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Delhi Travel Guide: DIY Itinerary, Places To Stay, Things To Do, And More
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Delhi Travel Guide: DIY Itinerary, Places To Stay, Things To Do, And More 

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Delhi, India

As the City where the three branches of the Government of India are located, Delhi pulsates endlessly with overflowing beats of humanity only seen in a few other cities on the planet. Scattered across this Metropolitan city of more than 25 million people are fascinating landmarks, cultural sights, and a colorful depiction of modern and traditional life. Exploring Delhi can be overwhelming at first glance. Upon closer look though, it promises anyone with a memorable journey that is sure to make you fall in love with traveling more.

Isa Khan Tomb - Delhi Travel Guide
Isa Khan Tomb – Delhi Travel Guide

To help you plan your Delhi trip, here is a brief travel guide to Delhi.

But first, a bit of a correction

Most people think that New Delhi and Delhi are the same. It actually isn’t.

Delhi as a city is an administrative division or union territory that includes a smaller district known as New Delhi—where the three branches of Indian government are located—serves as the capital of India (despite being considered only as an urban district inside Delhi). Thus the more accurate and general way of addressing the city is “Delhi”.

When is the best time to visit Delhi?

  • The months from October to March are considered as the best time to visit Delhi weather-wise. During this period, the climate is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 22°c to 5°C from December to January until it becomes a little warmer starting towards the end of February until March.
  • The Summer months from April to July brings in a scorching weather from 25°C to 45°C with the Monsoon months happening from July until September.

How to get to New Delhi?

By Plane

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the busiest airports in India. It has seen a major transformation in the past several years, making it one of the best in the world. This is the main arrival point of most tourists visiting India. To date, there is no direct Manila-Delhi flights available. Travelers flying from the Philippines though can avail of connecting flights from many Southeast Asian nations like Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Delhi has three main terminals: Terminal 1C for Domestic flights and Terminal 2 and 3 for International flights. Terminal 2 is mainly used for Haj pilgrimage flights to Mecca and Medina.

By Bus

Buses going to Delhi comes from almost every city in India—including the ones coming from Kathmandu and Chitwan in Nepal. Initially confusing, but once you get a feel of the slew of bus terminals and boarding points all over Delhi, you will have an easier time getting in and out of the city via a bus. The best way to reserve a seat is via online. There are numerous bus ticketing websites available for passengers traveling in India.

By Train

Train Station in Delhi
Train Station in Delhi

Trains from all over India arrive at Delhi Junction Station (also called Old Delhi), at New Delhi Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Station, and the soon-to-open Anand Vihar station. Both Delhi Junction and New Delhi Railway Station are connected by Metro Train Line 2, while Anand Vihar is served by Line 3.

New Delhi Station
New Delhi Station

If you’re traveling inter-city and state in India by train, it is best to book ahead online. You can book your tickets at IRTC, Indian Rail, and Make My Trip for a hassle-free reservation and trip schedule.

Getting around Delhi

By Metro Train

New Delhi Metro
New Delhi Metro

Delhi is well connected by six MRT lines crisscrossing the whole Metropolitan area, making getting around New Delhi very easy. Fare starts at 10 Rupees (for 2 stations). It is best to buy a Smart Card with at least 100 Rupees worth if you are planning to take multiple Metro rides in a day.

Map of New Delhi Metro Train System
Map of New Delhi Metro Train System

The following lines are as follows:

  • Red Line: Dilshad Garden – Rithala
  • Yellow Line: Jahangirpuri – HUDA City Centre, Gurgaon
  • Blue Line: Dwarka Sector 21 – Vaishali/ – Noida City Centre
  • Green Line: Inderlok – Mundka
  • Violet Line: ITO – Badarpur Border
  • Airport Express: New Delhi Railway Station – Airport – Dwarka

By Public and Government Bus

Delhi is also well-connected by public and Government buses that stops only on designated stops. The bus fare ranges from 5-15 Rupees. This is the cheapest way to get around Delhi if you are traveling on a budget, but this is also the most crowded. Red buses are air-conditioned while green buses are regular ones. Figuring out which bus to take can be confusing. The best way is to ask a few locals to confirm the bus you need to take to your destination. While most Indians can understand and speak English, it is better to ask University students as they can communicate well. Prepare small bills or coins as you need to pay at the door upon hopping in.

By Taxicabs / Uber and Ola

Delhi is well-serviced by app-based cab providers such as Ola and Uber. Using it will save you from negotiating with cab drivers and your trip is recorded by your mobile phone along with a receipt sent to your email.

If for some reason, there are no available drivers around, you can easily flag one of Delhi’s classic black and yellow Omni’s or Ambassadors taxi cabs (although in recent years, more modern car models have been used as taxi cabs). Just insist to the driver to use the meter that should cost you 15 Rupees for the first KM and 9 Rupees per additional kilometers.

By Auto and Cycle Rickshaws

Motor Rickshaw
Motor Rickshaw

Cycle Rickshaws are popular Indian commuter that runs on three wheels with a passenger seat at the back of the driver. It can seat up to three people. Generally cheaper than taxis, Rickshaws are also easier to hail as they are all over the streets of Delhi. The standard rate starts from 25 Rupees for the first two kilometers and 8 Rupees for every kilometer after. Most of the auto-rickshaw drivers do not use the meter so make sure to negotiate well based on this standard fare. Cycle Rickshaws can also be booked using the mobile app OLA.

Cycle rickshaw in Delhi
Cycle rickshaw in Delhi

The cycle rickshaws is powered by a bicycle dragging a passenger seat at the back. These are good options for short-distance commuting and the fare ranges from 20-50 Rupees for a couple of kilometers.

By Car

It is a wiser decision to hire a driver as well if you plan to rent a car in Delhi. Driving in Delhi can get too overwhelming for drivers from other countries because road users in the city have a gung-ho approach in driving. Best to hire a local driver who is used to driving around the crazy streets of Delhi.

Places to see in Delhi

Red Fort

Red Fort
Red Fort

The Red Fort is one of New Delhi’s 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This massive fort made from red sandstone dating back to 1648 during the time of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal in Agra). Inside this vast complex, one can find several palaces, temples, bazaars, and museums. You will need at least three hours to explore the many wonderful architecturally-gifted buildings inside.

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayuns Tomb Delhi
Humayuns Tomb Delhi

Constructed in 1570 and was the inspiration behind the creation of Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb houses the body of Humayun—the second Mughal Emperor. Many said this landmark is even more beautiful than the Taj Mahal, but that is for you to find out. This is the first structure built that uses the style of Mughal Architecture in India. Humayun’s Tomb is situated inside a vast complex surrounded by lush gardens and courtyards.

Fee: 500.00 Rupees for Foreigners

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid

One of the biggest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid is an architectural marvel of a landmark complete with a courtyard that can fit in 25,000 Islam devotees. Completed in 1656, one can also find their way atop of the Mosque’s southern tower to enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding. Wear proper clothing when visiting this Mosque.

Qutab Minar Complex

Qutab Minar Complex
Qutab Minar Complex

This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in New Delhi. The Qutub Complex houses structures dating back thousands of years ago. These include the Qutub Minar, a 72.5 minaret built in 1193, the Iron Pillar which was erected in 400AD, the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque which was the city’s first mosque. Other spectacular sights include; the Ala-i-Minar, Ala-i-Darwaza, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. The Qutub Complex is also an ideal place to relax and have a picnic, thanks to its well-manicured garden surroundings.

Museums

One can learn more about the city of New Delhi through its many museums. Several must-visit museums ranging from the quirky to historically fascinating, are located all over the city. These are the Crafts Museum, Sulanh Museum of Toilets, Gandhi Smriti, National Rail Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum, National Gandhi Museum, National Philatelic Museum, and many more. So, if you are a historical, cultural or a knowledge-seeker kind of traveler, then you will enjoy the museum scene of New Delhi.

India Gate

India Gate
India Gate

India Gate is considered as a Central Landmark of New Delhi. Built as a memorial commemorating the heroism of Indian soldiers who fought and died in World War I, the India Gate is a few walks away from the War Memorial—another memorial honoring Indian soldiers who fought in the series of Indian-Pakistani Wars.

Raj Ghat Gandhi Memorial

Raj Ghat Memorial via Wikipedia CC
Raj Ghat Memorial via Wikipedia CC

Pay homage to India’s most prominent figure Mahatma Gandhi at this memorial dedicated to him. A simple marker on a black marble can be found on the spot along the west bank of Yamuna River where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948

Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace)

Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan

This stunning architectural marvel of a palace is the official residence of the President of India. This palatial complex has 340 rooms that include reception halls, guest rooms, and other government offices. Surrounding the property are charming Mughal gardens and other open spaces. In terms of total area—130 hectares—this is considered as the largest residence of any head of state in the planet.

Jantar Mantar

This is one of the five Jantar Mantar in India. A Jantar Mantar is an equinox sundial and also features other astronomical structures used to measure astronomical observations such as to predict the movements and times of the moon, sun, and planets. New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar has 13 architectural astronomy instruments built upon the orders of Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1724. If you’re into architecture and astronomy, then you will surely love this place.
Fee: 200 Rupees for foreigners.

Parks and Gardens

Despite the city’s notoriety for its staggering busy streets, one can still find several open spaces such as parks and gardens in New Delhi. One popular spot is the Deer Park in South Delhi. Here, you can mingle with countless deer while enjoying a lovely picnic. Other open spaces in the city where you can relax and achieve a Zen state of mind are The Garden of Five Senses, Lodhi Garden, Mughal Garden, Nehru Par, Central Park, Waste to Wonder Park and Sunder Nursery which sits next to Humayun’s Tomb.

Lotus Temple

Shaped like a Lotus Temple, the Bahai Temple is made up of white marble and lights up prettily at nighttime. It was constructed as a house of worship for people belonging to the Bahá?í Faith—a religion that originated in Iran from the 19th-century Bábí religion—but is also open to people from all faiths.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

A Gurudwara is a place of worship for Sikhs. The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi is a perfect place for you to witness Sikhs faithful gather for devotion to their religion. This is a spiritual place where people from different beliefs can also achieve a Zen state of mind just by listening to religious music in the temple’s main hall. The architecture of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is also something to marvel at. Afterward, you can line up for a delicious free meal inside the Gurudwara—this is a traditional practice done at every Sikh temple. If you want to immerse yourself further, you can also volunteer as kitchen help.

Agrasen ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli
Agrasen ki Baoli

This beautiful ruin of a 14th-century stepwell features a total of 108 stone steps and has three levels all lined-up with arched niches on both sides. A stepwell is an ancient water reservoir prevalent all over India.

Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung - Best Things to do in Delhi
Safdarjung – Best Things to do in Delhi

It may look almost similar to Humayun’s Tomb, but this historic tomb situated a few minutes’ walk from Lodhi Garden (another must-visit place in Delhi) is where the remains of Nawab Safdarjung—the founder of India’s Oudh State—is buried.

Things to Do in Delhi and Other Side Trips from Delhi

Make a Day trip to Agra and see the Taj Mahal

Instead of staying a few days in Agra, why not just make a day-trip to Agra from Delhi by booking a day tour from Klook. This will include shuttle service (or an option to take the 2-hour express train for better travel experience) and tickets to visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri—al are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Taj Mahal in Agra
Taj Mahal in Agra

If you plan to DIY, just reserve a train ticket to Agra and from there you can easily visit the three sites by cab or Auto-rickshaw.

Book this Tour via KLOOK

Visit Jaipur on a Day-Tour

If you are pressed for time and can only allocate one more day in Delhi, then you can spend it on a day-tour to Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. Again, to save time it is best to book a Jaipur day-tour from Klook. This will take you on a tour of all the attractions in the Pink City.

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur India
Hawa Mahal in Jaipur India

Don’t expect to cover all the must-see places in Jaipur though as this is best to explore for at least 3 days. (Check out our Jaipur Travel Guide).

Book this Tour via KLOOK

Eat your way through Old Delhi by joining “A Chef’s Tour”

Old Delhi Food Trail
Old Delhi Food Trail

For only $49 per person, you can eat your way through the rich culinary scene of Old Delhi. From street food, snack, dessert to local favorite dishes, you will get a taste of what Delhi’s gastronomic scene for half a day. Guided by a local food expert, expect to make some food stops at some of the city’s known food establishments and street food areas to get a bite of the best North Indian street food.

You can book a slot at Klook or at the website of A Chefs Tour.

Book This Tour via KLOOK

Best Places to Shop in Delhi

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk

Probably one of the most crowded markets in the world, Chandni Chowk may shock you at first but as the initial surprise subsides, you’d end up enjoying checking out the assortment of items being sold here. From silver and antique trinkets, jewelry, hanging lights, festive textiles to electronic gadgets, custom-tailored suits, and more, you can find here. This writer’s favorite part is the Khari Baoili Market where you will see a vibrant fusion of colors of the spices, nuts, tea leaves, dried plums, and mulberries plus the aroma of it all combined.

Connaught Place

Connaught Place Shopping
Connaught Place Shopping

This is a busy business and commercial hub, located near Delhi’s Central Park. In here, you can find numerous shops from both local and global brands, bars and Indian restaurants in a circling succession of colonnaded Georgian-style buildings.

Hauz Khas Complex

Hauz Khas Complex
Hauz Khas Complex

This complex is comprised of 14th-century ruins of various tombs, royal residences, and a mosque. Today, various upscale shops, restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, and cafes are built around the beautiful ruins, making it a very appealing hip and heritage spot to hang-out and shop in New Delhi.

Shopping for Books in Delhi

Shopping for Books in Delhi
Shopping for Books in Delhi

The city of New Delhi is also famous for its book industry. The latest figures show the city produces 15,000 books in English every year and far more in Hindu and other local languages. Because of this, many small and independent bookstores are found all over the city thus making the books cost a lot cheaper compared to other cities and countries in the world.

Here are some popular bookstores in Delhi.

The Bookworm

If you’re looking for the novels of Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac to Indian contemporary writers Arundhati Roy, Chetan Bhagat, and even the younger generation of Asian novelists, then this is the place to go. The Bookworm can be found in Connaught Place.

Khan Market
Bookstore in Khan Market
Bookstore in Khan Market

This shopping area is also wildly popular among book readers because you can find many bookstalls selling a wide selection of titles from both the Indian and World literature genres.

Jacksons Books

Located 600 meters from New Delhi Station and on the left side of Main Bazaar Street, this bookshop houses a large collection of classics and contemporary works of Indian writers.

Where to Eat in Delhi

Where to Eat in Delhi
Where to Eat in Delhi

Indian Accent

Address: The Lodhi, Lodhi Rd, CGO Complex, Pragati Vihar, New Delhi, India.

The only Indian restaurant featured in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants guide books for three straight years from 2015-2017, this place serves traditional Indian cuisine with a touch of its head chef’s culinary experiments. The best choice is the six-course meal, the creamy black lentil dhal, tandoori prawns, and almost everything on the menu.

TLR Cafe

Address: 31, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India

One of the many cool joints found in the Hauz Khas Village neighborhood, TLR Cafe serves a wide range of Indian wines, as well as imported wines, and locally brewed coffee and refreshing smoothies.

Karim’s

Address: Shop No. 1, 2/5, Vikas Marg, Sagar Complex, New Rajdhani Enclave, Preet Vihar, New Delhi, India

Already a food icon in New Delhi, this hole-in-the-wall joint first served its signature mutton bara and brain curry way back in 1913. Today, Karim’s remains as one of Old Delhi’s best culinary destination for both tourists and locals alike.

Bukhara

Address: ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India

Providing a rustic earthy ambiance and an authentic Indian meal experience, Bukhara is one of Delhi’s most popular restaurants. Serving an array of signature dishes like their hot naans, dal Bukhari, and malai kebabs, Bukhara promises to make your dining experience a memorable one.

Sagar Ratna

Address: 18, Main Market, Block A, Defence Colony, New Delhi, India

The go-to place for everything Southern Indian cuisine, Sagar Ratna is known for its paper-thin dosas and mini idlis—among other food items on its menu. They have numerous branches scattered in New Delhi, but the first restaurant located in Defence Colony Market is a must for every foodie traveler.

Olive Bar & Kitchen

Address: One Style Mile, 6-8, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi, India

This is where celebrity chef Sujan Sarkar shows his kitchen skills, Olive Bar & Kitchen serves an array of Indian and Mediterranean food in a European-styled interior with an open-air courtyard. This is perfect for one of those weekend brunch with friends and family.

Best Areas to Eat in Delhi

best areas to eat in Delhi
best areas to eat in Delhi

North and South Campus

North and South Campus maybe 20km apart from each other, but whenever you find yourself at either area, make sure to drop by each neighborhood for some lip-smacking street food India is known for. In North Campus, make sure not to miss Momo’s Point, Bamboo Hut, South Indian Cafe, Bille Di Hatti, Shagun Asian Eatery, and Chache Di Hatti. In South Campus, the best food can be found at Kev’s, Echoes, Chowringhee Lane, Vadapav Junction, and Big Yellow Door.

  • How to reach: (South Campus) a short rickshaw ride from Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus (Pink Line)
  • How to reach: (North Campus) a short rickshaw ride from Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station (Yellow Line)

Old Delhi

Arguably the best place to experience the very best of Delhi’s street food culture, Old Delhi’s streets abounds with a medley of rich flavors from Indian sweets, authentic Mughal cuisine, and an array of street food delights. After exploring the Red Fort, you must go on a food binging tour here.

  • How to reach: Walking distance from Chandni Chowk Staton (Yellow Line)

CR Park

More known as little Kolkata, CR Park is a haven for people craving for Bengali food. From puchkas to sweet rolls, get ready to fill yourself with sumptuous food. Popular places to go here include Mad about Momos, Kolkata Hot Kathi Roll, Annapurna Sweet House, and Raju Puchka Wala.

  • How to reach: A short Auto-rickshaw ride from Greater Kailash Station (Magenta Line)

Dilli Haat

This small cultural melting pot is where you can find several food stalls serving delicious food from the different states of India. If you want to experience the collective Indian cuisine, then Dilli Haat is the place to be.

  • How to reach: Short walking distance from INA Station (Yellow and Pink line)

Connaught Place

Aside from shopping, you can also feast on an array of Indian and International cuisine. From popular fast food Indian and Western fast food joints to fancy Indian restaurants as well as small stalls selling your favorite Indian street food, culinary options abound here. Top picks in this area include Singh Burger, Parikrama, Jain Chawal Male, Kake Da Hotel, Minar, and many more.

  • How to reach: Just outside the Rajiv Chowk Metro station (Blue and Yellow Line)

Jama Masjid

The opposing lanes of Bazaar Matia Mahal and Jama Masjid is where you can experience the authentic Indian street food culture. From grilled botis to keema samosas, to kebabs and jalebi, it’s a foodie haven that exists in this area. Perfect also for both veggie and non-veggie eater.

  • How to reach: a short walking distance from Jama Masjid Station (Violet Line)

New Friends Colony

Famous for its row of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from Lebanese, South Indian, North Indian, Kerala, Mughai, Italian, Continental, and even Chinese food, New Friends Colony is a bustling food district that any foodie would surely love to explore.

  • How to reach: Walking distance from Sukhdev Vihar Metro Station (Magenta Line)

Other areas where there are plenty of street food and rows of Indian restaurants can also be found in Hudson Lane, Pandara Road, NSP, Nizamuddin, Safdarjung Enclave, and Karol Bagh.

Where to stay in Delhi

Luxurious Hotels

Oberoi New Delhi
Oberoi New Delhi Rooms
Oberoi New Delhi Rooms

Address: Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi, India

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One of the best high-end hotels in India, the Oberoi was refurbished in 2018 to become a more sophisticated hotel catering to stylish travelers in search of luxury and comfort in the bustling setting of Delhi. Comprising of 186 spacious rooms and 34 suites, a lavish property set in a 5-hectare property, the Oberoi is the perfect choice for travelers with money to splurge.

Leela Palace
The Leela Palace New Delhi Hotel
The Leela Palace New Delhi Hotel

Address: Africa Ave, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India

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One of the most luxurious hotels in New Delhi, Leela Palace offers a tranquil and secluded space for guests. It has a rooftop swimming pool, three high-rated restaurants (that include Jamawar), and exceptional hospitality. Room rates start from Rs 18,000 per night.

Haveli Dharampura
WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura
WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura

Address: 2293, Dharampura, Gali Gulian, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, India

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Located in the center of bustling Old Delhi area, Haveli Dharampura is housed inside a historic mansion dating back to the late 19th century. Rooms here can be booked starting from Rs 13,000 per night.

The Taj Mahal Hotel
The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi and NCR - Room Deals
The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi and NCR – Room Deals

Address: 1, Man Singh Rd, South Block, Man Singh Road Area, New Delhi, India

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As the name suggests, expect a high-end service and topnotch leisure and enjoyment from this brand of hotel with branches in other Indian cities. Said to be the place where the Dalai Lama stays when he visits Delhi, The Taj Mahal Hotel is also where the city’s elite likes to wine and dine. The room rate starts at 10,000 INR.

Mid-range Hotels

Bloomrooms
Bloomrooms Delhi
Bloomrooms Delhi

Address: Railway Station, 8591, Arakashan Rd, opp. New Delhi, Arya Nagar, Paharganj, New Delhi, India

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Situated near New Delhi train station, Bloomrooms is set in an art deco style building that dishes a laid-back ambiance. Modern rooms and interior complement its heritage architecture perfectly.

Saket Bed and Breakfast
Best Price on Saket Bed and Breakfast in New Delhi
Best Price on Saket Bed and Breakfast in New Delhi

Address: 3rd Floor, D21 Saket, Near PVR Cinema, Opposite Kotak Bank, South Delhi, New Delhi, India

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Marketed as a guest house for mid-range budget travelers but operates like a boutique hotel because of its fine service and amenities, Saket Bed and Breakfast is also located in a quiet area of Delhi. Super clean room and elegant staff–Check. Short walk to restaurants and the Saket Metro Station–also a big Check. Room rates start from $60 per night.

Haveli Hauz Khas
Haveli Hauz Khas Guesthouse/bed and breakfast
Haveli Hauz Khas Guesthouse/bed and breakfast

Address: P5, Block P, Hauz Khas Enclave, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India

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An ancestral house turned into a guesthouse in 2015, Haveli Hauz Khas also doubles as a pseudo gallery displaying interesting artefacts and old photographs. Perfect for solo and couple travelers, this guesthouse has five beautifully designed bedrooms. The room rate starts at 4,000 INR.

Hostels | Backpacker’s budget

New Delhi is a converging zone of backpackers traveling in India. It is almost impossible to travel to India without making a stop in Delhi. Therefore, the hostel culture is more popular in this city than any other cities in India. Here are some highly recommended hostels in New Delhi.

Madpackers Hostel Delhi

Address: S39 A Third Floor, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, India

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Zostel

Address: Railway Station 5, Arakashan Road Opposite New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, India

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Moustache Delhi

Address: D-920, Block D, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, India

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Hindustan By Backpackers Heaven

Address: 2503, Nalwa St, Bazar Sangatrashan, Chuna Mandi, Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110055, India

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goStops Delhi

Address: No. 3, 4/23-B, Asaf Ali Rd, opp. Metro Station, Chatta lal Miya, Delhi Gate, Daryaganj, New Delhi, India

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Gypsy Shelter

Address: 13-a, First Floor, lakeside, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, India

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The Hosteller Delhi

Address: Hotel Mint Casa Mathura Road, near Ashram Chowk, Block A, Friends Colony East, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, India

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Delhi Tales Hostel

Address: C6- 6168, Pocket 6, Sector C, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi 110070, India

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LetsBunk Poshtel

Address: T40 Hauz Khas Village, South Delhi, New Delhi, and NCR, India

Delhi Travel Budget and additional travel tips

Negotiating a Fare

Be aware of the usual overcharging in taxis and rickshaws. Learn to say some useful Hindu words like “pachaas”, which means “fifty”, so you can start negotiating a fair fare for a distance of a few kilometers. If you ask rickshaw drivers, they will start charging you from 200 Rupees and up regardless of distance. By stating “pachaas” you might negotiate a fare less than 100 Rupees.

Money Matters

There are many ATM machines located all over New Delhi. Be sure to use only the ones in crowded commercial places like in Connaught Place for an added peace of mind. There are also Money Changers if needed.

Meal Budget

Food is cheap in India including the capital city of Delhi. This writer was able to spend 100 Rupees per meal in Delhi for one day (before he decided to splurge on the other days). So if you mix eating at cheaper places and treating yourself to a nice meal in an expensive restaurant, you can still easily budget 500-700 INR per day.

Transport Budget

If you plan to take the Metro numerous times in a day to easily explore different parts of Delhi without encountering its infamous traffic, then allot at least 100 INR for a Smart Card. Additional commuting expenses can range from 10 INR to 100 INR a day (depending on how much you want to walk or cut walking distance by hailing a rickshaw for the in-between Metro Stations destinations). Safe to say, you can limit your transport budget in Delhi at 200 INR a day.

Accommodation Budget

This writer stayed at Moustache Hostel and Zostel during his twin-stays in Delhi. The average bunk bed per night cost him 250-300 INR. Private rooms good for two people in hostels cost around 800 INR and up.

Other Must-Haves when Traveling to Delhi

Make sure to avail of a Travel Insurance before flying to India because accidents including the freak ones can happen anywhere—much more in a country of more than a billion people. Also, make sure to stock up on basic medicines especially for colds and diarrhea. Always bring a water bottle with you because tap water can cause stomach upset.

Rent a pocket Wi-Fi or buy a local Indian SIM card and avail of an internet package—this way you can always use Google Maps and your phone to book Uber and OLA.

Delhi Sample Itinerary / How Many Days to Stay in Delhi

If you ask this writer, the ideal number of days to stay in Delhi just to cover the places mentioned on this travel guide is at least four nights / five days. This is under the context that you will have another number of days to spare in nearby cities like Jaipur. Most tourists who are visiting India for the first time are doing the Golden Triangle Tour of India. This is composed of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. Usually, they allot 4-5 days in Delhi, 3-4 days in Jaipur, and 1-2 days in Agra.

Anyway, here is a simple Itinerary of Delhi (feel free to tinker with it to insert free time to explore other places that picks your interest)

Day One

  • Chandni Chowk
  • Jama Masjid
  • Red Fort
  • India Gate and War Memorial
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Agrasen ki Baoli

Day Two

  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Qutab Minar Complex
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Lotus Temple
  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Day Three

  • Visit a few museums
  • ‘A Chef’s Tour’ in the afternoon (or a Street Food Tour of Delhi)
  • Connaught Place

Day Four

Searching for the best Delhi hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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