How to stay local in Delhi

Delhi is a melting pot of different cultures around the world. It is the city that has been ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, Sher Shah Suri, Sultans, Mughals and Britishers. It boasts of incredible heritage and culture. No doubt, it is a bustling metropolis and a seat of Indian political power. Furthermore, Delhi boasts of highest per capita income among all Indian states.

According to India Tourism statistics 2016, out of all Foreign tourist arrival in India, almost 30% Foreign tourists land in Delhi airport. Meanwhile, a foreign tourist stays in Delhi for 2 nights before embarking on an all India trip. With so much of talk around sustainable tourism, a traveler today wish to witness and experience the local culture rather than see it and let it vanish by staying in a hotel and visiting a few places of attraction. Therefore, for today’s travelers, it is important to know how Indians live and celebrate festivals, what do they eat for breakfast, how do they cohabit and interact with their each other and their neighbors. Regrettably, a traveler cannot obtain such an experience in a hotel. This ‘Local experience’ can be obtained only by staying in an Indian Home (BnB) while co-habiting with an Indian family.

Where to stay in India: 3 reasons why BnB is a better option than a hotel

I have compiled a set of BnB’s where you can experience the Indian culture first hand.

Tej Abode- An ideal abode for a local stay in Delhi

Elegant decor, immaculate cleanliness, trained staff and customized services are some of the highlights of this bed and breakfast. This BnB is located in a posh area of south Delhi colony, close to the Greater Kailash 2 (GK2). It is an ideal home stay for businessmen, women, professionals, and tourists alike. The nearest metro station from this place is Kalkaji Mandir on the violet line.

Guests have great reviews for Tej Abode BnB
Guests have great reviews for Tej Abode BnB

Nearest points of attraction:
Lotus Temple, Kalkaji Temple, PVR Multiplex.

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Chrysalis BnB

Chrysalis BnB is located in one of the affluent areas of the capital. This BnB is Located in a well maintained and safe neighborhood with a popular local market. Additionally, it boasts of clean, comfortable, homely, safe, affordable place. This hosted bed and breakfast has two comfortable guest rooms, spacious common rooms and a well-stocked library.
The nearest metro station from this place is Saket metro station on the yellow line.

Martin and Fanni loved celebrating Holi in Chrysalis BnB
Martin and Fanni loved celebrating Holi in Chrysalis BnB

Nearest points of attraction
Select City walk mall, Hard Rock Cafe, Max Hospital

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EXCELLENCY BnB- A great way to stay local in Delhi

Excellency Bed and Breakfast is a comfortable, spacious BnB in Delhi providing free Wi-Fi/AC rooms with all modern facilities. This BnB has elegant, well-ventilated rooms that are air conditioned. The rooms have exquisitely furnished seating and sleeping areas and well-appointed bathrooms. It is located in a lush-green posh up-market colony of South Delhi. Malviya Nagar is the nearest metro station from this place.

Here’s what Dr. Martin from Netherlands had to say about The Excellency

Dr. Martin from Netherlands loved staying in Indian BnB's
Dr. Martin from Netherlands loved staying in Indian BnB’s

Nearest points of attraction
Jawaharlal Nehru University, PVR Saket, Hauz Khas Village, Malviya nagar market

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74 thoughts on “How to stay local in Delhi”

  1. The place definitely looks simple and homely. I will give it a try when I head to Delhi next. Places that make you feel right at home are fast becoming the trend and the reasons are but obvious.

  2. Thanks for this compilation of good BnBs in Delhi. Delhi is so culturally and historically rich that if the accommodation is central and sorted, one can cover it so much better

  3. Wow, this is truly an interesting blog to read and it really sound tempting. I will surely choose from this list of paces on where to stay If I want to experience the Indian way of living, especially the Indian culture. You have just owned an amazing list. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  4. This guide is PERFECT, I was just looking for accommodation for my trip to India in January and this style homestay is exactly the kind of experience I was looking for. Thank you!

    1. Hi there
      We are glad that you’ll be visiting India early next year. Though there are 220 BnB’s in delhi we have showed only 3 in this post for you to get an idea. We would love to find you a suitable Bnb for you out of 220 bnbs.

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Delhi is a great place to stay and experience India because as you might be aware, you can find people from all parts of the world and can interact through various forums. I would appreciate if you could let me know of your travel plans and I can help you plan an itinerary to the Himalayan states as well!

  5. You have made re really think about not using hotels and hostels anymore and going with the locals 🙂 if i am in India i will be hitting you up 🙂

  6. Such a well-compiled piece. I had no idea that 30% of tourists land at Delhi airport. I agree that the true flavour of living lies in living like a local. Cheers!!

  7. I am so excited to go to India. Was supposed to go this summer but then pushed the trip back until next summer after I go back to Southeast Asia. The culture and people are amazing and this is a great representation of it. Great post and I look forward to visiting!

  8. These BnBs look like the perfect opportunity to get to know the locals and enjoy the culture of a beautiful city! I too always look for these types of options, as they tend to be more budget friendly.

  9. Living like a local always gives one an authentic experience. These BnB’s are doing a commendable job providing an immersive travel experience to visitors from other countries.

  10. I love bnb. I would definitely choose one that is recommend in a safe area. I love the fact at staying at peoples houses and experience the culture from the inside. Thank you for the recommendations. 😃

  11. I agree that staying in a B&B is a great way to really get to know the culture of a country. Tej Abode looks like a cosy place.

  12. I find staying in small bnbs more aligned to my traveling style. I like getting to know the locals, having a chat with the host and get insider tips, etc. It definitely gives you more of an authentic experience.

  13. This is helpful. Since I have no relatives in Delhi and with so many horrendous stories of it being unsafe for girls this is a boon. And the local ambience adds to the flavor of the stay.

  14. Oh the Tej Abode looks so cozy! I love that everyone is in a group picture smiling and looking like a family. I’d definitely love to stay local and get a better feel of the culture. These are great suggestions.

  15. Out of all three I think I would like to stay at the Excellency. I am more into modern accommodation, the more minimalist the design is the better. I will keep this list in mind though for when I finally get to India.

  16. This is a great list. I usually prefer hotels but when it comes to comfort and safety both, I would definitely consider these BnBs when I travel to Delhi. Thank you for sharing these reviews!

  17. This will definitely come in handy when traveling to Delhi, as I always prefer local places, except for big hotels. Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. Next to Thailand, India is the second country I would want to visit. Especially Delhi, I can’t wait to experience Indian culture and food, too! Also, these BnBs are great options when visiting Delhi. Will be saving them so I can have a reference when I travel there in the future.

  19. I agree when you said staying with the locals in a BnB and staying with an Indian family is the best way to experience more of India. Thanks for this post!

  20. It’s a pretty interesting compilation of homestays in Delhi 🙂 It’s my hometown by the way! I honestly think there aren’t enough blog posts on Delhi and there need to be because a lot of tourists visit and are often looking for more info but unable to find reliable authentic information. They have to rely on tour agencies for planning their trips. I’m myself working on a few posts about Delhi 🙂

  21. I love that you incorporated information on India’s culture and history – so important to consider when visiting a country! Great article with awesome recommendations!

  22. I love AirBnbs! I find it so comforting to come home to a home-like environment after a long day of exploring a new city! Even better if you have someone on hand who can give you advice about local attractions and customs.

    1. Thank you for encouraging words. Love getting such reviews from you. Though my company is not Aibnb, i am co founder of BnBNation with a different model at various levels. My company provides an Indian flavor to a BnB as opposed to the global template that Airbnb follows. I would be happy to see you plan your immersive trip to India very soon.

  23. I’ve been to Delhi just once, as part of my tour around the Golden Triangle – we stayed in 5* hotels rather than local accommodation. But if I ever go back It’s something I’d definitely consider! x

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      I am glad you said that. I hope your trip to delhi and the golden triangle was good but I am sure it would have been better had your experience been more immersive and experiential in nature.

  24. Very interesting idea to stay with local people to learn the culture of the country. Your reviews of these places make them a great option for foreign travelers!

  25. Love your posts, this one was great as you know I will opening something similar when I move to India, thanks for motivating me and for the fantastic information and photos.

  26. I totally agree with you. Instead of staying in a hotel, I think it’s best to check in a homestay or BnBs. Here you’ll be exposed more on the culture and way of life of the locals and I do love assimilate and immerse myself in different cultures. I’ll use this post as a reference for my future travel in India. The options you provided looks nice and cozy too.

  27. Hi, I would love to visit Delhi. I would never think of staying in a B & B but they look very warm and welcoming, something to consider. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Thanks for this list of good BnBs in Delhi. I don’t travel very often to India but I’ll definitely try this out if I plan a trip to Delhi. It’s a great way to experience local culture.

    1. Yes Kristal! Homestays’ or BnBs are much cosier than staying in a hotel as a Hotel room number. However, over and above that, staying with an Indian family in its home is a lucrative experience. Indian hospitality is such that, you are showered with love and care and are treated like family! So that becomes the biggest draw.

  29. I totally agree with you about the need to immerse yourself in one’s culture. Those BNBs looks promising ( i love the homey touch). I am taking note of them for my future Delhi visit. 🙂

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