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New Delhi (Hindi: Naï Dillî) is the capital of India. It includes the area known as "Old Delhi" or just "Delhi" and the names are often used interchangeably.
The Indira Gandhi International airport is the arrival point for many visitors into India. The airport has all the basic airport facilities such as money changing, which is open 24 hours. If you want a taxi from the airport, make sure to get a prepaid taxi before exiting the airport, otherwise you will be accosted by hordes of taxi drivers trying to fleece you. The prepaid rates are set based on destination and are bona fide. It is also possible to take a city bus during the day, or a private one run 24 hours a day.
Most domestic flights land at Palam airport, which is a little closer to the city than the international terminal. If you are making connections, it can take between 15-30 minutes once you exit one terminal to get to the other one by car, depending on time of day and traffic. Take a pre-paid taxi from the Delhi tourism prepaid taxi booth. Watch out for the taxi touts!
Trains arrive at one of three main stations-- one in Old Delhi which goes by the same name, the second at New Delhi which lies in Central Delhi and one at Hazrat Nizamuddin a few kilometers to the south. The first two are now conveniently connected by Metro Line 2, just minutes apart. It will also take around 40 minutes to an hour to get New Delhi Railway Station to the airports by car depending on the traffic. A tourist ticket office is open office hours, upstairs of the main New Delhi railway station for foreign tourists, bring your passport, and money change / cash advance receipts; a ticket office open to all is on the road to Connaught Place with longer hours and often has waiting times not much longer than at the tourist booking office.
Three lines of the new Delhi Metro (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/) are now open and provide a hassle-free way of zipping around the city. Line 2, in particular, is useful for getting to the Old Delhi and New Delhi railway stations as well as the ISBT bus terminal. Fares range from Rs. 6 to 14.
Taxis or hired car (usually with driver) are required to see many of the far-flung sites around and just outside Delhi. To get a taxi or a hired car, you have to go to a taxi stand; they are not usually flagged from the street. There is also a service called dial-a-cab. The number is 1090. You shouldn't take non-official taxis, sometimes they take you to a wrong hotel, or to a "tourist information center", and try to sell you overpriced things.
Autorickshaws (also called 3 wheeled Scooters or 3 wheelers) are good for shorter trips. Autorickshaws are three-wheeled partially enclosed contraptions(they don't have any doors) that can seat three people in the back and usually run on CNG, petrol or diesel, mostly CNG in Delhi. Although by law the rickshaw driver have to charge by the electronic meter in their vehicles, they will almost always try to haggle for price. If using a rickshaw, make sure you settle on either (a) paying by meter or (b) a fixed price in advance, or there will be no end of trouble. In general, they are much cheaper than taxis and can be hailed from the street.
If you have any trouble with them, go to the numerous tourist police in the city centre and they will give you a complaint slip which will result in a 500 rupee fine for the auto driver.
Cyclerickshaws are three-wheeled mechanical cycles or bikes with seats in the back to seat Passengers and a driver in the front who cycles the passenger. They are good for short distances or places which are too far to walk but too short for taking a bus/taxi/autoRickshaw. Cyclerickshaws don't use meters, so payment is done on established practices.
The staff at the Delhi tourist office are very helful and have lots of free information: The Government of India Tourist Office 88 Janpath , Connaught Place. Tel:332 0005, 3320008, 3320109, 3320266.
Handicrafts and Folk Art
Dhabas (roadside stalls)
If you want to eat chaat, the North Indian streetside snack food, Delhi is the place to be. Chaat is hard to describe, really consisting of a number of different kinds of food, all spicy, and vegetarian, and all things that you will be hard pressed to find in Indian restaurants in other parts of the world.
Some typical chaat items are paapdi chaat (a mix of small round fried crispy things with yoghurt and other sauces), paneer tikka (cubes of cottage cheese baked in a tandoor with spices), pani puri or golguppa (small round hollow shells filled with a potato-based filling and a spicy sweet blend of sauces).
The best place to go for chaat is the Bengali Market near Connaught Place in the center of town. The restaurants are of high quality, the food is great, and there are ATMs there as well. One of the best known restaurants there is Nathu's.
Caveat: You should, if you are indiscriminately gobbling chaat sold by a man with a cart along Ridge Rd, be aware that the chaat might not have been prepared with bottled water.
The other place to get really good chaat that is also prepared fairly hygienically is at any one of the Haldiram's stores. Particularly recommended is the Raj Kachori - it is a mixture of different types of stuffing with sweetened yogurt and chutneys in a little basket made from fried potato-slivers.
But for the really good chaat you have to make your way to Old Delhi, and particularly to Ashok's near Chawri Bazaar.
This street, named main bazar, opposite New Delhi railway station has many cheap hotels and is very popular with travelers, with a double room with attached bathroom costing between 200-300Rs, or less. Below is a list of a few of the more popular places:
There are many top-end hotels in Delhi like:-
If you are in this budget range, consider the Ashoka first.
A notice posted at the New Delhi train station: ATTENTION OF FOREIGN TOURISTS Beware of Touts. Do not listen to those who attempt to tell you the tickets office for International Tourists is closed. Please proceed to the International Tourist Bureau on the first floor at New Delhi Railway station Buildings and ignore those who attempt to lead you to a booking office elsewhere.
Many first time travelers to India find themselves falling victim to scams and touts. Be on guard for anybody trying to help you by giving you directions or travel advice. If this is your first time to India do not admit it, as this will make you a mark for the scam artists.
Yes, many people will be lying to you! Despite what everybody you meet has to say, you can indeed buy train tickets at the train station! In fact going to the International Tourist Bureau on the first floor (first floor above ground level) of the New Delhi railway station is the only advice you need about purchasing train tickets. This office will provide you the most accurate information about seat availability and the best ticket prices.
The easiest way however to buy train tickets however is through the Indian Railways Booking website at http://www.irctc.com/
Advice for women: If you are coming into delhi at night, stay in the airport lounge, or well lit areas until daybreak. Also avoid walking around alone or hiring cabs alone. Dress conservatively. Delhi is increasingly unsafe for women. Police vehicles (called PCR vans) are parked almost on every major intersection. Dial 100 in case of emergencies. Also learn to shout. Also, try to carry mace/pepper spray in your bag/purse.