Delhi Journals

Delhi 2012

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An October 2012 trip to Delhi by koshkha

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Quote: Back to Delhi again - with a couple of days at the start and again at the end of our holiday

Hotel Tara Palace

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Hotel | "A Value for Money Favourite Pt1"

Hotel Tara Palace Photo, Delhi, India
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We first stayed at the Tara Palace in October 2010 and we liked it so much that we went back again two years later. During those two years between our visits I kept ‘almost’ getting around to writing about the hotel but something kept stopping me. I’m not sure if it was the desire to keep the place to myself and not tell too many people about this secret little gem of a hotel, or if it was the challenge of how to express how deeply I liked a place that I knew had some surrounding features that might horrify other people. I’ll confess that it’s maybe not a hotel for India ‘first timers’ as it comes with such a hearty dose of reality check that it might put some people off. It’s not a place ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2012

Hotel Tara Palace
419 Esplande Road
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi 110006
866-539-8117

Hotel Tara Palace

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Hotel | "A Value for Money Favourite Pt 2"

Hotel Tara Palace Photo, Delhi, India
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The reception area is clean and tidy but quite small. There’s a computer in one corner with internet access but people who cannot survive without wifi should be aware that there isn’t any even though lots of hotel booking sites incorrectly say that there is. If you should need it, there’s a small office in the building next door where you can book tours or just a car and driver for the day. They’ll also happily give you a map and any advice you need. We told the guy in the office that I’d emailed them to ask if they wanted to bid for the tour we wanted to do but nobody replied. He told me – with regret in his voice that it was "Our loss, madam, very sorry" but then when I told him what I was paying f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2012

Hotel Tara Palace
419 Esplande Road
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi 110006
866-539-8117

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque

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Attraction | "At the Mosque - part one"

Photo of Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque
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As someone who’s not really a fan of organised religions, I have a very open and enthusiastic mind when it comes to religious architecture. Churches and mosques are my favourites, probably because I’ve been to so many that I understand what I’m looking at, know what to look out for and I can find my way around. I love gurudwaras too (especially for the free sweets – yum) although I have to admit I’m often baffled by Hindu temples and (shame on me) a bit bored of Buddhism. The Jami Mosque in Old Delhi is a long way off being my favourite mosque – I like a lot more tiling and ‘bling’ – but for an Indian city mosque, it’s probably the best you’ll find.I’ve been twice. The first time was in th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2012

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque
Old City, Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque

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Attraction | "Friday Mosque - Part Two"

Photo of Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque
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Once you are inside it’s hard not to be impressed. By international terms it’s a rather modestly decorated mosque, mostly built in red sandstone which has been inlaid with marble. The sandstone is the same type that’s used in the Red Fort so there’s a satisfying sense of continuity. As tourists, we tend to miss the grand entrance which is opposite the Red Fort and has an impressive staircase leading up to the mosque, giving you time perhaps to contemplate your sins as you huff and puff up the stairs. The courtyard is enormous with a surprisingly small ablutions pool in the centre. Undoubtedly if 25,000 worshippers stopped to dip their toes there would be total chaos. You’ll find places around the peri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2012

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque
Old City, Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India

Zen Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Zen Again"

Zen Restaurant Photo, New Delhi, India
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Zen has become a tradition for my husband and me when we go to Delhi. I first discovered it many years ago and since then, it’s just something we do whenever we visit. We used to ‘save’ Zen for the end of our trip as something to look forward to when we were out in the middle of nowhere eating rice and dal day after day but eventually we realised that it wasn’t wise to keep this for the end because our stomachs had often ‘shrunk’ by the time we’d been in India for two weeks. This year we decided to start as we’d hope to go on – eat in our favourite place at the beginning of our trip.Zen is an Oriental restaurant serving mostly Chinese and Thai food although recently they’ve branched out in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2012

Zen Restaurant
B-25, Connaught Place
New Delhi, India 110001
91-11-23357444