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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

Standing amidst the relatively calm, almost genteel, boulevards of leafy New Delhi, the Leela Palace is a modern hotel with palatial aspirations.

A grand marble-floored lobby sets the tone for a just-short-of-flashy ‘Indo-baroque’ style. Rooms are spacious with a vintage-leaning decor and, unique for central Delhi, the rooftop infinity pool is magnificent.

Situated on the southern edge of Chanakyapuri, the capital’s diplomatic enclave, the hotel is ideally placed for those who want to explore Delhi’s frenetic streets and extraordinary sites, before escaping to a quieter quarter of town in the evenings.

Surrounding area

Surrounded in the main by broad, leafy and well-maintained boulevards – home to numerous embassies and, a little further afield, many important government offices – this is a fairly quiet and tame corner of New Delhi.

For some, this will be part of the appeal, though if you want to be in the thick of the action, there are better choices.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Humayun’s Tomb

Delhi, India[6.2 miles]

Stunning mausoleum and precursor to the Taj Mahal, with tranquil well-maintained gardens.

Best for ages: 13+ | £1

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Friday Mosque

Delhi, India[9 miles]

Completed in 1656 by Emperor Shah Jahan, this is one of India’s largest and most beautiful mosques.

Best for ages: 18+ | £3

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

Delhi, India[2.8 miles]

The former bungalow residence of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is now a slightly macabre museum. Assassinated here in 1984 by her bodyguards, even that very spot remains spotted with blood.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Lodi Garden

Lodi Garden

Delhi, India[3.3 miles]

Among Delhi’s quietest and leafiest parks, Lodi Gardens contain several 15th- and 16th-century tombs and monuments, most relating to the Afghan Lodi dynasty, which was eventually replaced by the Mughals.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Qawwali singing

Delhi, India[5.3 miles]

A unique opportunity to experience traditional devotional music, performed in the courtyard of an ancient Sufi tomb-shrine in south Delhi.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 1 hour

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National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

Delhi, India[5.6 miles]

Formerly a palace belonging to the Maharaja of Jaipur, the gallery is now a superb repository of Indian paintings, sculpture and even photography.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay



India’s intense sight- and monument-filled capital is a compelling blend of the modern Raj-influenced New Delhi, and the sights, sounds and smells of Old Delhi’s heaving and exotic lanes and bazaars.

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