INDIA TRAVEL - A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO TRAVELING IN DELHI



Delhi, the capital of India is a large city, having grown exponentially over the last few years. It is spread non uniformally in different directions and is densely populated. Traveling in and around the city is quiet confusing unless you are aware of different modes of transport, available to move from one point to other. I have tried to squeeze in as much information as possible here to make it easy for a newcomer to travel in and around the city. Let's start with the Airports.

 Delhi has two airports. One is domestic and the other is international. Palam airport is the domestic airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport(IGIA) is for the international flights. Flights from almost all the major international destinations land at and take off from IGIA.


IGI Airport
IGI AIRPORT

CONNECTING WITH THE CITY - When you come out of the airport, you have the choice of different modes to move into the city.

Taxi and Autorickshaw - Pre paid taxi and auto stands are available, where you can hire taxi or auto to any location in the city, by paying a pre fixed fare at the counter and getting a receipt in lieu and get into taxi or autorickshaw. You need to handover the fare receipt to the driver once you reach your destination.
Metro Rail - Delhi metro runs trains from IGIA to New Delhi Railway station (called Airport Metro), passing through a location near domestic airport. An interchange station is coming up shortly en route at Dhaula Kuan, where one can change to other metro line for moving to a different location in the city.
 Bus - Delhi Transport Corporation runs AC buses from both IGIA and domestic airport for different locations in the city.


Railway Stations - Delhi has five major railway stations for interstate travel. They are Delhi Junction(popularly called Old Delhi Railway Station), New Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Sarai Rohilla and Anand Vihar Terminal.
Delhi Junction - This station majorly handles trains going towards North and East India. It is the oldest railway station of Delhi. It was built about a century back. It's building highlights the Indian architecture. Pre paid taxi and auto stands are available outside the station, where you can hire them by paying a pre determined fare to any location within the city. It is also connected to Delhi metro rail's yellow line. Delhi transport corporation operates buses to different locations from here.

Delhi Junction Station
OLD DELHI RAILWAY STATION

 New Delhi Railway Station - Located in central Delhi, this station majorly handles railway traffic to parts of West, South and East India. It is very near to heart of Delhi, Connaught Place. It is directly connected to Delhi airport by Delhi Metro's Airport line and another metro service on yellow line passes through this station. Pre paid taxi and auto stands are available here also. Delhi Transport Corporation also has a bus terminus here. It has two exits. One is called Paharganj side and the other is Ajmeri Gate side.Bus terminal is on the Paharganj side.


Hazrat Nizamuddin - This station is located in south central Delhi and mainly caters to traffic bound for parts of South and West India. This is a smaller station compared to other two stations described earlier. It again has pre paid taxi and auto stands and a Delhi Transport Corporation bus terminal. It also has two entry and exit points, namely Sarai Kale khan and Ashram sides. Bus terminus is on the Ashram side. It doesn't have a direct metro link, but a metro station is coming up on the Sarai Kale Khan side very shortly. The nearest metro station as of now is Jungpura on the violet line, which is about 2 kms away.


Sarai Rohilla - Situated in north central Delhi, this is mainly a terminal and it handles rail traffic to parts of Central and West India. It is not very well connected by local transport or metro and you have to rely on taxis or auto rickshaws to ferry you to and from this station. The nearest metro station is at Jhandewalan on the blue line, which is again about 2.5 kms from here.

Anand Vihar Terminal - As the name itself suggests, this is again a terminal which handles traffic majorly to North and East India. This is located in East Delhi and is well connected with local transport. There is a metro station on the blue line of Delhi Metro and there is a Delhi Transport Corporation bus terminal also located in the vicinity. Again, pre paid taxi and auto stands are there.

 Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) - Delhi Metro is the lifeline of the city. Presently, it operates seven lines on different routes and is in the process of starting another line this year. Let's have a look at the different lines and there area of operation.

DMRC Train
DELHI METRO

Red Line - This is the oldest line of DMRC. It connects Rithala in the North West corner of the city with Dilshad Garded in the East, bordering Uttar Pradesh. It covers areas of east, north and north west Delhi. There is one interchange station on this line which is Kashmere Gate, from where you can change to Violet and Yellow line.

Blue Line - This is one of the busiest lines of DMRC. It connects Dwarka in the Soth West corner to Vaishali and Noida in Ghaziabad, satellite towns in Uttar Pradesh, bordering east Delhi. It passes through major commercial hubs like Connaught place, Karol Bagh etc. It has four interchange stations. At Dwarka sector-21 station, you can change to Airport metro for airport. At Kirti Nagar station it connects with Green line. At Rajiv chowk, it connects with Yellow line and at Mandi House station, it connects with Violet line. At Yamuna Bank station, it bifurcates into two different lines, one going to Vaishali and the other to Noida.

Yellow Line - Another busy line, it connects Samaipur Badli in North Delhi with Gurugram, a satellite town on the southern end in Haryana. This line connects almost all the alighting points of Delhi. It passes through New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations as well as Kashmere Gate Inter State bus terminus. It also connects to major points like Connaught Place, Delhi University. It has three interchange stations. Central Secretariat for Violet line, Rajiv Chowk for Blue line and Kahmere gate for Red and Violet lines.

Violet Line - This line connects Kashmere Gate in north Delhi with Faridabad, another satellite town on the southern end in Haryana. It passes through commercial hubs like Nehru Place and some landmarks like Kalkaji Temple and Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. It has four interchange station. Kalkaji Mandir for Magenta Line. Central Secretariat for Yellow Line, Mandi House for Blue Line and Kahmere Gate for Red and Yellow Lines.

Green Line - This line connects Kirti Nagar in west central Delhi with Mundka in western corner of the city, bordering Bahadurgarh in Haryana. It has one interchange station at Kirti Nagar, where you can change for Blue line.

Airport Line - This line connects New Delhi Railway Staion with IGI Airport. It is a luxury line and has higher fares compared to other lines. It has one interchange station at New Delhi Railway Station, where you can change for Yellow Line. Another interchange station is coming up at Dhaula Kuan.

Magenta Line - This line connects Janakpuri in West Delhi with Botanical Garden in Noida. Currently this line is operating only partially between Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden. Rest of the line is expected to be open shortly. So far it has two interchange stations namely Kalkaji Mandir for Violet Line and Botanical Garden for Blue Line.

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Buses - Delhi has three major Inter State bus terminals.

Kahmere Gate - This is the oldest, biggest and the swankiest bus terminal in North Delhi. It caters to bus services operating majorly towards North Indian cities. It is well connected with metro with three metro lines passing through or terminating here. They are Red Line, Yellow Line and Violet line. It also has pre paid taxi and auto rickshaw booths.

Sarai Kale Khan - It handles inter state bus traffic going towards North and Central Indian cities. Located in South Central Delhi, it is adjacent to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Staion. A metro station is also coming up shortly at this place.

Anand Vihar - A very busy bus terminus, it handles interstate buses moving towards North India, majorly Uttar Pradesh. It is well connected to metro with station on Blue Line being in it's vicinity only. Anand Vihar Railway Station is also at a walking distance.

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 I hope this information will be very helpful for anyone, new to the city. Please leave your comments on the information provided in this post.

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