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Travel Tips

Stay informed and knowing about the place while travelling is very important for tourists. Travel tips are always useful while visiting any city.

Before setting out on a journey to Delhi, it is important to be well versed with the traditions and customs of the city. Unnecessary inconveniences can be avoided by keeping in mind some useful information. Having an insight to all such factors is especially recommended for all foreigners who are not used to this place and its customs.

Delhi experiences extremes of climate with very hot summers and chilly winters. The cold wave that Delhi experiences during winters lowers the temperatures even more. This cold wave arises due to disturbances from Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh, the nearby hilly states. Fog and thick layers of smog are commonly seen during winter mornings. Monsoon arrives after the summer months of April to July. Day temperatures rise above 40 degree Celsius. Evenings are cooler, giving some relief from the heat.

Delhi is connected by an extensive rail, road and air network. Most international airlines have flights to and fro from Delhi. Therefore, reaching Delhi from within the country as well as from outside is not a problem.  Once Delhi is reached, there is a wide range of travel options that one can choose from. Apart from the bus service provided by DTC, one can also hire a private cab or an auto rickshaw. Also, almost all parts of Delhi can be reached by the Metro Rail Service, making commuting within Delhi easy for tourists and passengers.

Some Other Useful Travel Tips for Foreigners and Tourists

  • Carrying large sums of money in cash must be avoided in the city.
  • Wallet or money must be kept in the inner pocket of the jacket or shirt and not in the rear pocket to keep it safe.
  • Prefer carrying plastic money instead of cash as Delhi has ATM networks of major banks at all locations.
  • Pocketbooks must be kept within the bend of the elbow or must be strapped around. While dining or sitting at public places, keep pocketbooks on your laps.
  • Make sure to inquire about the identity of the person knocking at the door of your hotel room before you open it for anyone.
  • All valuable including jewelry and passport must be taken special care of and it is recommended to keep them in a safe place in your hotel room.
  • It is important to always stay aware and conscious of your belongings and luggage at all public places like bus terminals, railway stations, airports etc.
  • Prefer common places like cafes and restaurants for all business meetings. Also, make sure to find out about the credentials of your potential client. It is advisable to stay well informed.
  • For any help, go to the "May I Help You" counter at Airports and Railway Stations that have been put up especially for your help.
  • Frauds and pickpockets in the city can be avoided by staying cautious and aware.
  • The Delhi Traffic Police manages and governs the “Pre Paid Taxi Service". Hence, it is the best option while travelling in the city by taxi. In this service, the total fare depending upon the luggage and distance is paid in advance and so it is very convenient.
  • Taxi or cab drivers are not the right people to take advice from when it comes to the stay and travel in the city. Always go to the "May I Help You" counter for any queries. There are also other assistance cells set up by the government like DTC, Delhi Tourism etc.
  • Travelling alone at night especially in localities that are sparsely populated must be avoided.
  • Information given by strangers must not be believed in. Also, mixing with strangers must be avoided. The Delhi Police PCR vans can be found at all places in the city so one must ask for any needed help or assistance here and not elsewhere. Complaints can also be registered by dialing 100 from anywhere in the city.
  • For females, it is advisable that they must not shake hands or mix with unknown people in general. Also, prefer decent dressing.
  • 10% of the total bill is usually expected by guides and waiters in the city as a token of appreciation for the services provided by them.
  • Rs. 50 is the normal tip that bellboys and gatekeepers expect.
  • Rule and regulations of the must be abided by tourists and travelers. Staying in this historical city is a wonderful experience.

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

Prepaid Taxi/Auto

Prepaid Taxi & Auto available from airport (Domestic & International), all Railway Stations and Bus terminals & other important places (Beware of touts)


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