Delhi, the capital of India is a city that offers a glimpse of ancient and modern day India. Its antiquity goes beyond the vision of history. Delhi is the third largest city in India and one of the fastest growing ones in Asia.
Located on the west bank of river Yamuna, its history traces back to Mahabharata epic where the Pandavas and Kauravas fought battle for the city of Indraprastha around 5000 BC. Several empires rose and fell ever since, but the spirit of Delhi remained to this day.
Delhi is a city that is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history.
The city of Delhi is a blend of two different divergent, yet perfectly balanced parts, the Old and the New Delhi. With its intricate streets, elegant mosques, forts, monuments, bazaars that sells a variety of goods that is valued for its age, the Old Delhi speaks volumes about its Mughal past.
With its multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population, the city is truly cosmopolitan. A city with enchanting contradictions and a treasure pot of surprises, Delhi is a tourist's paradise.
How to reach Delhi
By Air: Delhi is conveniently connected by air link with major international and national cities. The Domestic and International Terminals (Indira Gandhi International Airport) are located about 20km from the heart of the city.
This metro starts from Terminal Number 3 of New Delhi airport. You can walk from terminal Number 2 also to catch this train. For terminal 1 you need to catch this train from Aero City stop. The last stop for this train is at New Delhi railway station. You can catch yellow line metro trains or catch any Indian railway trains from New Delhi railway station.
After coming out from exit gate or terminal 3 follow the direction indications to reach this train station. You can carry your trolley from the baggage collection point till the airport metro platform. You can use lift at all places to carry your trolley and there is one wide entry gate to carry your trolley at token checking point.
Airport metro end point is at New Delhi and you can travel towards New Delhi railway station Ajmeri gate side by using the underpass to avoid the busy roads approaching New Delhi railway station.
Rail Yatri Niwas Ginger Hotel
You can use gate number 4 of New Delhi metro station and use the lift to come close to IRCTC Rail Yatri Nivas Ginger hotel to enter into the hotel area. Mostly the rooms are allotted in pre booking basis through website and other online travel portals. If you are planning to catch any train in early hours at New Delhi station, then this is the best place to stay in night and you can walk to railway station platform easily. Rail Yatri Niwas Ginger Hotel is close to Ajmeri gate side platform number 16 of New Delhi railway station. At the entrance of the Railway station you can use the escalator to cross to any other platform to board a train.
Vande Bharat exp , starts morning 6 from New Delhi station, It travels at 130 KMPH speed and have limited stops. Chair cars are provided in this train as the train travels in day time in both ways. The return journey also stars in afternoon at 3 PM from Katra and reaches New Delhi at 23.00 PM ( Night ).
News Paper, tea , breakfast, one water bottle are given in the seat. Because most of the passengers are devotees, so vegiterian food served in the train are prepared without using garlic or onion. Hot foods are served by using hot ovens available in each compartment.
Delhi has rail links with all the major cities in India. The city has four main railway stations: New Delhi, Old Delhi,Hazrat Nizamuddin and Sarai Rohilla.
Trains to Rajasthan starts from Sarai Rohilla station ( Station code : DEE ) . Nearest Delhi metro station is Sastri Nagar ( in red line Metro ) . If you are coming from other areas or other metros then better to take one pre paid Auto at delhi Connaught place ( same as Metro station Rajiv Chowk). Taxi fare is Rs 60 ( Dec 2011 ) . This railway station is bit old looking and few stalls are there in platforms. Don't expect a high quality restaurant here, you need to manage with locally available testy food stalls available at platform.
New Delhi Railway station. Code : NDLS
One of the busiest railway station of New Delhi. This railway station Platform No 1 side is Paharganj and the other side is Ajmeri Gate. From Ajmeri gate side you can get Metro Rail and the Reliance operated Delhi Airport Metro Express Link is available. This Airport Metro connects to Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The New Delhi railway Station has 1300+ trains plying in a day towards each directions. The major trains are from northern and North west railways but all other segments of the Indian railway are plying their trains
Hazrat Nizamundin Railway station. ( Station Code H NIZAMUDDIN - NZM )
Train to many parts of India starts or passes through this station. All facilities like AC lounge , dormitory, food court are available at 1st floor of this station.
There are two Delhi metro stations connects to this railway station. One at platform Number 1 side is Jungpura Metro station and other end is connected to Sarai Kale Khan Metro Station ( distance 200 meters ) .
Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal, Kashmere Gate, Delhi : ISBT
ISBT Kashmere Gate is the bus terminal ( popularly known as ISBT Kashmere gate ) where all bus to neighboring states starts and returns. This bus terminal is one hour drive from airport, this may take bit more time in busy times of the day. Prepaid taxi fare is Rs 252/- from airport. Taxi will drop you at arrival terminal of ISBT Kashmere gate. You can use Delhi Metro rail to reach Kashmere Gate station. There are paid toilets available at ground floor. Counters for the current ticket bookings are available here. There are many shops at ground floor selling eatables and soft drinks. There is a Food court , a separate area with small restaurants serving different types of food.
In the first floor enquiry counters of Himachal Road transport corporation ( booth No 40 ) is available. For Uttaranchal road transport it is booth No 39. If you have purchased tickets from the internet from other sources then take the bus number and departure location from here. Himachal Transport bus corporation interstate bus starts from Platform Number 6 but if the platform is not vacant then these buses starts from near the exit gate so check around if you donít find your bus at the platform. Usually before 30 minutes of the departure time passengers are allowed to board the bus and keep their luggage.
Kale Khan is another bus stop located near Nizamudin Railway station. From here buses to Agara, Mathura, Faridabad and to other Uttara Pradesh cities starts.
Using Internet at Delhi
You need to submit one copy of your identity proof to use internet at any browsing center at Delhi. After using internet you need to fill your contact details in a register. In addition to this you have to write down the websites you have visited. To take a print out of a ticket you have to pay Rs 25. Here Rs 15 is minimum charged for using the internet and Rs 10 for the print out.
Delhi has very extreme climatic conditions. In summer the temperature goes upto 45 C (113 F) and in winters it comes down to 4 C (39 F). The winters are foggy during the early hours. The best time to visit Delhi is during the spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to November)