a priceless art collection, 'British Art on India.' It also has the largest collection of land war gallantry awards from India and neighbouring countries. Very classy, best value for least money in first class range. Good food and excellent service in restaurants. From ₹8,750 during low season and ₹14,000 during high season.
- 21 ITC Maurya, Starwood Hotels, Sardar Patel Marg, ☎ . One of the best hotels in the city. Great restaurants, including the Bukhara. From ₹8,100 during low season and ₹12,000 during high season.
- 22 JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity, Asset Area 4 - Hospitality District, Delhi Aerocity (Near the Aero City metro station, adjacent to the airport), ☎ . Opened in 2014. Excellent buffet. Good for families. From ₹9,500.
- 23 The Lalit New Delhi (previously known as Intercontinental), Barakhamba Ave, Connaught Place, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Recently refurbished. Known for excellent breakfasts. From ₹7,650.
- 24 Le Meridien, Windsor Place (A few blocks from the Central Secretariat metro station), ☎ . Landmark refurbished 5 star hotel. Along with the Shangri-La is one of the best hotels in the city in terms of location. From ₹6,300 during low season and ₹7,600 during high season.
- The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi, 1, CBD Maharaj Surajmal Road, Near Yamuna Sports Complex, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Convention Centre is spread over 70,000 sq. feet and comprises one pillarless hall that can accommodate roughly 3,000 guests in theatre style and offers 13 break-out rooms and several outdoor options. The hotel has 480 guest rooms and suites and 3 separate entrances, allowing multiple conferences and weddings to take place simultaneously.
- The Leela Palace New Delhi, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The hotel building has been awarded an L.E.E.D. Platinum certification.
- Lemon Tree Premier, Delhi Airport, Asset No. 6,Aerocity Hospitality District,IGI Airport, ☎ .
- 25 Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, National Hwy-8 (Near Delhi Aero City metro station, adjacent to the airport), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Good kebabs at the restaurant. From ₹6,000.
- 26 [dead link] Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, ☎ . Just touches the 5 star luxury hotel levels, is a twin of The Ashoka Hotel. From ₹5,000.
- 27 Shangri-La Eros Hotel, 19 Ashoka Rd (A 15-minute walk from Connaught Place), ☎ . Part of the Shangri La chain. Seafood buffets, an extensive breakfast buffet, and a good Asian restaurant on 1st floor with a Thai, Chinese and Japanese menu. 5 star service and good security. From ₹6,375 during low season and ₹9,500 during high season.
- 28 Taj Mahal, 1 Mansingh Rd (A few blocks from Khan Market metro station), ☎ . 294 rooms. From ₹13,200.
- 29 Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave (In the Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave), ☎ . 403 rooms on 6 acres. Discounted rates from ₹19,200.