We flew from Manchester leaving on Thursday night and arrived in Delhi for mid Friday afternoon. Be prepared for the temperature change. It was 40+ while we were there so have some lighter clothes in your hand luggage that you can strip off into before you leave the airport!
HOW WE GOT TO THE HOTEL
WHERE WE STAYED?
We booked our hotel on the basis that we were planning to use trains. We stayed right near the Delhi train station at Hotel Aura. It seemed nice until we got to our windowless room! It was like we were in a panic room. When I phoned reception to ask if we could move to a room with a window he told me the windowless room is there superior room because rooms with windows are to loud. Now that I could believe, the constant horns is enough to make you deaf! So we stayed in our dark, windowless room and slept for a blissful 12 uninterrupted hours that night!
After chucking our stuff in our room and a quick shower we headed out to explore. You will find tuk tuks and rikshaws outside your hotel and on ever street corner. We jumped in a tuk tuk and headed to the Connaught Place which has a bunch of restaurants, shops, markets and Central Park which is a popular place that locals gathers. There are water features and a huge Indian flag.
After a solid 12 hours of sleep in our panic room we had breakfast at the hotel. As I was enjoying my jam on toast a mouse ran by my foot, nearly chocking I let the waiter know and his response was ‘oh, yes!’ with a smile and then he carried on making some toast. I guess I’m mentioning this because although I nearly died India is a 3rd world country, there is rubbish and waste everywhere and rodents aren’t anything to be alarmed about!
After breakfast we grabbed a tuk tuk from outside our hotel and headed to the Lotus Temple, a place of worship for people of the Baha’i faith. The temple is free to get into but the lines were huge. We waited for around a hour to get in. The temple is in the middle of immaculate gardens and directly adjacent to the temple is a museum of the Baha’i faith.
THE FINAL 2 DAYS
We returned to Delhi for 2 days after being in Goa and stayed at Welcom Hotel Dwarka. The Welcom hotel was in a much quieter area outside of the city, had a nice pool and an amazing spa. After being in chilled Goa for the week we wanted to finish our holiday nice and relaxed. Originally we had thought we would use the 2 days to see some more temples or shop but we were shopped out and the pool was calling!
Our last 2 days in Delhi were spent by the pool, having spa treatments and eating the most amazing Chinese food at The Shanghai Club.
If you ever see a abhyanga massage on a spa menu do yourself a favour and get it! I’ve never felt so relaxed, I floated right on out of the room!
THINGS NOT TO BE MISSED IN DELHI
- Connaught Place on a night time, people watching in Central Park by the giant flag is a must!
- United Coffee House at Connaught Palce. The decor is amazing and the food and cocktails are delish!
- The Lotus Temple.
- India Gate.