The exotic Indian capital
Delhi has a rich history with lesser-known areas that are worth a visit such as dusk at Lodi Gardens, Islamic devotional singing at Nizamuddin and the great fort of Purana Qila. Take a city tour or cycle through Old Delhi. Delhi, India, is a large city with rich culture, life, food, temples and so much more.
The Delhi travel times
The best time to visit Delhi is October to March. The climate is monsoon influenced and it is cooler and drier in these months. Visit during holidays and festivals and experience Indian culture. The Holi spring festival is in March, the exact date changes according to the Hindu calendar. The 15 August is Independence Day with a big parade in Delhi.
Useful Delhi tips
A visa is needed to visit Delhi. Contact the Indian High Commission for more information. Valid passports require two blank pages for the visa and need to be be valid for at least 180 days at the time of application. A valid polio vaccine certificate is needed if arriving from certain countries. other recommended vaccines include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and diphtheria. Women should be especially vigilant when travelling alone. Indian prices are much lower than UK prices and quality electronics cost about the same. India Standard Time is UTC/GMT +5:30 hours. As there is no daylight saving time and in summer Delhi is 4:30 hours ahead of the UK during the UK summer months.
Local Delhi information: arriving, hotels and transport
To get from Indira Gandhi International Airport to central Delhi take Metro line 2 from 4.40 am until 23.30 hours or a shuttle bus to Connaught Place. A prepaid taxi can be ordered before travel. There is a variety of accommodation. Rated hotels are expensive but guest houses and hostels are available from approximately 500 INR per person per night. Cheap three star hotels cost on average 1400 INR per person per night. There is an inexpensive public transport system that includes buses, metros and rickshaws. Taxi prices are much cheaper than in the UK. The Metro is a good way to reach tourist destinations. A Metro card costs a 50 Rupees deposit and some cash will need to be added. This saves buying a new ticket for each trip. One day tickets and tourist cards are available. After getting off the Metro walk or take a rickshaw.