Lutyens Bungalow, Delhi India, Delhi
Surrounded by lush gardens and birdlife, Lutyens Bungalow is a family run property that has been welcoming travellers for over 50 years. It still retains its original charm and character, while showcasing the best of warm Indian hospitality.
In leafy New Delhi, Lutyens is centrally located next to the Lodhi Gardens and within easy distance of interesting sights such as the Safdarjung Tomb and Khan Market. The property itself is very clean, humble and well cared for by the knowledgeable owners. Dining is quite informal, with guests often eating together, however the breakfast buffet is commonly served outside on the patio surrounded by the gardens. The courtyard and pool area make for pleasant spots to relax and enjoy your surroundings, while the dining lounge has a fireplace and library to cosy up in when the evenings are cooler.
The guest rooms are comfortable and simple, with wooden furnishings, comfortable bedding and views out to the gardens. While there may not be any frills, they are still fitted out with TVs, wifi, a desk space and clean bathrooms.
Lutyens is a simple and informal homestay; it isn’t for those looking for luxury. However, it is good value for money, perfectly located for sights in New and Old Delhi and is ideal for those wanting to experience New Delhi’s history, calm and charm.
Homestay - What we mean by 'Homestay' is generally a large family owned house, still occupied by at least some members of the family. Interaction with guests is encouraged and is in fact unlikely to be avoided! These places always have bags of character are usually highly charming and can provide a fascinating shortcut towards understanding local life a little better. Facilities can range from the luxurious, to pretty basic and meals are generally taken as a group and served in the local style rather than from a menu. The service is almost always fairly quirky and idiosyncratic. Great fun.
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The train journey from Calcutta to Darjeeling was a wonderful experience of the real India whilst everyone we met was friendly and courteous.