Discovering Price range Hostels in Delhi – The Travelling Slacker


“I landed in Delhi, got a cab to my hotel in Paharganj (exactly where else?)… but then I got robbed in the evening, acquired an stomach infection, got assaulted by a cow, and even got lost on my way to the bus stand.”

This is a typical story for numerous foreigners, in particular these who are new in India. Yes, for some motives, most western backpackers finish up there since it is also the least expensive selection. Having said that, factors have changed of late and with the development of backpacker hostels, you do not have to go bankrupt to remain invarious other components of Delhi also and nor do you have to endure. But let us have a bit of a background prior to that.

So, how did Paharganj create into what it is now?

I am not positive but ever considering that I keep in mind, this has been the only selection for spending budget travellers in Delhi. Back in the 90s, some of my relatives visited the Delhi for that as soon as in a lifetime adventure and spoke very of thisplace, while I’m positive they have been under no circumstances produced conscious of any other selection. The main advantage of Paharganj is its place, which is adjacent to New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS). On the metro, it is just two stops to Rajiv Chowk i.e. Connaught Location (CP), the centre of the city that everybody visited while,  once again I am not positive why. Anything like street meals are overpriced at CP. Similarly, the walled city of Old Delhi, is also not far from right here.

Nonetheless, this is how the legend of Paharganj created. It is a thick concentration of concrete with no space to breathe. Most of these concrete slabs sooner or later became low-priced hotels. Significantly less privileged people today arriving in Delhi, who could not afford the luxury hotels, inevitably ran to Paharganj, as that is the only location that provide them feasible prices. Even in this day and age you can get rooms for 400-500 if you ventured into the inner alleys, and if you do not let some middleman exploit you. In the 60s, the so named “Hippie Trail” produced this location a favourite amongst these people today with dreadlocks. This is why the restaurants have Bob Marley posters and serve falafel.

Having said that, the reputation of the location invariably attracted undesirable components, and shady corporations, which are quick to operate inside these dark alleys. This is why, apart from getting a chaotic and polluted mess, Paharganj has also acquired a reputation of getting unsafe. Lately I even saw the trailer of a new film, named just after the location itself. It apparently is about a lady who comes right here I search of her companion who disappeared in Paharganj (what else?).

So, this brings me to the original point.There is no want to remain right here, not even if you are a spending budget traveller in Delhi.This is not to say that the location does not have a specific pull, that is linked with the underbelly of any city. Having said that, this performs only if you are currently an India veteran, know simple Hindi, and conscious of all the tricks as properly as trappings of Indian tourist scene. If you are new, unsure, and not confident of srviving on your personal, the very best selection is to prevent this location. You can discover it later, as soon as you get utilized to the nation.

Now, a casual search in Hostelworld showed me at least five dozen hostels in Delhi itself. Yes, this is how the hostel scene has explored in the final four-five years in India. Now, some of these are certainly situated in Paharganj and Old Delhi. But I recommend you appear for the a single towards South Delhi, exactly where you will come across far more spacious accomodatiuons at comparable prices of INR 400-600. I am not right here to market any particular house. So, I am just mentioning some locaclties. You will undoubtedly come across hostels in these places. Also, with the comprehensive metro network of Delhi, transportaion will nevr be an problem in any case.

Malviya Nagar- Saket- Mehrauli

These are the southermost places of Delhi and amongst the most preferred residential places in Delhi. I have stayed in Saket in a hostel on a single occassion, and prior to that, I lived in a rented space in this location for a extended time. These residential complexes hide some of the oldest  but least identified monuments of Delhi, even though the Qutub Minar towers more than Mehrauli, which is virtually the oldest settlement of Delhi. Sooner or later the road right here connects you to Gurgaon. So, if you have some company in Gurgaon, then also this is a very good location to remain. The Yellow Line of Delhi Metro connects these areas straight to CP, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi), New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), Old Delhi Railway Station (DLI), and also Kashmiri Gate Bus Stand (ISBT).

Nearest Metro Stations: Malviyanagar, Saket, Qutub Minar, Chattarpur

Regional attractions: Qutub Minar, Mehrauli Archeolgical Park, Mehrauli Village, Champa Gali, Garden of 5 Senses, Qila Rai Pithora, Jahanpanah

Hauz Khas Village-Green Park- Safderjung

This is virtually a single of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Delhi, interpersed once again with some exciting monuments of Siri, the second city of Delhi. Hauz Khas Village, a pedestrianized neighbourhood complete of art galleries, boutique shops, cafes, and pubs, is a well-known hangouts in the city while indicators of excessive commercialization are visible. This location also falls on the Yellow Line of Delhi Metro as the a single above and is even closer to the center.

Nearest Metro Stations: Hauz Khas, Green Park

Regional attractions: HKV, Siri Fort &amp Lake, Humayunpur

South Ex

South Extension is a different well-known residential location connecting Yellow and Violet Lines through the Pink Line of Delhi Metro. It is the location involving Lajpat Nagar and AIIMS. Main cultural centers of Delhi such as Siri Fort Auditorium, India Habitat Center, &amp India International Center are not far from right here. The Pink Line also straight connects it to the Nizamuddin Dargah as properly as the Railway Station (NZM).

Nearest Metro Stations: South Ex, AIIMS, Mulchand, Lajpat Nagar

Regional attractions: Siri Fort Auditorium, India Habitat Center, Shahpur Jat, Masjid Moth, Kotla Mubarakpur Complicated, Nizamuddin, Humayun’s Tomb and so on.

Vasant Kunj

This is a different upmarket residential locality in the southwestern corner of Delhi. Today it is complete of malls and industry areas. Vasant Kunj does not specifically have a metro line but there are some nearby places with metro connectivity. Having said that, the main advantage of staying right here is that it is considerably closer to the international airport (IGI) compared to other places.

Nearest Metro Stations: Chattarpur on Yellow Line , Delhi Aerocity Airport Express(Orange Line) and Vasant Vihar(Magenta Line)

Regional Atractions: Sultan Garhi, RK Puram Complicated

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This location is situated on the south-eastern element of Delhi along the Violet Line of Delhi Metro. It is close to the well-known attraction of the iconic Lotus Temple. THe metro connects it straight to the Red Fort and Kashmiri Gate Bus Station (ISBT). Nizamiddin station is also not really far from right here.

Nearest Metro Stations: Chattarpur on Yellow Line , Delhi Aerocity Airport Express(Orange Line) and Vasant Vihar(Magenta Line)

Regional Atractions: Lotus Temple, Purana Qila &amp Zoo, Feroz Shah Kotla, Tughlaqabad

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