Delhi is well connected
with major cities in India by Indian Airlines and private airlines. Also Delhi is the
headquarters of the Northern Railway and is the most well connected railhead
both on the broad gauge (New Delhi) and meter gauge (Delhi Main) railway line. Delhi is
the intersection of several national highways and is well connected by regular bus
services from the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT and known in Hindi as Bus'adda) at
The I.G. Airport has
two airports. One is for domestic passengers and the other for international passengers.
The distance between the two airports is 8 kms.
The domestic airport, known as Terminal 1B, is 35 minutes drive from Connaught Place. It
has two terminal buildings-one for domestic departures and the other for common arrivals.
Travel: The international airport, known as Terminal-2 has two levels, the upper
and the lower level. The upper level is for departures and the lower for arrivals.
Free coach service of AAI is available for bonafide passengers for going to Terminals 1A
and 1B as also for bonafide international departure passengers outside the arrival
building. The coaches leave at intervals of one hour. The AAI free shuttle service is also
available between 1A and 1B at the frequency of 20 minutes. Beside this, a highly
subsidized bus service to the center is available by the EATS and DTC. The fare charts are
available at the counter.
Service: The fare is to be paid at the counter inside the terminal itself. Rs. 2
per baggage per piece is charged with the fare and no extra payment is to be made to the
driver. The receipt is to be handed over to the driver at the final destination.
Services: Free medical facilities are available at the medical rooms of the AAI.
Leaving the Airport:
Transport of various
sorts is available at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. These include
autorickshaws, taxis and even buses most of which are operated by private operators. There
is also a prepaid taxi service and it advisable that this facility is made use of as it
proves to be the most economical. Connaught Place is about 23 Km/ mile from the airport.
For those who arrive by train, there are taxis and autorickshaws leaving the station.
Normally most of the indicators are written in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu.
They are metered and the tourist should ensure that the meter is flagged down before he
starts. Rates sometimes change and the new charts are available with all drivers. Extra
charges are payable for halting, baggage and vehicle engaged between 2300 hrs and 0500
hrs. (20 % extra for autos and 25 % for taxis). Complaints about overcharging or
misbehavior can be registered at the nearest police station.
Transport: Ring Railway, a number of trains both in the clockwise and
anti-clockwise directions are run by Northern Railway and they originate and also
terminate at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station.. Delhi Transport Corporation runs a
large fleet of buses operating in the entire city. Some of them on certain routes are
available at all the railway stations and the Interstate bus terminal. The peak time hours
are from 07.00 hrs. To 2200 hrs., with the frequency being slightly lower from 1300 hrs.
To 1430 hrs. Night service buses are also available on selective routes and they also
operate from the railway stations. The timings are from 2300 hrs to 0500 hrs. The fare
ranges from Rs. 1 to Rs. 5 for ordinary buses and a flat Rs. 5 and 7 on some buses.
For local transport metered rickshaws and taxis are available. However travelling is not
easy at night after 8.00 PM compared to Mumbai. Please note that there are 3
Railway Stations in Delhi, where the trains depart and arrive. ie. New Delhi Railway
Station, Old Delhi Station, Nizzamudin Station. Please check your rail tickets for
boarding from the one of the above station.