Where to Stay

Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

For

Gurgaon is modern and affluent with a super-slick 'sky train' (known as Rapid Metro) linked to the Delhi Metro. Good high-end eating options and lots of shopping malls.

Against

So far out that it's actually in the Indian state of Haryana! You'll need at least an hour to get the metro into the city centre.

New Delhi

For

Wide tree-lined avenues dotted with colonial-era bungalows and British-era architecture and monuments.

Against

Budget accommodation is thin on the ground. Walking distances can be vast.

Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

For

The bustling heart of the city, full of colour, noise and vibrancy. Famed for its network of bazaars, its fabulous street food, and some of the city's most famous Mughal monuments. On its fringes lies the district of Paharganj, Delhi's Backpacker Central.

Against

Too noisy and overcrowded for some. Some of the cheapest guesthouses aren't registered to accept foreigners.

South Delhi

For

Relatively leafy and quiet, this is where you'll find Delhi's most affluent neighbourhoods, meaning accommodation is often of a high standard.

Against

Slim pickings for budgeteers. You'll be relying on taxis and autorickshaws more than in other neighbourhoods.

Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

For

A diverse neighbourhood, this area stretches from the colonial-era bungalows of New Delhi down to the Muslim basti (slums) of Nizamuddin. Decent choice of midrange accommodation.

Against

Parts of the neighbourhood are a long way from the centre and can feel isolated due to sparse transport links.