Shanti Home

Jankapuri, Delhi, India Book from Book from £132 per night

A stylish and serene hotel tucked away in a quiet West Delhi suburb, with an excellent restaurant, small spa and personal service
The setting, down a quiet residential lane in Janakpuri, is an unusual one, but then Shanti Home is not your typical Delhi hotel. This tranquil boutique bolthole is an intimate hideaway that celebrates the colour, character and charm of India through its 17 themed rooms, each named after a specific region.

Shanti (meaning peace in Sanskrit) is the creation of Delhi owners Rajat and Sanjana Verma, who first dreamed of owning their own restaurant and hotel when they met back at university. Fast forward several years, and they’ve achieved their dream: this thoughtfully designed hotel is a gem, with all the charm of a small set-up (peace and excellent personal service), along with the benefits you’d associate with somewhere bigger (a very good restaurant, in-house travel desk and a sitting room on each floor).

Fabulous antiques, curios and art were sourced from across India to style the interiors: a gold-plated elephant headdress hangs in the 'Backwaters' bedroom, while a Raj-era fan complements a carved wooden mirror in 'Jaisalmer'. And there are some charming personal touches, like the in-house magazine detailing things to do in Delhi along with useful Hindi phrases. It’s a little off the beaten track so you’ll be reliant on the metro, but staff are incredibly friendly, and when you walk into the air-conditioned lobby, you’ll instantly feel at home.
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  • Great value; hits the sweet spot between style, comfort, and price
  • The peaceful rooftop terrace is the ideal place to unwind after a day navigating Delhi's chaotic streets
  • There are winning added extras: an in-house tailor, complimentary mobile phone hire, Ayurvedic massages in the spa, and Tandoor cookery lessons
  • Nothing is too much trouble for the Shanti Home team ,who go out of their way to ensure you have a memorable stay
  • There's a TV and movie lounge, with a library of Hollywood and Bollywood films
  • It's stylishly furnished with gorgeous kitsch detail throughout, and spotlessly clean


  • Although well connected by the metro, the suburban location in West Delhi can feel somewhat isolated - it takes 30-40 minutes to get to most sights and you will likely dine in every night
  • The ensuite bathrooms, while large and clean, lack the same designer touches that make the bedrooms shine
  • This is urban Delhi; don't expect rooms with views
  • It can be noisy, especially during festivals

Best time to go

The best time to visit Delhi is from late October through to March, when you can expect cool days and sunny skies. This is also when some of India and Delhi's most colourful festivals take place, including Diwali and Holi. During December, January and February it can get quite chilly (and foggy) in the mornings and evenings and jumpers / jackets are required. Delhi's summers run from May to July and are best avoided, with temperatures rising to an unbearable 45C. The monsoon breaks in July and lasts until September, although the last few years have seen less and less rain.

Our top tips

Delhi’s metro system is excellent, even by international standards; clean, air-conditioned, and impeccably punctual. Considering Delhi’s horrible traffic, the metro can cut your travel time in half. For female travellers, the first carriage in every train is for women only, and there is a great deal of camaraderie. Be friendly and strike up a conversation - Delhiites are famously chatty.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Communal TV


Each of the 17 rooms has been carefully themed to showcase a different region or feature of India, with antiques, quirky curios, photographs and framed prints complimenting the sleek modern furnishings. They are spread over 3 floors and divided into 3 categories: luxury, premium and deluxe, although little separates them other than size. There are 2 twin rooms, Bhuj and Dakshin (a further 4 can be configured as twins if required); the rest are doubles.

The most popular rooms are Oh Calcutta! - a spacious double with old lithographs of Calcutta and film stills from the movie Night in Calcutta, plus an old library desk lamp - and Bollywood - suitably indulgent in its homage to one of the biggest film industries in the world, with a lovely four-poster bed. But our personal favourite was Stupa, with its Tibetan furniture and door hangings (used as curtains), and colourful photographs from Ladakh. We also liked Bombay Masala for its nostalgic black and white Mumbai street scenes, kitsch film posters and gold sequined cushions.

If you're a very light sleeper, or have an early start the following day, you may want to ask for one of the rooms on a lower floor, as those nearer the rooftop restaurant can experience noise in the evenings.

The bathrooms are spacious with rain showers or tubs, but feel somewhat dated next to the carefully styled bedrooms - note that the hot water can run out quickly. Shanti Home provides custom-made toiletries; bathrobes are available on request.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Internet access
  • Mini-fridge (on request)
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


The rooftop restaurant, Lantern Terrace Garden, is one of Shanti Home's biggest selling points, and is a lovely setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast (included) is simple but tasty, with fresh fruit, cereals and a small à la carte menu offering simple dishes such as omelettes and scrambled eggs. For lunch, there's a selection of Indian and Continental dishes to choose from, including club and grilled sandwiches, and paneer pakoras. But it's dinner that's the star attraction here, and the food is some of the best you'll find in Delhi.

The tandoor (clay) oven opens between 7pm and 11pm and you can either indulge in a 5-course tasting menu or go à la carte. The chef's signature recipe is murg makhani (butter chicken), but we also recommend the lamb seekh kebab (minced lamb marinated with masalas and cooked on skewers), murgh malai kebab (mildly spiced chicken marinated in cheese and cream and roasted in the tandoor) and the dal makhni (lentil delicacy). Also cooked in the tandoor, the naan breads and aloo kulcha (leavened bread filled with seasoned potatoes) are both delicious.

A 24-hour room service menu can deliver snacks such as toast, eggs and sandwiches, either to your room or to one of the lounge areas.

If you prefer to eat out, the nearby Hilton hotel has 4 restaurants with different cuisines, and within a 10-minute walk there are various chain eateries (such as Pizza Hut) and Moti Mahal, which serves good Indian food. You can always take the metro for additional recommended places, both chain and local.

Shanti Home also offers tailored 2-3 hour cooking classes where you discuss and choose a menu and learn how to make the dishes, which are then served to you for dinner.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


Delhi often marks the beginning and / or end of a trip to India, which may influence how much sightseeing you wish to do. Shanti Home produces an in-house magazine with details of local sights and shops, and the travel desk can help arrange tours within Delhi.

  • Sightseeing: Connaught Place (the financial, commercial and business district) is less than 30 minutes away by metro and is a good place to begin exploring the city

  • Among Delhi's best-known sites are the Mughal Red Fort (Lal Qila), constructed between 1638 and 1648, and Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Both these sights can be found in Old Delhi

  • Museums: Delhi has plenty of museums on offer, with some of the better ones being the National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art. We recommend the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the often tragic life of the Gandhi family. The National Museum has an extensive collection with highlights including excavations from Indus Valley civilisation sites, Central Asian antiquities and Tibetan manuscripts

  • Shopping: Delhi offers every kind of shopping experience, from the colourful and chaotic bazaars of Chandni Chowk to the Western-style shopping malls of Select Citywalk. Khan Market is worth visiting for its homewares, jewellery and clothes stores, while the State Emporiums on and around Janpath are good for picking up everything from woodcarvings, brasswork, and paintings to textiles and furniture

  • At the hotel: take a yoga or cooking lesson, or recover from your travels with a body and head massage, followed by a steam in the hotel's Patra spa

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Yoga


The hotel accepts children of all ages and they may be accommodated in their parents' bedroom. Cots and extra beds can be provided and special menus can be prepared for fussy eaters.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Luxury rooms

Kid Friendly: Rooftop Terrace


Shanti Home is located in Janakpuri, West Delhi.

By Air
Delhi is one of the main international gateways to India and is easily accessible from major worldwide airports and most airports within India. The hotel is conveniently located for the international and domestic terminals at Indira Gandhi International Airport (14km away). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.

From the Airport
Shanti Home can arrange a pick-up service from the airport. There are also taxis available or you can take the metro from the airport.

By Train
Delhi has rail links with almost anywhere in India. There are 4 main rail terminals - Old Delhi, Nizamuddin, Sarai Rohilla and New Delhi; Shanti Home can arrange a pick-up service from any of these stations.

By Car
Driving in Delhi is not for the faint-hearted, but hiring a car and driver is a good way to see the city. Delhi is an easy drive from Neemrana, Kersoli, Gurgaon, Kuchesar and Meerut, and a longer drive from Shekavati, Jaipur, Agra, Corbett, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Moradabad and Chandigarth.

Getting Around
Delhi's metro system is air-conditioned, safe and comfortable. The hotel is located 250 metres from the nearest metro station, Uttam Nagar East.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Delhi and getting around


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  • Shops 0.5 km
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