Cheap hotels in New Delhi?

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    Apr 26, 2008 11:32 PM GMT
    Whats crackin, kids?

    Im going to India soon, where I will be spending a month and a half backpacking in the himilayas. After that, I am spending a week in New Delhi to get some culture shock.

    I was wondering if anyone here has been and could tell me of a cool and inexpensive place to stay. Ideally looking for a balcony and a smokey bar.

    Anyways, anyones help would be greatly appreciated- thanks!
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    Apr 27, 2008 8:27 AM GMT
    I've always stayed with friends in Delhi (the Indian way), but you shouldn't have to spend more than $25/nite for a nice room with A/C. A quick google search turned up this one, for example.

    http://www.godwinhotels.com/index1.html

    which looks decent -- close the the RR station, which is pretty central. No balcony or smoking bar tho, but you can just hang on the street corners and smoke beedies with the natives icon_smile.gif

    Have fun. It's an amazing country.
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    Apr 27, 2008 8:30 AM GMT
    Dude..In india get the best I remember we didint...then agian mu mother indian...and shit went down. so if Its at lest nice..go for it.
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    Apr 27, 2008 10:09 AM GMT
    If you're going backpacking in the Himalayas then you are probably adventurous. Have you done this before?

    I just ask because it would do not to underestimate the difficulties of the political situation in Tibet and Kashmir.

    Also, you do need to be prepared with visas, vaccinations, and just basic common sense with regard to the local water situation. If you don't pay attention you will get sick, possibly very sick.

    I go to India 3-4 times a year and have for many years. I have never failed to at least get mildly sick and I am very cautious.

    It takes six months to adapt to the local flora under the best of circumstances.

    As for Delhi, the problem with low cost accommodations is food hygiene. Again, it is a giant city and this time of year staggeringly hot. You will get sick if you are not in a place with good food hygiene.

    Staying with friends is great if you've got em, and Iguana is perfectly correct, it is the Indian way. If not plan on a finding a good hotel.

    I would recommend hooking up with a travel agent who specializes in adventure travel (you ought to have 20 in SF). They can find things to fit your budget.

    Sorry if I sound like an old woman but it is no fun to spend your adventure sitting on the f--king toilet.

    I think India is the greatest country in the world and Lhasa was the most fascinating place I have ever been. I am glad I got to go. Have fun and be careful of the Chinese if you go to Tibet and of the bandits if you go to Kashmir (there is serious banditry trouble).

    Terry
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    Apr 27, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    ConcentratedEnergy saidWhats crackin, kids?

    Im going to India soon, where I will be spending a month and a half backpacking in the himilayas. After that, I am spending a week in New Delhi to get some culture shock.

    I was wondering if anyone here has been and could tell me of a cool and inexpensive place to stay. Ideally looking for a balcony and a smokey bar.

    Anyways, anyones help would be greatly appreciated- thanks!


    I stayed at a place in the northern part of the city.........in an area I always felt safe and it was fun....It is an enclave where many people from Nepal live. Lot's of places to stay...I paid 6 bucks a night...clean, quiet, and a/c.
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    Apr 27, 2008 3:31 PM GMT
    Try couchsurfing. If you want a culture shock that goes beyond a hotel and is free.

    http://www.couchsurfing.com/

    Don't forget your sunblock its gunna be mad hot there.
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    Apr 27, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidSorry if I sound like an old woman but...
    Terry


    LOL, Terry I have to call you on that -- you did sound like a whole bunch of Jewish, Italian, and Midwestern moms rolled into one with that post icon_smile.gif

    I'm guessing Mr. Energy won't be going to hot areas in Kashmir -- getting the special visa to go there is a bitch and there's plenty of areas that are great hikes without having to go there; I've done some great trekking in Himachal Pradesh.

    As for the usual issues with, er, adjusting your GI tract to the local microbes: I recommend carrying what I consider one of the required miracle drugs for world travellers: Immodium AD. Not only will it save your butt (literally), but your other Western companions that neglected to bring it will owe you BIG time when you dispense these precious gifts to them icon_smile.gif

    K
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    Apr 27, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    Oh you world travelers!

    I went to Pompano Beach today to get a new tire for my jalopy. I was exhausted when I got back!
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    Apr 27, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    jprichva saidOh you world travelers!

    I went to Pompano Beach today to get a new tire for my jalopy. I was exhausted when I got back!


    LOL. Did you have to use the Immodium again? I can never drink the water North of Wilton Manners.