Delhi Travel Guide
SOME BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT DELHI
If you give the impression that you belong to different country there is a strong probability that you might be stared at, especially in the small cities and towns. Don't be afraid - it doesn't mean any harm; it is just their curiosity.
In India, public washrooms are far and few. Grab every opportunity you can to use a clean one in places like hotels and restaurants (L/O). Make this a routine to avoid the problem.
Never give money to the beggars. Remember that by giving them the money you are encouraging them and they can cause havoc.
Food And Drink
Drink only sealed mineral water. Although there are many brands of mineral water are available, but all of them are not good enough. While in restaurants (L/O), avoid using open water rather insist that they bring a sealed bottle to your table.
Beef is not served in all parts of India. Pork is also not easily available
Try to eat non-vegetarian foodstuff only at good restaurants (L/O). The meat available at low priced shops is dubious and can lead to health problem.
High quality vegetarian food is easily available.
Yogurt is served with most meals, which is a natural aid to digestion and helps temper the spicy food.
Keep one thing in mind that you will probably be charged more than the locals. For better and economical shopping, it is recommended to take a local along with you.
There are various places and shops available in Delhi for shopping. One can choose from a long list of markets. Some of the well known markets in Delhi are:
- Chadni Chowk - This wholesale market is renowned for saris and jewelleries.
- Katra Neel - It is famous for cotton, silk, satin, crepe, muslin and various other garments.
- Bhagirath Palace -It is a famous wholesale market of electronic commodities.
- Kinari Bazaar - It is known for its beautiful handicraft work. Beautiful zari, zardosi, gota and kinari works is done here.
- Dariba Kalan - It is famous for kundan, meenakari, navratan and other jewelry manufacturing.
- Karol Bagh - Karol Bagh is surely becoming the booming trade area of Delhi. Different streets here are famous for different types of products.
- Ajmal Khan Road is famous for its readymade, cotton and embroidered garment.
- Arya Samaj Road - All types of second hand books are available at Arya Samaj road.
- Bank Street - Bank Street is known for its wide array of jewelry showrooms.
- Gaffar market - If you have a desire to look stylish then Gaffar market is the right place for you. Different type of fashion accessories like cosmetics, watches and sunglasses, mobile handsets etc. are available in the market at economical rates.
- Connaught Place is the most beautiful and important market place of Delhi. The major shopping centers in Connaught Place are:
- Inner Circle - Several bookstores, showrooms of international brands like Benetton, Allen Solly, Reebok, Nike, Levi's and Lee Cooper are easily available in the inner circle of Connaught Place.
- Janpath - Janpath is known for ethnic clothes, shoes, belts, and beautiful gift items. You can also find fabulous artifical jewelleries and jewellery with semi-precious stones embossed on them here.
- Baba Kharak Singh Marg - It is known for its amazing handicrafts.
- Palika Bazaar - Different goods especially electronic goods and garments are available at cheaper rates.
Apart from the above mentioned markets, Sarojini Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Sadar Bazaar, Lajpat Nagar's Central Market are some other vital shopping centers in Delhi.
In almost all the hotels tips is included in the bill.
Most Hotel's Bill consists of service tax in their bills. In such cases tipping is not necessary.
However, the standard tip in Delhi's hotel is 10%.
Usually porters and room service attendants are tipped when the stay ends, though an early tip is most likely to get you better service.
Tips to taxi drivers are not customary.
One should wear different dresses while going to different places. Dress codes for religious places can include covering your head, being barefooted, not carrying lather articles etc. It is better to ask at the visited place to avoid any unintentional offence.
Certain temples are not open to Non-Hindus. Please confirm with the local tourist information office.
Generally, most museums in India are closed on Mondays and Site Museums, those near archaeological monuments, remain closed on Fridays.
Photography is not permissible at certain places, and at many places it is permitted after paying a nominal fee. There is usually a higher fee for using a video camera.
Smoking is prohibited at public places. All properties of the Indian Railways including trains and railway stations are strictly no smoking zones. Violation will lead to stiff penalties.
The conversation at almost all tourist centers is done in English, but you can also make a request to the office to allot you one Government-trained and approved guide who can speak your native languages such as French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Russian.
Temperature in Delhi might rise to 45degrees and more in summer. The dry heat of summer can drain you completely. Drink lots of water and fluids.
Remember to use sunscreen lotion on exposed parts of the body. Wear sunglasses to kill the effect of harmful ultraviolet rays. Always drink bottled mineral water.
For the first few days it is advisable to clean your teeth with bottled water.
In India, due to high pollution level can lead to germs in fruits. This may make you fall ill, so always remember to wash the fruits before eating.
Always keep a mosquito repellent tube with you.
Always carry a first aid kit with basic emergency medicines for diarrhea, fever, headache etc. in it to avoid getting into any problematic condition.
Drink lassi - a yoghurt drink. It will help to tone down the bacteria.
Eat plain rice, or try a simple khichdi - an easily digestible mixture of rice and pulses.
Drink lots of coconut water. It's cooling, and naturally sterilized!
Everything in India takes little longer than in most other places. So always give you extra time than usual- even it is just a visit to the Post Office or changing money.
Indians joke about the concept of "Indian Stretchable Time" (IST). If you're punctual person, India can be frustrating. Make allowances for this.
Keep additional photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport. This will be required for Indian permits. Also, keep some extra photographs along with you. These will prove to be useful in case of permits, filling out forms, etc.
Taxi and auto-rickshaw fares do not remain fixed, they keep on changing with time to time, and therefore do not always conform to readings on meters. Insist on seeing the latest rate card (available with the driver) and pay accordingly.
Insist on the taxi/auto meter being flagged down in front of you rather than already flagged down meter. Insist on using the pre paid services especially from the airport or railway station, which are available at most significant places.
In cities you can change major foreign currencies and brands of travelers' cheques. But you can widen your options and save yourself hassles if you stick to US dollars or pounds sterling, and either Thomas Cook or American Express travellers cheques.
Most big cities have ATMs, which accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro as well as American Express. The ATM network is expanding very quickly and now you can find one even in remote areas of Delhi.