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How to find the best accommodation and hotels in India?


Date15 Nov 2021


India has a geographical size of almost 3.3 million square kilometres and a population of 1.4 million. So you can imagine that the range of accommodation choices and hotels in India is vast. From a few rupees to hundreds of dollars for a night, everything is possible - at least there is something for every budget and taste.

In the big cities, there are often streets or areas that specialise in foreign travellers: In New Delhi, for example, there is the centrally located Paharganj district, right next to the New Delhi Railway Station. Since Paharganj is always in the headlines because of "sex and crime", many backpackers go to the quieter area of Hauz Khas in the south of Delhi.

Planning to live in Delhi long-term? Take a look at what you should look out for when renting a flat in Delhi!

In Mumbai, Colaba is often the first port of call for tourists: The lively area in old Mumbai boasts an extensive waterfront and numerous sights.

Check out our article on the different districts of Mumbai here!

In Kolkata, Sudder Street attracts many backpackers because it offers cheap accommodation and the infrastructure necessary for travellers. The area doesn't have the best reputation, but it is centrally located. And the Indian Museum is just around the corner - definitely worth a visit with its collection of historical exhibits.

The southern Indian city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is not only known as an IT hub, but is also considered the gateway to Karnataka's national parks. For travellers, Richmond Road (actually General K. S. Thimayya Road) offers a good first port of call. However, the more chic Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road) or the spacious and green Cubbon Park are also recommended.

Chennai (formerly Madras), the capital of Tamil Nadu, is known for its rich culture and art. Those who want to explore the southern Indian port city can stay in the historic George Town. Or in the suburbs of Egmore or Puduped, which have good transport connections.

Different Options

Generally, one can distinguish between different categories of domiciles. There are international hotel chains, such as the J.W. Marriott, Hilton or Holiday Inn. There are also a number of local chains, such as Oyo, Treebo or Lemon Tree. Additionally, you can find countless boutique and concept hotels, much more personal than the hotel chains and with creative and local added value - from ecological cottages to urban penthouses. Especially for backpackers, there are a number of hostels in India with shared rooms, living space and kitchen. If you are spiritually interested, you can stay in an ashram. In religious centres like Varanasi, Rishikesh or Haridwar, you should try this simple but inexpensive accommodation.

You can also choose to stay in a guesthouse or with a host family. The advantage: home-cooked food, well-equipped rooms and a warm, family atmosphere. In many places in India you will also find modernised converted palaces, forts or havelis, the palatial homes of former merchants. If you are travelling to India for relaxation, you can choose one of the many wellness accommodations. Whether a yoga retreat, an Ayurveda treatment or a place for meditation - the market for civilisation-weary travellers is large. Those of you travelling to Kashmir or Kerala can rent a houseboat. For a longer stay at affordable prices, a holiday flat or a holiday home is also an option. This has the advantage that you can experience more of the local life.

The following links will help you find what you are looking for:

(Holiday accommodation at reasonable prices - just enter your destination and the planned period and number of people in the search mask. Make your own booking).

(You enter your destination and the planned travel period in a search mask and are provided with a selection of accommodation. You have to make the bookings yourself).

(You enter your destination and the planned travel period in a search mask and are provided with a selection of accommodation. You have to make the bookings yourself).

(The travel provider plans your trip individually according to your wishes - but also charges a fee for this service)

(The travel provider Diamir offers a small selection of accommodation in the higher price segment).

(The travel provider Erlebe Fernreisen offers round trips and travel modules).

With this overview of accommodation and hotels in India, you should be well equipped for now. Tell us about your experiences and tips for accommodation in India at [email protected]!

Written by: Antje Stiebitz

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