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What's the best neighborhood in New Delhi for a first time visitor?

I've never been to New Delhi and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what New Delhi is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!

12 Answers

top answer by
Vikalp from New Delhi

Some good areas to stay are,

Malviya Nagar

Hauz Khas

Greater Kailash

Karol Bagh

These are relatively safe and all of them except (Karol Bag) is near to airport.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Malviya Nagar (attraction)
  2. Hauz Khas (attraction)
  3. Greater Kailash (attraction)
  4. Karol Bagh (attraction)
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answered by
Saksham from New Delhi

Just stay in hotels at Karol Bagh area.It's in the center of delhi. From there you will get easily access to important places in delhi.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Karol Bagh (attraction)
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answered by
Rajat from New Delhi, India

You will get lots of hotels when you will check out the New Delhi railway station. They are very good hotels, good service, less expensive as well
and if you want to stay at 5 star hotel. I'll ask you to stay at The Oberoi Hotel or Le Méridien or Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini.
For further information you can contact me on

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. New Delhi (attraction)
  2. The Oberoi Hotel (hotel)
  3. Le Méridien (hotel)
  4. Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini (hotel)
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answered by
Varun from Pune, Maharashtra

South Extension I or Defence Colony area is a great place to experience New Delhi.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. South Extension I (attraction)
  2. Defence Colony (attraction)
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answered by
Akanksha from New Delhi

I would recommend Connaught Place Khan Market University Enclave(This is where Delhi University's kids stay) or Hauz khas village. It all depends on your budget. If you want really cheap then try paharganj though it wouldn't be my first option

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Connaught Place (attraction)
  2. Khan Market (attraction)
  3. University Enclave (attraction)
  4. Hauz khas village (attraction)
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answered by
Vasilis from Helsinki

We have been to Delhi twice and our favorite neighborhood is Hauz Khas, popular among young Delhiites. There are plenty of restaurants and trendy cafes to choose from, and quirky little shops selling local designer's clothes, jewels and other items.  In our last visit to Delhi (2014), we stayed at Amarya Villa, near Hauz Khaz Village, and loved every minute of our staying there. Super-friendly staff and beautifully appointed rooms. Another favorite hotel of ours is The Manor

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hauz Khas (attraction)
  2. Amarya Villa (hotel)
  3. The Manor (hotel)
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answered by
Arpit from Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rather than suggestion you the places, I will suggest some good hotels with good reviews to stay:-

1. FLORENCE INN 3* in Karol Bagh

2. The Visaya 4* in South Delhi near IIT

3. The Imperial New Delhi 5* at Janpath

4. Janpath Guest House 2* at Cannught Place

5. The Lalit New Delhi at Cannught Place

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. FLORENCE INN (hotel)
  2. The Visaya (hotel)
  3. The Imperial New Delhi (restaurant)
  4. Janpath Guest House (hotel)
  5. The Lalit New Delhi (hotel)
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answered by
Gita from Mumbai

Hi Katie,

Having studied and worked in Delhi for a few years, explored it as a tourist, lived as a resident and still visit once or twice a year, I'd suggest the South of Delhi, the best place being Greater Kailash and it's surrounding areas. You will find a lot of good 5 Star hotels, if you're not keen on using, in the surrounding areas of East of KailashNehru PlaceMalviya NagarPanchsheel Park. On the fringes of South Delhi is my favourite place and a must visit for everyone, Dilli Haat. Some of the best restaurants and boutique stores can be found in the hip and bohemian Hauz khas village which, too, is in South Delhi. One of the most peaceful places in a busy and noisy city like New Delhi is the Temple of the Persian Bahai Faith; Lotus Temple. The area of Mehrauli and the Qutab Minar, and many other monuments are in the South Delhi and those in the centre of Delhi can be easily accessed while staying there. Last, but not the least, the Indira Gandhi International Airport is in South Delhi.

My personal favourite, when it comes to Hotels in New Delhi would have to be The Leela Palace

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Greater Kailash (attraction)
  2. East of Kailash (attraction)
  3. Nehru Place (attraction)
  4. Malviya Nagar (attraction)
  5. Panchsheel Park (attraction)
  6. Dilli Haat (attraction)
  7. Hauz khas village (attraction)
  8. Lotus Temple (attraction)
  9. Mehrauli (attraction)
  10. Qutab Minar (attraction)
  11. Indira Gandhi International Airport (attraction)
  12. The Leela Palace (hotel)
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answered by
Steve from San Francisco

Hi Katie! Undoubtedly Connaught Place, which is often called as the heart of Delhi and probably the best place to stay in Delhi. You can try out The Imperial, The Lalit New Delhi or The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa (all in 5 star category) or Palace Heights, Rudra Buildwell(in 3 star category). 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Connaught Place (attraction)
  2. Delhi (attraction)
  3. The Imperial (hotel)
  4. The Lalit New Delhi (hotel)
  5. The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa (hotel)
  6. Palace Heights, Rudra Buildwell (attraction)
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answered by
Ajay from New Delhi

Please please do advise your Budget / catagory of Hotel  required _ else if you are proposed a priced hotel, it will spoil your budget.

Please advise the number of days. 

Stay close to Metro station (if you are on Budget).

Rajiv Chowk(earlier Connaught Place) _ is the central-centre of Delhi. Move towards South and you are in better part of Delhi, Move toward west is the congested part of Delhi. Move towards east is congested again.



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rajiv Chowk (attraction)

answered by

Hi Katie

Hauz Khas is the artsy neighbourhood of New Delhi that comes alive with pubs at night. Connaught Placeis the most central but expensive option and South Delhi neighbourhood is the cleaner, greener, upscal-y neighbourhood with lotsa restaurants and smaller hotels (New Friends ColonyGreater Kailash IGK 2 M Block Bus StopDefence Colony). They have youth hostels to smaller boutique hotels to big hotels too.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hauz Khas (attraction)
  2. Connaught Place (attraction)
  3. South Delhi (attraction)
  4. New Friends Colony (attraction)
  5. Greater Kailash I (attraction)
  6. GK 2 M Block Bus Stop (attraction)
  7. Defence Colony (attraction)

answered by
Kuber from Mumbai, India

New Delhi is generally an unsafe place for women travelling alone. Especially at night. It has a lot of incidents of sexual harassment because a lot of frustrated people from the (backward & repressed) neighbouring states have come over to Delhi. South (New) Delhi is the best location in Delhi.

However, to stay, get a good hotel in South Delhi. Most of the best ones are already there. The area around India Gate should be safer because it is also closer to the parliament. Hotel Sangri-la is situated there, which is a good Hotel. Moreover, just be careful and don't trust strangers and let someone know of your wareabouts. Give someone access over your iPhone location using the FindMyFriends App. Don't be scared, just be careful. 

Side Note: There is also an Old Delhi but usually when anyone says "Delhi" they mean New Delhi.

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