Visiting Delhi on a Budget

DESIblitz presents the magic wand of frugality that will make your journey to the capital of India, Delhi a pleasure for both your senses and your wallet.

Visiting Delhi

Brace your senses for the inimitable Delhi experience without worrying about monetary constraints.

Delhi, the synergy of infectious joy and convivial delights is a place where life happens. Anyone who visits India and wants to complete his voyage with a true sense of accomplishment ought to have Delhi on his itinerary.

What makes the city of Delhi a special place is the fact that it has something, somewhere for everyone; all you need to do is look in the right places and voila!

From rickshaws to sports cars, from haute cuisine to street food and from the realms of luxury to humble budget accommodations, Delhi caters to various needs without compromising on the ‘D- factor’.

We have collated a list of places and food joints that are bang on your bucks and still offer you the true Delhi experience.


Here are some of the Eatopias in Delhi where your palate and your pocket, both will be happy.

Paranthe Wali Gali

Visiting Delhi Paranthe Wali GaliA jewel in the crown of Chandni Chowk and a place famous for its amalgamation of some of the finest street food, Paranthe Wali Gali is a stellar place offering a unique range of Paranthas (Indian flat bread).

Teamed with curries and tantalising combination of pickles, food lovers just can’t ignore this place. Varieties of fillings for Paranthas include kaju, badam, matar, rabri, khoya, gobhi etc.

With a hearty glass of Lassi (choose the chuular option) to gulp down with your meal, life just can’t get better. Did we mention the price? For 150 bucks (£1.90), you will be stuffed!


Visiting Delhi Karim's

Another gastronomical heaven located in Chandni Chowk near Jama Masjid is Karim’s.

Karim’s is famous for its tongue waging non-vegetarian dishes which are considered to be the best not just in Delhi, but around the entire country.

Anything on the menu is difficult to resist thanks to the wholesome flavours of the eclectic range. Still, if you are pedantic and want to have the best, specialties include Biryani and Kebab Rolls.

A meal at Karim’s costs Rs 400 per person (£4-£5) and it is worth every single penny you spent to appease your palate.

North campus eateries 

Visiting Delhi Chache Di HattiA common hangout place of future managers, teachers and business tycoons, north campus is a place you can get toothsome chole bhature of Chacha Di Hatti for Rs 30-40 (60p!).

You can gorge on Bhelpuri at Patel Chest, again for less than a pound (a culinary windfall!).

Or you can relish the taste of Tom Uncle’s Maggi, especially egg Maggi for 18 quid. The food is aplenty; the real question is are you up to the challenge?

Jalebis at Old Famous Jalebi Wala 

Visiting Delhi Chandni Chowk Old Famous JalebiwalaTo be in Delhi and ditching a mouthful of dessert is unjust! Try Jalebis at old and famous Jalebiwala near Dariba corner in Chandni chowk.

Prepared in desi ghee and soaked in sugar syrup, these twirling delights will make your day a little sweeter.

Costing Rs 300/KG (£4), you are expected to give-in to this temptation. No questions asked.


Hotel Le Roi

Delhi Hotel Le RoiUndoubtedly, Hotel Le Roi is one of the best places to stay without compromising on the overall Delhi experience.

Located in the heart of Delhi and near to a market place and New Delhi Railway Station makes this as ideal ‘crash pad’ for wayfarers.

Clean sheets, LCD, Wi-Fi and temperature control, all at £15.

We guess luxury was never so cheap, was it?

Cottage Yes Please

Delhi Hotel Cottage Yes PleaseNo pun intended! Cottage Yes Please is an affordable place located in Paharganj.

This place offers air conditioned rooms, a refrigerator, TV, pick and drop service to the airport and railway station.

A one day stay will cost you 950 rupees (£12.50) for a double air conditioned room and 2,000 rupees (£25) for an air conditioned family room.

Bajaj Indian Homestay

Delhi Hotel Bajaj Indian Home StayJustifying its name, Baja Indian Homestay offers you the ambiance of a typical Indian household with Indian gods gracing the walls and traditional furniture with a touch of contemporary designs.

You get all the rudimentary facilities plus much more, thanks to the location of Karol Bagh (it is imperative to go on shopping spree).

One day stay for a single room will cost £40 and for a double room, you have to cash out £53. Nothing that you can’t pull off!

Master Guest House

Delhi Master Guest HouseManaged by a couple, the hospitality of Master Guest House is something to take notice of. Although the place is puny as compared to your dream stay palace.

But with a personal touch to each room by the couple themselves, homemade food for £4, and friendly advice regarding the best places to see in the city, the experience here will linger with you for a long time. Located in New Rajinder Nagar, a one day stay will cost you around £25.

So there you have it. The long and short of how to get the maximum from the city of Delhi without compromising on fun and frolic and still saving a considerable amount of cash during your jaunt.

All that is left to say is just brace your senses for the inimitable Delhi experience without worrying about monetary constraints because we just took care of that. All you need to do is simply enjoy!

Dreamer by day and a writer by night, Ankit is a foodie, music lover and an MMA junkie. His motto to strive towards success is “Life is too short to wallow in sadness, so love a lot, laugh loudly and eat greedily.”

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