OPULARLY KNOWN AS the Golden Triangle, the Delhi, Agra and Jaipur region elves the largest number of tourists in India, so this area is well-equipped with places to stay.The choice of accommodation ranges from up-market luxury hotels run by international or leading Indian chains, to small guesthouses and youth hostels.In addition, there are state-run tourist hotels in several towns,with comfortable board and lodging at reasonable rates. On the more exotic side are the grand old palaces and bauelis of the Jaipur region which re-create the lavish lifestyles of former rulers and aristocracy. For the budget traveller,
on the other hand, there is a choice of ashrams and small guesthouses, sometimes with extremely basic facilities. Tented accommodation is as yet rare, as is sel-catering. Rooms are usually cheaper during the off-season (Apr—Sep). For more information on places to stay in this region, refer to the detailed listings.
Choosing a Hotel
MOST OF THE HOTELS in this nguide,listed accrding to resign, have been included because of their location, the excellence of their service, facilities offerd, the excellence of their service, facilities offered and value for money. map
reference refer to the Delhi street Finder maps on pages. colour-coded thumb tabs show the resigns covered on each page.For restaurant lisiting.
Choosing a Restaurant
The RESTAURANTS in this guide have been selected to suit a wide price range and many are inmrecommened hotels.Chosen for their exception food, good value, and convenient or interesting location,they re listed region-wise.Map reference refer to the Delhi Street Finder maps on pages.Colour-coded thumb tabs show the areas covered on each page.
HOTEL CHAINS,GRADING AND FACILITIES
THE TOP END of the range are the five-star deluxe hotels which provide luxurious accommodation for the international visitor Many of these are pan of national chains, such as the Ashok Group, or of international groups such as the Sheraton
and Radisson (see p231 ). Below them are the fours - and three-star hotels, guest houses and tourist lodges, some of which may offer additional facilities, such as a pool or tennis court. International television channels are now shown on Bost hotel room sets. In Agra and Jaipur,places, baublis have been converted into heritage hotels, which Barry the flavour of erstwhile grandeur and graciousness. Except in some of the lower priced hostels,the bathrooms, even in older properties, are in Western style. Room service, safe deposits and daily laundry are standard in more expensive places. The reception desk can advise on tours, and large hotels have travel agencies on the premise.
India's TOP hotels match the best in the world in their elegance,professional services, and wide range of facilities.Archi- tectorally, many of thorn have cleverly combined traditional Indian and modern design, while their interiors
are sumptuously decorated with the best of Indian crafts and textiles. The hotels run by the large international and national chains are fully air conditioned and offer a wide range of conveniences such as a resident doctor, shopping arcades and patisseries, banqueting halls, a 24-hour coffee shop, bars and gourmet restaurants.For the business traveller there are business and conference centres equipped with computers for personal men with facilities for access to the Internet. Desk jacks and modems ate provided for personal computers and laptops. Additional facilities include beasts parlours ands fitness centres, swimming pools and tennis courts. The front desk can often make bookings for golf ands other activities.Some hotels even have a regular palmist, tarot card reader For astrologer.
MOST INTERNATIONAL VISITORS to India arrive by air, and though -goad used between India and her neighbours, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, this methods of travel can he a complicated one. Travelling within the county ; and especially between the three cities of the Golden Triangle is possible by air, train and road. Whatever your mode of transport, you should be prepared for delays and unexpected detours that may test your patience. The distance between the three cities is less than 250 km (155 miles) and only takes a few hours by road or rail.The state-run Indian Airlines has the widest network of air routes. Private airlines like Sahara and Jet Airways also cover many cities in this region. Indian Railways is one of the world's largest networks, and travelling Firs class is a good way to see the country. The long-distance luxury coach is another easy option.
ARRIVING BY AIR
ALL THE MAJOR international Airlines land in India,normally as stopovers one air routes between East and West. The international airports am at Delhi, Bombay(Mumhai), Calcutta (Kolkota), Madras (Chennai ), Trivandrum(Thimvananthapuram ) and Goa, from where conecting domestic flights cover the rest of India. A direct direct from London to Delhi takes approximately nine hours From Delhi there are several convecting flights onwards to Aga and Jaipur.
vary FARES can according to the airline and the season. Before buying your ticket, do find out from a few travel agents about special offers or discounted fares. Cheaper fares are offered during the off-peak season,but usually stipulate the route and duration of the journey.
THE GREEN CHANNEL is for those Who do not haven dutiable Woods as listed in the
Immigration Certificate. The Red Channel is for passengers with goods that
attract cus-toms duty, including money in excess of USS2.500.
INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC AIRPORTS
THE MAIN AIRPORTS in Delhi is called Indira arrivals area. The Gandhi (IG )
Inter-national has two terminals:Terminal for domestic flights and Germinal II
for those coming from abroad. The lance has more facilities, with 24-hour
currency exchange pickcounters, left luggage services and an air-conditioned visit
-tors lounge. Travel agencies located in the arrivals area can help you organize
your Four itineracy and onward bookings, while the hotel counters, also located
here, can arrange accommodation in a reliable hotel. Terminal I(domestic) is at
Calam , 7 ken (4 miles) from Terminal II Iftransferring to a domestic flight from
an international tine (or vice versa), do allow enough Lime 15 gel between
the two terminal (approximately 15 minutes driving time). Airport coaches run
hourly between the twos during peak hours when most international flights arrive,
and offer free transfers.
GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT
THE DOMESTIC TERMINAL is TE RMINAL is 12 km (7 miles), mile.), and the international Germinal , 19 kin (112 miles) southwest of the city centre (Connaught Place ).Coaches run regularly her-weer) these destinations for a fee of about Rs50. You can also book a pre-paid sari from a counter outside the arrivals area. The rates of the. are fixed - about Rs200 from Terminal II and Rs
150 from Terminal I to the city centre. If you are booking your accommodation in advance, do check if your hotel is offering a free pick up service. The trip from the airports to the city centre can take up to 50 minutes, but if your flight arrives or departs in the early hours of the day,it should certainly take less.