About Paharganj, Delhi
Paharganj or call it hilly neighbourhood is a non identical twin. It’s both maddening and fascinating. The first time goers may be in a muddle when stumbling upon overly crowded roads, narrow lanes, chaotic surrounding, crumbling buildings and opportunity seeking auto/rickshawalas luring you super cheap hotels. But after leaving past all unforeseen surprises, you have to believe the place is truly a different world. It is a melting pot of different people belonging to different nationalities and cultures. Standing west of the New Delhi Railway Station, this neighbourhood of Central Delhi is richly diverse and evolving every day.
The first good thing about it is of course its location. Just a few minutes walking distance from hotel area will reach you to the train station from where both short and long distance trains run every hour. Then you have here a sea of hotels, most particularly the budget ones who promise good luxury at a reasonably low cost. There are also endless eateries, dhabas, and restaurants serving a good many varieties of global cuisines at an honest rate.
The main Bazaar area is a great highlight. Just opposite of the train station, it stretches roughly one kilometre with a chain of small shops selling endless varieties of items; ranging from books, music, jewellery, shoes to clothes, wooden statues, handicrafts, cushion covers, lamps etc., to name but a few. Here, you are a winner if you bargain well.
Altogether, the whole area gives you a delightful experience. Just keep your eyes and ears open. Do not entertain anyone luring you cheap accommodation place. Instead, search by yourself or ask anyone who had been here before. Check out where local people go and eat. If you have to visit the place second time, note down all experiences in diary. This way, you learn to love Paharganj.