How can I meet you in Noida
Find your way around Delhi: Metro, Taxi, Rickshaw & more
by Debashree Chatterjee
In a city like that big, diverse and lively is like Delhi, one often has the feeling that the entire population of the city is traveling at the same time and somehow everyone seems to be walking the same way as you and me. This is why Delhi often finds it difficult to make a good first impression on its guests. And that in turn means that many tourists do not even discover the hidden beauty of the city.
The endless volume of traffic, the uninterrupted horn orchestra and hundreds of busy creatures zigzagging around making it hard to keep your head clear in all the chaos. But no fear ... even in this chaos there is such a thing as order (or I just believe in it because I am so addicted to Delhi).
With the many available transportation options is it not a big problem getting around the city, even if it's not always child's play. It doesn't matter if you are a tourist, traveler, nomad or local. You should be familiar with the knowledge of the available transport options and be open to making spontaneous and situation-related decisions.
Here I'll tell you which modes of transport I use every day (depending on which part of the city I'm going to). So get ready and let yourself be wooed, seduced and enchanted with an abundance of transportation information, a filled wallet and a city map in your pocket of Delhi.
Click on the picture for a larger (and printable) version of the subway map
The subway is an efficient and fast means of getting around and a blessing for the metropolis. The metro is a rapid transit system that Delhi and its satellite cities Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Bahadurgarh and Ballabhgarh served. With approximately 10 lines, which cover almost the entire length and width of the Indian capital, the metro is also one of the safest modes of transport. A Note to female travelers: The the first car of each train is reserved for women only, the rest for both men and women. The air-conditioned and clean subway network is like a spider's web. I recommend always having a metro map handy or downloading the Delhi metro app. One more note ... with an average one daily driver traffic of 4.7 million I can only recommend you the most heavily Rush hour to avoid!
The locals call these rickshaws "cars"
cars (motorized rickshaws) are cheaper than taxis and app based taxis and my preferred mode of transport. I use them for almost all of my ways. These three-wheeled vehicles are smaller than cars and can handle traffic far more smoothly than the others. Three passengers fit comfortably in it. These green-yellow, partially closed "Kings of Convenience“You can find it on almost every street corner in front of the door and wave to it. They can be found in abundance at markets and attractions. They are equipped with tariff meters and you should insist that you pay according to the tariff meters. For a negotiated surcharge, you can have “your” car waiting for you for the return journey. But be careful for foreign guests: If you don't know the route and drive with a tariff meter, you run the risk of the driver taking extra long detours to push the fare up. Alternatively - but only if you are good at trading - you can agree on a price before departure. Note that you will always pay a fictitious "foreigner tax".
The cycle rickshaw is an inexpensive way to travel short distances. However, this is more about a special experience than convenience. These types of rickshaws have been withdrawn from use in certain parts of the city, but where they are allowed it is definitely the cheapest mode of transport. However, since the vehicle is almost fully open, it is not necessarily ideal in the hot summer months. For some parts of the city (especially in Old Delhi) it is even the best choice, as it is the best way to get through the congested narrow streets.
Yes, Over is also available in Delhi, it's incredibly cheap and both A big hit among locals as well as tourists. I normally pay in cash (in rupees) to the driver at the end of the ride, but you can also pay directly through the Uber app. Uber is a lifesaver for me, especially during the hot months, cold winter days and late at night.
There is also an app-based transport option - OLA - which, like Uber, is very popular in Delhi.
RENTAL CARS (WITH DRIVER)
Rental cars with a driver are one very workable option for traveling, especially when you don't have a lot of time. Usually you book them in advance through a hotel, guest house or travel agency. The prices may not be as budget-friendly, but they can be negotiated in advance and are still affordable. Especially when you are not traveling alone, this is my opinion one of the most straightforward and convenient ways in Delhi to travel.
There is now a large selection of radio taxis in the city: for example Meru Cab, Easy Cab, Mega Cab. From the airport to the city I always take one, as the operators have small stands right in front of the exit where you can book quickly and easily. For trips within the city, however, they are a bit more expensivewhen compared to the other transportation options available. An additional disadvantage of these radio taxis is that you need a local cell phone number to book, which is a bit inconvenient for tourists. (Exception: at the airport, where you can book directly at the stands.)
This is another way of getting around Delhi. However, I don't recommend taxis as I don't use them myself either because they always charge a lot more than they should and tourists tend to rip off with a penchant.
BUSES OF DELHI TRANSPORT CORPORATION
Public buses are readily available and there are many of them. Personally, however, I still don't use them and I wouldn't recommend them because, for one, they are almost always extremely full and most of the places you want to visit are much more convenient to get to with auto rickshaws and app-based taxis. Note for women: The public buses are popular places to stay for passionate diggers (precisely because they are almost always very full)!
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As in any major city in the world, there is also Delhi Hop-on, hop-off buses (HoHo). With historic sites and tourist attractions scattered across the city, the HoHo buses will help you get you up and down at your own pace inexpensive way move around. With the HoHo buses you have the option more than 25 tourist attractions Can be visited with a 1-day or 2-day ticket, depending on your choice. However, since Delhi is so big and a bit confusing, you need good planning in order to visit individual sites as efficiently as possible. Otherwise it quickly becomes hectic and time-consuming.
Annotation: If you have problems while traveling with a means of transport (of whatever kind) and want to complain, you can contact the Delhi Traffic Police 24 hour hotline at the number 1095 turn.
(Cover picture: Shutterstock / Nikhlesh Kumar Singh)
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