Believe it or not but a trip to Delhi doesn’t have to cost a bomb. Hey! If you are travelling to the capital on a shoe string budget and wondering places to visit for some quick and pocket friendly budget to stay, eat and shop, this list would come out as a great help for you. You can surely thank us later!
Delhi has a number of good budget hotels that offer a no-frills but comfortable stay. However, it is often said that New Delhi isn’t for the middle income group travellers to explore. Is it? Then let’s break the myth and find out a few hotels (good and safe) where you can get rooms at less than 2,000 bucks. Obviously that won’t burn a hole in your pocket..
1. Woodland Deluxe
Hotel Woodland Deluxe is located in the posh area of Pahar Ganj in New Delhi. Being centrally located the hotel enjoys close proximity to various historical sites in New Delhi.
Hotel Woodland Deluxe is a well styled hotel that offers the finest facilities to its guests. The hotel has multilingual staff and offers internet facility also. The restaurant serves delicious meals to its patrons. Other facilities include 24 hrs room service, laundry service, doctor on call and currency exchange.
Price- Rs. 540 per night
Where-No.8235/6, Multani Dhanda, Arakashan Road, Pahar Ganj.
2. Hotel India International
Featuring a meeting/banqueting space and a business centre, Hotel India International Deluxe is located just 500 m from Ramkrishna Metro Station. It operates a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. If you’re in this hotel, try their quintessential Punjabi cuisine like Parantha, Chicken tandooris and dal makhani—we bet you’ll keep wanting for more!
Price -Rs 1000 for double bedded room per night
Where-2485, Nalwa Street, Pahar Ganj, Behind Imperial Cinema, Chuna Mandi, Pahar Ganj.
3. Hotel Ajanta
One of the oldest, budget accommodations in Delhi, Hotel Ajanta has hosted travelers from all over the world. Centrally located, the hotel offers rooms in four categories other than its quite luxurious suites. Word of mouth has made them a recipient of so many prestigious awards and the first choice (in the Luxury Budget category) for guests coming to Delhi.
Price -1500 per night
Where -36, Arakashan Road, Ram Nagar | behind New Delhi Railway Station
4. Hotel Kanishka Palace
Hotel Kanishka Palace, the Best Budget Hotel in Karol Bagh, prime location of Delhi is an ideal hotel for Leisure tourist and corporate business meeting. Hotel Kanishka Palace is one of the finest family budget hotels at Karol Bagh, central Delhi.It is located at such a place where, on one side, there’s a posh residential area while on the other, similar good hotels can be located. This area always remains well guarded by the policemen as well, and at night, all the entrances to the area, except one, remains closed. In other words, if you want a proper budget hotel with a great security assurance, we recommend you Hotel Kanishka Palace.
Price -800 per night
Where -7A/1 W.E.A, Channa Market | Karol Bagh
5. Neptune Residency
You get something extra here besides the stay. Some facilities like Airport Pick & drop, Sight Seeing, Cab & Guide for Guests are available at nominal charges. Neptune Residency is an economy hotel ideal for business and leisure travellers. Guests who frequently visit the hotel recommend it for its comfortable room and excellent food.The hotel is at a short distance from Metro Station and Airport. Some of the nearby places of attraction that can be visited by the guests include India Gate, Red Fort, Bahai Temple, Qutab Minar, and Jama Masjid. Other attraction that can also be toured is Humayun Tomb.
Price- 1500 per night
Where -18, Bhera Enclave, Paschim Vihar, Main Outer Ring Road
We understand there is more to just a stay when you go out of town, so check out some very pocket friendly food joints –
MI Food Center
Some famous old places disappoint, some don’t. This one did not. If you reach early in the evening, you can beat the crowd that generally descends in the later hours. The menu is the typical Old Delhi kebab/tikka place menu and it is not expensive even compared to neighbourhood takeaways.
Price for two -₹600 for two people (approx.)
Where-43, Mehar Chand Market, Lodhi Colony
Kake Di Hatti
Located next to the Fatehpuri Masjid on a rather busy street, Kake di Hatti welcomes with the sight of preparation of gigantic naans at the front counter.It is boasted of three halls to seat its patrons, both humbled by a large bustling crowd and superseded in grandeur by the aroma of fresh paranthas and curries.
Price -₹400 for two people (approx.)
Where -55, Chaurch Mision Fateh Pur,, Church Mission Rd, Katra Pedan, Khari Baoli
Al Bake Restaurant
It will be nothing wrong to say that Whenever craving for juicy shawarma strikes, Delhi’s fast-food connoisseurs head to Al Bake. Its a crowded no-frills get-eat-go kind of a place where the focus is purely on the food. Famous for the Lebanese shawarma rolls which are generously stuffed with chicken, vegetables and the tastiest hummus. Sitting hidden like a treasure to find is the yummy and tasty food provider named Al-Bake. The taste is so hard to find as the restaurant itself.
Price -₹600 for two people (approx.)
Where -21-23, Community Centre, New Friends Colony.
Sitaram Diwan Chand
One of the most popular street food joint, Sitaram Diwan Chand is known to serve the best Chole Bhature in Delhi. It serves mouth watering Chole Bhature served with onions & pickle. The Chole is cooked nicely with the appropriate amount of spices. It is great value for money, food is very reasonably priced. A plate of Chole Bhature will cost you Rs 100 for two people.
Price -₹100 for two people (approx.)
Where-2243, Rajguru Marg, Chuna Mandi, Paharganj
Evergreen Sweet House
Evergreen Sweets got a hygiene makeover, so you can be sure of sanitary cooking conditions. Besides their exhaustive range of mithais, namkeens , cookies and chocolate, somewhere between the giant wedding packages’ display, they have a stellar vegetarian Indian, Chinese and Street Food menu. The Chinese will set you back a little over 200 rupees, but we can safely say its worth it. We recommend staying away from the street food, as ironic as this sounds; the sterilized conditions here have taken us away from it to the flavour we’ve all come to love.
Price -₹500 for two people (approx.)
Where -S-29 & 30, Main Market, Green Park
Now lets move on to the favourite most activity when you go to some other state or town. Guessed it right..Thats Shopping! You get all sorts of malls here, true, but listed here are few addictive shopping markets that we’re glued to. These are the places shopaholics crave to visit repeatedly.
1. Sarojini Nagar
At the Sarojini Nagar Market you get fashionable clothes at affordable prices. Export-surplus garments as well as rejected export clothing come to this market at throwaway prices. Just everything you need to buy in trendy times. What you get is clothes of even reputed brands here at cheap prices.
2. Lajpat Nagar – Central Market
All your shopaholic fantasies can see daylight here. You can get hold of some trendy clothes, footwear, accessories; branded and unbranded, in this popular south Delhi market. Take some time out to get your hands decorated with mehendi from the popular mehendiwalas there.
3. Janpath Market
One thing to remember while shopping at Janpath is to bargain as much as you can. There is no limit to how low you can get the prices to be ( better cut it to half first of all, straight away ). There is also no dearth of small cafes and restaurants here. College shopping, Office shopping, Jewellery shopping, Art piece, Decor things, Craft and even further reasons to visit this place.
4. Chandni Chowk
It is the perfect place to shop in. This densely populated market has been around for more than three centuries and was once visited by merchants from Turkey, China and even Holland. Visit to Khari Baoli is a must for the spice-lover — not to forget spices are what connected India to the West. Kinari Bazaar is the best place to look for zari and zardozi trimmings and tinsel.
5. Palika Bazar
Palika bazaar, situated near the busy market of Connaught Place, is the only air-conditioned underground market of Delhi. It is the ideal place to go for shopping, especially when you are coming to the city in summers. There is no limit as to what you can get at the Palika Bazaar market, situated in the capital city of India. The market dates back to the 1970s and there are as many as 390 shops situated inside its complex.
So this is much of all that you can do in the capital without worrying about the cash flow! No wonder lot many foreigners stay in Delhi for months keeping their tiny budget doing well for them.