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Delhi and the Holi Festival: Best Hotels to Stay

The annual Holi Festival is a magical time to experience the vibrant city of Delhi, when millions of people flood the streets to celebrate the victory of goodness over evil. Holi Festival in Delhi begins with a grand morning carnival during which locals meet on the streets to smear each other in coloured powders and water.

From here, festivities include a vibrant display of dancing, chanting and delicious Holi delicacies. While most of Delhi celebrates the festival, South Delhi is the most popular place to find traditional celebrations. With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve found the best areas and hotels in Delhi for experiencing the Holi Festival.

people at Connaught place in Delhi

Why You Should Stay in Connaught Place

Located in the northern reaches of Delhi, Connaught Place is known for its collonaded Georgian-style buildings, family-run Indian restaurants and market stalls. During Holi, most of the businesses around Connaught Place close as the streets are flooded with revellers. The places that remain open, typically bars and restaurants, offer excellent locations for post-Holi celebrations.

Must-Do Connaught Place Experiences 

  • Browse the beautiful handwoven saris and embroidered bags at Janpath Market.
  • Admire the stunning reflecting pool at the Sikh temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.
  • Marvel at the impressive astronomy instruments at Jantar Mantar.

Top Hotels in Connaught Place

Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place

Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place

HotelsCombined visitors truly value the location and on-site dining at the 5-star Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place. The latter is highlighted by The Great Kebab Factory and Fifty9, while The Connaught is a laid-back bar with a wide range of whiskey. The on-site Sohum Spa & Fitness Center offers therapeutic massages and state-of-the-art gym equipment.

Enjoy modern and lavish accommodations at this luxe hotel, from the Superior Room with a work desk and climate control to the Deluxe Room with a balcony and welcome drink. Stay in a Business Class Room for complimentary laundry service and breakfast buffet or one of the Suites for a 30-minute spa treatment and complimentary in-room wine. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Central Park (300 metres)
  • Madame Tussauds (450 metres)
  • Charkha Museum (300 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 116 – USD 312
Guest Rating: 7
Address: G-59, Connaught Circus, Central Delhi, New Delhi, India

Connaught Royale Delhi

Connaught Royale Delhi

The stylish and graceful rooms and suites at Connaught Royale Delhi offer luxurious amenities, such as the kitchenette and butler service in the Studio Apartment or the plush bedding and a work desk in the Premium Room. The Executive Room also includes complimentary drinks and a meal for two in a neighbouring restaurant.

Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine at Cafe Delhi 1, where you can watch the chefs in action while sipping on beer, wine and cocktails. Along with high-speed Wi-Fi, this popular hotel offers an in-house airport pick-up service and 24-hour made-to-order meals. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Central Park (1 kilometre)
  • Carnival Cinemas (800 metres)
  • Charkha Museum (1.3 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 86 – USD 296
Guest Rating: 7.2
Address: 106 Babar Road, Central Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel Location

Busy street in New Delhi

Why You Should Stay in Karol Bagh

You’ll find a lot of locals gathering around Karol Bagh, which is a predominantly residential neighbourhood known for its bustling shopping streets. As you walk around the streets during Holi, make sure you’re armed with bags of coloured powder to enjoy a full-on frenzy as you encounter locals and visitors who are more than ready to dish out the powder and water guns.

Must-Do Karol Bagh Experiences

  • Browse the various shops and stalls at Gaffar Market, where you can find street food, electronics and jewellery.
  • Chill out in Karol Bagh Tikona Park or Ajmal Khan Park.
  • Explore international retailers and luxury outlets in City Mall.

Top Hotels in Karol Bagh

Jaypee Siddharth

Jaypee Siddharth

The modern Jaypee Siddharth provides 5-star services and facilities, including the Tamaya spa with its traditional wellness treatments and a full gym. On-site dining is highlighted by the 24-hour Eggspectation cafe with an interactive kitchen and live music. You can also take a journey through Indian cuisine at Paatra or kick back with a martini and share plates in Tapas.

Choose from almost 100 well-appointed rooms and suites at Jaypee Siddharth, all of which feature plush bedding, contemporary bathrooms and in-room entertainment. The suites offer extra living space, while all accommodations offer mini fridges, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee makers and bathrobes.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Karol Bagh Market (1.5 kilometres)
  • Karol Bagh Tikona Park (1.2 kilometres)
  • South Patel Nagar Market (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 92 – USD 2,395
Guest Rating: 7.8
Address: 3 Rajendra Place, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India

Hotel Jivitesh

Hotel Jivitesh

The award-winning Hotel Jivitesh offers excellent value for your money with its comfortable and sophisticated rooms. These well-appointed abodes feature luxe bathrooms and unique artwork, along with plush bed linens and modern furnishings. The Junior Suite is particularly opulent with its full-size desk and lounge seating, while the Presidential Suite boasts a separate sitting area.

Work out in the on-site fitness centre, swim in the pool or take advantage of the business centre. The hotel’s restaurant, Tasty Green, is perfect for indulging in authentic Indian cuisine. You’ll also find a range of rooms for business meetings, banquets and exhibitions. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Karol Bagh Market (500 metres)
  • City Mall (900 metres)
  • 14th-century Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal hunting lodge (900 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 72 – USD 220
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 11 Pusa Road Opposite Metro Pillar Number 87, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, India

Hotel Location

Daily life in the busy and crowded area of Chandni Chowk in the old part of Delhi, India

Why You Should Stay in Chandni Chowk

Located in the heart of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk isone of the busiest areas in Delhi for shopping thanks to its local markets selling spices, jewellery, saris and traditional Indian sweets. It’s also home to iconic historical landmarks, but in the days leading up to the Holi Festival, it’s best known for offering a range of shops selling Holi attire, coloured powders and water pistols. 

Must-Do Chandni Chowk Experiences 

  • Explore India’s Mughal-era history at the Red Fort’s fascinating museum.
  • Admire the towering minarets and red sandstone exterior of the 17th-century Jama Masjid mosque.
  • Delve deep into the stores and restaurants within Old Delhi.

Top Hotels in Chandni Chowk

WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura

WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura

WelcomHeritage Haveli Dharampura is a testament to the history and traditions of Old Delhi, showcasing beautiful old-world architecture and presenting a variety of cultural performances, including classic kathak dancing and live dancing. The on-site rooftop restaurant overlooks Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, while Lakhori is a courtyard restaurant serving Chandni Chowk delicacies.

Enjoy a combination of centuries-old charm and modern comforts in the hotel’s rooms and suites. The opulent Shahjahan Suites boast traditional decor, balconies and separate sitting areas, while the Diwan-e-Khas Rooms have antique furnishings, ornamental ceilings and windows overlooking the streets of Chandni Chowk. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Meena Bazaar (400 metres)
  • Red Fort (1 kilometre)
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Tomb (700 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 223 – USD 298
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 2293 Gali Guliyan Dharampura Near Jama Masjid Gate No 3, North Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel Aiwan E Shahi

Hotel Aiwan E Shahi

Looking for budget-friendly accommodation in Delhi for the Holi Festival? The 3-star Hotel Aiwan E Shahi has modern and cosy rooms near the centre of Old Delhi. These include the option of a double bed or a triple bed, while the Super Deluxe Double has the added luxury of city views. All rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Along with a comfortable sitting area in the lobby, Hotel Aiwan E Shahi boasts a rooftop terrace overlooking the minarets of Jama Masjid. The hotel is also surrounded by local bazaars and restaurants, including Sultan Ji Sweets And Snacks and the Ratan Singh snack bar. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Jama Masjid (300 metres)
  • Nepalese Market (400 metres)
  • Red Fort (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 35 – USD 49
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 1061-Paiwalan Dariba Near Gate No 3 Jama Masjid, North Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel Location

Busy Main Bazar street, the most famous market district of Delhi(Paharganj). Cars, people and motorbike chaos.

Why You Should Stay in Paharganj

If you prefer to celebrate Holi with backpackers from around the world instead of locals, stay around Paharganj. Just be prepared for much rowdier celebrations involving more alcohol, but just as much colour and water gun battles as other areas. Paharganj, in general, is known for its Main Bazar shopping district and collection of rooftop restaurants and casual bakeries. 

Must-Do Paharganj Experiences

  • Wander through the Main Bazar while shopping for hippie clothing and medicinal supplies.
  • Learn more about the city’s Muslim and Hindu roots at Qadam Sharif.
  • Watch some of Bollywood’s latest hits at SHIELA Theater.

Top Hotels in Paharganj

Hotel Godwin Deluxe

Hotel Godwin Deluxe

Experience impeccable service and facilities at the budget-friendly Hotel Godwin Deluxe, which has complimentary Wi-Fi, an airport pick-up service and a travel desk. You also have access to multiple on-site dining options, including local cuisines at The Indian Grill, city views from the alfresco Grand Lounge and the Coffee Brownie coffee shop.

Save money by staying in the Standard Room with Airport Pickup, while those wanting complimentary breakfast can choose the Executive Room or Studio Room. All of these rooms have LCD TVs, work desks and mini bars, while the Studio Room also features a refrigerator and complimentary mineral water.

Nearby Attractions 

  • SHIELA Theater (350 metres)
  • The Kathmandu Cafe (400 metres)
  • Sikli Gran Bag Market (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 54 – USD 67
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 8501/15 Arakashan Road, Paharganj, Central Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel The Royal Plaza

Hotel The Royal Plaza bedroom

Hotel The Royal Plaza is well-placed for enjoying the Holi festivities around South Delhi and Paharganj. The affordable Standard Queen boasts a work desk and mini bar, the Deluxe Room has complimentary breakfast and a king-size bed, while the Royal Club Room has additional living space. Stay in the Maharaja Suite for a four-poster canopy bed and dining space.

Along with a swimming pool and fully-equipped gym, Hotel The Royal Plaza is home to the Energy Spa & Salon, where you can enjoy rejuvenating treatments and beauty products. Enjoy a drink at the Royal Bistro Brewery, which overlooks the pool, or indulge in high tea at the elegant Lord William Tea Lounge. 

Nearby Attractions 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 100 – USD 349
Guest Rating: 6.7
Address: 19 Ashoka Road, South Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel Location

Cycle rickshaws on the street of Old Delhi, India

Why You Should Stay in Old Delhi

Old Delhi offers an old-world ambience and yesteryear charm with rickshaws, cobblestone streets and traditional market stalls. Holi’s vibrant colours permeate through Old Delhi, from stall holders selling powder to rickshaws covered in rainbows. You’ll often find revellers rushing from one water fight to the next. 

Must-Do Old Delhi Experiences 

  • Admire the rich red exterior of Lal Mandir, Delhi’s oldest Jain temple.
  • Embark on a journey through Delhi’s famed cuisine with Delhi Food Walks.
  • Stand within the striking Diwan-i-Aam, a historic hall inside the Red Fort.

Top Hotels in Old Delhi

Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj

Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj bedroom

Offering a high level of service for its budget-friendly prices, Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj sits between Old Delhi and the sprawling Shakti Sthal memorial park. The Deluxe Double Room is perfect for travellers on a budget, offering complimentary breakfast and an airport pick-up. The Super Deluxe Room is slightly more expensive, but provides more space and a separate sitting area.

Along with complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour in-room dining, Hotel Tara Palace Daryaganj has a travel desk for helping you finalise your Delhi itinerary. It’s slightly north of a large cluster of enticing restaurants, including the family-friendly Changezi Chicken, Sadabahar Tea Stall and Zaika Mughlai Food.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Red Fort (1.2 kilometres)
  • Nirmal Market (600 metres)
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Tomb (1.3 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 33 – USD 50
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: Hotel Tara Palace 4606 Plot no 13 Ansari Road Daryaganj New Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel Tara Palace Chandni Chowk

Hotel Tara Palace Chandni Chowk

You’ll find high-quality finishes and subtle luxuries at Hotel Tara Palace Chandni Chowk, which has an alluring rooftop terrace overlooking the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and the Sis Ganj Sikh Temple. It also offers a travel desk with a knowledgeable concierge for booking local experiences and nearby restaurants.

All of the rooms, including the Deluxe and Super Deluxe options, come with free breakfast and Wi-Fi, 24-hour in-room dining and LCD TVs. The Super Deluxe Room offers more space and is only slightly more expensive.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Ravi Market (300 metres)
  • Statue Of Swami Shardhanand (700 metres)
  • Red Fort (700 metres)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 35 – USD 57
Guest Rating: 7.3
Address: 419 Esplanade Road, Old Cycle Market, Opposite Red Fort, North Delhi, New Delhi, India

Hotel Location

Dwarka local market, New Delhi, India

Why You Should Stay in Dwarka

Located next to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Dwarka is the perfect neighbourhood if you want to make a quick stopover in Delhi for the Holi Festival. It’s here you’ll be able to celebrate primarily with locals as they run through the streets colouring everything in sight.

Must-Do Dwarka Experiences 

  • Visit the Sector 10 Market to browse market stalls and dine one street food.
  • Discover the history of toilets dating back to 2500 BC at the Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets.
  • Enjoy an array of Indian and Chinese vegetarian dishes at Shree Radha Ki Rasoi.

Top Hotels in Dwarka

Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka

Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka bar

The 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka offers the service and luxury you’d expect from a luxurious Radisson Blu property. It boasts a tranquil locale in Dwarka and features an on-site Pan-Asian restaurant, an outdoor infinity pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

The Superior Room has bathrobes and an LCD TV, while the Business Class Room offers the added luxury of armchairs, a bath and complimentary buffet breakfast. Alternatively, stay in the Executive Suite for a separate living room and dining area, upgraded bathroom amenities as well as free accommodation for two children under six years of age.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Lodi Era Baoli (1.1 kilometres)
  • Sector 13 Park (850 metres)
  • Golden Dragon Restaurant (1.7 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 88 – USD 194
Guest Rating: 7.7
Address: Plot No 4 Sector 13, Dwarka, New Delhi, India

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka New Delhi Hotel

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka New Delhi Hotel bedroom

One of India’s best airport hotels, Vivanta by Taj Dwarka New Delhi Hotel is a favourite among HotelsCombined visitors because of its excellent location and delectable on-site dining. You can indulge in baked goods and divine sweets at Caramel, then visit Indus Express for authentic Punjabi cuisine. Chill out by the pool, work out in the gym or grab a cocktail from Celsius Pool Bar.

The hi-tech guest rooms and suites boast stylish furnishings, king-size beds, work desks and modern in-room entertainment. The Superior Charm Room is the most affordable, while the Premium Indulgence Room offers the added perks of city views and a rain shower. Stay in the Nirvana Presidential Suite for two bedrooms, a separate living room, bath and Egyptian-cotton towels.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Dwarka Park (850 metres)
  • Vardhman City Mall (1.6 kilometres)
  • Vegetable Market (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 108 – USD 377
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: Metro Station Complex Sector 21, Dwarka, New Delhi, India

Hotel Location

Embrace the Magic of Delhi’s Holi Festival

Holi Festival in Delhi offers you a chance to experience one of India’s most famous traditions while exploring the city’s restaurants, market stalls and historical landmarks. The above neighbourhoods all offer their own unique ways of celebrating, along with enticing hotels that cater to all travel budgets and typically provide a range of rooms, on-site dining and easy access to nearby attractions.

Where do you want to stay in Delhi for the Holi Festival? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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