Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Photo by Yann (Wikimedia Commons)

Motorhoming in New Delhi

Photo by Jochen Westermann (Flickr Creative Commons)Mountains in Ladakh Photo by Jochen Westermann (Flickr Creative Commons)

New Delhi is a fast moving and vibrant city, full of life and very different to the old part of the city.  When visiting the city no doubt you will visit both parts, here are some of the ‘must see attractions’ of the city.

Services for Motorhome Rental vehicles.
Motorhome rental and campervan hire is a relatively new phenomenon in India, so be prepared for the very minimum standards at camping grounds.  Having said that there are a few specific sights in the National Parks and tourist areas which are open to visitors.  The other option, which is probably more appealing, is to stop at a hotel and ask if you can overnight on their land, for a fee of course.  This way you’ll have a pretty secure place to spend the night, washroom facilities and a bar and restaurant.  If you are travelling and can’t find either a campsite or hotel, there is no harm in stopping in a safe place on the road.  Do be prepared however for a visit from the local police, or the locals, to find out what you are doing.  There are a few sites on the internet with details of camping sites or alternatively contact the Indian Tourist office, Incredible India, who will be able to give some recommendations.

For visitors to New Delhi the hotel option is probably the best way to go, either picking up your motorhome rental or campervan hire after a couple of days and then starting on your journey, or just overnighting in the grounds.

Top things to see and do

Visit the mini Taj Mahal of Humayun's tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It pre dates the Taj and was the first garden tomb to be built back in 1570.

At the end of you trip visit Dilli Haat.  This market is where you can find all those souvenirs and gifts that you need to take home with you.  The market is good because it has items from all over the country and includes things like scarves, jewellery, and clothing as well as those rather more bulky items such as marble carvings and rugs.

India Gate is India’s equivalent of the Arch de Triomphe, a symbol of the country and a memorial to 90,000 Indian soldiers that lost their lives in Europe during WWI.  Come here at night and relax with the locals, bring a picnic and watch them play cricket and other games.

Visit Ghandi Smriti, the former Birla house where Ghandi spent the last days of his life.  The house is a museum dedicated to his life, with some rooms still as they were when he lived there, such as his books, glasses and clothing on display.

New Delhi may not be an immediate choice for a base for your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday, but the city has some beautiful buildings and very interesting places to visit.

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