Delhi offers the very best of old and new in India. Historical buildings are everywhere to give you a sense of the past and understanding of the rich culture. With so many interesting attractions in Delhi there's no time to get bored. Make sure you visit Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar, Akshardham and the Red Fort. Take a tour of Delhi on the new Metro, a street life walking tour or spend a morning or afternoon relaxing in the spectacular Lodi Gardens, what an adventure!
Delhi's best side
The very best time to head to Delhi is in February and March or October and November. Summers tend to be very hot, in particular April until June, when temperatures can rise to over 40 degrees Centigrade. The monsoon season is from December to January so beware of flooding. There are lots of holidays and festivals in Delhi like Diwali, the Holi Spring Festival. Independence Day is on August 15th when there's a huge parade. November to December is the time for the cultural Qutub Festival while at the end of November, the India International Trade Fair is held.
Some Delhi travel tips
Ladies should take note to be extra aware if travelling alone to Delhi. Do remember that the cost of living here is higher than in most other cities in India.
Delhi - getting there
Use the Metro line number 2 to get to Delhi city centre from the airport. This does not run between 11.30 pm and 4.30 am, and costs around 100 rupees per journey. There's also a shuttle bus or alternatively you can use a local taxi. Many of the hotels in Delhi offer a pick-up service for guests from the airport to their accommodation. Guest houses or hostel accommodation cost in the region of about 500 rupees per night in Delhi. A cheap three star hotel averages around 1400 rupees, per night, per person. The public transport system of buses, metro and autos is cheap. Why not buy a Smartcard for ca 150 rupees which includes 100 rupees of credit for the Metro? You can also buy a tourist card which will cost approximately 100 rupees for one day or 250 rupees for three days. Bus tickets are around RS 5-15 per ticket. However, be aware that buses can be very crowded at times especially during rush hour. when taking autos, remember to haggle and agree on the price before setting off. A fun way to get around Delhi is by cycle rickshaws which cost about 20-50 rupees depending on the length of the journey.