Vivid and vibrant Delhi.
Full of historical buildings, atmosphere and culture, India's capital city is a magnet for visitors and business travellers alike. A true melting pot of customs and religions, the city welcomes everyone with great energy and life, and is a great gateway to the sights of India. The Red Fort is one of the oldest sites and still stunning, but for a new building take a look at the Swaminarayan Akshardham, a fabulous creation built by the Swami Spiritual organisation.
Best time for Delhi
Delhi has a monsoon climate, and the best seasons to visit are from February till March or between October and November. Be warned that Summer is very hot with temperatures reaching 40°C plus from April to June. Also watch out as flooding is common during monsoon, which is between December and January. The biggest religious festivals are the Hindi festivals of Diwali and the Holi spring festival. 15th August is Independence Day with a big parade in Delhi, and The Qutub, a cultural Festival, is in November/December. India's International trade fair also takes place in Delhi at the end of November.
A few facts about Delhi
Note that women should be especially careful when travelling alone in Delhi. Also, the cost of living in Delhi is higher than in most other cities in India.
Getting from the airport to central Delhi
There are several ways of travelling from Delhi airport to Delhi city centre. The Metro line 2 runs from around five in the morning till eleven thirty at night and costs about 100 rupees one way. There is also a Shuttle bus to Connaught Place or prepaid taxis are available too. However, lots of the mid to upper hotels offer to pick guests up from the airport. Guest houses and hostels start from around 500 rupees per night. Average three star hotels are about 1400 rupees/night/person. Book in advance. Metro: between around ₹8-30 . Smartcard for ca,. ₹150, includes ₹100 of credit.
The local public transport network consists of buses, metro and autos. There is a Tourist card which costs around ₹100 for 1 day or ₹250 for 3 days. Buses are crowded but cheap, and cost between 5-15 per ticket. For autos, haggle to agree on price. The iconic looking cycle rickshaws cost between about 20-50 rupees depending on the length of journey.