May 17, 2006
Disclaimer: I derive more satisfaction from paying less for a room, than splurging for a spacious and clean space. To me, it's part of the experience. To this end, I arrived at the Kiran Guesthouse in Paharganj. I wasn't looking for something flashy, I was looking for something around, say...120 rupees. Done, is all (I'm assuming it was Kiran), that whoever the person behind the desk could say. Because it was off-season, he was happy to have the business, and I was happy to have a mattress to rest on.
Let me add that this is not the nicest place, but if you're more concerned with price, rather than cleanliness, and easy access to New Delhi rail station, then Kiran's is your glass slipper.
As a side note, Paharganj is not the area to stay in if you're looking to experience India. But if the price is right for a night or two, then it's perfect. Do NOT stay in Paharganj for more than one night. It's basically a tourist ghetto that, while offering western conveniences, is not the same as staying in Old or New Delhi. Bottom line: price wins out a night or two, but the allure of India should win out.
What Paharganj lacks in culture (some kid tried to sell me a whip), it makes up for in conveniences. Inexpensive Internet cafes line the streets, along with anything else you could possibly need.
From journal India