It’s wise to book in advance, as Delhi’s most salubrious places can ﬁll up in a ﬂash, leaving new arrivals easy prey for commission sharks. Most hotels oﬀer pick-up from the airport with advance notice. Delhi’s budget bunch tend to oﬀer dreary rooms, bathrooms in need of a good scrub and patchy service. Most backpackers head for hyperactive Paharganj, a touristy pocket near the New Delhi train station that has some of the city’s cheapest beds. Midrange prices have rocketed upwards over recent years, so homestays are becoming an attractive alternative.