Tips from 35,000 Feet: Delhi

By: Katie Manning

January 9, 2013

When we visit Delhi, we always struggle to choose from all the fantastic hotels there, but one that we always come away from feeling pampered and indulged is The Imperial Hotel in Janpath. Steeped in history, it’s incredibly romantic and known as Delhi’s “Museum Hotel” because of all the British and Indian art that line its corridors – the front of house manager even give us a guided tour for free, just ask reception! Everyone who’s anyone in India has stayed here and if it’s good enough for Ghandi then it’s top of our list. Make sure you take a peek at the Lutyen’s Suite with its four-poster bed – it’s divine!

The Imperial Hotel | DelhiThe Imperial Hotel, Delhi © The Imperial Hotel

We love the weather in Delhi, come rain or shine it is always an adventure, and there’s no better way to enjoy it in our opinion than to hop on a bicycle and take part in one of the four tours that Delhi by Bicycle offers around the old town of the city. We especially like the Yamuna Tour where you can take in the famous Red Fort. And don’t worry – they’ll provide you with a rain mac if you find yourself in monsoon season.

Yamuna Tour | DelhiYamuna Bicycle Tour, Delhi

You can be sure to find a plethora of fantastic eateries in Delhi, but for us, they don’t come better than the award-winning and much-loved Indian Accent, found within The Manor boutique hotel. We can’t get enough of their peanut butter chicken and their eight-hour cooked Canadian pork belly is simply to die for. After a delicious meal, we like to have a drink at the smart onyx bar to digest and pencil in another visit.


A sunset in Delhi is one of the most magical sights, and we always try to catch it at Q’BA in Connaught Place. It looks out over Central Park so we grab a table with a view early, order a refreshing mojito and soak up the sultry atmosphere while waiting for the night to fall and the fibre optic lighting to start up.

Garden of the Five Senses | DelhiGarden of the Five Senses, Delhi © Varun Shiv Kapur/Flickr

Delhi is one of the greenest cities in the world with grass and parks covering a fifth of the land – one of our favourite places to take a picnic and relax is the Garden of the Five Senses. It’s a great refuge from the busy Delhi  streets and a welcome escape from the pollution and noise that comes with any big city. Photo: varunshiv


Where do you go to soak up the atmosphere of Delhi?


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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