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 with a number of attractions.Read More
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 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 its very heart is the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan (then known as Viceroy's House).
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Delhi
If you are planning a Delhi holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Aman Resort Delhi
Without doubt one of the best places to stay in Delhi, the contemporary Aman Resort is complemented with traditional Indian touches. Luxurious rooms and suites frame an exquisite courtyard with dark timber panels, locally-quarried stone and jaali screens - the hotel is a charming place to stay. Taking a tour of the wine cellar and enjoying an intimate tasting session is our top tip! Very well located just south of India Gate and sandwiched between the Delhi Golf Course and the famous JLN Stadium – host to the Commonwealth Games athletics in 2010.
Ibis Airport Hotel Delhi
Located just minutes from the New Delhi International Airport, the Ibis Airport Hotel is the perfect stopover for anyone on their way in or out of the city. With spacious and comfortable rooms, decorated with calming, neutral colours, guests are guaranteed a good night's sleep. The hotel also has a swimming pool and its own restaurant that serves delicious Indian cuisine, which can then be eaten either indoors or al fresco. The New Delhi Railway Station is also just 20 minutes away.
Jaypee Siddharth Hotel Delhi
The luxurious Jaypee Siddharth is a stunning poperty located just a few miles from the New Delhi Railway Station. Guestrooms feature rich wooden floors and furnishings and are exquisitely decorated with creams and browns as well as the odd splash of colour. In their free time, guests can indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments, available at the spa, or work up an appetite in the gym. A range of cuisines are served in the various restaurants that can be found within the hotel complex.
Jaypee Vasant Continental Hotel Delhi
This beautiful hotel, located amidst a vast expanse of greenery in the centre of New Delhi, is the ultimate retreat for those looking to escape the chaos of the city. The rooms are luxuriously spacious and are decorated with a calming, neutral palette. If the blissful rooms weren't enough to relax you, there is also a spa and wellness centre on site as well as a swimming pool. When it comes to dining, guests have a variety of cuisines to choose from including Tapas and traditional Indian.
Metropolitan Hotel Delhi
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.
The Imperial Delhi
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 Oberoi Delhi
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.
The Oberoi Maidens Delhi
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.
Delhi Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Delhi.