Essential Tips for Visiting Delhi
When visiting a new city it is always a good idea to do a thorough research of the place, after all it is an exercise in survival. Especially for people who cannot speak the language of the city. Not having any information about the place you are in is always used as leverage by people looking to take advantage of you.
Here are a few essential tips for people visiting the city for the first time:
It is of paramount importance that under no condition do you give your original documents or information to anyone apart from government, police or immigration officials.
Always remember to leave all your valuables and important papers, such as jewelery and passports, secured in a safe deposit box of your hotel room. Make sure to never leave these items unattended in your room or carry large sums of cash on the streets by yourself.
It would be a good idea to plan in advance when visiting Delhi, regarding your stay and tourism in Delhi. Try not to take any advice of Taxi Drivers regarding your stay/tour in Delhi. Follow only those instructions given by Police Officers, or any other Government recognized information Centers like Delhi Tourism.
It is advisable to travel in groups when moving around the city at night. If you are traveling alone at night, prefer traveling in a Pre Paid Taxi as it is governed and managed by the Delhi Traffic Police. In a pre paid service, you pay the fare in advance depending on the distance and luggage you have.
Remember to be completely aware of your luggage and other belongings at Airports, railway Stations and Bus Terminals.
The cheapest and the best way to travel in the city is by using the auto rickshaw or the metro. Even though buses hit almost every nook and corner of the city if you are not familiar with the language or the roads traveling by the bus is not a wise option. While traveling or walking about in crowded places, be very careful of pick pockets, and do not keep your wallet or any money in your rear pockets.
Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers, be it autos or taxis will think nothing but quoting ten times the usual fare to a tourist. Do some research on the current fares being charged for every public transport, and agree on prices before setting off. At any time if you think that you are being charged unreasonably, get in touch with the nearest traffic policeman immediately.
Delhi is home to many touts, so be careful of being lured into their elaborate traps. They pose as guides, friendly residents or even government or police officials. One of the more confusing things when in Delhi is trying to arrange your onwards travel, and being confident in what your told is correct. There are countless fake ‘Government Approved’ Tourist Info places, you need to go to a legitimate Government Approved Tour Operator, do not count on auto or taxi drivers to take you to the correct place, do your research properly.
Never carry more money than you need, try to carry credit cards and minimal cash in your pockets. Carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or side trouser pocket, never in the rear pocket. ATM networks of all major banks can be found at numerable locations in Delhi. So, it is better to use plastic money instead of carrying cash all the time. When exchanging money, make sure you only go to registered money exchangers.
Delhi has extreme climate, which means extremely hot during the summers, while very cold in the winters. Try to visit Delhi during the period of Feb-March and Sept-Nov. At this time, the weather of Delhi is at its best. If you come in any other month, you will be facing either extremely hot or extremely cold weather.
If at anytime you face any harassment or law and order problem in Delhi, you can dial 100 from the nearest telephone for police assistance.