Delhi is India's vibrant capital city, and the second largest city in the sub-continent, with an ever growing population of around 13 million. It is a busy, noisy, crowded city filled with modern urban sprawl shooting up around its ancient sites. Although Old Delhi fits the stereotype of narrow alleyways that are almost impossible to negotiate by car, New Delhi was laid out with wide tree-lined streets, and can be surprisingly green and peaceful.
Delhi has a long history and has been rebuilt many times. According to legend, each time the city is rebuilt, it is subsequently lost by the builders. The 7th and most recent incarnation of Delhi is New Delhi, built by the British during the days of Empire and has numerous fine colonial structures laid out according to the master plans of the great colonial architect Lutyens, as well as containing the modern commercial heart of Delhi. It is here that most of the modern hotels, shops and restaurants of Delhi are found. Old Delhi is the 6th city, built by the Mughals and contains many interesting sights from the Islamic era, as well as a bustling warren of shops and alleys that is fascinating to explore on foot. Further out can be found the remains of the older cities.
A small homestay in a quiet residential suburb, where your hosts welcome you like a member of their family.
Bajaj Homestay is located a stone's throw from Connaught Place and offers true Indian hospitality.
This family owned and run guest house is in a quiet neighbourhood, and offers homely accommodation and top notch hospitality.
Maidens Hotel is an elegant colonial building in New Delhi, providing comfortable accommodation and 8 acres of lush gardens.
Palace on Wheels is an 8-day luxury train ride in Northern India, a great way to see the many highlights of this amazing and diverse region.
The Claridges has been one of Delhi's landmarks since the 1950's. This gracious building has been restored to modern high standards.
The Imperial in New Delhi is recognised as one of the best hotels in the world, providing everything you'd expect from an international luxury hotel.
Time: GMT +5 hours
Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.