Travel Weekly’s Jeri Clausing is on an India trip that will take her to Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Her fourth and final dispatch follows.
NEW DELHI — This was our final stop, the city many refer to as the Washington of India.
Driving in, this Delhi did seem to be more of what I expected to see in India’s large cities. Although Mumbai is the financial capital of the country, it is much poorer, with some 55% of its population living the slums.
The Oberoi New Dehli is in an affluent section of Dehli called Golf Links, overlooking a golf course near the embassies and homes of the bureaucrats and the wealthy.
Unfortunately, I was the latest traveler in our group to get hit with "Dehli Belly" not long after our arrival, so I had to skip most of the sightseeing.
I was disappointed that this was the day I would miss, as wandering the streets of new cities if often more interesting to me than museums and monuments. Abercrombie & Kent had scheduled both, starting with a visit to a tomb of an ancient Mughal emperor, Akbar, then a walking tour of the streets of old Dehli, which dates back 3,000 years.
The tour company enlisted local BBC correspondent Sunil Raman to be our guide, offering the opportunity to discuss not just history but current events.
The British built New Delhi, inaugurating it in 1931. It now has some 15 million residents (Mumbai has 18-20 million), and has just opened the first leg of an extensive subway system that should cover most of the city by October.
Although I did make a brief excursion to a shopping market (the only one I visited in India without aggressive hawkers and beggars) upon arrival, my sightseeing was mostly limited to the hotel.
Still, if you’re going to be sick, it is definitely a nice hotel to be stuck in. With 24-hour butlers, it was easy to get some ginger ale in the middle of the night.
Although the Oberoi New Delhi is one of the oldest in the brand’s portfolio (built in the 1960s), it was renovated about five years ago and offers all the luxury amenities and freshness of the just-reopened Mumbai property.
As are many hotels in this part of the world, it is also an eating and shopping destination for locals. A small shopping center houses some of the world's top designers' stores as well as some of the city's most popular restaurants.