Delhi Journals

Delhi--Beauty, Beggars, and Biryani

Best of IgoUgo

A February 2008 trip to Delhi by francelvr

Claridges Photo, Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: Impressions of Delhi, gathered during an early 2008 trip, our first (but hopefully not last) visit to the Indian subcontinent.

Delhi--Beauty, Beggars, and Biryani

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Old Delhi Photo, Delhi, India
Quote:
A cacophony of sights, sounds, and smells, the ancient Indian city of Delhi pushes every button. It is thick ropes of delicate lavender orchids draped across every inch of a wedding canopy, a beggar woman pressing her baby's face to the window of our taxi, and the mouthwatering scent of tandoori wafting from a pocket-size "Old Delhi" restaurant. After a long flight, we arrived in Delhi’s chaotic airport late at night but were quickly whisked to our hotel by the manager of the travel agency that handled our trip. My first glimpse of India’s dense masses was the wall of humanity at the airport exit. Some here were picking up friends or relatives while others were tour operators or taxi dr...Read More

Claridges

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "The Claridges: Dignified Delhi Digs, But Not Exactly a Deal"

Claridges Photo, Delhi, India
Quote:
Set in the heart of Delhi, The Claridges is a semi-posh hotel featuring 137 rooms on three floors. More importantly, it is peaceful, secure (set within a walled compound), and close to the historic sites, shopping areas, and restaurants of India’s capital city. It lies 35 minutes by car from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.Built in the 1950s, The Claridges offers rooms in several price ranges. We stayed in a Club Room (40 sq. meters), which cost about $225 a night and featured a large bedroom with a separate seating area where one could lounge on a couch while watching the plasma TV or work at the desk. The Claridges offers some rooms that are very newly renovated but ours did not ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 21, 2008

Claridges
12 Aurangzeb Rd.
Delhi, India 110011
+91 (11) 4133-5133

Old Delhi

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Old Delhi, Traditional home of Delhi's Muslims but much more"

Old Delhi Photo, Delhi, India
Quote:
Now known as "Old Delhi", the city once called Shahjahanabad was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and served as the Mughal Empire’s capital from 1649-1857. Today, it still surrounded by crumbling city walls, three surviving gates and quite separate from the rest of Delhi. Its labyrinth of narrow lanes, some scarcely wider than a man’s outstretched arms, is crowded with cycle rickshaws and lined with 17th-century havelis (Indian mansions), their once-ornate faces now covered with rusted signs and sprouting satellite dishes and power lines strung higgledy piggledy. Mostly Muslim, the residents of Old Delhi live lives that revolve around work and the local mosque, much as they did a century ago...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2008

Old Delhi
Red Fort to Chadni Chowk area
Delhi, India

Delhi airport international departures-3/08 Photo, Delhi, India
Quote:
If you've never before flown through a third-world airport and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the first, it could well be your baptism of fire. Though there are signs plastered all over the facility stating that airport officials are working hard to prepare the facility for the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi), heaven help the athletes and attendees if the local bureaucrats don't make good on this pledge.Truthfully, the number of passengers passing through this airport have skyrocketed over the past past few years and numerous improvements are obviously being made to it. However, if our experiences flying in and out of there in early 2008 are any measure, things still...Read More