One of the world’s liveliest capitals, Delhi is a guaranteed lesson in keeping your cool. Expect bumper-to-bumper traffic made of chauffeur-driven SUVs and wheezing three-wheelers and streets jam-packed with people strolling by. Add in ambling cows, singing chai-wallahs and booming temple music and you’ve got yourself the perfect case for sensory overload.
In a city so chock full of sights and sounds—not to mention the restaurants, bars and clubs you’ll want to visit—you’ll be in dire need of somewhere sweet to lay your head each night. Accommodations can run the gamut from pricey to downright palatial. But if you’re watching your wallet, skip the luxury resorts and high-end heritage finds and stick with these modestly priced, even downright cheap, hotels—some of this madcap city’s best-kept secrets.