Delhi - India’s capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today, is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan.
New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind, distinction between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. But wherever the visitor goes he will invariably confront the city’s past.
The divisions in the walled city and New Delhi also mark the varied lifestyles. The walled city is all traditions ,where as, New Delhi in contrast, is a city living upto contemporary international standards. Delhi also serves as the major gateway for touring the internationally known toursim destinations of Agra and Jaipur.
Some important places worth visiting in Delhi include the Humayun's Tomb, the Jantar Mantar, the Bahai temple, the Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, India Gate. Delhi is also a great shopping destination -- be it the road side stalls of Connaught Place, or the International style swanky shopping malls in the suburbs, shopping is a major attraction for visitors to Delhi. Modern Delhi, now boasts of some world class restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
A small modern Bed and Breakfast / Guest house style hotel, located in South Delhi, about 7 kms from the city centre. The Parkland is located just a short walk away from the Defence colony and South Extension markets, that have plenty of shops and restaurants. The Parkland has modern air-conditioned rooms with ensuite facilities. Rooms have wi-fi access , flat screen LCD televisions, Tea Coffee makers and mini bars.
The Connaught, is a modern hotel located in the city centre, just a short walk away from New Delhi's main shopping and entertainment area, Connaught Place. Rooms are well furnished, though a bit small, but are equipped with all modern conveniences, including wi-fi access, flat screen Televisions, Tea Coffee makers and electronic safe deposit boxes. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and coffee shop.
Located just 3 kms from the city centre, the Claridges has been a landmark in Lutyens Delhi since the 1950's. The hotel is a low-rise building with only three floors, set amidst three acres of gardens. The recently refurbished rooms, all have ensuite facilities, and all modern conveniences. The Claridges is within close proximity of the business district, ministries, diplomatic missions, shopping & cultural centers and historical landmarks. The Hotel's facilities include a Swimming Pool, Health Club and several Bars and Restaurants.
A modern hotel, close to the Qutab Minar, and less than 10 kms from the city centre, the Qutab offers comfortable rooms with all modern conveniences. Leisure facilities at the Qutab include an outdoor swimming pool, a Spa, several good restaurants and bars.
The Park is a recently refurbished and upgraded modern hip hotel, situated in the shopping and commercial district of Connaught Place, The Park offers comfortable rooms, equipped with all modern conveniences. Leisure facilities at the Park include an outdoor swimming pool, a Spa, several good restaurants and bars.
Formerly called the Grand Intercontinental, New Delhi, the Lalit is a modern hotel, located just a short walk from the city centre. The Lalit has recently been completely refurbished, and it now offers modern comfortable rooms, and outdoor swimming pool, a modern Gym and Spa amongst it's many facilities.
A modern Deluxe hotel situated midway between the airport and the city center, the Taj Palace offers excellent facilities and services. Elegantly appointed rooms, with IDD, wi-fi internet connectivity, mini-bars, satellite television, 24 hours room service etc. The Taj Palace boasts of several fine restaurants and bars, including the Orient Express, considered to be Delhi's finest European restaurant, Masala Art, a contemporary Indian restaurant and the 24 hour Café Fontana, a Mediterranean eatery. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gymnasium etc
The Taj Mahal Hotel is a Deluxe hotel, located in the exclusive residential area of Lutyens' Delhi, close to the seat of government, and just 3 kms from the city centre. Rooms and Suites have all the amenities that one would expect from the International Deluxe hotel. The Taj Mahal boasts of some of Delhi's best known restaurants, including Varq, a fine dining Indian restaurant, and Wasabi, said to be Delhi's best Japanese restaurant. Leisure facilities include a wonderfully equipped Gym and Spa, as well as a large outdoor swimming pool.
The Imperial Hotel, is one of Delhi's best known Hotels, and also one of the oldest hotels in Delhi. The hotel has been extensively covered by major International publications like Conde Nast traveler, and has often been voted, as the best place to stay in Delhi. Built in 1933, it has a somewhat unconventional style & design; a mixture of Victorian and old colonial with a playful dosage of art deco. The hotel, which is centrally located on Janpath, in the heart of Delhi, is set in beautiful gardens and its facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a shopping arcade, permanent in-house art galleries and a variety of restaurants.
The Oberoi is a modern, luxury hotel, comparable, with the finest in the world. Guests here can be assured of personal service and every 21st century convenience for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The Oberoi is centrally located in close proximity to the business and commercial centers and overlooks the immaculate greens of the Delhi Golf Club on one side, and the Humayun's Tomb on the other. The Oberoi, has two beautiful open-air temperature controlled pools and an ultra modern Spa and Fitness centre .