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at the delhi airport
The best option for travellers who disembark at the international/domestic airports and need a taxi would be to head straight for the booth operated by the Delhi police.
The booth is on your way out of the building- in the case of both the international and the domestic terminals. You are charged a fixed rate as per where you are headed, take your name down, and assign a specific taxi to you. This way, you will not be taken for a ride and its safer as the cops also have a record of which taxi was taken by who etc.
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the new busses
The Govt run/owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has been phasing out the old busses and replacing them with thousands of modern ones.
There are also air conditioned (red) busses, which are priced a bit higher (min rs 10 fare, max rs 25), are much less crowded.
The infamous `blueline' busses, which were known for dangerous driving and being responsible for much chaos on the road, are on their way out.
Bus routes are also being rationalised, so as to connect seamlessly with the metro train network.
There has also been a recent addition of hop on- hop off ( or `ho-ho') busses, which are meant for tourists, and run along routes relavant to tourists. They are not too many in number just yet, but should be easy to spot, since theyre coloured purple! I believe they run at 30 mins frequence as of now. Last heard, there were plans to convert these into double decker open top busses, like the london bus concept, with the lower deck being airconditioned and the upper level eing open...
future look (pic from airport website)
With the huge boom in foreign and domestic tourists, as well the number of airlines taking to the skies in India, there has been a huge investment in the construction of new airports in India.
There are brand new airports at Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore, plus new terminals at Bombay, Jaipur and a bunch of other cities. Besides these, every major city seems to be in the process of upgrading or building new terminals from scratch.
Delhi already has its new terminal operational- T3- one of the largest in the world. Besides Terminal 1D, which is also a new addition. From november 2010, terminal 1D will turn into a terminal exclusively catering to budget airlines, while T3 becomes an integrated terminal for international operations and for most regular domestic flights.
There is also a high speed train link- connecting the airport to Connaught Place, in the heart of the city, which is scheduled to become operational by Nov 2010 also.
the new Terminal 3. Immigration area.
The changes on the airports scenario in India are coming into play rapidly. After decades of crumbling airports and infrastructure in general, there is a huge investment into that sector finally and theres new/upgraded airports springing up in various cities.
Delhi airport now has a swanky new domestic terminal and a soon to be commissioned integrated domestic/international terminal, which will be one of the largest in the world.
The current new domestic terminal will then serve as an exclusive terminal for the budget airlines.
For those who may remember the old domestic terminal (1B), that has already been demolished. If you are flying Air India (domestic), however, you need to use the old termila 1A. That too has been rennovated and once the brand new terminal is operational, it is scheduled to be demolished as well.
They are also connecting the airport to central Delhi via a high speed rail network, and work on that is nearing completion, and will be operational, in time for the upcoming Commonwealth games. Passengers will bbe able to check in at the stations itself...
Delhis public transport system comprises of busses, taxis, and auto-rickshaws and the Delhi metro network.
The busses, though they are very cheap and connect the city end to end, arent for the faint hearted- whether you are inside one of them or anywhere close.
Your best bet are the auto-rickshaws- the three wheelers. the fares used to be calculated by multiplyig the meter reading at the end of the journey by a factor of 3, but now the electronice meters give you the exact amount. Often there may be haggling over price and your auto driver will quote a price upfront, before you start.
The hub of New Delhi is Connaught Place, where you'll find most of the airline offices, travel agents and banks and plenty of shops.
The good news however, is that in the near future there will be several efficient options available for transport. The Delhi Metro system is already up and running and the network is growing. Work has begun on a High Capacity Bus System, which will run along dedicated corridors. Also, there will soon be modern busses being used for public transport. Besides, there are plans for high speed train links betwen the airport and Connaught Place, and also Gurgaon.
One of the most convenient ways to travel in Delhi is a relatively new `radio taxi' service.
While this is a concept that is very common in developed economies, this is a relatively new service here. These are air-conditioned cabs- metered cabs.
Dial 1929 (no prefix) from within Delhi or +91-11-29232425 from elsewhere. A radio taxi will reach you soon, and you are charged by the Kilometre.
The rate is a flat Rs 15/ km, and your billing starts once you set off from your location. You are not charged for the distance the cab covered to reach you.
The cab drivers have had a background check, and go thru specific training.
A night surcharge of 25% is applicable between 11pm and 5am.
They also have packages with fixed rates for airport drops/ pick ups.
Alternately, you can engage a cab on a distance-hourly usage package. For example, renting for a 10 hour or 100kms slab, would cost you a little over Rs 1,500 or approx $35.
You can also rent vehicles to travel to cities outside Delhi.
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One of the most popular ways to travel around within the city is the auto-rickshaw.
Much like Bangkoks `tuk-tuks', they come with a reputation, and its not of the best kind. However, with bus transport bieng another story and not advisable for the un-initiated, and taxis bieng a little bit on the expensive side, `autos' rule the roads as the most logical alternative by default.
The latest bit on them is that there is a fare dispute with the authorities, and because of that, most autos refuse to go with the metered fare, and would charge amounts that are determined in advance. This leaves much room in the grey areas naturally.
Delhi is waiting for the plans for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be in place. Work on many projects has begun- the Delhi Metro system is already in place, a High Capacity Bus System is being set up, and also plans for a light rail system along with high speed trains betwen the airport and the city centre...
For travellers arriving into Delhi at the New Delhi or the Old Delhi (Delhi Junction) stations, theres the added option to tave the metro service which connects to these two stations. There are underground stations just outside both these railway stations. You can find connections to North and West Delhi and to Connaught place etc... Its a pretty conventent way to do things, rather than have to deal with finding a cab or auto-rickshaw etc...
Indian railways connects Delhi thru 4 main stations. New Delhi, Old Delhi (or `Delhi junction'), Sarai Rohilla and Hazrat Nizamuddin...
Hzt Nizamuddin and New Delhi stations cater to most long distance trains- East/ West/ South bound, while Sarai Rohilla and Old Delhi stations cater to the north bound traffic...
Its best to check which station your train heads out from before you decide to leave for the station.
Another thing, there is a special ticket counter for foreigners at some of the stations. I know there is one at Old Delhi station, i think the others would have it too. That allows you to book tickets that are out of a specific allocated quotas for foreigners. Its not easy to book train tickets at short notice usually- thru the general quota.
A Delhi Metro station...
My first ride on the Delhi metro came while shooting a tv show...
It dosent connect the city in a big way yet, but its network has been growing, and the first phase of the network is already in place. The next 2 phases will be ready in time for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. There is now a station at Connaught place, which may be of help to travellers-tourists. The metro connects you to the Red fort/ Chandni chowk/ Delhi University/ trans Yamuna areas/ Dwarka... and more areas.
Line 2, or the Yellow line, is useful for getting to Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, etc) and New Delhi railway stations as well as the ISBT bus terminal. Fares range from Rs. 6 to 22.
The next phase is connecting the south Delhi areas and the satellite townships of Noida and Gurgaon. Once completed, it is scheduled to become one of the largest metro networks in the world.
Oh and clicking pictures at Metro stations and inside the trains is strictly forbidden and you could get into some trouble with the secirity if you are seen doing so...
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