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Delhi Tourism Travel Tips

As a tourist, it is mandatory for you to be interested in having knowledge about the place where you wish to travel. You should carry some healthy and precautionary tips to know the city better.

You might be aware of the traditions and customs of New Delhi and being unaccustomed and foreigner to city, you should also have deep insight in all factors which can help you avoid some unnecessary issues.

Tips to Stay

  • Tourists can plan their stay at YMCA or YWCA hostels which are mushroomed in different places of India.
  • There are numerous economical guest houses and hotels for travelers that give importance to their pockets.
  • Home stay is now days becoming much popular in tourism industry. These homestays help having a closer view of the country.
  • Heritage, deluxe and five star hotels are anyhow scattered all across India, waiting to please the guests with their hospitality which is standardized and world class.

Tips to Travel

  • India is very well linked by road, train and air transport. Booking in advance is possible for all of these therefore make efforts to plan your trip tentatively so that travel and stay are comfortable.
  • Carry Xerox copies of all relevant documents like your driving license, travel insurance, visa and passport so that in case they are lost, you have backups with you.
  • Take prints of all emergency numbers and keep handy with you.
  • Never forget carrying cash. Traveler’s cheque, debit cards and credit cards are safest modes of payment but you might need cash in different situations. Also make sure that you carry some local currency.
  • In case you are not sure of booking local transportation, then you seek help of your tour operator who can do that for you.
  • It always safer to hire taxi from registered cab services or prepaid booths. Even if you are travelling by local transport, you must insist on preferring to travel only if the meter is fixed or fare is told to you in advance. This will help avoid being fleeced.

Tips for Safety

  • Though India is one of the safest country for tourists, yet it is mandate for all to follow the general level of vigilance.
  • All buy packaged mineral water or bottled water for drinking
  • If you are not used to spicy food, then avoid the same.
  • Be careful of touts, and be assertive as well as confident of people around you. Never give any impression that you are new/foreigner or unaccustomed to India.
  • Try and know, get familiar with some basic local words or phrases which will help you in communicating yourself during talking or shopping around.

Tips for Amenities

  • India provides all basic amenities and food facilities when compared to international standards and quality.
  • Banks in India operate on weekdays only, however the ATMs allow transactions round the clock.
  • The post offices here operate on weekdays only.
  • The administrative and government offices here function from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

Other Useful Tips

  • Never carry much cash while travelling in city
  • Put your wallet in inside pocket of your shirt or jacket. Never keep it in rear pocket.
  • Your pocketbooks should be kept within the bend of your wrap or elbow if the strap of bag is big. Make sure that the pocketbooks are on your laps when you sit or dine at some common place.
  • If anyone knocks the door of your hotel room, never open without asking his/her identity.
  • It is advised to keep the valuable – passport and jewelry in some safe place in room of your hotel.
  • Reach the May I help you section at railway station and airport when you need any help.
  • If any cab or taxi driver gives advice regarding your stay, never follow it. Make sure to help from May I help you section and some help cell of the government such as DTC or Delhi Tourism etc.

Some of the important contact numbers useful for foreigners

Railway Assistance:

International Tourist Bureau
(for Train Reservation & Indrail Passes)
1st floor, New Delhi Railway Station Paharganj side
Timing : 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

International & Domestic air Ticketing:

Delhi Tourism
N-36, Bombay Life Building,
Middle Circle, C.P., New Delhi - 110001
Timing : 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

For Extension of Visa:

The foreigner's Regional Registration Office (F.R.R.O.)
Hans Bhawan, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi
Timing : 9.30 am to 1.30 pm; 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Permits for Restricted Areas:

Ministry of Home Affairs,
Lok Nayak Bhawan, opp. Khan Market, New Delhi
(Monday to Friday Timing : 10 am to 5 pm)

Money Exchange :

(Beyond Bank Hours)
i) State Bank of India, I. G. I. Airport, 24 hours
ii) Central Bank of India, Ashok Hotel, 24 hours
iii) Delhi Tourism, N-36 Bombay Life Building, Middle Circle, C.P. New Delhi - 110001
(Monday to Saturday) Timings: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Prepaid Taxi/Auto:

Prepaid Taxi & Auto available from airport (Domestic & International), all Railway Stations and Bus terminals & other important places (Beware of touts)

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