How to be popular in India - take a baby!
Our stay at the Bajaj Indian Homestay in March 2007 was fabulous. We comprised a group of 3 adult Australian women (ages 60, 55 and 27) and a 4 month old baby. We found the office staff to be courteous, reliable, fair with the exchange rate and the cost of organising tours and were happy to supply drivers and good quality cars for travel to Noida on 3 occasions.
We actually went to India for my niece's wedding to an Indian man whose family lived at Noida but we wanted to stay near the Karol Bargh Markets.
The kitchen staff were great. So courteous - food was lovely and those Coke spiders will never be forgotten. Nothing like coming home after a hard day's shopping at the Markets, getting lost, being kidnapped by Rickshaw drivers, spending too much money or just wandering and marvelling at the life on the streets, and being welcomed with a nice cup of tea or a cold drink, served in your room, in the dining room or up on the roof.
The doorman and cleaning staff were great - and they all loved my little granddaughter.
We stayed at the Bajaj for 5 days and chose to be all together in the one room, so we admit our room got a bit messy, but that's because we took far too much stuff with us, plus we bought more and had the baby's pram and bits and pieces. We then travelled to Agra for 3 days but were returning to Bajaj for another 2 days, so they kindly stored our excess baggage for us.
We highly recommend staying at the Bajaj and if you're in the right place at the right time, you might come across Rani Bajaj, the wife of the owner, who is full of local knowledge, so helpful and beautiful.
A really big thank-you to everyone who made us feel so welcome in your beautiful Homestay and wonderful country.
Nice atmosphere but somebit noisy
Has the promised family atmosphere, but was a bit noisy and didn't like the room we had at groundlevel (no windows)
Food was not bad and staff was friendly and trying to do their best to make you feel welcome. They have a very nice rooftop. It is not the most expensive option in New Delhi and for sure is clean.
Nice hotel spoiled by bad treatment of guests
We booked a room specifying twin beds, in June 2007, for 5 nights in December 2007. The room was good - spacious, clean, not luxurious but comfortable, twin beds as required. The only window was in the bathroom, but that didn't worry us. We thought the staff were pleasant and friendly, saying on our arrival "please make this your home".
The room opened onto the restaurant area, but only on one morning did noisy guests disturb us. The hotel is in a quiet street, and about a 10 minute walk to the train station. When returning from the train station in the evening, after a day of sightseeing, we found that the pollution was very bad, and seemed to be worse in this area than in the centre of the city. Walking along the main road to get to the hotel's side road was also not that pleasant, because of the traffic and the pollution. Breakfast was excellent. We were enjoying our stay, until we returned to the hotel on the 3rd night, to find a security guard standing outside our room. When we approached the room, he said not to go in, and that we had been moved to a different room. A woman then emerged from our room, and we saw that about 4 people were in the room, and the room was a mess. The guard said that our things had been moved to another room. We angrily told the hotel people that we would not be moved, and that they should not have touched our belongings. Our money and passports were in the room safe, and we didn't know what had happened to them. It turned out that a school group from Australia had (they thought) booked out the entire hotel. They book every year, and they booked in February, before we did. The hotel people had obviously taken their booking, then, when we booked, they planned to give us the room that we wanted for 2 nights, then when the group arrived, to move us to a smaller room. This also meant that the school group didn't have all the rooms that they had booked for. We sat in the lobby and said we were going to call the police, for touching our belongings, and that we demanded our room back. The owner eventually arrived, and tried to pretend that it was a mistake. She also lied that the night manager was going to tell us about moving us, in the morning, and that we had told the staff that we were going to come back, after going out to find an optician to repair my broken glasses. That was complete rubbish. Eventually the school group decided to move some of the students and teachers to the hotel next door, which was organized by the hotel owner. They were unhappy about this, and obviously wanted us to move to the smaller room, but we stood our ground. By the way, the room they wanted us to go to was small, poky, and with one bed. We told the hotel people that we were going out for a meal, and when we came back, we expected to have our room, cleaned, and with our belongings put back. That did happen. The other sour note was that they also overcharged for their services. For example, they quoted 600rp for a taxi to the airport. We were going to do this, but after this incident, we didn't want to pay them any more money, and we got a taxi on the street for 350rp. We also phoned Australia from the hotel, which cost 40rp per minute. This was the most expensive phone call we were charged in India. The next phone call we made from a Varanasi hotel, was 3rp per minute. We actually refused to pay for two calls we made, saying that we had been inconvenienced by them, and they grudgingly agreed.
We told them that it was strange that after saying to us "please make this your home" that we were kicked out of our "home"!
The school group said that the hotel commonly overbooks, and they had experienced similar situations on previous visits - I don't know why they still stay there. Also strange - on our last night, the reception phoned our room and asked us to go down to the lobby to meet the Director. We didn't want to do this as we were preparing for bed, so they asked us to meet with the Director the next morning. However when we went down the next morning there was no sign of anyone, and no mention of anyone to meet us. We didn't bother asking. One more annoyance - on our last morning, only a "basic" breakfast was provided, because the school students were sleeping in, which we thought was pretty poor. In summary, the hotel facilities are good, the location is bad, and the staff treat guests very badly!
Comfort and Hospitality in Delhi
The Bajaj is located approx 20 mins by autorickshaw from Connaught Place, surrounding area mainly contains some small shops and businesses and is safe enough to stroll around at night.
We stayed here for 3 nights in a deluxe room, prices are slightly higher than most hotels in the area but is well worth it. Rooms are immaculate, linen very clean, superb power showers and a/c was well used. When booking a room specify that you dont want a room on the ground floor as it can get quite noisy at times.
Hotel also provides a free airport pickup, this is strongly advised if this is your first time in Delhi or India, company car is very comfortable. We returned to the hotel the following week for another 3 nights after taking a domestic flight, the hotel tried to charge us for this second airport pickup but once I complained they gave it to us for free.
Staff in the hotel are very helpful and pleasant.
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Would not recommend this place at all. I found the staff very unhelpful and felt there was a hidden agenda with all the information they gave me. The worst part was the room, the room 10 minutes before our arrival was the home stay's office. The bed was a pull out sofa bed and very uncomfortable, tv could only be seen if you were sitting at the desk or lying at an odd angle on the bed - and there was no shower.
Recommend Singh Sons, might be more of a traveler hotel but it's cheaper and the rooms are alot nicer.
Water level of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
I am going to India next September 20th and I would like to visit Udaipur only if the water level is ok. Anybody knows whether it is dry, or if it will be ok with the current monsson?
I would also appreciate any recommendation about a budget or average hotel in Delhi, clean and quiet.
Thank you very much for your help.
RE: Water level of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Hi, You are lucky as Lake Pichola in full of water again this year and overflowing. regarding your hotel in Delhi I would recommend Bajaj Indian Home Stay for more onfo visit at www.bajajindianhomestay.com
have a Great Time!!!
RE: Water level of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
I m from Udaipur.. and All udaipur lakes are totally full.. so also lake pichola is full till top.. its happening after 13-14 yrs u will sure enjoy it..
if u come udaipur my mobile no is 9352500490
hope to meet you here
RE: RE: Water level of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Don't ashak any quction go strate to Udaipur and enjoy your self there many hotels in Budget around the Lake lal Ghat.
RE: RE: Water level of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Have you stayed at Bajaj Homestay in New Delhi? I will be in India in late November and have just booked there. I'd like to hear from someone who has stayed there.