Delhi

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Delhi (Hindi: दिल्ली, Punjabi: ਦਿੱਲੀ, Urdu: دلّی) is India's capital and seat of government. It forms the National Capital Territory of Delhi, rather than being part of a state. Delhi is one of India's largest cities, and the core of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 21 million inhabitants. Within India it is a major center of arts, commerce, education, tourism, and transit. As the capital of several empires over the last 2000 years, Delhi also contains a striking array of impeccably maintained historic sites for the tourist to visit.

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Demonstration for Palestine and Gaza in Delhi

Dear Supporters of the Palestinian Cause in Delhi,

We are excited to announce a peaceful demonstration in support of the People of Palestine, set to take place in Delhi over the next three days. This event is an opportunity for us to come together and raise our voices and the Palestinian Flag for a just and peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.

We want to emphasize that this demonstration is intended to be a peaceful and respectful gathering. Our goal is to show solidarity with the people of Palestine and call for a peaceful solution to the conflict. It is crucial that we maintain a peaceful and respectful atmosphere throughout the event.

Important Guidelines:

To ensure the success of our demonstration and to maintain a peaceful environment, we kindly ask all participants to adhere to the following guidelines:

Peaceful Protest: This is a non-violent demonstration. We do not condone any form of violence or vandalism.

Respect for Law Enforcement: Please treat law enforcement officers in Delhi with respect and follow their instructions. Do not engage in confrontations with them.

Leave No Trace: Dispose of any trash responsibly and leave the demonstration area clean.

Thank you for your commitment to our peaceful demonstration in Delhi, and let us stand together for a better future for all.

In solidarity, eHalal Delhi

Delhi Halal Travel Guide

Travellers with little experience of India will find Delhi to be chaotic, crowded and for much of the year, polluted. During the late spring and early summer months and the city is scorchingly hot. Dig a little deeper however and you will get a glimpse of order beneath the chaos as well as India's traditional and modern cultural richness flourishing side by side. First-time visitors feeling the culture shock are recommended to not compound that by visiting during adverse weather conditions, and get a decent hotel room so you can stay in comfort between your sightseeing trips.

History of Delhi

With evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the 6th century BC, Delhi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Thought to have been built and destroyed eleven times, evidence of at least eight distinct settlements can still be seen in Delhi. The most impeccably maintained historic sites are from the periods of Muslim and British rule, between 1193 and the 1947.

The legendary city of Indraprastha from the epic Mahabharata is said to have been situated where Delhi now lies, but no remains of it have been found.

From the 10th to 14th century and the city was centred in what is now South Delhi:

  • Surajkund GPS 28.48379,77.28270 - Built in the 9th-10th century on what is now the far southern outskirts of Delhi. A large water reservoir can be seen, well preserved.
  • Qila Rai Pithora GPS 28.5192,77.1909 (or Rai Pithora) – Founded in perhaps the 11th century as a city named "Lalkot" under Hindu rule, in the current Mehrauli area. In around 1180, Hindu ruler Prithviraj Chauhan expanded this city and renamed it Qila Rai Pithora. Some of the ruins of the fort ramparts from this period are still visible around Qutab Minar and Mehrauli.
  • Mehrauli GPS 28.52448,77.18531 – Shortly afterwards, in 1192, Muslim leader Muhammad Ghori defeated Prithviraj Chauhan in battle. Ghori left his slave Qutub-ud-din Aibak as his viceroy, who in turn captured Delhi the subsequent year. After Ghori's death in 1206, Qutub-ud-din proclaimed himself the ruler of Delhi and founded what has been known as the Slave Dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate. Qutub-ud-din contributed significantly in terms of architecture by building Mehrauli. His most prominent contribution is the starting of Qutub Minar (which was finally completed in 1220). The tombs and other buildings near the Qutub Minar also date to this period.
  • Siri GPS 28.5524,77.2235 - The Slave Dynasty was followed by the Khilji (or Khalji) dynasty. In 1303 they established Siri, first as a military camp to protect against feasible Mongol invasion, and later as a fortified city. Nowadays Hauz Khas complex (north of Mehrauli) contains ruins of Siri Fort, a madrassa, and other buildings from the period.
  • Tughlakabad GPS 28.51453,77.25986 - After the Khiljis there was chaos until Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq (a Turk governor) invaded Delhi in the 1320s, started the Tughlaq dynasty, and founded a new capital Tughlakabad, in South East Delhi. His son Muhammad Bin Tughlaq created another city called Jahapanah in the area between Siri and Qila Rai Pithora, uniting them into one city. Tughlakabad continued, however, to be the main capital city.

Purana Qila, Delhi, 2011

Starting in the 14th century, new areas were built further north, near the current downtown:

  • Firozabad GPS 28.63539,77.24482 (or Kotla Firoze Shah) - built by Muhammad Bin Tughlaq's son, Firoze, in 1354. There still are some ruins which are visible around the Feroz Shah cricket stadium in Central Delhi, near the river. The city was an enclosed a large area, and contained many palaces, masjids, pillared halls, and a multi-floored water reservoir. Firoze also erected a 1500-year-old Ashokan Pillar (previously erected in Meerut by Samrat Ashok) on top of the palace. Firoze was buried inside a lofty tomb in Hauz Khas. After his death and the sultanate became unstable and weak, and Delhi was conquered and sacked by Tamerlane. The Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties who ruled Delhi after the Tughlaqs did less building, and the only relevant architecture visible from this period are the tombs at Lodhi Gardens. The last of the Lodhis was defeated by Babur, who then proceeded to establish the Mughal Empire in 1526.

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  • Shergarh GPS 28.60948,77.24367 - In 1533, Babur's son Humayun built the new city of Dinpanah, near the river south of Firozabad. In 1540 Humayun was defeated by Sher Shah Suri and forced to withdraw from Delhi. Sher Shah Suri established the new city Shergarh on the ruins of Dinpanah. Shergarh is what you see at Purana Qila today, near the Delhi zoo. Humayun later reconquered Delhi and returned to power. He then completed the construction and proceeded to rule from Shergarh.
  • Shahjahanabad GPS 28.65557,77.24089 - the following emperors moved away from Delhi and made Agra their capital. Shahjahan (Humayun's great-grandson) returned to Delhi and established Shahjahanabad (modern Old Delhi), including the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. Much of the city wall, and three of its six gates, still exist today.
  • Lutyen's New Delhi GPS 28.61320,77.21861 - New Delhi was established in 1911 after the British decided to move India's capital from Kolkata. It is a planned city, designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Demographics

Not all descendants of the builders of Delhi's many Muslim monuments live in Delhi. Many of them migrated to Pakistan during the Partition, with the community in Old Delhi that is keeping old courtly traditions alive smaller than it once was. The city is rich in monuments, including 174 ASI protected monuments.

The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originally belonging to different parts of North India and beyond. Among the prominent North Indian communities are the Punjabis. Delhi also has a prominent South Indian Community, primarily in neighborhoods like Karol Bagh, RK Puram, Mayur Vihar and Munirka. A Bengali settlement and the Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi, is the Mini Calcutta of Delhi. Quality education also draws students from different states, making up one of the most diverse student populations in the nation.

Orientation

Like the rest of the Gangetic Plains, Delhi is as flat as a pancake. The only geographical features of any significance are the river Yamuna, which flows down the eastern side of the city, and the Aravalli Hills which form a wide but low arc across the west. On the west bank is the crowded and congested Old (Central) Delhi and, to the southwest and the broad, tree-lined avenues of Delhi, built by the British to rule their empire. The rest is an endless low-rise sprawl of suburbia and slums, with southern Delhi generally wealthier.

Districts

The colours of the neighborhoods represent the colour of a main metro line that travels through them:

  New Delhi
The British-built capital of India. Characterized by wide boulevards, roundabouts (traffic circles), colonial mansions, and government buildings dotted with monuments from various parts of India's history. Connaught Place (now called Rajiv Chowk) and Khan Market are popular Shopping Centres, and the nearby Paharganj area has many affordable hotels. New Delhi and Nizamuddin train stations and a number of metro stations are here.
  Central Delhi
Contains the historic core of Delhi, commonly called Old Delhi, with major tourist attractions such as the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. Delhi Junction train station is here. The red metro line runs east-west here, and the yellow line runs north-south.
  South Delhi
Contains a number of upmarket neighbourhoods, many hotels and guest houses, shopping malls and markets, and restaurants. Major attractions include the Qutub Minar. The area is served by the yellow metro line.
  South East Delhi
Generally a high-income neighborhood similar to South Delhi. In addition and the current neighborhood borders of South East Delhi include a number of important sites near the downtown, such as Humayun's Tomb, Purana Qila, and the southeast part of planned city of Delhi. The area is served by the purple metro line.
  Western Delhi
Four western neighborhoods - North, North-West, West, South-West. Of little interest to the tourist.
  Eastern Delhi
The three neighborhoods - East, North East, and Shahdara - east of the Yamuna River. The most famous attraction is the Akshardham Temple.

How is the Climate in Delhi

The climate in Delhi goes through five distinct seasons. Winter, from mid-December to late January, is cold (the temperature drops to near freezing at night though the days are warm) and is notorious for the thick fog that hangs over the city resulting in cancelled flights and delayed trains. Spring in Delhi, in the months of February and March is pleasant with warm days and cool evenings. The hot season, April through June, is uncomfortably hot with soaring temperatures (going as high as 49°C/120°F). Temperatures moderate during the monsoon (rainy) season (July through September) but it is humid. October brings autumn and warm days with relatively cool nights.

Local Language in Delhi

The native language of the Delhi area is Hindi, which also happens to be the main official language of the Union Government. Hindi is spoken by almost all local residents, quite often with Bihari and Punjabi accents. Most educated people are also fluent in English, and many shopkeepers and taxi drivers have a functional command of English. Punjabi and Urdu are also the official languages of Delhi, both of which are widely spoken/understood by the local residents. The Hindi spoken in Delhi is quite Persianized, similar to the Hindi spoken in Uttar Pradesh|Western Uttar Pradesh, and much less Sanskritized than the Hindi spoken in Madhya Pradesh. Signage is usually bilingual in Hindi and English, and some road signs (especially in South and Central Delhi) are in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu. Announcements on the metro are in Hindi (male voice) and English (female voice). Unlike other major cities, local residents are not multilingual, and local tour guides do not speak other Indian languages. Though people from all over India live in Delhi, finding a person who can speak other Indian languages is not so easy.

Masjids in Delhi

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Delhi is home to a multitude of magnificent masjids. These mosques not only serve as places of worship but also as architectural marvels that reflect the city's rich Islamic heritage. Here, we explore some of the most significant and renowned masjids in Delhi.

Jama Masjid

Rating: 4.5 (50,644 reviews)

The Jama Masjid, built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is one of the largest mosques in India. Its vast courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 worshippers. The mosque, known for its stunning Mughal architecture, features three great gates, four towers, and two 40-meter-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. The mosque is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of the rich history and culture of the Mughal era.

Location: Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Visiting Hours: Open till 6:30 PM

Sunehri Masjid

Rating: 4.3 (2,601 reviews)

Sunehri Masjid, also known as the Golden Mosque, is located near the Red Fort in Delhi. This Mughal-era mosque, built by Roshan-ud-Daula Zafar Khan in 1721, features stunning domes and minarets. The mosque is a fine example of Mughal architecture, with its intricate carvings and golden color that gives it its name.

Location: Nishad Raj Marg, Delhi

Shia Jama Masjid

Rating: 4.2 (484 reviews)

The Shia Jama Masjid, situated on Hamilton Road, serves the Shia community in Delhi. This mosque is known for its serene atmosphere and beautiful architecture. It is a prominent religious center for Shia Muslims in the city.

Location: 2725, Hamilton Rd, Delhi Visiting Hours: Open 24 hours

Masjid Mubarak Begum

Rating: 4.3 (215 reviews)

Built in 1822 by Mubarak Begum, the wife of a British Resident, this mosque stands in the bustling area of Hauz Qazi Chowk. The mosque is an example of Mughal architecture with a touch of colonial influence, featuring a unique design that stands out in the crowded market area.

Location: 4959, Hauz Qazi Chowk, Delhi

Hijron ka Khanqah

Rating: 4.1 (329 reviews)

Located in Mehrauli, Hijron ka Khanqah is a significant religious site for the hijra community in Delhi. The mosque and its adjacent graveyard date back to the Lodi period. The site is known for its tranquil environment and historical significance.

Location: Paani Tanki Road, Zero Street, Mehrauli, Delhi

Masjid Moth

Rating: 4.0 (766 reviews)

Masjid Moth, a 16th-century mosque built during the reign of Sultan Sikandar Lodi, is located in South Delhi. It is a fine example of the Lodi dynasty's architecture, featuring a grand structure that has stood the test of time.

Location: 92, Masjid Moth Rd, Delhi

Jamali Kamali

Location: Mehrauli Archeological Park, Christian Colony, Mehrauli, New Delhi

The Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, situated in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, is an architectural gem from the early Mughal period. Although it has no reviews listed, the mosque and tomb are significant for their historical value and intricate designs.

Sunehri Masjid Chandni Chowk

Rating: 4.5 (265 reviews)

Another Sunehri Masjid, located in Chandni Chowk, is also known for its beautiful golden domes. Built in 1721 by Roshan-ud-Daula Zafar Khan, it is a smaller yet significant mosque reflecting the Mughal architectural style.

Location: 1841, Main Chandni Chowk Rd, Delhi Visiting Hours: Open 24 hours

Moti Masjid

Rating: 4.3 (496 reviews)

The Moti Masjid, or Pearl Mosque, is a small yet exquisite mosque within the Red Fort complex. Built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1659-1660, it is renowned for its pristine white marble and elegant design, representing the zenith of Mughal architecture.

Location: Red Fort, Delhi

How to travel to Delhi

Buy a Flight ticket to and from Delhi

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  • Indira Gandhi International Airport IATA Flight Code: DEL, sometimes abbreviated as IGI | 28.5557, 77.0954 - Indira Gandhi International Airport - Delhi Airport India is the arrival point for many visitors into Delhi. There are several security checkpoints in the airport and you may have to show your boarding pass and passport a dozen times before boarding the plane. When leaving Delhi from the international terminal, you should show up 3 hours before your flight is scheduled. For domestic flights, 2 hours should be enough, depending on whether or not you must wait in the queues to check luggage. While sometimes time-consuming and the process is smooth, and the new terminal's shops and restaurants are sensibly located at the gate area, not before security. However, if you wish to change Rupees back into foreign currency, you must do this before clearing security.

During the winter, Delhi often experiences dense fog and visibility is reduced considerably, making it difficult for Flights to land and take off. Both international and domestic flights are often diverted, cancelled or delayed.

Delhi Airport domestic departures new terminal 1D

  • Terminal 1D - Palam, Domestic | Terminal 1 A Road 28.56578, 77.12008 ☎ +91 88004 93897 This is used only by low-cost carriers Indigo, GoAIR and SpiceJet. (Oddly and their flights arrive at neighbouring Terminal 1C)
  • Terminal 2, earlier only in use during the Hajj pilgrimage for Flights to Mecca and Medina, is also now being used for certain GoAir, Indigo (6E 2xxx) and SpiceJet (SG 8xxx) domestic flights.
  • - Delhi Terminal 3 Side View.jpg
  • Terminal 3 T3 Arrival Road 28.5543, 77.0842 Metro (Orange line) 'I.G.I. Airport' station right here takes you to the downtown - This enormous main terminal, is used by all international flights and all full-service domestic carriers including Jet-Airways, Vistara and AirIndia.

A free shuttle bus operates between the terminals every 20 minutes; however and the shuttle is only free for arriving passengers with onward connecting tickets in the other terminal. Alternatively, public city bus #4 (₹25) operates the same route and does not require a flight ticket. While the terminals share the same runways, connecting between the two requires a massive detour via a nearby highway, so allow up to 20 minutes to make the transfer.

Airlines

The airport serves as a hub city for domestic airlines such as Air Asia, AirIndia, GoAir, Indigo, Jet-Airways, SpiceJet and Air Vistara.

International airlines include Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air Mauritius, Air France, Air Asia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Oman Air, Flydubai, Lufthansa, Singapore-Airlines, KLM-Airline Royal Dutch, SriLankan Airlines, Qatar-Airways and Thai-Airways.

To travel between the airport and the city

  • Delhi Airport Metro Express is a train line that operates between New Delhi Metro Station and Dwarka Sector 21, with a stop at the airport Terminal 3. Trains run every 10 minutes at peak hours; see the website for the exact schedule. The journey to New Delhi Metro Station takes 20 minutes and costs ₹60 (aug 2022). From the train station, you can transfer to the Metro (crossing the city street to reach the station).
  • Magenta Line from Terminal 1 to West Delhi and Noida, more like a regular metro and thus is more limited, best for those who have less luggage
  • Delhi Transport Corporation and EATS (Ex Serviceman's Airlink Transport Service) operate buses between the airport and the city 24 hours per day. Travel duration is roughly 50 minutes and the cost is ₹50 per adult, ₹25 per child below 12 years, ₹25 for heavy luggage. Buses run to ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminal) near Kashmiri Gate, Connaught Place, Delhi Train Station and many hotels in the downtown, departing from both airport terminals every 60 minutes from 10:00-23:20. Tickets can be purchased and a fixed seat can be booked at a desk in the Arrivals Hall.
  • Taxis from the airport should only be booked from the epaid-booth/ yellow prepaid taxi booths operated by the Delhi Police. There is one located directly outside of the airport and one located near the rental vehicle counters to the right of the exit doors. You may be approached by agents offering pre-paid taxis; just ignore them as there have been safety incidents reported. It is worth it to wait in the long queue for a prepaid taxi. A prepaid taxi to the downtown will cost ₹500-600. Ignore any requests by the driver for additional payment. There is no training of tipping taxi drivers anywhere in India. When you reach your destination, take your bags first and then give the driver the receipt and walk away without further discussion. Note that taxis routinely get stuck in traffic during rush-hour, but the journey to the downtown is much quicker at night.
  • Prearranged pick-ups are also available from most hotels. The cost may be double the charge (or more) from the prepaid taxi booths, but you will have someone waiting for you at the airport with your name on a sign and you won't have to wait in the taxi queue.
  • Uber is relatively straightforward and will charge around ₹500 to get into the city. Your Uber will come to the general pickup area (which isn't too organised).

Other airports

Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad serves some regional flights as a civil enclave inside an air base. It is planned to stay open until further expansion at IGI is completed.

Due to massive growth in air travel, a new airport is being built at Jewar.

Travel on a Bus in Delhi

Buses arrive from Kathmandu and Chitwan in Nepal (36 hr+) and virtually every city in India. Although not as comfortable as the trains, buses are the only choice for some destinations, mainly those in the mountains.

Delhi has three major Inter-State Bus Terminals (ISBTs) - Kashmere Gate ISBT, Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, and Anand Vihar ISBT. The wcm/connect/DOIT_DTC/dtc/home Delhi Transport Corporation is the major operator, but every state also runs its own buses and there are some private operators too. =

  • Sarai Kale Khan ISBT - Vir Hakikat Rai | 28.58584, 77.25650 next to Hazrat Nizamuddin train station - Buses to points south, (Agra, Madhya Pradesh)
  • Anand Vihar ISBT - Swami Vivekanand | 28.64463, 77.31485 - On the east bank of Yamuna, M: Anand Vihar - Buses to points east (Lucknow, Kumaon)
  • Bikaner House Pandara Road, New Delhi 28.60815, 77.23072 M: Central Secretariat Station bus stop. Buses, including air-conditioned Volvo buses from Jaipur arrive at this place. For travel between Jaipur and Delhi, this bus stop is very clean, less crowded than ISBT, and easy to reach.
  • Majnu ka Tilla New Aruna Nagar, 28.69928, 77.22689 Tibetan colony, a short rickshaw ride from Metro Vidhan Sabha - Buses to Dharamsala

Another option is to book bus tickets online from Redbus, TicketGoose or SVLLConnect - these sites are linked to a number of large private bus operators all over India.

Travel by train to Delhi

Introduction

Once you have purchased a ticket either at the ticket office or on-line prior to the trip, all you need to do is go to the rail vehicle labelled with your class of service purchased. You can either get on and sit in the first available seat or, for higher classes of service and they will often post a passenger list on the vehicle when it stops. Look for your name and go to the assigned car, cabin and seat. There is never a need to get a boarding pass so if anyone comes out of the crowd to tell you that, don't listen to them; it is a scam. If you're brave, you can simply purchase a general 2nd class ticket and then get on any vehicle where there is availability. The conductor will come by and check your tickets after the train starts moving. If you are in a higher fare class than you are ticketed for, all you have to do is simply pay the difference in fare to the conductor. The only risk here is that the train could be full and you could be stuck in the lowest fare class which can be very crowded with little room to sit.

Do not trust strangers who appear out of the crowd to help you; ignore them. Always ask for assistance at the enquiry counter or policemen (in khaki uniform).

Anyone who approaches you spontaneously should be completely ignored. Use one of the porters (in orange uniforms with metallic arms badges) to find your train and carry your luggage, in exchange for a tip.

Stations & ticket offices

Old Delhi Railway station

  • Delhi Junction station - Old Delhi or Purani Dilli | 28.66185, 77.22769 Monday 2: Chandni Chowk station. There is an entrance just outside at the east side of the station and also just over the primary street outside (last metro at about 11:30). If taking an Auto Rickshaw from here and the prepaid desk will often try and charge you as much as three times the actual price quoted on the official price guide displayed clearly in their window - bargaining is sadly often cheaper. (code DLI).Huge and confusing.
  • New Delhi station 28.64255, 77.22115 in Central Delhi. Pre-paid taxi booth run by Delhi Police. If you are arriving at the station, and want to take a taxi, head to the Delhi Police pre-paid taxi booth. Unfortunately, this booth is at the extreme far north end (about 50 m from the station main exit) of the taxi parking and you will encounter agents claiming to provide prepaid taxi; just ignore them and find the pre-paid taxi booth run by the Delhi Police which are safe and least expensive. - Metro exits are at the Ajmeri Gate (second entrance) side near platform 16. You can also take prepaid rickshaws and taxis from the plaza outside the main entrance. M2: New Delhi

Last edited: (code NDLS) is located just outside of Paharganj, commonly called the backpacker ghetto. - It will take about 40 min-1 hours to travel from the New Delhi Railway Station to the airport by car, depending on traffic, a taxi fare cost you about ₨ 400. - A tourist ticket office called the International Tourist Bureau is open during office hours upstairs of, but still within and the main New Delhi train station (on the side away from the metro, near platform 1). Note that it is only for foreign tourists, so you must have a tourist visa (i.e. student and working visas are not acceptable). Non-resident Indians can also book their tickets through this office. Passport will be requested. Even the visa number is needed. The also accept debit/credit from Visa/Mastercard. They also accept RuPay cards (which is an Indian way of payment). To get a ticket, first go to the centre of the room and get numbers for the reservation and information desks, as well as a form to fill out. Then line up at one of the two u-shaped lines of chairs, fill out the form, and prepare for a protracted wait. When your information number is called, have the clerk check the availability of the train(s) you desire and answer any questions you have about the form. Then wait for your reservation number to be called. Note that by the time you get to the reservation desk, your train may no longer be available, in which case you can try to reserve a different one. If you need a bathroom during this lengthy process and there is a relatively clean male and female toilet just outside on the verandah through the side door (the door you didn't enter through). - The station is large, crowded, confusing and packed with agents. Allow one hour to find your train the first time you visit. Don't trust the electronic display boards, which often show incorrect information. Instead listen to the announcements and ask multiple people in uniform (policemen) until you find your train. Open from 06:00 to 23:00 - Entrance porch to New Delhi Railway Station.jpg

Hazrat Nizamuddin station

  • Hazrat Nizamuddin station Harsha Road, Nizamuddin East, 28.58844 , 77.25414 A few kilometers to the south. Bus 261, 306 to the Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) on the ring road and then walk over to the station (400 m). (code NZM). Many trains heading south. It's the least chaotic of the Big Three, but still pretty big and poorly signposted; listen to the announcements to figure out your train. The station has a pretty good food court that sells affordable, hygienic takeaway Snacks including sandwiches and samosas.
  • Anand Vihar Terminal 28.65278, 77.31452 East, near Ghaziabad - Delhi Border. Monday 3:Anand Vihar, just opposite to Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) (code ANVT) Repeatedly delayed and the station finally opened in December 2009 and will gradually take over all east-bound services.
  • Delhi Sarai Rohilla station Railway Officers Colony, 28.66314, 77.18612 M: Shastri Nagar, or bus 71, 89
  • Delhi Cantonment station 28.61402, 77.11510 Bus 518, 545, 588 to Delhi Cantt stop
  • Ticket office on the road to Connaught Place with longer hours - It often has waiting times not much longer than at the tourist booking office. You will need to know the number or name of the train you want to take.

How to get around in Delhi

Getting around Delhi is always an adventure. Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers will think nothing of quoting ten times the going price to a tourist. Use the prices below as broad guidelines, agree on prices before setting off. Best way to travel is via metro, where there are separate cabins for women (which prove to be very useful during rush hour). Metro is clean, efficient, and typically ridden by relatively affluent middle-class students or commuters en route to/from work; there is almost nowhere in the city that you cannot get to by metro.

By metro

New Delhi metro

The fast-growing Delhi Metro network provides a cheap, quick, hassle-free and air-conditioned way of zipping around the town. As of May 2018 and the following lines are open:

  • Red Line: Dilshad Garden - Rithala
  • Yellow Line: Samaypur Badli - HUDA Downtown, Gurgaon
  • Blue Line: Dwarka Sector 21 - Noida Downtown
  • Blue Line branch: Yamuna Bank - Vaishali
  • Green Line: Mundka - Inderlok
  • Green Line branch: Ashok Park Main - Kirti Nagar
  • Violet Line: Kashmere Gate - Escorts Mujesar
  • Airport Express: New Delhi Railway Station - Airport - Dwarka
  • Magenta Line: Janakpuri West - Botanical Garden
  • Pink Line: Majilis Park - Shiv Vihar

Delhi metro rail network

Fares range from ₹10-60, just buy a token, change lines as necessary, and deposit the token in the slot as you exit. Tokens can be used only from the station they are bought, so you can't buy two and use the second to return home. If you're planning on sticking around for a while, you can buy a "Smart Card" for ₹100, which is worth ₹50 and includes a ₹50 deposit; using this saves 10% and, more importantly, lets you avoid the queues. There is also a "Tourist Card" allowing unlimited use for ₹150 (1 day) or ₹300 (3 days), but it's highly unlikely that you'll travel enough to make this pay off. Special fares apply for travel on the Airport Express. During rush hour, you might have to queue up for 20min+ due to security checks, especially in the central stations.

The Yellow Line (Line 2), in particular, is useful for getting to the Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid) and New Delhi train stations and the ISBT bus terminal and the backpacker ghetto of Paharganj, Hauz Khas and Qutub Minar. The Blue Line (Line 3) is also handy for visiting Akshardham and accessing the western parts of Paharganj through RK Ashram Marg station.

Beware: Metro stations all use the new, official, Indianised names, so Connaught Place is "Rajiv Chowk", Old Delhi Railway Station is "Chandni Chowk" and ISBT is "Kashmere Gate".

The first coach in every train is reserved for women only, violating it incurs a penalty. Male passengers accompanying females are forbidden too.

Be aware that if you wish to exit at a main station during rush hour, you will have to tackle your way through in order to get out before the opposite flow of passengers push you back inside. Don't be afraid of using your strength to push yourself out.

By local train

There are limited commuter services on Delhi's railways, but the facilities are a far cry from the user-friendly Metro stations. For the most part, train stations are inconveniently located. There is no passenger service on the Delhi Ring Railway outside rush hour.

Travel on a Bus in Delhi

Delhi Bus Crowded

All parts of Delhi are well connected by buses and with tickets ranging from ₹5-15 they are very cheap, but they are also quite crowded most of the time. The red coloured buses are air-conditioned and the green coloured are not. As bus stops do not have bus routes written properly, it can be difficult to find your way. Asking other people at the bus stop is often the best way to find out about bus routes to your destination. However and the buses are pretty frequent, running every 15-20 min or so on most routes. There are two kinds of buses in Delhi:

  • Government run DTC buses (red and green coloured with big windows)
  • Privately run Blue-Line buses (orange coloured)

If you have a choice, opt for a DTC bus. They will stop less frequently and will generally be less crowded too. Note that many buses, DTC ones too, will stop pretty much anywhere if there are enough people getting on or off.

Board buses at the back and pay the ticket seller sitting right next to the door. Be sure to hang onto your tickets, as ticket checks are fairly frequent. Some seats on the left side of the bus may be reserved for women and the handicapped. When it's time to disembark, move to the front of the bus. As you might expect, all these guidelines are regularly ignored when buses are very crowded.

Hop on Hop off

HoHo - Delhi Tourism Bus, Sri Laxminarayan temple, New Delhi, India (2011)

Delhi Tourism operates a " Hop On Hop Off (HOHO)" bus service, (Helpline) ☎ +91 11 4094 0000. A fleet of air-conditioned low floored buses follow a pre-defined set of stops around the town and passengers can hop off the bus, see the place at one's own convenience and hop on the next bus. The service runs on a 45 minutes interval and covers important monuments, memorials, museums and shopping places in the city. Each bus is staffed with a knowledgeable English speaking guide. The ticket costs ₹ 300 and is valid for 2 consecutive days. The service does not operate on Mondays.

Best way to travel in Delhi by a Taxi

Delhi Taxi

A taxi or hired car (usually with driver) is required to see many of the far-flung sites within and around Delhi. However and the metro is a far cheaper and equally comfortable option.

Most Delhi taxis are old but reliable CNG-run Ambassadors or Omnis in distinctive black-and-yellow livery and a green stripe. The hired family vehicle of choice is usually a Toyota Innova or Chevrolet Tavera. While all are equipped with meters and should cost ₹15 for the first kilometers ₹8.5 per kilometers and the meters are often rigged and it's better to agree on the price in advance. Most trips around the town should be ₹200-500, while a trip to the airport would be higher, depending on starting location. An eight-hour charter should cost around ₹1,500, and a tip is expected if the driver is helpful. The prices would also depend upon the vehicle size too. Note that black and yellow taxis are not air-conditioned. Even if they do have air conditioning, you will be charged extra (and the rates are up to the driver, so bargain hard).

There are also some reliable online vehicle rental portals that offer vehicle rental services in and around Delhi. For one-way and round-trip out-station journeys, Mapcabs(24/7 Client support T. +91 8880510520) GetMeCab. 24x7 client support ☎ +91 9015154545 provides online cab booking services with verified drivers and clean cars. GetMeCab provides cabs like Micra, Indigo, Dzire, Etios, Innova, Tempo travellers, luxury cars and more at prices starting as low as ₹9/km. PicNtic outstation vehicle rental offers a broad range of cab options for One-Way, Round-Trip journeys and Holiday packages. ☎ +91 8048735971.

You are recommended not to take non-official taxis and they might take you to wrong hotels, or to a "tourist information centre", and try to sell you overpriced things. Check with the driver if he is properly having his official documents or not, to be on a safer side.

Transportation Network Taxis

Delhi is also serviced by various transportation network ("ridesharing") companies including Uber and Ola Cabs. Make sure to check the tariffs in these before you pay. While most of these services accept cash, many can also be linked to online wallet services like Paytm, so overcharging is commonly a risk.

By auto rickshaws

Auto-rickshaw

Auto rickshaws (also called three-wheeled scooters, tuk-tuks or simply autos) are good for shorter trips. Always in a distinctive yellow-and-green livery, auto rickshaws are three-wheeled partially enclosed contraptions that run on CNG and can seat three people in the back. In general and they are much cheaper than taxis and can be hailed from the street. Although by law the rickshaw drivers should charge according to the meter in their vehicle (₹25 for the first two kilometers, ₹8/km after), this rate is unrealistically low and they will almost always try to negotiate for price. Try to negotiate a price before entering the vehicle. As rules of thumb, expect even the shortest journey to cost ₹30-40/person regardless of the meter, but you should never need to pay over ₹150 for any trip within the city. If you're overquoted, don't be afraid to walk away. It's usually easy to find another one soon, usually with a driver who won't rip you off.

If you have any trouble with drivers, go to any of the numerous tourist police stations in the downtown and they will give you a complaint slip which will result in a ₹500 fine for the auto driver. There should also be a telephone number written on the vehicle to call in case of any complaint.

There are a number of "Pre-paid" auto stands run by the Police. Tell them where you want to go and pay them upfront. The charge will include ₹5 for the service. You then take the coupon and stand outside where a policeman will direct you to the next available Auto. When your journey is completed you hand the coupon to the auto driver and that's it. Nothing more to pay (despite what they may say).

By cycle rickshaws

ChawriBazaar JamaMasjid

Cycle rickshaws are three-wheeled, pedal/electric powered rickshaws with seats in the back to seat passengers and a driver in the front. They are good for short distances, or places which are too far to walk but too short for taking a bus/taxi/auto rickshaw. Cycle rickshaws don't use meters, so establish a price before getting on. ₹20-50 is reasonable for most journeys of a few km.

Cycle rickshaws are best to use in Old Delhi to visit the intricate galis (walkways) and to enjoy the smells and sounds of the city.

By Electric Rickshaws

Electric rickshaws, popularly known as tuk-tuk or e-rickshaws, are also used to enjoy the streets of Old Delhi. These are battery-operated alternatives to auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws because of their low fuel cost, and less human effort compared to cycle rickshaws.

Halal Walking Tours in Delhi

  • Walk from Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's house) to India Gate on the Rajpath (a walk of close to 3–4 km).
  • Walk from Jama Masjid to Red Fort in the Chandni Chowk area.
  • Far South Delhi go walk about in the forest. Try starting from south of Indian Institute of Technology through Sanjay Van to Qutub Minar. Note however that Sanjay Van is not always safe, and it is advisable to go there in a group, preferably during daylight.
  • South Delhi-Green Park-Hauz Khas Village and then to the Hauz Khas ruined madrasa, offers a newer shopping area, an up-market arts village, old ruins, and some quality gardens.

What to see in Delhi

Delhi is known for its impressive range of structures - fortifications, masjids, and tombs - built during the centuries when Delhi was the center of large Muslim empires. There are literally dozens of notable sites scattered around the town, and several of them are internationally famous as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most visited sites are the Red Fort (the 17th century palace of the Mughal emperor), Jama Masjid (a vast and beautiful 17th century masjid) and the Qutub Minar (a 73-meter high tower, dating to the 13th century but still with impeccably maintained intricate carvings), Humayun's Tomb (the vast 16th century tomb of a Mughal emperor), and Purana Qila (a 16th century Mughal fortress).

Newcomers are often confused about the relationship between Delhi and New Delhi. In fact, Delhi, which is the capital of India, is one of the neighborhoods of Delhi city. New Delhi began to be built in 1911. Being centrally planned in the modern era, it features wide boulevards, large parks, and roundabouts between its government buildings. Popular sights here are the India Gate and the Rajpath "national mall" connecting the main government buildings, and the Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential palace). Many of the most important museums in Delhi are located here too.

Another popular attraction is the Bahá'í Lotus Temple in South East Delhi, a modern structure built with a flowerlike shape. It is arguably the most visited building in the world.

Detailed listings of all sights in Delhi can be found in the neighborhood articles.

Beware - There are various private "tourist information" offices around Connaught Place openly claiming to be the official government tourist office. They're actually just travel agents that have nothing to do with the Government of India, and since they prey on tourists, anything you buy from them will be grossly overpriced compared to doing it yourself.

The staff at the Delhi tourist office is very helpful, and the office has a lot of free information:

  • The Government of India Tourist Office 88 Janpath, Connaught Place 28.62719, 77.21969 ☎ +91 11 2332 0005, +91 11 2332 0008, +91 11 2332 0109, +91 11 2332 0266 - The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours, coverings all of the major Delhi sites. If you should choose to go with the government-sanctioned day tour, be aware that due to the heavy agenda, you will need to have a quick foot, only 20-40 min are given for each sight, which is next to no time. Consider this day tour as a sampler. If there is a sight of particular interest, bookmark it and return at a later date.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Delhi

  • Take a walk at Connaught Place (CP) and the heart of Delhi. The British-designed colonial equivalent of a shopping mall, it's laid out in two concentric rings divided into blocks, all bursting with shops and lots of pampered pigeons waddling about. Long neglected and the area received an upsurge after the opening of the major Metro junction of Rajiv Chowk under it, and it's going more upmarket by the day. At the centre is a small but pleasant park, while on one edge is the notorious Palika Bazaar, an underground den of affordable wares, many pirated or smuggled from overseas. The area is surrounded by tall office buildings on nearly all sides. Train fans will want to check out the Metro Museum inside the (Patel Chowk) station, open 10:00-16:00, Tue-Sun (free with valid Metro ticket).

Study as a Muslim in Delhi

Delhi is a key centre of learning in India. The most famous universities in Delhi are JNU, DU, IGNOU, DTU ,JMI and IIT.

Apart from undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses and there are many training and diploma-level institutes and polytechnics that cater to the growing demand for skill-based and vocational education. Besides conventional educational institutes, more and more foreigners also make the effort to learn Hindustani language (Hindi-Urdu) and Delhi is these languages.

How to work legally in Delhi

Delhi's economy is expanding rapidly. In analogy many interesting work opportunities emerge. Monster and other online job platforms are a good starting point to see what kind of jobs are on offer. Traditionally foreigners often work in the social sector or in teaching. Increasingly, however, expats work for multinational companies and even local Indian companies.

There is a great variety of employment opportunities in Delhi for Foreign Muslims, whether they would like to work in business, educational institutes, or even government. Still and there is one caveat: the labour market in Delhi is highly competitive and so at many prestigious organisations and the number of applicants far exceeds the number of positions available, which allows employers to receive highly talented applicants for rather meagre salaries (especially when compared to other international destinations).

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Delhi

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If you're not afraid to negotiate and bump elbows in bazaars, Delhi is a great place to shop. Most of the well-known bazaars are located in the most central parts of Delhi, both Central Delhi and New Delhi. Asian-style malls are plentiful, and are found further south - in South Delhi and South East Delhi, as well as the suburbs of Gurgaon and Noida. Many shopping neighborhoods are over crowded on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

See neighborhood Guides for specific listings.

Clothing

For clothing, you can go either to the bazaars, or to Asian-style shopping malls (mostly in the southern areas).

Computers

Nehru-1

For computers and software and the best place to look is Nehru Place IT market complex in South East Delhi, an interesting combination of modern technology products and old world marketplace sales techniques. You can find affordable hardware here as well as both original and pirated software. There are also several similar markets in other parts of Delhi, mostly in the [[Delhi/Western neighborhoods|Western neighborhoods.

Tea

  • Ankur - Romeo | 4374/4b, Ansari road Delhi-2 ☎ +91 9811663052 - Assamese tea

Halal Restaurants in Delhi

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Delhiites complain about many things in their city, but the food will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. Not only can you find some of the best Indian food on the subcontinent and there is also an increasing number of excellent (if often pricey) international restaurants offering cuisine from around the world. When ordering, do remember that Delhi is about 1,000 km from the nearest ocean, so Vegetarian, Chicken and mutton dishes are the way to go. Delhi, known for its rich culinary heritage, offers a wide array of Halal dining options. Below are some of the top-rated Halal restaurants in the city, each boasting over 300 reviews, ensuring that you can enjoy delicious, authentic meals with confidence in their Halal certification.

Pizza Fun Shaheen Bagh

Rating: 4.0 (2,010 reviews)
Cuisine: Pizza
Location: B1, Thokar No. 7

This vibrant spot is well-loved for its Halal comfort fare, including a variety of Pizzas and fast food options. It offers a lively dining atmosphere, making it a popular choice for both locals and travelers.

Nizam's Kathi Kabab

Rating: 4.0 (4,391 reviews)
Cuisine: North Indian
Location: PVR Cinema Plaza H-5&6, PVR Cinema Rd

Nizam's is an informal spot known for its Kebab, curries, and other North Indian specialties. It is particularly famous for its Kathi Kababs, which draw a steady stream of patrons.

Afghan Darbar Restaurant

Rating: 4.3 (4,189 reviews)
Cuisine: Afghani
Location: E-96

Afghan Darbar offers an extensive menu of Afghani dishes, including flavorful Kebab and aromatic Rice dishes. The restaurant is highly regarded for its authenticity and the quality of its Halal offerings.

MI Food Center

Rating: 4.1 (1,991 reviews)
Cuisine: North Indian
Location: 43, Lodhi Road, Meharchand Market, Lodhi Colony

MI Food Center is known for its diverse North Indian cuisine, providing both dine-in and takeout options. The restaurant's Halal certification ensures that all its delicious dishes adhere to dietary laws.

Al-Bake

Rating: 4.0 (13,056 reviews)
Cuisine: North Indian
Location: Trimurti Building, Plot No 21-23, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg

Al-Bake is famous for its Lebanese Shawarma and a wide range of North Indian dishes. With an extensive menu and a high volume of reviews, it's a must-visit for anyone seeking Halal food in Delhi.

ZFC - Zeba Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.2 (464 reviews)
Cuisine: Halal
Location: K-108, GF, Thokar No.5

ZFC offers a variety of fried Chicken dishes, making it a favorite among those who crave crispy, flavorful Chicken. The restaurant's commitment to Halal standards ensures a worry-free dining experience.

Pizza Fun Zakir Nagar

Rating: 4.1 (487 reviews)
Cuisine: Pizza
Location: 80-A, Zakir Nagar Main Rd

Another popular outlet of Pizzas Fun, this location in Zakir Nagar is known for its delicious Halal Pizzas and a variety of other fast food items, making it a go-to spot for quick and satisfying meals.

Nasir Iqbal Restaurant

Rating: 3.8 (599 reviews)
Cuisine: Mughlai
Location: 268 A, Basti Hazrat Nizammudin, Opposite Markaz Nizamuddin, Nizammudin West

This restaurant offers a variety of Mughlai dishes, including rich Curries and succulent Kebab. It is well-regarded for its traditional recipes and adherence to Halal standards.

Nazeer Foods

Rating: 3.9 (1,637 reviews)
Cuisine: North Indian
Location: M-42, Connaught Cir

Nazeer Foods provides a no-frills dining experience with a focus on family-run Mughlai and North Indian cuisine. The extensive menu and commitment to Halal practices make it a reliable choice for a hearty meal.

eHalal Group Launches Halal Guide to Delhi

Delhi - eHalal Travel Group, a leading provider of innovative Halal travel solutions for Muslim travelers to Delhi, is thrilled to announce the official launch of its comprehensive Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Delhi. This groundbreaking initiative aims to cater to the diverse needs of Muslim travelers, offering them a seamless and enriching travel experience in Delhi and its surrounding regions.

With the steady growth of Muslim tourism worldwide, eHalal Travel Group recognizes the importance of providing Muslim travelers with accessible, accurate, and up-to-date information to support their travel aspirations to Delhi. The Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide is designed to be a one-stop resource, offering an array of invaluable information on various travel aspects, all carefully curated to align with Islamic principles and values.

The Travel Guide encompasses a wide range of features that will undoubtedly enhance the travel experience for Muslim visitors to Delhi. Key components include:

Halal-Friendly Accommodations in Delhi: A carefully selected list of hotels, lodges, and vacation rentals that cater to halal requirements, ensuring a comfortable and welcoming stay for Muslim travelers in Delhi.

Halal Food, Restaurants and Dining in Delhi: A comprehensive directory of restaurants, eateries, and food outlets offering halal-certified or halal-friendly options in Delhi, allowing Muslim travelers to savor local cuisines without compromising their dietary preferences in Delhi.

Prayer Facilities: Information on masjids, prayer rooms, and suitable locations for daily prayers in Delhi, ensuring ease and convenience for Muslim visitors in fulfilling their religious obligations.

Local Attractions: An engaging compilation of Muslim-friendly attractions, cultural sites such as Museums, and points of interest in Delhi, enabling travelers to explore the city's rich heritage while adhering to their values.

Transport and Logistics: Practical guidance on transportation options that accommodate Muslim travel needs, ensuring seamless movement within Delhi and beyond.

Speaking about the launch, Irwan Shah, Chief Technology Officer of eHalal Travel Group in Delhi, stated, "We are thrilled to introduce our Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide in Delhi, a Muslim friendly destination known for its cultural richness and historical significance. Our goal is to empower Muslim travelers with accurate information and resources, enabling them to experience the wonders of Delhi without any concerns about their faith-based requirements. This initiative reaffirms our commitment to creating inclusive and memorable travel experiences for all our clients."

The eHalal Travel Group's Halal and Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide for Delhi is now accessible on this page. The guide will be regularly updated to ensure that Muslim travelers have access to the latest information, thus reinforcing its status as a reliable companion for Muslim travelers exploring Delhi.

About eHalal Travel Group:

eHalal Travel Group Delhi is a prominent name in the global Muslim travel industry, dedicated to providing innovative and all-inclusive travel solutions tailored to the needs of Muslim travelers worldwide. With a commitment to excellence and inclusivity, eHalal Travel Group aims to foster a seamless travel experience for its clients while respecting their religious and cultural values.

For Halal business inquiries in Delhi, please contact:

eHalal Travel Group Delhi Media: info@ehalal.io

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At eHalal Group, we understand the importance of meeting the unique requirements of Muslim individuals and families seeking properties that align with their cultural and religious trainings. Our extensive portfolio of Muslim-friendly properties in Delhi ensures that clients have access to a diverse selection of options tailored to their needs. Whether it's a luxurious villa, a modern condominium, or a fully equipped factory, our team is dedicated to assisting clients in finding their ideal property.

For those seeking a comfortable and modern living space, our condos are an excellent choice. Starting at US$ 350,000 and these condominium units offer contemporary designs, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient locations within Delhi. Each condo is thoughtfully designed to incorporate halal-friendly features and amenities, ensuring a seamless integration of Islamic values into everyday living.

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Muslim Friendly hotels in Delhi

Prices quoted may not include taxes of up to 22.5%, calculated based on the published rack rates - not necessarily the price that you actually pay, which could be discounted. Smoking is not allowed in Delhi hotels.

Delhi has plenty of good lodging options, priced from ₹400-2,500. Many of them are located in the downtown (Central Delhi and New Delhi), while others are further south, in the affluent southern areas or towards the airport.

Delhi's chronic lack of quality hotels has led to a mushrooming of hotels of widely varying quality and price. The new official 'Delhi Bed and Breakfast scheme' has also contributed a range of superior Muslim friendly rooms available for bed & breakfast lodging. These rooms range from affordable dumps to classy rooms in the best areas of Delhi.

Most of Delhi's expensive hotels are located in New Delhi, roughly along the axis between Connaught Plaza and the airport.

A few are located in areas further south.

Prices in this category are generally over ₹8000.

Muskim Friendly Hotels in Delhi

Stay safe as a Muslim in Delhi

Night view of Old Delhi, from Jama Masjid

Many first-time travellers to India find themselves falling victim to Common scams|scams and agents, and unfortunately Delhi has a lot of both. Be on guard for anybody trying to help you by giving you unsolicited directions or travel advice. Do not blindly rely on the advice of taxi and auto drivers. If this is your first time to India, do not openly admit it, as this will make you more vulnerable to agents.

Delhi is an increasingly unsafe place for Muslima's. It is not uncommon to receive lewd remarks or even physical touching. If you are arriving into Delhi at night, stay in either the airport lounge or well lit areas until daybreak.

Carry your cash, passport, and cards in a secure money belt, with only enough cash for a few hours at a time in your wallet or other accessible place. Some recommend carrying an expendable wallet with a few ten rupee notes in it in an obvious place such as your hip pocket as a decoy to Delhi's ubiquitous pickpockets.

Several tourist agencies have been known to swindle tourists, such as by changing their travel plans or charging them extra commissions and fees. The best way to secure train tickets is by navigating through Indian Railways' website.

If arriving late at night at the airport or train station, be very wary of taxi drivers trying to scam tired and unprepared tourists. A common scam is to drive you an area of town where there are roadworks or a roadblock, and tell you that the path to your hotel is blocked off and it's not feasible to take you there. They'll then suggest to take you to another hotel, where they receive a commission for bringing clients. They may take you to a number of hotels first which all say they are full up, so as to increase your desperation, and hence openness to paying more. There have been reports also, of bringing tourists to a "travel agent", who will feign ringing your booked hotel to confirm that either the way is blocked, or they are overbooked and there is no room available. If you've let on that you were only staying in Delhi for the night and they may also try to convince you, that there are no hotel rooms available anywhere, and sell you an extremely overpriced private vehicle ride to your next destination. This can be a very confusing and tiring process if you've just come off a long flight, short on sleep.

If you're arriving after midnight, it is therefore highly advisable to have lodging pre-booked and arrange pick-up from the airport or station with your hotel, or at least have the phone number with you, so that should you get lost or caught in a sticky situation you have someone reliable to call up.

Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world, with pollution levels often in the "very unhealthy" or "hazardous" range. Keep an eye on air quality data and consider wearing a surgical mask or other approved N95/N99 mask, especially if spending an extended time in Delhi or North India.

Delhi Police

The Delhi Police is a 70,000-strong force serving the capital region. While most of the police officers are honest and helpful, you may find some officers who may be corrupt and unhelpful.

For police assistance during an emergency dial 100.

Police vehicles (called PCR vans) are parked on almost every major intersection.

For non-emergencies, or to report a crime, visit the nearest police station.

Medical Issues in Delhi

Delhi and the surrounding cities, including the Taj Mahal in Agra, throughout the year experiences moderate to unhealthy air quality, resulting in smog that potentially harms the health of all residents and a few flight delays due to low visibility. Air quality tends to be the best in summer because of the prevailing monsoon winds and frequent rain. It is worst during the winter as the unfavorable topography and stagnant weather trap all pollutants emitted within the valley.

Anyone visiting the area should try to limit outdoor and exhausting activity. Have masks (single-use surgical masks are okay), tissues, and eyedrops ready when going out.

Summer begins in early April and continues till the end of June, with the heat peaking in May. By the latter part of April or during early May,The temperatures regularly exceed 40°C (104°F), meaning that proper hydration is of the utmost importance. Keep yourself covered in summers to avoid a heat stroke. Drink a lot of water, 3 litres a day, particularly in the summer.

Winter arrives in Delhi by late November or early December and continues till mid-February. In winter there can be seasonal fog; on particularly foggy days, it can be difficult to see across the street. If you are flying in or out Delhi during the winters, be aware of fog-related flight delays.

Drink only packaged bottled water, to avoid water-related illness. Sticking to freshly, well-cooked food will lessen your chances on acquiring the "Delhi belly".

Cope in Delhi

Power outages and water shortages are common in Delhi, often occurring multiple times a day with summers being particularly bad. Better lodgings have water tanks and generators to alleviate the inconvenience, but keep a flashlight handy at night and do your part by not wasting too much water.

  • Laundry service is offered in most hotels, even in good lodgings. If you would rather save the money and do it yourself, buckets are found in almost all bathrooms - but perhaps wash it out well first.
  • Exercising outdoors is not recommended due to the level of pollution and swimming in rivers is also not recommended. Instead, look for a hotel with a gym or a swimming swimmingpool since many offer day passes. You can always try a morning or evening walk in the parks.

Embassies & High Commissions

  • Afghanistan | @, 5/50 Friday Shantipath, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 2687 5439, +91 11 2410 0412, +91 11 2687 1326 (visa section)
  • Algeria | 2/2, Shanti Niketan, New Delhi-110 021 ☎ +91 11 2411-7585, +91 11 2411-8586 +91 11 2411-7590
  • Bangladesh | EP-39, Dr. S. RadhaKrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 2412 1389-94
  • China 50 D Shantipath, Chanakyapuri 28.5984641, 77.1896625 ☎ +91 11 688 9028
  • Egypt | india@ 1/50M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 2611 4096, +91 11 2611 4097 Opening Hours: Monday to Friday09:00-11:00
  • Indonesia 50-A Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 ☎ +91 11 2611-8642 (/43/44) +91 11 26874402 (General Inquiries)
  • Ireland C17, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 4940 3200 +91 11 4059 1898
  • Maldives C-31, Anand Niketan, New Delhi ☎ +91 11 4143-5701 +91-11-4143-5709
  • Mongolia | 34, Archbishop Macarios Marg ☎ +91 11 2463 1728 +91 11-2463 3240
  • Myanmar 3/50F, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, ☎ +91 11 2467-8822, +91 11 2467-8823 +91 11 2467-8824
  • Nepal | Bara Khamba Road ☎ +91 11 332 9969
  • Pakistan | 2/50 G Shantipath, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 467 6004
  • Russia | @.vsnl.net.in Shantipath, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 2611 0640 +91 11 2687 6823
  • Rwanda | 41, Paschimi Marg Vasant Vihar ☎ +91 11 2866 1604 +91 11 2866 1605
  • Sri Lanka 27, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri ☎ +91 11 2301-0201, +91 11 2379-3604 - High Commission is also accredited to Bhutan

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Explore more Halal friendly Destinations from Delhi

Delhi is a major international transit hub for trains, planes and buses as well as a great connection point for domestic destinations within India. It's also a great base for exploration of the famous Hill Stations.

  • Agra and the Taj Mahal are a 3-6 hours drive or 2-5 hours train ride each way. By road Taj Mahal can be visited in 3 hrs through Yamuna Expressway from Delhi. Book tickets in the train cars with seats far in advance, and look for the seats put aside especially for tourists. You can also hire a vehicle and driver for the day and shouldn't pay more than ~₹ 5,000 roundtrip (if not less). The Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
  • Bandhavgarh National Park and the Bandhavgarh Fort, are the "Tiger Reserve" at M.P. This is a tiger preservation project and has the highest density of tigers in India.
  • Char Dham- Delhi is the starting point of the famous pilgrimage centres Badrinath (the abode of Vishnu), Kedarnath (the abode of Shiva), Gangothri and Yamunothri (the origin of sacred rivers, Ganges and Yamuna respectively).
  • Corbett National Park and the first national park of the nation, is around 5 hours' drive from Delhi
  • Gurgaon, a southern suburb of Delhi, is a 1 hours drive or a metro ride away.
  • Jaipur and Rajasthan are reachable by plane or overnight train.
  • The holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, are a 5-6 hours bus or train ride away.
  • Kathmandu, in neighbouring Nepal, is a roughly 36+ hours by coach, or longer (but more comfortably) on a combination of train and coach.
  • Ride the Maharajas' Express, a luxury train running between Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Mussoorie - one of the original British hill stations in India; commonly called The Queen of the Hills.
  • Nainital - another beautiful hill station in the Kumaon hills with the magnificent Naini Lake.
  • Shimla - the summer capital of British India and the queen of all hill stations in India. It has many scenic and historic locations and is about an 8 hours drive or 10 hours in a bus. A direct flight from Delhi takes just 1 hours to reach Shimla.

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