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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Getting Around in New Delhi (Locally) (Revised Jan 2015)

 The Colors of New Delhi 
(Clockwise from Above - Qutb Minar, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Inside view of an Auto Rickshaw, Old Fort, Lotus Temple, Delhi Metro, India Gate, Delhi HOHO Bus, Ice Candy Stall)
(Delhi Metro Pic Author free spirit 1)

New Delhi is a pretty large metropolitan city. Spread over an area of 1484 square kilometers (573 square miles) this city has been inhabited since 2nd century B.C. It has seen the rise and fall of many empires, dynasties, emperors and so on. It has seen many events which are remembered fondly by people even now and many events which still manage to horrify the people. It has been witness to glorification, damnation, massacres, historical proclamations and many other things. All these events, which are a part of history now, have left their deep imprint on the landscape of Delhi which exist in the form of various landmarks spread across the city.

Map of Delhi
(Author - Sarai & Viyyer Source - Wikipedia)

New Delhi has numerous places of significant interest and it takes an average traveler or a tourist atleast 3 days to tour the entire city 'properly'. These travel tips are here to help you (the budget traveler / someone who wishes to see the city at his/her own pace) out with the information to get around this large metropolitan city in an efficient and hassle free manner.

Now, there are various ways to get around this city. First of all there are the mass transport networks like the Delhi Metro Rail or City Buses and then there are the cabs, auto rickshaws (three wheeler scooter) e.t.c. Find out which mode of transport would suit you best in Delhi and learn more about it-

Modes of Travel in New Delhi -


Delhi Metro Rail Network 

A train on the Delhi Metro Rail Network

The best mode of traveling in the most economical yet efficient manner is through the Delhi Metro Rail Service. Their facilities are modern, they have a station close to most of the destinations (although some landmarks like Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Humayuns Tomb are at a fair distance from the Metro stations). But that said, traveling in Delhi Metro is safe, quick, convenient (as it takes you fairly close to your destinations) air conditioned and very importantly the staff is educated. You have an option of buying the '1 Day or the 3 Day Tourist Smart Card' costing Rs 100 and Rs 250 respectively (from the Customer Care Counter) as you can avail of discounted ticket prices in this ticket combo. Click on the link to checkout the routes and stations - Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

HOHO (Hop On Hop Off) Bus Service

A Hop On Hop Off Tourist Bus

Sightseeing tours are popular in cities all over the world. Organized tours are expensive, rigid and need definite planning in advance. The Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus service provides sightseeing options to tourists who are willing to explore Delhi with a more flexible schedule. These tours are conducted in specially designed buses which move continuously along a route, allowing tourists to board or alight at any of the pick up/drop off points. The route of these buses covers monuments, museums, galleries, gardens, shopping malls, hotels and bazaars. All in all, the service is designed to provide a complete experience of the city to a tourist. The following are the salient features of the Hop On/Hop Off bus service-
.Air-conditioned environment friendly luxury buses
.Frequency- every 30 minutes
.Flexibility - tourists can hop on and hop off at any pick up/drop off point
.Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides
.Route covers all major tourist destinations in Delhi
.Audio guides
.Online booking Facility
.Onboard ticketing facility
.Covers more than 18 tourist locations
.Monument entry tickets are available to save time

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) City Bus

An Air Conditioned City Bus
 
One of the cheapest modes of transport in Delhi consists of the environment friendly CNG buses. The ticket prices vary from Rs 10, 15, 20, 25. You can get a daily bus pass (Rs 50/-) made and travel as per your convenience in all the AC (Maroon) and Non-AC (Green) buses (but not the Orange coloured buses).

Auto Rickshaws



Autos are a great way of seeing this city. They are less expensive than taxis and unlike buses and the Metro, they take you to the doorstep of your destination. But, despite being more economical than taxis.. Auto Rickshaws have got their own set of problems. There is always a good chance of auto drivers fleecing you. They fleece everyone so it is nothing new. Here is how Delhi-ites tackle them -

My travel tip to the tourist is this.. Always insist to be charged by the meter before sitting in the auto. If the auto driver says the meter is not working or something else.. Move On.. You can get another auto easily..
The other option you have is to bargain with him (if he refuses to go by the meter or quotes a price). For your benefit I have depicted the latest auto fare chart below which can give you a fair idea of what the price would be per distance for your trip. You can bargain accordingly then. I dare say it is the second option which you will be exercising the most during your stay in Delhi.
You can take a printout and keep it with yourself while traveling, refer to a map to know the distance and find fare on the chart.
Auto rides are enjoyable and I have come across many auto drivers who are ready for chit chat so enjoy your ride.


New Delhi Auto Fare Chart (Km - Rs)
2.0 - 25.0
3.8 - 39.4
5.6 - 53.8
7.4 - 68.2
9.2 - 82.6
11.0 - 97.0
12.8 – 111.4
2.1 - 25.8
3.9 - 40.2
5.7 - 54.6
7.5 - 69.0
9.3 - 83.4
11.1 - 97.8
12.9 – 112.2
2.2 - 26.6
4.0 - 41.0
5.8 - 55.4
7.6 - 69.8
9.4 - 84.2
11.2 - 98.6
13.0 – 113.0
2.3 - 27.4
4.1 - 41.8
5.9 - 56.2
7.7 - 70.6
9.5 - 85.0
11.3 - 99.4
13.1 – 113.8
2.4 - 28.2
4.2 - 42.6
6.0 - 57.0
7.8 - 71.4
9.6 - 85.8
11.4 - 100.2
13.2 – 114.6
2.5 - 29.0
4.3 - 43.4
6.1 - 57.8
7.9 - 72.2
9.7 - 86.6
11.5 - 101.0
13.3 – 115.4
2.6 - 29.8
4.4 - 44.2
6.2 - 58.6
8.0 - 73.0
9.8 - 87.4
11.6 - 101.8
13.4 – 116.2
2.7 - 30.6
4.5 - 45.0
6.3 - 59.4
8.1 - 73.8
9.9 - 88.2
11.7 - 102.6
13.5 – 117.0
2.8 - 31.4
4.6 - 45.8
6.4 - 60.2
8.2 - 74.6
10.0 - 89.0
11.8 - 103.4
13.6 – 117.8
2.9 - 32.2
4.7 - 46.6
6.5 - 61.0
8.3 - 75.4
10.1 - 89.8
11.9 - 104.2
13.7 – 118.6
3.0 - 33.0
4.8 - 47.4
6.6 - 61.8
8.4 - 76.2
10.2 - 90.6
12.0 - 105.0
13.8 – 119.4
3.1 - 33.8
4.9 - 48.2
6.7 - 62.6
8.5 - 77.0
10.3 - 91.4
12.1 - 105.8
14.0 – 121.0
3.2 - 34.6
5.0 - 49.0
6.8 - 63.4
8.6 - 77.8
10.4 - 92.2
12.2 - 106.6
15.0 – 129.0
3.3 - 35.4
5.1 - 49.8
6.9 - 64.2
8.7 - 78.6
10.5 - 93.0
12.3 - 107.4
16.0 – 137.0
3.4 - 36.2
5.2 - 50.6
7.0 - 65.0
8.8 - 79.4
10.6 - 93.8
12.4 - 108.2
17.0 – 145.0
3.5 - 37.0
5.3 - 51.4
7.1 - 65.8
8.9 - 80.2
10.7 - 94.6
12.5 - 109.0
18.0 – 153.0
3.6 - 37.8
5.4 - 52.2
7.2 - 66.6
9.0 - 81.0
10.8 - 95.4
12.6 - 109.8
19.0 – 161.0
3.7 – 38.6
5.5 – 53.0
7.3 – 67.4
9.1 – 81.8
10.9 – 96.2
12.7 – 110.6
20.0 – 169.0
Latest fares issued on May 8th 2013  
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Night Charges - 25% of the fare (11:00 PM to 5:00 AM)
Waiting Charges - Rs 30/- per hour or part thereof (Subject to a minimum of 15 minutes stay)
Luggage - Rs. 7.50/- shall be charged as extra luggage charges whereas the driver/ operator shall not charge and money for a shopping bag or a small suitcase
Traffic Helpline Number - 42400400 (Call, if you need help or if you are being overcharged)

Taxis (Black and Yellow Roofed)

To hail a taxicab, you normally just wait on the street or go to locations called taxi stands. Taxicabs are referred to as taxis in Delhi and the word cab is rarely used. As per my experiences taxi drivers rarely go by the meter. They can charge you up to Ten Times the amount which is charged by the meter.  Traffic Helpline Number for Taxi's is 42400400 (Call, if you need help or if you are being overcharged).


Delhi (Black and Yellow) Taxi Fare Chart (Km - Rs)
Non Air Conditioned

Air Conditioned
1.0 - 25.0
Night Charges - 25% of the fare (11:00 PM to 5:00 AM)
Waiting Charges - Rs 30/- per hour or part thereof (Subject to a minimum of 15 minutes stay)
Luggage - Rs. 10/- shall be charged as extra luggage charges whereas the driver/ operator shall not charge and money for a shopping bag or a small suitcase                      
1.0 - 25.0
Night Charges - 25% of the fare (11:00 PM to 5:00 AM)
Waiting Charges - Rs 30/- per hour or part thereof (Subject to a minimum of 15 minutes stay)
Luggage - Rs. 10/- shall be charged as extra luggage charges whereas the driver/ operator shall not charge and money for a shopping bag or a small suitcase 
2.0 -  39.0
2.0 -  41.0
3.0 – 53.0
3.0 – 57.0
4.0 – 67.0
4.0 – 73.0
5.0 -  81.0
5.0 -  89.0
6.0 -  95.0
6.0 -  105.0
7.0 – 109.0
7.0 – 121.0
8.0 – 123.0
8.0 – 137.0
9.0 – 137.0
9.0 – 153.0
10.0 – 151.0
10.0 – 169.0
11.0 – 165.0
11.0 – 185.0
12.0 – 179.0
12.0 – 201.0
13.0 – 193.0
13.0 – 217.0
14.0 - 207.0
16.0 – 235.0
17.0 – 249.0
14.0 - 233.0
16.0 – 265.0
17.0 – 281.0
15.0 – 221.0
18.0 – 263.0
19.0 – 277.0
15.0 – 249.0
18.0 – 297.0
19.0 – 313.0
Latest fares issued on May 8th 2013
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Radio Taxis

For a budget traveler/tourist radio taxis can be a pricey but safe option. It becomes a must use post 9 pm or while coming out of airport (especially if you are jet lagged) (Beware of Touts outside the Delhi Airport as they charge exorbitant amounts of money for a taxi trip to the city from the unsuspecting traveler). Radio Taxis are the safest and relatively economical options if you are new to the city.

Radio Taxis are available for local commuting as well as long distance purposes. Hiring a cab in Delhi allow you to get the cab number and driver's mobile number as well.

The radio taxis are fitted with GPRS technology, digital fare meters and thermal printers for issuing bill/receipt etc. The billing is done on a per kilometer basis from point to point. Radio cabs are available 24x7 in Delhi, So there are no problems of timing and safety.

A few leading radio taxi operators' numbers:

Delhi Cab: 91-11-44333222
Easy Cab: 91-11-43434343
Quick Cabs: 91-11-45333333
Meru Cabs: 91-11-44224422
Mega cab: 91-11-41414141

Car Rentals

DTTDC has a full fledged Transport Department with Travel Transport Counters and Tourists information offices at various disembarkation points in Delhi (viz Airport, Railway Stations, City Centre Connaught Place) with a variety of tourists vehicles and coaches.

The Transport Division also handles transport and travel related services for national and international events. The Transport Division has significant experience in making excellent transport arrangements for various national and international events.

Transport Division
INA, Near Dilli Haat
Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi
Tel : 91-11-24674153, 26884312

Apart from DTTDC car rental companies like Avis, Hertz and Thrifty are present in New Delhi, at the airport and elsewhere.

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Some Important Helplines for a tourist while in New Delhi are listed below - 

Tourist City Information Service - 1280
ITDC - 91-11-23719039
Police - 100 / 1090
Fire - 101
Ambulance - 102  
Accident & Trauma Service - 1099
Child Helpline - 1098  
Women's Helpline - 1091 
Delhi Metro Helpline - 011 -128128 (for mobiles)

 The Delhi Police has issued some guidelines for tourists visiting. They basically mean 'use common sense all the time' but if you have some time you could go through it once. Click Here.

* If you require any further information about traveling to New Delhi, do Tweet me.. contact me on our FB page or mail me. I'll be glad to answer your queries !
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Author's Note - Please remember that this article is a list of Do's and Dont's. New Delhi is overall a safe place. So enjoy the city and its numerous treasures in a delightful, safe and smooth atmosphere and take back home some unforgettable memories.

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6 comments:

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Hey nice blog!! I myself did a car booking when i had a visit in Delhi, I got a good service and the price was optimum.If i get a car hired for rs. 30 per hour isn't it cool?
Make sure you check all the terms and conditions before renting a car.