Ins and outs

Getting there

Delhi is served by
Indira Gandhi International
(
IGI
)
Airport
, which handles both international and domestic traffic. The Domestic Terminal 1, 15 km from the centre, handles flights from two separate sections: 'A', exclusively for
Indian Airlines
and 'B' for others. The International Terminal 2 is 23 km from the centre. During the day, it can take 30-45 minutes from the Domestic Terminal and 45 minutes to an hour from the International Terminal to get to the centre. A free shuttle runs between the terminals. To get to town take a pre-paid taxi or an airport coach or ask your hotel to collect you.

The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is at Kashmere Gate, near the Red Fort, about 30 minutes by bus from Connaught Place. Local buses connect it to the other ISBTs.

There are three main railway stations. The busy New Delhi Station, a 10-minute walk north of Connaught Place, can be maddeningly chaotic; you need to have all your wits about you. The quieter Hazrat Nizamuddin (which has some south-bound trains) is 5 km southeast of Connaught Place. The overpoweringly crowded Old Delhi Station (2 km north of Connaught Place) has a few important trains.

Getting around

The new Metro, though still by no means complete, offers a realistic alternative for navigating select parts of the city: it's now possible to get from Connaught Place to Old Delhi in a cool five minutes. For the rest of the city, which is far too spread out to walk, auto-rickshaws and taxis are widely available, though few are prepared to use their meters, especially for foreigners. It's best to use pre-paid stands at stations, airport terminals and at the junction of Radial Road 1 and Connaught Place if possible, otherwise be sure to agree a fare before you get in. The same applies to cycle rickshaws, which ply the streets of Old Delhi. City buses are usually packed and have long queues. Be on your guard from thieves around New Delhi Station. State Entry Road runs from the southern end of Platform 1 to Connaught Place. This is a hassle-free alternative to the main Chelmsford Road during the day (gate closed at night).

Orientation

The
Red Fort
and
Jama Masjid
are the focal point of Old Delhi, 2 km northeast of Connaught Place. Chandni Chowk, the main commercial area, heads west from the fort. Around this area are narrow lanes packed to the rafters with all different types of wares for sale. To the southeast are
New Delhi Railway Station
and the main backpackers' area,
Paharganj
, with
Connaught Place
, the notional 'centre' of New Delhi, about 1 km south. Running due south of Connaught Place is
Janpath
with small shops selling craft products, and hotels like the
Imperial
. Janpath is intersected by
Rajpath
with all the major state buildings at its western end. Immediately south is the diplomatic enclave,
Chanakyapuri
. Most of the upmarket hotels are scattered across the wide area between Connaught Place and the airport to the southwest. As Delhi's centre of gravity has shifted southwards, a series of new markets has grown up to serve extensive housing colonies such as
South Extension
,
Greater Kailash
and
Safdarjang Enclave
. This development has brought one of the major historic sites, the
Qutb Minar
, within the limits of the city, about half an hour by taxi south of Connaught Place.

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