Other areas to stay in New Delhi
This area is to the south of Connaught Place and is at the very centre of New Delhi and for many is the chief attraction, which is this 42 metre high Indian Gate. It has been compared to “Arc de Triomphe” in Paris, which is easy to see why with its huge archway in the middle of a roundabout. The enormous monument is dedicated to the 70,000 Indian soldiers that lost their lives fighting alongside the British Army during the First World War. This was erected in 1921 and since then there have been other memorials set up next to it including the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which represents India’s independence. There is also an eternal flame, which burns day and night under the arch and this in memory of the soldiers that died in the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971. This particular moving and sobering area is extra special at night as it is lit up wonderfully along with a display of the fountains and coloured lights. There are also wide open green spaces for people to sit on and have a picnic too. Another place of interest is the National Museum, which has a huge display of arts and handicrafts from all over the country with the most interesting sections being Indus Valley Culture and Buddhist Heritage. The National Science Centre is a fun and interactive place for all ages and there are sections on Indian Science and Technology as well as DNA Science and Dinosaurs. There are also a couple of theatres in the area as well as cinemas that both have English and Indian shows and productions. The restaurants here offer a wide range of cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, European and Indian, which can be found along the main strip. There are a good amount of trendy bars and clubs that are situated on top of buildings, in basements and even beside swimming pools. The hotels offer some of the best views in the area with the majority being luxurious but do come with a more expensive price.
This area receives a lot of praise from tourists due to its concentration of affordable hotels, shops and restaurants. The name “Paharganj” means “hilly neighbourhood” and the main attraction is the market, where you can buy all sorts of items from spices, herbs, textiles, handicrafts, fresh produce, clothes and much more. Other things to see in the area are the Qadam Sharif dargah, which is a monument dedicated to the Prophet Mohammed as well as Qazi Wali Masjid, which is a mosque that has beautiful carvings and arched doorways. The majority of restaurants are mainly Indian influenced though there are a few other cuisines if you look hard enough. These meals are generally exceptionally cheap so you can eat yourself to sleep and the cheapest hotels and hostels can be found by the train station.