Delhi, the Vibrant Capital of India
Delhi is two cities made up of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Between the two cities the Raj Ghat Shrine has the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. New Delhi's well-planned out streets make it easy to explore. The Raj Path, the main road, leads up to the president's home, the Rashtrapati Bhavan with its beautiful gardens.
Best time to head to Delhi
The best period for visiting is October to March. For visiting during festival time, the Holi spring festival takes place in March. The date changes but depends on the Hindu calendar. This is a very joyful festival of colour with feasts, music, dance and parties, celebrating good's victory over evil.
On August 15th Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in Delhi, commemorating India's independence from the British Empire in 1947.
Tips about Delhi
A visa is necessary and obtainable from the Indian High Commission. Verify that your passport is valid for at least 180 days at the time you make your application. There must be two blank pages in your passport for the visa.
Check to see if you require a polio vaccination. A certificate is necessary if you are arriving from a selection of countries. Diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A are among the recommended vaccinations.
For their security, women should be especially vigilant when travelling alone. As for the cost of living in Delhi, prices are much cheaper than in the UK. Prices for quality electronics are very similar.
The time zone for Delhi is India Standard Time which, during the UK winter, is UTC/GMT +5:30. As India doesn't have daylight saving time, Delhi is UTC/GMT +4:30 during the UK summertime.
Delhi local information
Between 4.40 and 23.30 Metro Line 2 runs from Indira Gandhi International Airport to the centre. Or a shuttle bus is in service from the airport to Connaught Place. The other option is a prepaid taxi.
For accommodation, a hostel or guest house will cost approximately 500 INR upwards per night. There are cheap three star hotels which average at around 1400 INR per person per night.
For getting about in Delhi there's a cheap public transport network comprising metro, rickshaws and buses. You will find taxi fares far less expensive than in the UK.