By Christopher Feddersen
New Delhi
India
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New Delhi is the capital of culturally rich India and a part of the greater city of Delhi, one of the largest and liveliest cities in the world. Also among the oldest cities in Indian civilization and therefore the world, Delhi is said to have been destroyed and rebuilt eleven times. Its many reincarnations are on magnificent display through enormous monuments to power and wealth and through the customs and traditions of scores of cultures that have passed through this global crossroads. Delhi may be the most interesting place in the world to find yourself in a street festival, a temple, walking through a palace or tasting exotic spices. EscapeWizard.com makes it easy to plan your New Delhi experience.

Delhi's airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), has undergone renovations and now boasts some of the most modern terminal facilities in the world.  Browse for flights to Delhi with EscapeWizard.com's powerful search engine at (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). To find hotels in Delhi, visit EscapeWizard.com's hotel search engine at (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Experiencing Delhi means being among people. This is a boisterous city overflowing with colors, aromas and sounds. Some of the most eye-catching spectacles you can take in will be on the streets. Take notice of the variety of people living in Delhi and the clothes, languages, and foods they have brought with them. At a street-side chaat - or savory snack - stall, you may see Himalayans, Bengalis, Sikhs, Tibetans, Turks and Punjabis all together.

Connaught Place (also known as Rajiv Chowk) is a centralized area from which to find your bearings in Delhi. Connaught Place is a large, colonial British-built circular shopping plaza that offers a large number of tourist offices that can assist you in your itinerary. Sorting out which tourist offices are official government ones and which are not may be impossible, so shop around to make sure you find prices and guides you are comfortable with.

EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to Delhi's largest structure, the Red Fort. Built of red sandstone by Mughal emperors five hundred years ago, the Red Fort is an imposing castle and palace dominating the city. Although many of the fort's marble inlays and imperial ornamentations are gone, visitors have the run of the fort and can meander through rooms, lush green gardens and courtyards. There are architectural curiosities here, lively bazaars and intriguing stories of the rulers who governed this area from the fort. On most evenings there is a sound and light show.

Humayun's Tomb, another characteristic Mughal structure is one of the precursors to the Taj Mahal and now rests amidst some of the best maintained gardens in Delhi. This UNESCO World Heritage site, the tomb of India's second Mughal emperor, is a display of the blending of Persian, Turkish, Indian and other architectural styles and has an interesting story of historical intrigue to tell.

A relatively new temple that is gaining popularity among visitors is the Lotus Temple of Baha'i faith. This cement structure resembling a lotus flower in a garden pool is always well-staffed by baha'i observers from around the world which means you could hear familiar accents from home. Visiting the temple means interacting with the staff as they invite you to pray within the temple.
A memorial that connects well to visitors is the Raj Ghat which is the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. A black marble monolith marks the place where Gandhi was cremated and serves as an active place for commemorations of Gandhi's life and legacy. Other structures at the memorial include a life-like statue capturing Gandhi's famous salt march.

A particularly thought-provoking structure is that of Jantar Mantar, a complex of permanent and oversized astronomy instruments built in the 18th century to study the movements of stars and planets. These are monuments, in fact, to the scientific curiosity and mathematical discoveries of India.

India's crown jewel, of course, is the Taj Mahal in nearby Agra. The Taj Mahal is accessible from Delhi with a three-hour car ride or slightly longer train journey, but it is certainly worth devoting a day to. It is possible to take pictures of the monument without people on it if you arrive before opening at sunrise, but you will also enjoy photos of the Taj Mahal with colorfully billowing Indian gowns contrasting with the beautiful white marble. Many visitors come away from their Taj Mahal visit concluding that this is the most beautiful structure in the world.

Other monuments and structures to visit in Delhi include Akshardam Temple, India Gate, Qutub Minar, the tomb of Isa Khan Niyazi, the Parliament buildings, and Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque in India.

There are more palaces, gardens, mausoleums, and memorials and than any visitor could possibly see even in multiple trips to Delhi. While enjoying those that you choose to visit, take part in Delhi's everyday rituals such as wonderfully spicy cuisine and visiting temples with their flower blossom pageantry that is open to all.  More adventurous visitors will try Delhi street food, most of which can hardly be described adequately for westerners since it often includes ingredients that have no western name. On Delhi's streets try chaat, paranthas, samosas, aloo ke kulle, and ghee-soaked bread from paranthewallahs. In restaurants, of which Delhi has some of India's finest, you are sure to experience flavors and spices that you have never come across before. Even McDonald's in Delhi offers some new foods that you cannot find anywhere else. At Indian restaurants try masalas, thalis, paneers, tikkis, daals, tandooris. Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk is one of the foremost food plazas in India.

Shopping in Delhi's markets and bazaars is another unforgettable experience and India's prices make luxurious items such as jewelry and hand-made carpets seem more affordable than they would be anywhere else. Paharganj is popular among backpackers and is one of those markets where you are likely to walk shoulder to shoulder with cows. Also try Janpath, Khan Market, Rajouri Garden Market and Khari Baoli spice market.

Although the immense size of this city of 15 million can be imposing, experiencing Delhi is as simple as walking through the cities many shopping areas, restaurants or hailing taxis to take you between monuments. Still, it is amazing how many opportunities there are, whether in temples or gardens, to find serenity in this bustling city. One realizes that serenity in a crowded world is part of the lifestyle and philosophy here; and it is also the perfect excuse to jump into the crowds with gusto and try something new.

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Hotels in New Delhi
By Quinn N. Leach
Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi
Number 1, MG Road, Sector 29, Gurgaon, India
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After arriving in Gurgaon, New Delhi, travelers are awestruck by the high rise buildings amongst the burgeoning epicenter of India's business elite. Gurgaon was ranked as the best city to live in by India's leading business magazine- Business Today in 2009, and is home to some of the world's leading corporations such as IBM, GE, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, American Express, and Coke, to name a few. The Westin Gurgaon, New Dehli is conveniently located on the M.G. road in the heart of the city, and is just 15 minutes from Dehli's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Check-in time is 2 p.m., and complimentary shuttle service is available to get you to all of the local cultural and culinary hot spots.

The Westin Gurgaon offers 8 different room selections, with 4 standard and 4 suite options available. All rooms offer LCD televisions, a DVD player, Wi-Fi, ironing service, basic room service, a hair dryer, an electronic safe, and a mini bar. Complimentary services vary with room selection. The basic, or Deluxe room, offers one queen size bed, one full bathroom with a hair dryer, an ironing board, a 42 inch LCD TV, a workstation, chargeable Wi-Fi, and a chargeable mini bar.

This hotel features a spa, an outdoor pool, an executive club lounge, a salon, and a fitness studio. The pool is open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., with a beautiful bamboo plantation on one side, and the PREGO Italian restaurant on the opposite side. There is a total of 5 food venues within the hotel to suit even the pickiest traveler's tastes. Spa hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m.., with reservations strongly recommended. Spa features include whirlpools, mineral pools, couples rooms, aqua therapy, Ayurveda and Thai treatment rooms, and yoga. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and includes cardio machines, strength-training equipment and urethane-encased dumbbells, disks, rubber mats and wellness balls. New Balance gear rental is available for a small service charge.

Check-out time is 12 p.m. to allow for a truly relaxing experience. Gurgaon is a unique gateway to the area's ancient monuments and temples, museums, Jaipur, and of course the Taj Mahal. There is something for everyone from every walk of life in this city including fine dining, breathtaking performing arts, and a glittery nightlife. If you plan on visiting this Indian gem in the near future, EscapeWizard.com looks forward to helping you save money on your booking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in New Delhi
By Carlos Melgar
Le Meridien New Delhi
Windsor Place, New Delhi, India
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Situated two kilometers from Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of the president of India is Le Méridien New Delhi. The hotel is set in heart of the most glamorous shopping and entertainment districts in New Delhi and is an approximately an half hour drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Check in is at 3 p.m. Check out is at 12 p.m.

Guest staying at Le Méridien New Delhi will experience stylish rooms featured with 42-inch plasma flat screen TV’s that are equipped with satellite channels and in-room movies. In addition, guests will enjoy spacious sitting and work areas that create an inviting place for you to relax in a busy city. All guest rooms have High Speed Internet Access for 750 Indian rupees (INR) per day, wake-up service, international direct dialing, a refrigerator, and, of course, a mini bar.

Whether one decides to venture the streets of New Delhi for rich flavors or stay in, Le Méridien New Delhi offers a wide range of cuisines from Indian to Chinese to even continental. With 24-Hour-In-Room Dining, guests are able to discover combinations of flavors and aromas, while relaxing in the comfort of their own bed. After a busy day on the streets, guests can relax in the hotels unique spa facility that combines ancient Indian science with 21st-century technology to balance ones individual energy. The spa also includes a gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool and separate wet areas for men and women with a steam room and Jacuzzi.

Whether you are here for business or just immersing yourself into a culture so rich and beautiful, Le Méridien New Delhi is the place to be. Need help booking your hotel reservation? Let EscapeWizard.com help you with your travel needs; just click the link to get started on your search for low pricing today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in New Delhi
By Sara Katayama
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla
Plot No. 1, Community Centre Phase - 1, Okhla, New Delhi , India
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Visiting New Delhi for business? Or pleasure? If so, you’ll want to consider the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort in New Delhi Okhla. This place is perfect for business trips away from home, or for enjoying the local culture and all it has to offer: the Lotus Temple, Delhi Golf Club, and the Khan Market! Only a short walk away from the hotel are international department stores and other bistros, great for any traveler.

Remember, if you are planning on traveling by taxi, it is optimum to pick the pre-paid taxi service and negotiate price beforehand. Other transportation options include the hotel limo services, train, subway, and the ever authentic rickshaw! After getting to the hotel, if you are worried about lengthy check in times, be aware the hotel offers a separate check in space designated for quick check ins.

Once one of these lavish rooms, you will feel the luxuries of home, even while on vacation or a business trip! Need a morning pick me up? They have you covered with both coffee and tea, maker included, and an optional morning newspaper delivered right to your room! For lunch they have two restaurants, featuring a variety of cuisine and drinks, to fit your needs! In the evenings relax in front of a 40” television, with DVD player and movie rentals available. Guests are even invited to use the gaming consoles and board games conveniently located at either one of their two lounges or at the concierge.

Staying in? The Crowne Plaza comes packed with exciting things to keep you busy! An outdoor pool for those fun water activities, a 24-hour gym that caters to the individual needs of the guest and a relaxing spa that is perfect for relieving stress and reinvigorating you for another day! Yoga is also available. Guests have upgrade options to gain other complimentary services. For your business needs, the hotel business focal comes equipped with PCs, secure high speed internet access, including wireless, and a technical team to help you with any issues.

Whether you’re here for business, a stop in your vacation or to immerse yourself in the rich cultures of New Delhi, the Crowne Plaza in New Delhi is the place to be! For bookings at great prices, let EscapeWizard.com help you with your travel needs! Click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today!