We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A taste of real india”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Paharganj

Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Guided Tour of Delhi's Markets
Level Contributor
60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A taste of real india”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

Why would you want to stay anywhere else? Here is a taste of real india with everyday life, with all its colour and chaos going on around you. Having breakfast on a balcony overlooking the Main Bazaar was a great way to start the day as the streets below come to life with locals shopping, ox carts & donkeys carting goods and cows stopping traffic. Tourists here are in the minority. We were fortunate to be here during Diwali and each day got crazier & crazier - this was one of our favourite stays during 3 weeks in India and despite the reputation, we never felt unsafe even with our 2 young daughters.

Visited November 2013
Thank asiafan12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

277 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Crowdy, chaotic, polluted, but worth visiting..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We ended up in Pharganj by mistake... as we are on a guided private tour, we told our full time driver to take us to Janpath Market in Connaught Place as recommended by a hotel staff, however without us knowing, he took us to Paharganj market instead......we got a shock of our lives as it was our 1st day in India....it was crowded/chaotic/polluted and filthy...

The driver has always been less than polite and less than willing to do something with the slightest inconvenience, therefore we suspect that his unwillingness to take us to Janpath is because there is no parking/there is payment needed for parking tickets........

Anyways, we passed through throngs of ppl (locals mainly, there were far and few tourist sighted despite other reviews which said it is a tourist area), cows, donkeys, motorbikes, cars.....etc....etc...if you're not careful you might be rundown by a car....dust is everywhere......carry a scarf with you that if it gets too dusty, you can cover your nose with it......wearing long skirts which touches the floor is a big no no as everywhere is filthy....also, closed toe shoes are recommended as the road is way too dusty and dirty and in case of it being too croweded, ppl might accidentally step on your feet with their filthy shoes....

We made sure our bags is always at the front instead of holding it sideways to avoid snatch theives or pick-pocket as it is very very crowded since it was near Diwali.

Clothing items, jewelleries, food items, vegetables, house wares, souvenirs, food stalls, ...etc...etc are sold here....prices quoted are fairly cheap.....but bargain hard....we paid around 200 ruppee for a punjabi top, 250 ruppee for full set indian style clothes for a 2 year old boy, 200 ruppee for aladdin style pants, 100-200 ruppee for costume jewelleries...etc.etc...my friend bought embroidered pillowcases at 25 ruppee each, yes, you heard it right, 25 ruppee....

In short you need to bargain hard, start with maybe 1/3 of the quoted prices...walk away if you dont' think the price is reasonable as there are plenty of other shops selling almost the same thing........

There were far too many shops and far too many things which are going on at the same time......

There were stalls and shops selling food, thought they look delicious, but we decided not to take any risks coz stomach upsets is a major issue amongst foreigners...there were budget hotels everywhere....

Paharganj is like another world, a world you see only in documentary shows at the comfort of your living room back home....Despite the extreme condition, being at Paharganj is a good experience as it allows tourists to experience the hustle and bustle of India........

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Pancakes21
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Udaipur, India
Level Contributor
173 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Always remains crowdy...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Paharganj is the location which is connected to all major shopping points.either its chandni chowk or sadar bajar.its just 10 mins distance.paharganj is basically having all types of hotels.from budget hotel to luxurious hotels.nothing have much to eat.its major problem for veg people.but a good resturant is there which have good taste.avoid to go in festive season.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Nehaa89
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
88 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Old hippies clash with modern hipsters!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

My favorite place to stay in Delhi, it's got the life and excitement which young people are looking for. Incense and dust fill the air, the songs of Bollywood drift out of shops The main street is full of people hawking everything from teddy bears to cannabis. It's kind of crazy, now and again an elephant will be guided through, young pickpockets no older than 8 years will have a go at your trouser pockets, at night packs of dogs take over and terrorize the fearful, at other times fist fights break out. You will be harrassed constantly by rickshaw drivers. I even saw a dead man lying in the street while a group of children played a couple of feet away.

There is another side of Paharganj though, walk away from the main street and you enter another world, quiet alleyways in a timeless India where you could hear a pin drop. Small temples where you can be blessed for a couple of rupees, people frying food and offering chai, a random cow, an alleyway which is a small vegetable market, abandoned kittens play beside a saucer of milk, running children with the biggest smiles. Nothing more than a series of captivating contrasts.

Thats the thing about Paharganj, it could never be boring.

Visited May 2013
15 Thank Gracie G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wieliczka, Poland
Level Contributor
37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Tourist center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

The best palce to stay and enjoy original India in Delhi.
Few hundred guest hosue, many restaurants shops all in one place well connected to main atraction and transports hub, just few hundreds meters from NDLS Station

Visited February 2013
5 Thank Jarek D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Paharganj also viewed

New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi
New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi

Been to Paharganj? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing