Delhi is a huge city and one of the oldest on the planet. It is estimated to be over 5000 years old and rebuilt a staggering 11 times. Officially two separate cities, the old city of Delhi and New Delhi are really two parts of one sprawling metropolis.
Old Delhi, with its predominantly Muslim population and Mughal architecture is comprised mostly of a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws, and lined with run-down 17th-century havelis. It is home to Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, which was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and completed in 1656. The mosque is a truly stunning building and the courtyard of the mosque can hold up to 25’000 worshippers. Nearby is the revered Raj Ghat, where the Father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi, was cremated. A simple black marble platform replete with an eternal flame is inscribed with the epitaph – He Ram, (literally 'O' Ram', but also translated to 'O God') which represents the last words thought to have been uttered by Gandhi. Several other Samadhi or cremation spots of other famous leaders can be found in the vicinity of Raj Ghat on the banks of the River Yamuna.
Offering a real contrast to the congestion of the old city, New Delhi has been the capital city of the Republic of India since Independence and is home to many historic monuments as well as impressive Raj-era architecture. Largely planned and built by the British the central administrative area of the city was laid out as a testament to Britain's imperial pretensions. At it's very heart is the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan (then known as Viceroy's House).
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Tailormade Holidays to Delhi
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The modern and smart Almondz Hotel offers guests good sized well appointed rooms which all come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-house restaurant is highly recommended providing diners with delicious food and a friendly service. Please note that the majority of hotel rooms do not have windows.
The chic and luxurious Metropolitan hotel has beautifully decorated rooms and a number of mouth watering restaurants serving Japanese, Indian and World cuisine. Staff are renowned for their friendliness and efficiency. Why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment at the hotel’s NeoVeda Spa or a swim in the refreshing outdoor pool? The hotel is located within walking distance of Connaught Place in one of New Delhi's premier business and shopping district.
Built as a ‘jewel in the crown’ by the British Raj, this landmark hotel located in the central district of Connaught Place exudes art‐deco style and colonial elegance. Designed by Sir Edward Lutyens assistant, Broomfield, the inlaid marble floors, three‐story atriums, special gardens, fountains and lithographs complement comfortable rooms, grand suites, wonderful restaurants and bars. The Imperial has a priceless collection of British art including many works by such prominent figures as Thomas and William Daniells, thereby gaining the property its moniker as a "museum hotel".
The first hotel in Delhi to offer a 24 hour butler service, the stylish Oberoi tastefully blends old world charm with contemporary sophistication. Facilities include a poolside spa and Wi-Fi available throughout. Rooms benefit from beautiful views of the Delhi Golf Course on one side and Humayun's Tomb on the other. The highly recommended top floor Taipan restaurant offers guests a delectable dining experience as well as stunning panoramic views of the city. Surrounded by lush green gardens, the Oberoi sits perfectly on the east side of the golf course close to the National Zoological Park.
Built in 1903, the beautiful colonial Oberoi Maidens is one of Delhi's oldest hotels and an example of India’s amazing aptitude for turning old buildings into lavish hotels. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings and luxury facilities. You can take yourself back to the time of the Raj with a meal at the quaint Curzon Room whose walls are adorned with photos from this famous era. Set amongst 8 acres of lush green gardens in vibrant Old Delhi and within walking distance of the fast and convenient Metro.
The grand lobby of the Picadilly is a perfect introduction to this elegant luxury property. Rooms are bright, airy and furnished in a sophisticated and contemporary fashion. Staff are helpful, attentive and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a memorable and happy one. Dining at popular Zune and contemporary Twenty-9 is highly recommended. Located in the west of town, close to the airport. Access to the rest of the city is very simple with the Janakpuri West Metro station just next door.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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