The Diplomatic Enclave's tree-lined boulevards - where you'll find the gleaming new Leela Palace - are a serene contrast to Old Delhi on the Golden Triangle route.

The style is classically opulent with high-tech touches - an iPod controls the in-room entertainment.

Tear yourself away from the vast Espa spa, four restaurants and rooftop infinity pool and grab a taxi to Hauz Khas Village, a mix of maze-like streets lined with hip restaurants and boutiques.

Further afield, the classic sights - among them the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid and Akshardham Temple - are not to be missed.

WOW FACTOR Its unashamed attitude to opulence - don't leave without trying lobster curry in the swish Jamavar restaurant.

FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO Doubles from £275 per night, including breakfast (www.theleela.com). British Airways (www.ba.com) flies from £567 return.