Rajasthan Travel Guide

How to Reach Delhi

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India’s national capital, Delhi is the main point of arrival for the overseas visitors and also the major transportation hub for the travellers heading to Rajasthan and Agra, as well as the rest of India. The Indira Gandhi National Airport, 20 km south-west of the centre features two separate terminals- one handling international flights and the other domestic services. The city also boasts four long route train stations. Many state-owned buses across the country pull into the Maharana Pratap ISBT in Old Delhi and a few buses from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand operate from Anand Vihar ISBT.

Delhi By Air

International flights often land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) Terminal 2, while the domestic flights land at Terminal 1. The airport has a 24-hour desk facility with Indian Tourism (ITDC) and Delhi Tourism (DTTDC) at your service. After every hour, a free AAI shuttle bus operates between the two terminals. Taxis are easily available at the airport which fares around Rs 250 with 25% surcharge between 11 pm and 5 pm alternatively, you can also take the local bus which will cost around Rs 50.

The tickets for ex-serviceman’s shuttle EATS and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTDC) are available at their respective counters in the arrival hall. Both the transport goes through domestic terminal and takes half an hour. EATS will drop you at Connaught Place F block in the city centre, DTDC at Maharana Pratap ISBT in Old Delhi, which is convenient if you are staying at Majnu ka Tila. The most trusted mode of transport is auto rickshaw that will only cost Rs 100-150.

Delhi By Train

Delhi possesses two major railway stations namely New Delhi Station situated between Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj and the other one is the Old Delhi Station. There are two exit points at the New Delhi railway station, one can take the Paharganj exit for Connaught Place and most points in South or you can take the Ajmeri Gate exit for Old Delhi. Auto rickshaws charging Rs 20 for Connaught Place and Rs 35 for Old Delhi operates from the New Delhi railway station.

The second major railway station is the Old Delhi Station located west of Red Fort which is well connected to the city by various modes of transport. The other long distance railway stations are the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, south-east of the centre for trains running from Agra (except the Shatabdi Express) and Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station, west of Old Delhi station, for some services from Rajasthan. The Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station has a pre-paid auto booth, charging Rs 50 for Connaught Place and the same from Sarai Rohilla.

Delhi By Bus

State-owned buses, as well as Rajasthan roadways buses, pull in at the Maharana Pratap Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), north of Old Delhi railway station. Auto-rickshaws to New Delhi or Paharganj take around fifteen minutes and cost approximately Rs 50. While the cycle rickshaws take twice the time and charge only Rs 30. A pre-paid auto-rickshaw booth is available at the terminal (on the west side and also just south-east of the terminal on Dr H.P. Hedgewar Marg, under the elevated metro line.

The metro station is strategically located by the terminal (Kashmiri Gate). RTDC buses running from Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur will drop you at Bikaner House near India Gate (Connaught Place is Rs 30 by auto). Private buses operating from Agra and some from Rajasthan drop their passengers at Sarai Kale Khan ISBT by Hazrat Nizamuddin train station (cross the footbridge for pre-paid autos, Rs 50 to Connaught Place). Private buses may also pull up in the street outside New Delhi railway station while some might lend their service till Connaught Place. Buses from Uttarakhand drop its passengers at Anand Vihar ISBT, which also possess a pre-paid auto-rickshaw booth.

Delhi International Airport

Delhi International Airport

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