Feature: Delhi Neighbourhoods
Sprawling out for miles as a collection of cities, towns and villages rather than a coherent whole, Delhi can be a tricky place to navigate. Here's a quick breakdown of the key neighbourhoods:
- Old Delhi With narrow, ancient-feeling bazaars, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi railway station and the Kashmere Gate bus station.
- Paharganj Backpacker central, with cheap and midrange hotels; handy for New Delhi railway station.
- Connaught Place Colonial-era colonnade with midrange shops, eateries and bars, wrapped around a chaotic-feeling central hub.
- Karol Bagh Busy middle-class shopping district for well-priced, glittery wedding outfits and electronics; most hotels served by agencies and touts are here.
- New Delhi Tree-lined boulevards, expensive real estate, parks, upscale hotels and grand, Raj-era parliament buildings.
- Nizamuddin A Muslim quarter, home to Humayun's Tomb, Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah and Nizamuddin train station; Lodi Rd and Sunder Nagar are nearby.
- Chanakyapuri Upscale New Delhi diplomatic quarter, southwest of the centre.
- Defence Colony Some of Delhi's finest eateries and an increasing number of cool bars.
- Safdarjung Enclave Upmarket enclave with some appealing bar-restaurants.
- Hauz Khas District with some good accommodation; its village is home to boutiques, bars and eateries, and next to a lovely park.
- Shahpur Jat Village Within the ruined walls of Siri Fort, with fashion boutiques and quirky restaurants.
- Greater Kailash I & II Swanky residential colonies, with midrange shopping.
- Saket Huge shopping malls and pleasant residential area.
Delhi's museums range from grand, all-encompassing affairs, to quirky little numbers that will pique specialist interests. With the exception of the expensive National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art, most museums and galleries are either free to enter or very cheap. Nearly all are closed on Mondays.
Activities, Tours & Green Spaces
Famous for being overcrowded and heavily polluted, Delhi does, thankfully, have pockets of restfulness in its parks and within the grounds of some its larger archaeological sites. There are a number of excellent tours, particularly walking tours, to be taken in Delhi; a great idea if you're feeling overwhelmed when you first arrive.