Nina Kochhar’s Home, Civil Lines, Old Delhi
The continued popularity of this home is due to the draw of Nina Kochhar, the ultimate hostess:
Columnist for Good Housekeeping India; HR consultant; ex-hotelier with the Oberoi group; globe-trotter; bridge player; golfer; author; art lover, culture lover, with great sense of humour and still down to earth:
Nina is a dedicated socialite who can introduce you to the ‘who’s who’ of Delhi – just make sure you have enough time in the city to enjoy the parties and art / culture events that Nina will want to take you to!
Near The Red Fort amongst the rich history of old Delhi, Nina’s upmarket apartment is set in six acres of landscaped lawns. So you can return weary from your hob-nobbing with the great-and-the-good to potter around the gated grounds admiring the resident peacocks; monkeys; parrots; kites and a pair of rare Great Indian Hornbills, before finally retiring with a night-cap on the terrace garden.
- 1 double room, with tv, internet and en suite
- 10km from Connaught Place
Message from the host
My home is in a lovely community in Civil Lines.
This is a very historic part of the older Delhi and in fact, the location was once "Curzon House". It is a stone's throw from the Red Fort, which has a Son-et-Lumiere show every evening.
Any city tour would bring tourists to this part of town which includes the famous shopping areas of Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh, also known for their great street food. British Colonial history surrounds us with the apartment overlooking Nicholson Cemetry; St. James Church is close by, St. Stephen's Hospital, the Maidens Hotel, and a war memorial are all within walking distance.
Mahatma Gandhi's memorial - Rajghat is along the Yamuna River, which again is very close, with a Tibetan Monastery and the Tibetan market in the vicinity too. Peacocks, parrots and monkeys are a common sight, and mornings and evenings, sitting in the terrace garden, sipping fragrant Darjeeling tea, one is sometimes visited by the relatively rare Indian Hornbill, large kites (like eagles), not to mention the resident squirrel!
Two great restaurants beckon - The Embasssy restaurant, with great tandoori food, and the famous "Chor Bazaar" with its branch in London, renowned for it's whacky décor and delectable Kashmiri cuisine. The Metro whizzes by from 6 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. with it's Kashmiri Gate Station around the corner - totally walkable. The Inter-State-Bus-Terminal (ISBT), again a walk or cycle rickshaw ride away, has very comfortable air-conditioned Volvo buses taking you on overnight trips to most cities in North India, such as Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali, nestling at the base of the Himalayas.
As you are the only guests in the apartment at any given time, with your own key to the door, you are always the VIP, with your comfort being my sole agenda! Having worked with the Oberoi Group of Hotels for over 25 years, I really enjoy seeing that your stay in Delhi is a memorable experience.
"I have stayed in all kinds of hotels and guest houses. I have never found this kind of love, care, dedication and warmth from anywhere else. I am at a loss for words to thank you for all the kind care." Dr. H.S. Saini
"What a pleasure to stay with you, Nina. We had already made friends on the internet! We have so enjoyed your company, your stories and in just two days made a special friend. Thank you." VA, February 2010
"We had a delightful stay in Delhi in the home of Mrs Kochar. The room was extremely comfortable, the washroom and toilet - beautifully clean with lots of hot water and a great shower. We were charmed and delighted by Mrs Kochhar who quickly became our friend. The apartment is in a very leafy and pleasant part of Delhi, very close to a central metro station. A lovely place to stay." - VA
"We have stayed with Nina twice and as veterans of B and B's in many countries this has to be one of the best we have ever had the privilege of staying in. Nina is charming, informative and will advise you on all the best places to visit. The food is excellent and the roof terrace is a haven. The flat is located in a very quiet estate - a distinct advantage in Delhi and is a short walk from the Metro which is far and away the best way to get around the city. This is a real home so don't expect five star luxury - if you want that go to the Imperial.(Go there for tea anyway) If I was reviewing for Trip Advisor I would not hesitate to give Nina five stars (out of five!)" - Peter and Barbara Hordern, January 2010
Within a short walk:
- Kamla Nagar Market
- Chandni Chowk
- Tibetan Market, which sells a variety of garments, shoes, and electronics
- Embassy (Indian)
- Oberoi Maidens Hotel (Continental)
- Chor Bizarre (Kashmiri)
- Punjab National Bank, with ATM
- Western Union official money changer
- Internet café
- Inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) is within walking distance. Catch any bus to North Indian states. Overnight routes to Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala/McLeodganj (the home of the Dalai Lama)
- Delhi Metro - Delhi's modern underground system allows easy movement around the city
- There are two stations on the left and right sides of the main gate: On the left is Civil Lines station; on the right is Kashmere Gate station, with lines going south to Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk)
Within a short drive:
- Connaught Place is only 10 km away
- Chandni Chowk - Old Delhi's famous labyrinthine shopping and eating area
- Daryaganj - Sunday market for an unbelievable wealth of second hand books
- Historic Sights:
- Hanuman Mandir temples
- Red Fort, built by Shahjahan
- Parliament Houses is only 13 kilometres away
- Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built in 1656
- India Gate is only 12 km away
- St. Jame's Church & Nicholson Cemetry with gardens, fountains, a central prayer hall and a library for Buddhist Studies
- Visit the Old Fort (14 th century) and boat in the moat or view the zoo
- Music & Art:
- Kamani Auditorium
- Indian Habitat Centre, which has performances of plays in Hindi, English & regional languages
- Siri Fort, a venue for music and dance which has performances of Indian Classical Music
- Golf and Gardens:
- Walk through the historic & beautiful Lodhi Gardens, just under 12 km away
- New Delhi Golf Club is only 10 km away. You can hire clubs and a caddy for only £5 - challenge Nina to a few rounds!
- Sadar Bazaar - Delhi's wholesale hub, and a great food place early at night, when shops close
- Jama Masjid - kebabs , curries & Indian breads, spectacular at night after watching the Son et Lumiere
- Broadway Hotel on Asaf Ali Road for authentic Kashmiri food. Chor Bizarre is it's signature restaurant in Delhi (and London)
- Oberoi Maidens Hotel for Continental fine dining, coffee shop snacks and Indian Cuisine
- Gujarat Centre on Club Road for the most authentic Gujarati Thalis
- Old Delhi Railway Station is only 3 kilometres away
- New Delhi Railway Station. Distance: 7 kilometres away. Driving Time: 20 minutes
- Indra Gandhi Domestic & International airport. Distance: 24 km. Driving Time: 30 Minutes. Around £12-£18 in a taxi depending on time, luggage, a/c or non a/c etc.
- Complimentary Laundry service
- Picnic service
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