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Accomodation

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What are the top 3 easy on the pocket accommodation options in New Delhi?

a. Airport Hotel Runway:

This is a 2-star hotel, located 3 kilometres from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and is an ideal choice for people who are in town for business purposes.

Address: A-48, Road No. 1, NH-8, Near IGI Road, Mahipalpur Extension, New Delhi 110037.

Rooms: Classic, Super Deluxe and Executive rooms.

Tariff: Room rents are anywhere between INR 1800 - 2500 per night.

 

b. Spot on 61091 Hotel Silver Palace Dx

This 3-star hotel is located about 1.3 Km from Connaught Place. Ideal for people who want budget accommodation in the heart of the city.

Address: 614, Mantola, Near 6 Tooti Chowk, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi 110055.

Rooms: Standard, Deluxe, Classic, and Comfort Rooms. 

Tariff: Starting at INR 1000 per night.

 

c. Hotel Sunshine Delhi

This is a 1-star hotel located close to Karol Bagh and other shopping districts in New Delhi.

Address: 17B, 21, DB Gupta Road, behind MCD Office Karol Bagh, Christian Colony, Block 17B, Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh, Delhi 110005

Rooms: There are 15 AC and non-AC rooms with modern fittings.

Tariff: Room rents are anywhere between INR 900 - 1900 per night.

What are the top 3 mid-range accommodation options in New Delhi?

a. Lemon Tree Premier, Delhi Airport

This 4-star hotel is only 300 metres from IGI Airport and a 30 minute drive from the city centre.

Address: Asset No. 6, Aerocity Hospitality District, IGI Airport, Aerocity, New Delhi 110037.

Rooms: There are 280 rooms in this property with smart and modern decor.

Tariff: Rents start at INR 5000 per night.


b. Taj Princess

This is a 3-star hotel near Karol Bagh, with spacious, well-maintained rooms.

Address: 15A/25, W.E.A Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 110005.

Rooms: The property has a choice of 6 room types.

Tariff: Rents are anywhere between INR 4500 and 8500 per night.

 

c. The Asthan Sarovar Portico

This is a 3-star hotel located in close proximity to Sarojini Market and other historical landmarks of Delhi.

Address: C 2, Green Park Ext Road, Block C, Green Park Extension, New Delhi 110016.

Rooms: There are 3 room categories - Superior, Premium, and Family Room.

Tariff: Rents range anywhere between INR 4500 - 6000 per night.

What are the top luxury accommodation options in New Delhi?

a. Pullman New Delhi Aerocity

Pullman is the best 5-star business property near IGI Airport.

Address: Asset No. 02, GMR Hospitality District, IGI Airport, New Delhi 110037

Rooms: There are 4 major room categories - Deluxe, Executive Club, Executive Suite, and the Presidential Suite

Tariff: Basic rooms roughly cost INR 7500 per night.


b. The Leela Palace, New Delhi

This 5-star property in New Delhi is one of the safest hotels in India.

Address: Africa Avenue, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110023

Rooms: There are 7 room categories - Grand Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Royal Club Room, Royal Club Parlour, Executive Suite, Luxury, and Presidential Suite

Tariff: The tariff ranges from INR 13,000 - 2,63,000 per night


c. ITC Maurya, A Luxury Collection Hotel

ITC Maurya stands as the most iconic property in New Delhi and has been around for more than 40 years with its 437 luxury rooms.

Address: Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021

Rooms: There are 8 room categories - Executive Club, Executive Club Exclusive, the Towers, ITC One, Deluxe Suites, Luxury Suites, Presidential Suite, and Chanakya -the Grand Presidential Suite.

Tariff: The basic room rent starts at INR 9000 per night.

Attractions

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What are the top 3 Instagram/selfie spots in New Delhi?
  • Agrasen Ki Baoli near Connaught Place
  • Lodhi Colony Art District
  • Qutub Minar
What are the top 3 attractions you can visit free of cost in New Delhi?
  • Lotus or Bahai Temple
  • Shambhu Dayal Bagh
  • India Gate
  • What are the top 3 child-friendly points of interest at New Delhi?
    • Garden of Five Senses
    • Nehru Planetarium
    • Delhi Zoo
    What are the top 3 points of interests for couples in New Delhi?
    • Hauz Khas
    • Connaught Place
    • Lodhi Garden
    What are the 3 must visit attractions at New Delhi?
    • The Red Fort
    • Qutub Minar
    • India Gate

    Activities

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    What 3 spots can I head to for an adrenaline rush in New Delhi?
    • Flyboy Air Safari - Gurgaon for powered paragliding starting at INR 1599 for a teaser flight. (3 minutes)
    • F9 Go Karting - Gurgaon, prices starting at INR 250 for 7 laps. 
    • Flying Fox - Neemrana for a unique zip lining experience starting at INR 1550.
    What are the top spots to experience the Art & Culture of New Delhi?

    Top 3 art and culture exhibition centres: 

    • Art Alive Gallery - Panchsheel Park.
    • Lalit Kala Akademi - Feroz Shah Road.
    • Dhoomimal Art Gallery - Connaught Place.

    Top 3 art and cultural fairs:

    • Delhi Book Fair- An annual fair at Pragati Maidan, during September.
    • Surajkund Crafts Mela - An annual thematic arts and crafts fair, during the first week of February.
    • Qutub Festival of Music and Dance - A 3-day annual fair for performing arts during October, that is held at Qutub Minar.
    What are some festivals that I must not miss at New Delhi?

    Delhiites celebrate numerous festivals across the year, from Makar Sankranti to Dussehra. Some popular ones are - 

    • The Kite Festival held during Makar Sankranti over the Palika Bazar area.
    • Lohri, a festival that marks the ending of winter with bonfire around the 13th of January.
    • Phoolkwalon-ki-Sair, a festival like Mehrauli that has been a part of Delhi’s culture since the 16th century, in the 1st week of October.

    Food

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    What are the best pure vegetarian restaurants in New Delhi?
    1. Shree Gopal Ji Chole Bhature - North Indian cuisine
    2. Burma Burma - Burmese and Pan Asian food
    3. Shraman - Rajasthani and Gujarati food
    Where can I eat like a local in New Delhi?
    1. QD's - Hudson Lane for Paneer Tikka
    2. Karim's - Jama Masjid for Mutton Korma
    3. Roshan Di Kulfi - Karol Bagh for Lacha Tokri
    Where can I find the best street food in New Delhi?
    1. Paranthe Wali Gali - Chandni Chowk for varieties of Paranthas.
    2. Jalebi Wala - Chandni Chowk famous in Delhi for the best Jalebis.
    3. Odeon Paan Palace - Connaught Place for Ice Paan.
    What are the best premier restaurants in New Delhi?
    1. Indian Accent - Khan Market, Lodhi Road for eclectic Indian cuisine with an inventive twist. 
    2. Bukhara - ITC Maurya for cuisine from north-western India.
    3. Kiyan - The Roseate for world cuisine.

    Transportation

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    What are the average cab fares in New Delhi?
    • Ola Cabs with a base fare starting at INR 45.
    • Uber Cabs with a minimum base fare of INR 48.
    • Meru Cabs with a base fare of INR 25 during the day and INR 30 for the night.
    How can I access public transport in New Delhi?
    • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. or DMRC is the fastest and cheapest mode of transport in Delhi, connecting Delhi with the satellite cities of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, and Bahadurgarh. The ticket prices start at INR 10.
    • Delhi Transport Corporation Buses, with a minimum fare of INR 11.
    • Ring Rail or Delhi Suburban Railway, with a minimum fare of INR 10.
    • Cycle rickshaws are common in the Purani Dilli and Chandni Chowk areas.
    • Taxis are available, but since app-based cabs have become popular, they are used less frequently.

    Tip : Try and avoid using auto-rickshaws. They can be a cheap mode of transport if operated on a metered basis, which is rare. A majority of the autowalas charge according to their whims.

    Shopping

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    Where can I find the best bargains in New Delhi?
    • Janpath Market - Connaught Place for the cheapest fashion accessories and footwear.
    • Sarojini Market for the best bargains on all fashion apparel and first copies of designer outfits.
    • Lajpat Nagar or the Central Market for shopaholics looking for traditional attire at the best prices.
    What are the top 3 spots for shopping if I feel like indulging in New Delhi?
    • Select Citywalk Mall for over a 100 international and local brands.
    • Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj for luxury shopping and recreation.
    • Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden for its variety of shops.
    Where can I shop like a local in New Delhi?
    • Chandni Chowk Market Place for the best collection of traditional bridal wear.
    • Dilli Haat for traditional fashion accessories, hand-made jewellery, and handicraft items.
    • Karol Bagh market is the place where locals go for traditional outfits and electronic gadgets.

    Tips and Suggestions

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    How safe and accessible is New Delhi in the night?

    Roaming in Delhi at night is not very difficult. The metro runs until 11.30 PM and the buses are operational until 11 PM. The safest mode of transport at night though, is an app-based cab.

    Safety tips for late night travel

    New Delhi and the satellite cities are infamous for notorious activities. It is not advisable for women to travel alone after 9 PM. Make sure you have company if you must venture out, especially if you are a solo female traveller.

    What currency is accepted in New Delhi?

    INR is the currency used in Delhi. It is advisable to carry coins and currency of smaller denomination while using public transport.

    Bargaining tips and tricks

    Haggling for the best price is a common sight in the shops along the road. There are many shopping districts in the city where bargaining is essential if you don't want to be conned. Some places where you can bargain are Karol Bagh Market, Sarojini Market and Lajpat Nagar.

    Public transport operates on a fixed rate basis, there is no scope for negotiation. If you board auto rickshaws that do not operate on a meter, you can hit a bargain there.

    What is the tipping culture in New Delhi?

    Tipping is not mandatory. But while dining in a premier restaurant, you are charged a service fee that amounts to 10-15% of your bill amount.

    What are some common greetings/gestures that will be useful at New Delhi?
    • Hello - Namaste.
    • Please - Kripaya.
    • Thank you - Dhanyabad/Shukriya.
    What gestures are an absolute no at New Delhi?
    • Greeting someone with Namaste instead of saying hello will earn you some extra brownie points.
    • Women need to be a bit wary of overly friendly gestures. They are not safe in some instances.
    What is the weather like in New Delhi?

    Delhi experiences extreme climatic conditions.

    • The temperature reaches a high of about 50 degrees in summer.
    • The temperature hits a low of around 2 degrees in winter.
    • Monsoons are marked from June to September.
    • Though you experience humidity in August and September, the precipitation is not too bad.
    What should I pack for New Delhi?

    If you are travelling to Delhi between March and September, pack light cotton clothing for comfort, an umbrella, and sunscreen. The temperature is extremely high during these months. October and November are cooler with occasional chilly winds in the evening.  

    By the end of November till February, be prepared to experience extremely chilly winds and cold weather. Do not forget to pack heavy woolens and jackets if you travel during winter.

    What are the Emergency Helpline Numbers for New Delhi?
    1. National Emergency Number: 112
    2. Police: 100
    3. Fire Brigade: 101
    4. Ambulance: 102
    5. Women Helpline: 1091
    6. Child Helpline: 1098
    What items are prohibited in New Delhi?
    • Inflammable objects, firearms, knives, etc are strictly not allowed on public transport.
    • Pets are not allowed on public transport.
    • Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly forbidden in public.
    Who are the top 2 network service provider in New Delhi?
    • Airtel
    • Reliance Jio

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