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Delhi, capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is
one of India's fastest growing cities. It has sprawled over
the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The
city has two distinct parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi. Old Delhi
is centered on the Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jehan
between 1636 & 1658.
The streets of Old Delhi are narrow & bustling. The beauty &
serenity lies inside the courts of the main buildings. Delhi
has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques
and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional
and contemporary crafts, from all over the country. New Delhi
was proclaimed the capital of India by the British architect
Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), & is tree-lined & spacious.
General Information of Delhi :
» Capital - New Delhi. Area: 491 sq km.
» Population - 9370475.
» Language - Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, English is equally in the
» Touring season - Oct, Nov, Feb and March. However, winter is
severe and long from Nov to early March.
The summer season lasts from mid-March to the end of June, with
average maximum and minimum temperatures of 36º C and 25º C. The
monsoon season, following the hot summer, continues until the end of
September, with an average rainfall of about 26 inches. The winter
season extends from late November to mid-February. The coldest month
is January, when both the mean maximum temperature and the mean
minimum temperature are at their lowest--21º C and 7º C, respectively.
Best Season :
For Sightseeing, the best season to visit Delhi is between October to
March. Summers in Delhi are very hot and it is not recommended to
visit it during May, June or July.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
How to get there ?
» Air - Delhi has an extensive network of international and
domestic flights. All the major airlines in the world fly through
Delhi and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Domestic
air links cover Delhi from all the major cities in the country.
» Train - The Indian Railway with their modern and organized
network connects Delhi to major and minor destination in India. There
are three important railway stations in Delhi to all major and minor
destinations in India, namely New Delhi Rly. Station, Old Delhi Rly.
Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Rly. Station. Trains run from all the
parts of the country to Delhi. For nearby places like Chandigarh,
Dehradun, Gwalior, Bhopal, Lucknow and Kanpur, the Shatabdi Express is
» Bus - Delhi is well connected by road to all major
destinations in North India. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is
located at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Delhi
Transport Corporation and Road Transport Corporations of the
neighboring States provide frequent bus services through Air
Conditioned, Deluxe and Ordinary Coaches. Buses from all the major
places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya
Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for getting to Delhi. During
summer months, air-conditioned coaches are recommended.
» Airports - Delhi has two airports. Indira Gandhi
International Airport, is 20km away towards city in the same area.
Palam is city bound Internal Terminal Airport. Between the two shuttle
coach service is in operation. SBI is the banker of both the
terminals, for hotel's booking ITDC and serving the tourists with
information is Tourist Booth with round the clock service, besides
there are other arrangements. Indira Gandhi links Delhi with the whole
world. Flights of almost all Airways of the World come to Delhi
besides Air India. IAC, Alliance Air, Vayudoot and such other Airlines
serve from Palam to all parts of the country. They have Airbuses,
Boeings, Dornier and other planes. From both the terminals,
Ex-Servicemen Air Link Transport Service (EATS) brings passengers to
city at cheap rate. On the way they stop on request. Delhi Transport
Corporation's buses also bring Air passengers to New Delhi, Delhi Jn
and Kashmiri Gate bus std. Passenger bus (780) runs from outside the
Airport, Taxis (prepaid) is available.
TIPS FOR VISITORS
Tipping is optional, although cabbies and
rickshaw drivers seem to expect tips from foreign tourists. Make sure
the driver turns down the meter after you get in. If he refuses to do
so (cabbies and rickshaw drivers may refuse to do so late at night or
early in the morning or if you want to travel a short distance), hail
another cab or rickshaw. If nothing else, ensure that you fix a price
before you get in. It is generally expected at hotels and restaurants.
Ten per cent of the bill or around Rs. 5 for other services is in
To see all the places of historical interest in
Delhi, it is advisable to use a guided tour. Delhi is a round and
widely spread out city, and it may be difficult to get to all the
places with considerable ease. Compared to Bombay, Delhi has a much
more complex structure and easier to get lost in, so be careful. You
can rent a chauffeur-driven car or join a conducted tour that is
probably the best way to see most in the least amount of time.
Inland Travel India offers many facilities for tourists' travel
within the country. However, special permits are required for visiting
certain border areas as specified from time to time. These can be
obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs Office at Lok Nayak Bhawan,
opposite to Khan Market (Phone: 461 2543, 469 3334) from Monday to
Doctor/Chemist If you need a doctor, your hotel can contact a
house physician. The medical stores in Super Bazar, Connaught Circus
and in AIIMS and at some private hospitals such as Batra (Tughlakabad
Institutional Area) and Spring Meadows (East of Kailash) are open 24
Food and Beverage
Delhi has an amazing variety of non-vegetarian and vegetarian cuisine.
Contrary to what you may have heard, all Indian food is not hot and
spicy. Most dishes are only richly garnished to provide an exciting
flavour. You will find excellent restaurants that serve Indian,
Chinese, Continental and other cuisine in Delhi. Consumption of liquor
is prohibited in public places.
India is a shopper's paradise. Delhi markets specialise in carpets,
handicrafts, jewellery, readymade garments and leather goods. It's
best to buy goods only from the more established shops and official
Indian Government outlets.
If you encounter beggars, who are rare in New Delhi, give in kind
rather than in cash.
Asking for a discount is part of the shopping experience - you might
be lucky and the shopkeepers may oblige. Otherwise the prices are more
or less fixed at most places. Remember, it's a game you should both
enjoy and if you get "swindled", you are contributing to the local
economy! At Connaught place, Meena bazaar, Palika bazaar and other
shopping centres, bargaining is necessary. Begin by quoting half of
whatever the vendor quotes.
Telephone and Telegraph
You can direct dial to most cities in India, and to countries abroad.
For elsewhere book a call through the operator. On the direct dial
facility within the country, note that while during the day - 6 am to
7 pm - the full rate is charged. On Sundays and National Holidays
there is a concessional charge of 50%. Half rate is applicable daily 7
am to 8 am and 7 pm to 8.30 pm. The tariff from 6 am to 7 am and from
8.30 pm to 11 pm is 1/3 the rate, and from 11 pm to 6 am it is 1/4 the
For details contact:
International Telegraph Office (Phone: 336 2881 / 336 2754).
Government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath (Phone: 332 0005 and
• Carry your wallet and credit cards in an inside jacket pocket or
side trouser pocket, never in the rear pocket.
• Keep pocketbooks on your lap when dining out, not dangling over the
back of a chair.
• Leave valuables and important papers, such as jewellery and
passports in your hotel's safe deposit box. Never leave these items
unattended in your room.
• Beware of unexpected persons coming to your hotel room. Never open
the door to unsolicited room service or maintenance people.
• If you schedule a meeting with a potential client, research the
company and the individual with whom you are meeting. Meet in a public
place, such as a restaurant.
• Make sure that luggage is only given to a member of the hotel's bell
staff and a receipt is issued for stored luggage. Never leave luggage
or other expensive items, unattended at airports or taxi stands.