Delhi in India is a fascinating city to visit. It's rich in culture, architecture, monuments and museums. Delhi offers everything you can wish for when on holiday. From temples to bars, boutique shopping to local markets, Delhi has it all.
The best time to travel to Delhi is between October to March, after the monsoon season in July to mid September. Many holidays and festivals can be witnessed during a visit. The Holi Spring Festival usually takes place in March, however dates can change, check the Hindu Calendar. Independence Day on the 15th August is celebrated with a huge parade in Delhi.
Before you travel a visa is needed, contact the Indian High Commission for further details. Passports require 2 blank pages for the visa and to be valid for at least 180 days at the time of application. A valid polio vaccine certificate is needed if arriving from certain countries. Vaccine recommendations include Hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and diphtheria. Women should always be vigilant when travelling alone. Indian prices are generally much lower than UK prices but quality electronics will cost around the same. Indian standard time is UTC/GMT plus 5.30 hours (UK winter). There is no daylight saving time so the summer in Delhi is 4.30 hours ahead of the UK.
When arriving at Delhi International Airport you can get to the city centre on Metro line 2. This service is available from 4.40 am until 23.30 at night or you can use the shuttle bus to Connaught Palace or a prepaid taxi. Expect guest houses or hostel accommodation to cost around 500 INR per night. Cheap 3 star hotels in Delhi are to be found for on average around 1400 INR/night/person. When it comes to using public transport in Delhi, buses, rickshaws and the Metro are cheap. Use public transport to see some of Delhi's most popular attractions like Quib Minar, Humayuns Tomb, Lotus Temple and the Red Fort. There's also a hop-on hop-off bus service operated by Delhi Tourism, ideal if you want to visit the city's most famous landmarks in one day. Taxi prices are also much cheaper than in the UK. Official taxis in Delhi are usually black and yellow with a green stripe. It's not really recommended to explore Delhi on foot. Road signs are poor and crossing the roads can be a hassle.