Tour:28 New Delhi When: October 2022 - 8 Nights Hotel: The LaLit - TBC Venue: 2.8km From Hotel Per Person: Twin A$2000 / Single A$2600 Deposit:£5 (A$10) Book: NOW Visit:New Delhi Tourism
The hotel and price (Oct 2021 rates) are subject to change and will be confirmed once the cricket schedule is known
Australian Cricket In New Delhi
NEW DELHI last hosted an Australian Test Cricket Tour To India in 2013 during the controversial, 'homework gate' series. It will be 9 years in the past by the time we tour New Delhi again so it will be a pleasure to return to the ancient city of the Mughal Empire; its history visible in the grand architecture and monuments throughout this huge city.
We won't know if we will play in New Delhi 2022 until much closer to the time and though Arun Jaitley Stadium (formerly Feroz Shah Kotla) is by far our least favourite test cricket ground, anywhere in the world let alone India, playing in New Delhi is good for all. It has the best tourism infrastructure of any Indian city, including an Airport Express Line from Indira Gandhi International Airport, only 4 stops to New Delhi Railway Station.
Our hotel will get you from the airport for 8 nights including breakfast, 2 dinners, our unique floral shirts and match tickets. If you arrive before your tour starts or you're taking our Match Ticket & Dinner Option, you can get almost anywhere by Delhi Metrorail. For many, Connaught Place and Paharganj, opposite New Delhi Railway Station are the places to go, pending your budget.
Connaught Place is 3 ring roads of hotels, designer stores, bars & restaurants, cool cafes, hip lounges, Indian souvenir and crafts stores, cinemas, and takeaway joints. In the middle is an enormous park that gives an escape from the wonderment of Old Delhi spice bazaars, textile havens and food heaven, the congestion of Karol Bagh markets, and the unmissable mayhem of Paharganj.
Our swish hotel is two blocks off Connaught Place at Barakhamba Avenue metro station. We are two stops from New Delhi Railway Station and three (Delhi Gate) from the stadium, though a 2.8km walk to the game each day may be useful! The LaLit New Delhi is the closest hotel of this standard to Arun Jaitley Stadium making it our preferred choice for your convenience to the game.
Away from the game, the Red Fort, which served as the residence for Mughal Emperors is one metro stop further past the cricket stadium. The fort is only open during match hours of 9.30am - 4.30pm so you will need to visit this must-see landmark before or after the Test Match. The same for reaching the Taj Mahal. An express train from New Delhi will get to Agra and back within 12 hours.
Adjacent to Red Fort is Old Delhi, where lanes wend off Chandni Chowk filled with colour, cows, tailors, bargains, and heaps of 'greasy spoons' serving the must-have masala dosa (crisp paper-thin crepe filled with spiced potato). Here and in the street cafes opposite New Delhi Railway Station, sample the hot milk only served in the evening in a single-use terracotta cup.
For a more 'spacious' walk, just 2.8km from the hotel is famous India Gate. This giant arch sits with the National War Memorial, High Court, and National Museum along broad, lawned, tree-lined roads, and canals. The area is home to the more glamourous hotels and residences presenting a more modern side of this huge city.
There is much to see and do in India's capital, which is infinitely easier with Delhi Metrorail than it was when we first saw cricket here in 2001 when walking & rickshaws were the only way. The cricket stadium then was but a local club ground with one pavilion that still stands today and around which the 'new stadium' was built. Redeveloped in 2005 to re-host international cricket, we would love to join us at Arun Jaitley Stadium,cricket's 28th Test Venue!
**After our week in New Delhi, an Indian Railways adventure to the next Test Match will be included, depending on where it is. Travel to Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, or Ahmedabad is easy but if we play in Dharamsala, for example, we will have to fly (extra cost) as no trains service Dharamsala. Remembering you can fly between all venues if you wish!**