Travel Assistance for First Timers in Delhi

Welcome to Delhi!
Delhi - Important Information
Population: 12.8 million
Area 1483 sq km
Languages: Hindi, English, Punjabi
Time: GMT +5.5.
TD Code: 011
 Winter Temperature

Weather in Delhi

Winter in Delhi is very pleasant. The mornings are very foggy, the nights cold (at least by Indian standards). But once the sun does shine, the days (inspite of cold winds from the Himalayas) are very pleasant. Very cricket like weather we must say. The maximum temperature on a very cold Delhi afternoon would be about 12oC and the minimum would fall to about 2oC. These temperatures recorded by the Met guys belong to the more populated areas of the city. Since Delhi is rather big in size, many parts of Delhi would be colder than this.

Clothes to wear

Winters fall in the months of October to February in India are quite cold, especially in the Northern India. Visitors who wish to come during this period are advised to carry sufficient warm clothing such as Jackets and hats. Monsoons in India fall from July to September, and these months make the weather extremely humid. Some religious places in India have dress codes, like covering your head, being barefoot, etc. Tourists are advised to comply with them, so as not to seem offensive towards the religious sentiments of the concerned community.

Solar Eclipse Conference Assistance

  • YMCA address and phone number: YMCA, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001
    Telephone: 0091-11-43644000, 0091-11-23361915 
  • Recommended modes of transport from airport are taxis. We would further advise you to hire Avis or Meru taxis. Meru: 911144224422, you can book Avis online.
  • SPACE people whom you can get in touch once you land at the IGI Airport, Delhi - Ms. Apoorva Malhotra - 91-9899188994; Ms. Mila Mitra - 91-9971641274; Ms. Jaishree Soin - 91- 9212669934; Mr Ravinder-91-9212996613; Mr Sunil - 91-9212996615

Transportation in Delhi

Once you are in Delhi, you will find innumerable transport options to choose from. You can hire a personal cab, an auto rikshaw or avail the bus service of DTC. 

DTC Red AC Buses

Stepped out of home and found a swanky Red AC Bus at the very old bus stop! Yes, this is a new experience with Delhiets riding in the air-conditioned comfort of a glinting red bus. Don’t ponder over; you are traveling in New Delhi. People who are willing to pay a bit more for the comfort can avail the AC Bus Service by paying slightly higher than a normal bus fare. The fare of AC buses ranges from Rs 10 to Rs 25 depending upon the kilometers.

Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is another addition to the transportation facility in Delhi. It has come as a blessing for the people of Delhi because traveling in Metro saves time and moreover, the metro provides you the best comfort level. The metro Rail service is still under expansion with new routes to reach South Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. The current routes cover parts of North Delhi,East DelhiCentral Delhi, West Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad.

Cabs and Car Rentals in Delhi

In a city like Delhi where distance is the main hindrance to visit different places, car rentals service is there for comfortable travel. Either you are on a business trip or on a tour to Delhi, you can avail cheap car rentals, which are available with different options and affordable rates.

Travel all around Delhi and NCR by car and witness the tourist attractions of Delhi while on a smooth drive. Airport car rental is also available in case you wish to avail the service to and from Delhi Airport. You have the option to choose from standard cars, Luxury cars, Premium cars and mid size or small cars. Radio cabs are now operational within Delhi that can be hired from any location in Delhi. These cabs are air-conditioned cabs that ensure comfortable traveling within the city.

Meru Cabs are recommended and safe and metered. They are easily available from the airport:
http://www.merucabs.com/ (Call 24 Hours: 44 22 44 22),

Radio taxi

NOTE : You can use JUST DIAL: 01122222222 for finding out address in Delhi

Auto Rickshaws

If you are looking for a cheapest taxi service, you have the option of three wheelers or the auto
rickshaws. These auto rickshaws have been designed to accommodate two to three people and the fare is affordable for a common man.
These are easy to get.

Directory of Hospitals and Medicare Centers in Delhi

Travel Vaccinations

Before embarking on your India vacation, the foreigners must get familiar with different diseases that are common in Indian climatic conditions. Here is a comprehensive list of the most vaccinations for those visiting India.

  • Hepatitis A: This vaccination is recommended for all travellers to India.
  • Hepatitis B: Travellers who may have intimate contact with local residents should take this vaccination, especially if their period of stay is more than 6 months.
  • Typhoid: All travellers are recommended to take Typhoid vaccination.
  • Yellow Fever: Vaccination for this is required only for travellers arriving from or passing through any yellow-fever-infected area like Africa.
  • Japanese Encephalitis: This vaccine is recommended for travellers staying for more than 1 month and travelling to rural areas or travellers engaging in extensive unprotected outdoor activities in rural areas, especially after dusk.
  • Rabies: Any traveller who may have direct contact with animals should take this vaccination.

There are some health risks in India like Cholera, Dengue Fever, Dysentery, Malaria and Meningitis. Travellers are advised to take precautionary measures against the same.
Some renowned names in specialty health care: 

Hospital Address Contact no. Website address Contact person
Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital   Theatre complex: 23404480
23404562
   
City Hospital, New
Delhi
B 1/1, Near Pusa Road, Karol Bagh 011-5225500 www.cityhospitalindia.com
Geetanjali Medical Care 6425 / 8, Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh 011-28795668 Dr.Suresh Gupta
Kolmet Hospital 7B Pusa Road 011-45099999 Dr.Ashwani Meta
Sri Gangaram Hospital Rajender Nagar 011-25750000 www.sgrh.com Mr.Gandhi
Fortis Healthcare Ltd Piccadily House
275-276, Capt
Gaur Marg
Sriniwas Puri,
New Delhi- 110065

011- 4229 5268/ 4229 5222 www.fortishealthcare.com Senior Manager M. Zakariah Ahme
Escorts Heart Institute
& Research Clinic
Okhla Road, New Delhi-110025 
011- 684-4820,
683-3641/8889 
www.ehirc.com

Casualties, Ambulance and Emergency Services

Name Phone
Ambulance 102
CATS (Ambulance) 1099
AIIMS 26864851, 26588500, 26588700, 26589900
Bara Hindu Rao Hospital 23919738, 23912435, 23919625
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya 25400336
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Pusa Road 25712389
Maharaja Agrasan, Punjabi Bagh 25106645, 25226645-55, 25223476-77
Meta Chanan Dev, Janak Puri 25554487
LNJP, Delhi Gate 23233400
Moolchand 26832461
Max Medcentre 27158844
Ram Manohar Lohia,CentralSecretariat 23365525, 23744721, 23365525
Safdarjung Hospital 26165060, 2665032, 26168336
Escorts Heart Institute and Res.Ctr., Okhla 26825000, 26825001
Delhi Ambulance Services 011-25793124

Dining & Shopping:

Some of the places worth visiting are :
  • Berco's and Fa Yian, for Chinese food
  • Karim's and Nizam's, for Mughlai food
  • Nirula's for a mix of Indian and western fast food
  • Sagar, in Defence Colony for Udipi food
  • Delhi ka Aangan (Hyatt Regency)
  • Darbar (Ashoka Hotel)
  • Corbetts (Claridges)
  • Bukhara (Maurya Sheraton)
  • Frontier (Ashoka Hotel)
  • Baluchi (The Hilton)
  • EI Arab (Regal Building)
  • Dum Pukht or the process of slow cooking developed in Awadh (Maurya Sheraton)
  • Kashmiri food at Chor Bizarre (Hotel Broadway)
  • Thai food at Baan Tahi (The Oberoi)
  • Sukothai ( Hauz Khas village)
  • Japanese food at Tokyo (Ashoka Hotel)
  • Well, if you are looking for a cheap and best option, you have the options like Gulati Restaurant (Pandara Market), Angeethi (Asiad Village) and Degchi (Regal Building). To add to that, there are a number of famous road side "dhabas", which are highly sought for by people from all sections of the society. Some of these are roadside eateries around Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin where kababs, rotis and biryani are the order of the day. 

If you are a lover of antique and traditional goods, then you are in the right place. There are shops in Delhi dealing in traditional art and crafts items, precious stones, pottery, brassware, wood work done in rosewood and sandalwood. Delhi's old and traditional shopping market lies in Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk and Central Delhi's Connaught Place. However, there are new trendy markets in Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh where you will find goods ranging from antiques to the latest fashionable items whether its apparels or the consumer durable goods. 

Specialty of Chandni Chowk still exists where you will find small shops in the by lanes of the market. With the emergence of new brands and brand conscious people, the shops in Chandni Chowk have a modern look. You will find big showrooms of Indian and International brands along with those small shops that still bear the same importance. Sadar Bazaar and the Khari Baoli are the main whole sale markets in the northern India. Chandni Chowk is also famous for electronics and electrical goods. 

Connaught place is famous for its shopping with swanky showrooms of branded companies. One can meet most of the shopping need in Connaught Place because shops here deal in apparels, grocery, consumer durable goods, handicrafts and antiques. Palika Bazaar in Connaught Place is an underground market that is famous for electronic items, leather goods, perfumes and apparels. Janpath market opposite to Connaught Place is famous for cotton garments, furniture and decorative items. Janpath is a famous attraction for tourists and foreigners visiting Delhi. 
Handicrafts and cottage industry products can be found on the Tolstoy Road. Baba Kharak Singh Marg is famous for the state emporiums from all stated in India. 

However, with the new Mall culture in Delhi, people are more inclined towards shopping in malls but the importance of these traditional markets still exist.

Major Shopping Centers in Delhi

Palika Bazar :  the underground market in Connaught Place is famous for electronic goods, leather and apparels. There are so many small shops in the markets that you have flexible options to choose from. Bargaining is very much a common feature of this market. 

Dilli Haat :  Dilli Haat is located in South Delhi near the INA Market. It is famous for handicrafts and state emporiums from different states across India. The stalls from these states will give you the taste of the culture, food and tradition of different states in India. Central Cottage Industries Emporium: it is located at Janpath near Connaught Place. You can find varieties of handloom and handicrafts from these emporiums. If you are a lover such traditional art and craft works then you must visit the place. 

State Emporiums : these are located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg and are famous for the traditional handicrafts from different states in India. There is no bargaining and the prices are genuine. 

Ambawatta Complex: it is located on the border of Mehrauli village and is famous for the wide range of products like apparels, jewelry and consumer durable goods. 
Santushti Shopping Arcade : it is located near the Samrat Hotel in Delhi and is famous for handmade potteries and fashionable garments. 

Hauz Khas Village : it is a big market of consumer durable goods. Fashionable garments, antiques and furniture can also be had from the shops in Hauz Khas Village. 

Karol Bagh : it is located in Central Delhi and is famous for clothes, jewelry, electronic items and other consumer durable goods. The market is an old shopping center of Delhi and has come a long way with new showrooms and food plazas all through the market. 

Lajpat Nagar Market: the central market in Lajpat Nagar is famous for its cheap and best readymade apparels. 

Sarojini Nagar: the market is famous for its designer and latest fashion clothes along with handicrafts and other consumer durable goods. It is located in South Delhi, near Chanakya Puri. Sarojini Nagar is famous among young generation because of its trendy clothes and fashionable items. 

South Extension: Located in South Delhi, South Extension market is famous for exclusive showrooms of Indian and International brands. South Extension has been divided into South EX I and South Ex II on either side of the Ring Road. 

Khadi Gram Udyog Bhawan: khadi is a popular fabric these days with young generation embracing it as a fashionable option. It is no longer limited to politicians and old age people. At the Khadi Gram Bhawan, one can have fabrics as well as ready made clothes of Khadi. 

Some Other Useful Travel Tips for Foreigners and Tourists

  • Avoid carrying too much of cash while moving in the city.
  • Keep your wallet in an inner pocket of a jacket or shirt. Avoid keeping it in the rear pocket.
  • ATM networks of major banks can be found at any location within Delhi. So, it better to use plastic money instead of carrying cash all the time
  • Keep your pocketbooks within the bend of the elbow or wrap it around if the strap is big. Always keep your pocketbooks on your lap while dinning and sitting at a common place. Never open the doors of the hotel room without asking the identity of the person knocking the door.
  • It is advisable to keep all your valuables like jewelry and passport in a safe place of your hotel room.
  • Be conscious of your luggage and other belongings at Airports, railway Stations and Bus Terminals. Be cautious of the pickpocket and frauds in the city
  • Prefer traveling in a "Pre Paid Taxi Service" as it is governed and managed by the Delhi Traffic Police. In pre paid service, you pay the fare in advance depending on the distance and luggage you have.
  • Never follow the advice of taxi or cab drivers regarding your stay and travel in the city. Always take assistance from "May I Help You" counter and other assistance cell of the government like Delhi Tourism, DTC, etc. 
  • Avoid traveling alone at night, especially in sparsely populated localities.
  • Avoid mixing with unknown person and don't have faith in what they tell or inform you. In case of any assistance, you must visit the Delhi Police PCR Vans, which can be found at any corner of the city. Also, you can dial 100 from anywhere in Delhi in order to register complaints.
  • If you are a female then avoid shaking hands and mixing with general people in the crowd. As far as possible prefer wearing full trousers instead of a Capri or minis. 
  • Guides and waiters would normally expect 10% of the total bill as a token of service. 
  • Gatekeepers and bellboys would normally expect Rs. 50 as a tip.
  • You must abide by the rules and regulations of the city and enjoy the wonderful experience of staying in the historical city of Delhi.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is necessary for travelling to India and it also acts as an additional security in the case of unanticipated contingences like cancellation or interruption of travel plans, lost or damaged luggage, travel delays, accident, etc.
Foreigners, who are not covered by travel insurance, shall be compounded by a financial burden in case of any personal tragedy. Though each and every mishap is not covered by travel insurance, still, it covers most of the unfortunate circumstances. Check the small print of your insurance policy carefully to see if there is any exclusion. If anything goes wrong, you need to file a claim. For the purpose, keep your boarding passes, ticket copies and receipts for expenses paid during your trip as a proof.

Photography

Tourists should seek permission from the authorities concerned before taking photographs of places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports, military installations, metro trains, tribal areas and sensitive border regions. It is prohibited to take photographs in some of the temples, historical monuments, forts, palaces, tombs and monasteries. Visitors are required to take special permits from the Archaeological Survey of India for photographing monuments with tripods and artificial lights. Camera fee is charged extra in some historical monuments.

Protected Areas in India

There are certain places in India where entry is restricted. Tourists are required to take special permits from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), New Delhi for visiting these places. These places include certain areas of Assam, North Eastern Frontier States (Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh) border areas of Jammu & Kashmir, selected areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, Union Territories of Andaman and Lakshadweep Islands. One can visit in person or inquire on phone the details of getting special permits:
Foreigners' Division
Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block,
Central Secretariat, New Delhi - 110 001
Phone: 23092011, 23092161
Fax: 23093750, 23092763

Some of the important contact numbers useful for foreigners

Railway Assistance:
International Tourist Bureau
(for Train Reservation & Indrail Passes)
1st floor, New Delhi Railway Station Paharganj side
Timing : 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

International & Domestic air Ticketing:
Delhi Tourism
N-36, Bombay Life Building,
Middle Circle, C.P., New Delhi - 110001
Timing : 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

For Extension of Visa :
The foreigner's Regional Registration Office (F.R.R.O.)
Hans Bhawan, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi
Timing : 9.30 am to 1.30 pm; 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Permits for Restricted Areas :
Ministry of Home Affairs,
Lok Nayak Bhawan, opp. Khan Market, New Delhi
(Monday to Friday Timing : 10 am to 5 pm)

Money Exchange :
(Beyond Bank Hours)
i) State Bank of India, I. G. I. Airport, 24 hours
ii) Central Bank of India, Ashok Hotel, 24 hours
iii) Delhi Tourism, N-36 Bombay Life Building, Middle Circle, C.P. New Delhi - 110001
(Monday to Saturday) Timings : 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

We wish you a great stay in Delhi! J

SPACE would be pleased to assist you in planning your travel and attending to your logistics requirements before and during your stay in India. For any such assistance or query,
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