Delhi Travel Tips-: PREPAID TAXI SERVICE :-
The most comfortable way to get around New Delhi is by taxi. There are thousands of cabs operating in the city and are not hard to find. Prepaid Taxi & Auto’s are available from airport (Domestic & International), all Railway Stations and Bus terminals & other important places.Tourist taxis ply interstate while the yellow and black taxis can be used to commute anywhere within the city and are safe but relatively expensive. The taxis are mostly operated by the Indian Tourism Ministry and various private operators. However, one has to go to the taxi stand or telephone a taxi service provider for hiring them.
Rides can be pre-arranged in hotels or found on the city streets. Fares are determined by either meters or negotiation. If choosing to negotiate, make sure to agree on a price before beginning a trip. If a price cannot be agreed upon take another taxi, as there are plenty to choose from. However, it is always beneficial to travel in Taxi or TSR from Traffic Prepaid Booths as prepaid booths are operated under the direct control of Delhi Traffic Police. It helps to avert over-charging, refusal, misbehavior or harassment by the Taxi/TSR drivers. Taxis are presently operating from 3 booths i.e. Domestic, International Airports and New Delhi Railway Station (Ajmeri Gate side).
However, there are also sufficient numbers of Auto Prepaid Booths, in selected locations. People can find these booths at:
At Hospitals - A.I.I.M.S (Two Booths), R.M.L Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Hindu Rao Hospital
At Railway Stations - Sarai Rohilla Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station (Both Sides), Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station
At Bus Terminals - Nehru Place, Ashok Vihar, Dhaula Kuan, I.S.B.T. Kashmere Gate, I.S.B.T. Anand Vihar, ISBT.
At Markets - PVR Saket, Vasant Vihar (Priya Cinema), Sarojini Nagar Market, South Extension, Lajpat Nagar, Palika Market, Janpath.
At Airport - Palam Airport, IGI Airport Terminal-II), IGI Airport (Terminal-III)
-: LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IN DELHI :-
The local transportation is the lifeline of the capital city of New Delhi. More than half of the population in Delhi is dependent on local transport for commuting purposes. The means & modes of transport in New Delhi are many, ranging from the cheapest trains and buses to the expensive taxis.
Buses :- One of the cheapest modes of transport in Delhi consists of the local buses. Infact, the capital city boasts of one of the largest bus transport systems in India. There are over 2000 public busses serving New Delhi, but they are not considered comfortable by Western standards. Almost all the buses in Delhi are owned either by the State-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) or the private contractors. Quite some time back, the Government introduced environmentally friendly CNG buses in the city that have now completely taken over.
Taxis :- Taxis are easily available in Delhi for hiring purposes. The taxis are mostly operated by the Indian Tourism Ministry and various private operators. They are available both for local commuting as well as long distance purposes. However, one has to go to the taxi stand or telephone a taxi service provider for hiring them. Also, taxis are a little expensive mode of transportation in Delhi.
Auto Rickshaws :- Auto Rickshaws fall in between taxis and buses. They are more expensive than buses but cheaper then taxis. Also, they are easily available as they can be flagged from the road. However, one has to be careful while hiring autos. This is because most of the autos drivers refuse to ply by the meter. If this happens, one should bargain a little and fix fare in advance, before hiring the auto.
Metro Train :- The New Delhi metro system is the newest form of public transportation in the city, and rapidly becoming the most popular. Officially opened in 2002, it has been touted as Asia’s best rapid transit system. It is fast, efficient, fairly priced and environmental friendly. Currently there are three lines serving a total of 59 stations around the city.
A Detailed route map and fare chart are available at Metro stations.
Local Trains :- Local trains consist of one of the cheapest means and modes of transport in Delhi. Both inter-state as well as intra-state trains ply from various railway stations in Delhi. Commuting by trains is quite time saving. The major railway stations in the capital city are Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Okhla, Pragati Maidan, Shahdara, Shakur Basti and Tilak Bridge. There are numerous other small stations in Delhi for local commuting purposes.
Rural Transport Vehicles (RTVs) :- RTVs are like mini buses and ply on the local routes. However, they run on limited routes only.
-: MONEY EXCHANGERS IN DELHI :-
There is no dearth of money exchangers in Delhi. It is however, always preferable to stick to the government authorized kiosks, although you will find a number of forex kiosk near all major railway stations and Airports in Delhi. Rate slightly varies from kiosk to kiosk so bargain for the best one. You will find well maintained kiosk at Connaught place which, apart from money exchange, also provides other support services. These kiosk machines are of the latest technology and include facilities like boards displaying the latest forex rates and integration with the forex market so that they get updated every hour. The major kiosk centers of Delhi are Connaught Place and Pahargunj, though Pahargunj is better in terms of getting better bargain for the exchange.
Additionally all the major hotels including budget hotels have their own in house money exchangers and they go by the latest market rates. These are displayed on electronic boards too. International money transfer giant, 'Western Union Money Transfer' also operates from the city.International providers such as Visa, Master card and Maestro provide their services in Delhi. It is advised that foreign tourist should preferably carry Indian currency in small denominations, as change proves very useful to meet various miscellaneous expenses.
For foreign exchange, you can take the services of the below mentioned places:
• Delhi Tourism Foreign Exchange Office (Connaught Place)
• American Express Bank (Connaught Place)
• American Express Travel (Connaught Place)
• Thomas Cook (Janpath)
• ABN Amro Bank (Barakhamba Road)
• Banque Nationale de Paris (Barakhamba Road)
• Citibank (Connaught Place)
• Deutsche Bank (Tolstoy Marg)
• HongKong & Shanghai Bank (Kasturba Gandhi Marg)
• Standard Chartered Bank (Sansad Marg)
Some more foreign exchange centers in Delhi:
• Niros Forex 204, Onkar Deep, A-19, Middle Circle, Near Metro Station Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, Delhi - 110001 .
• Sahil Sagar Forex Services Pvt. Ltd. (RBI Authorised Foreign Exchange ) 786,South Extension Part 2nd, NDSE II, Near Mc Donald Street, Delhi – 110049.
• A P S Forex Services Pvt Ltd 1301, 13th Floor, Hemkunt Chamber, 89, Nehru Place, Delhi - 110019.
• Laxnar Tours & Travels 11 L, Gopala Tower, Rajindra Place, Delhi - 110008 .
• D Paul Foreign Exchange 12/161-162, Malviya Nagar, Delhi - 110017.
• Thomas Cook I Ltd Foreign Exchange 24 Hrs Plat Form No 12, Near Old Elhi Railway Station, Adjacent Vip Parking, Chandni Chowk, Delhi - 110006 .
• Western Union Money Transfer G-4&5, Kanchanjanga Building, Barakhamba Road, CP, Delhi - 110001 .
• Fair Forex Dealers Pvt Ltd 108 A, Antriksh Bhawan, 22 K G Marg, CP, Delhi - 110001 .
• Duggal Forex Pvt Ltd 209, M S Market, Opposite Dilli Haat, Ina Market, Delhi - 11002.
• Sangat Money Exchange Pvt Ltd B-45, Ground Floor, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, Delhi - 110017 .
• Haritimas Forex Pvt Ltd E-18, South Extension Part-II, Ndse, Delhi - 110049.
• Dhawan Forex Pvt Ltd 1/254, Op Ajanta Cinema, Subhash Nagar, Delhi - 110027 .