Best Delhi hostel for solo female traveler on New Year's Eve
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 2:35 AM Last Post By: dareau21
Dec 28, 2011 8:21 AM
Best Delhi hostel for solo female traveler on New Year's EveThe title says it all. I land in Delhi on New Year's Eve and hope not to celebrate the day alone! I'm a little out of practice with backpacking, though. In your opinion, what hostels are the easiest to meet other people at? Due to my budget and the fact I'd like to book ahead of time, I've narrowed the list to Smyle Inn, Ivory Hostel, Holy Cow and New King.
Also, I don't want to pay for the fancy hotels. Will the bars in Paharganj be fun? Or is there a public place people gather outdoors? (like Times Square in New York or Navy Pier in Chicago to watch the fireworks)
Thanks for any advice!
Dec 28, 2011 9:08 AM
1If you are ok with VERY unfancy hotels - then Paharganj is surely the best place to catch up with other travellers on New Year Eve in Delhi. I guess there is no need to book the hotel ahead. Just arrive and look around. There are plenty of them. There is a Connaught Place not far from Paharganj (like 5-10min by rikshaw or auto) - it is the best public place to be during the New Year Eve, but i suggest that you wouldn't be there alone. Share idea with some other foreign travellers to get there together to be at 12 o'clock.
The other choice of mine would be Majnu-ka-Tilla in North Delhi - the Tibetan Refuge Camp. They always organize the New year parties over there and Tibetans are nice folks to mix up with for a New year. You could meet foreign travellers there too. And personally the guest houses in that camp, though not fancy too, are much much better than shabby Paharganj.
Dec 28, 2011 1:42 PM
Dec 28, 2011 7:27 PM
3I stayed at Smyle two years ago. It will serve its purpose, but dont expect too much.
Dec 29, 2011 4:04 PM
4I stayed at Smyle Inn too. Get an air con room if you are there in the summer. The plus points are it is clean and there is hot water. Also there are internet facilities and chilled refreshments. Breakfast is OK too.
The minus points are it is down a rather grim alleyway off the main stretch. Actually very grim. I was there with my husband and would leave and arrive with him most of the time and I found it fine. Though I did sometimes go out by myself. I think the hotel itself would probably be fine for a lone woman though I was with my husband.
As for bars, there are not a lot in Paharganj. But if you go to the end there are a couple. I would recommend going to the restaurant in the Hotel Metropole at the end of the street near the Metro station. The food is outstanding and you can have the odd Kingfisher there. They have a bar too. Message me if you want another bar tip or have any other questions.
Edited by: littlesaint
Nov 16, 2012 3:25 PM
5Guys I am looking for the same! I want to stay in a backpacker's hostel. Are there any?
And is Pahargang the "Khao San Rd." of Delhi???
Nov 16, 2012 3:28 PM
6yangzo, what amazing advice!
I really hope to stay at the Majnu-ka-Tilla in North Delhi - the Tibetan Refuge Camp. Do you have contact details? Is it possible to stay there for a few nights like 28th to the 1st/Jan.? Thanks so much! Tashi Dele.
Nov 16, 2012 4:09 PM
7It's possible you will need a permit to stay in Majnu-ka-Tilla, as you do in other Tibetan camps now. You can get those in Delhi, though. There are a couple of email addresses here:
Here is another:
I don't know that it applies to Majnu-ka-Tilla, but it might. The rules changed this past August.
Nov 21, 2012 2:35 AM
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