Travel and Stay


 Travelling to India

 

 Practical Information

 

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 Travelling to India:

 

  • Arriving in Delhi by Air:
    • Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) is the primary international airport of the National Capital Region of Delhi, situated in Palam, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south-west of New Delhi city centre. It has two main terminals:
      • Terminal 1: For domestic flights
      • Terminal 3: For international flights.
    • There is a pre-paid taxi counter in the arrival area of both the Terminals. It is a good idea to hire a pre-paid taxi to avoid being over charged.

 

  • Customs: The baggage clearance at the major International Airports in India consists of two channels for clearance namely Green and Red Channels.
    • Green Channel: This is for unhindered exit from the airport. You can walk through Green Channel if you are not carrying goods that attract customs duty.
    • Red Channel: For those who have dutiable goods to declare.

    • Indira Gandhi International Airport website- www.newdelhiairport.in/about-us.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Practical Information:

 

  • Local Time & Weather

The India Standard time zone is UTC +5.30 hours.  During the winter month of January and February the day temperature in Delhi is around 18 °C (64 °F) and could go down to 2 °C (39 °F)  at night. It is one of the most pleasant times to visit the country.

 

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/weather#ixzz2gizzeOKn

 

  • NDWBF Venue

New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) is held at Pragati Maidan whichis a venue for large exhibitions and conventions in New Delhi. It is presently Delhi’s largest exhibition centre. It is owned and managed by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

 

  • Getting to the Fair:

Pragati Maidan is located in the heart of Delhi, it is easily accessible through a variety of options. The best way to reach Pragati Maidan is by Delhi Metro. Besides metro, prepaid and private taxi services are available from airport to Pragati Maidan. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), also operates low floor buses between IGI International Airport and various locations of Delhi which passes through Pragati Maidan.

 

  • Travelling Within Delhi and India
    • Subway (Metro): The Delhi Metro is one of the fastest ways to commute in Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region). It has transformed public transport in the city so much so that the Metro has become the life line of Delhi. Recently a superfast airport express has been put in service to connect the airport with the central part of New Delhi.

      www.delhimetrorail.com 

 

    • Railways: Indian Railways runs a gigantic, modern and organised network that connects the metro cities to most major and minor destinations within India. However, trains in India are very crowded and it is necessary to reserve a seat or a berth to travel in any degree of comfort. Train tickets must be bought before you enter the train. Train tickets can be bought from: www.irctc.co.in

 

    • Bus: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operates low floor eco-friendly buses in Delhi and NCR which is the most common and cheapest way to travel around the city. The DTC buses are fairly reliable and are one of the fastest ways to travel within the city.
      http://dtc.nic.in/

 

    • Cabs: Cabs are referred to as taxis in Delhi and the word cabs is rarely used. You can easily hire taxis from prepaid taxi booths or avail comfortable and air-conditioned Radio Taxi services from various Radio Cab companies. Radio Taxis are available for local commuting as well as long distance purposes. Hiring taxis from prepaid booths or availing of services of registered cabs is always safer.

      http://www.delhitrafficpolice.nic.in/prepaid-booths.htm, www.easycabs.com, www.merucabs.com 

           

    • Auto Rickshaws: Auto Rickshaws, commonly known as Autos, are a great way of seeing a city. They are less expensive than taxis and unlike buses, they take you to the doorstep of your destination. If you do travel by Auto-Rickshaw, insist on going by the meter or fix the fare in advance to avoid being fleeced.

                               

    • Cycle rickshaws: Cycle rickshaws are common sights in most parts of urban and rural India. They are a convenient means of covering short distances.

 

    • Car Rentals: There are several International and local companies that operate car rental services. Most car rentals accept international credit cards.

       

       

  • Money

    • Indian Currency: Indian currency, Rupee, is available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. One rupee equals 100 paise. Coins in common use are those of Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2, Rs 1. The 25 and 50 paise coins have become redundant in big cities, but they still have the value in smaller towns and in rural India.

    • Foreign Exchange (FOREX) Services: Foreign exchange services are located at various convenient locations across Airport terminals. Some banks may charge a service fee for currency exchange. It is recommended that you carry your passport & necessary travel documents if you wish to change currency.


      Major currencies such as US dollars, UK pounds and euros are easy to change throughout India, though some bank branches insist on traveller’s cheques only. A few banks also accept Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollars, and Swiss francs. Private money­changers accept a wider range of currencies, but Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi currency can be harder to change.


    • ATM: Modern 24-hour ATM machines are found in most large towns and cities. The most commonly accepted cards are Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus.


    • Banks: Banks are usually open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday. Banks are closed on Sunday and national holidays. Most international banks have branches in Delhi. Bear in mind that different banks have different work timings. So, it is better to confirm timings before visiting a branch.

                       

  • Tourist Information Services
    • -Government of India Tourist Office
      88, Janpath, New Delhi 110 004
      Phone: 011 2332 0005
      Hours: Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Website: http://tourism.gov.in/
    • -Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation
      18-A, D.D.A.SCO Complex
      Defence Colony
      New Delhi - 110024,
      Ph: 91-11-2464 7005, 2469 8431, 2461 8026
      Website: www.delhitourism.gov.in

    • Tourist Central Reservation Office
      Ph: 91-11-2336 5358, 2336 3607
      Tourist City Information Service

 

  • Emergency Services-

 

Services

Telephone

Ambulance

102

Local police

100

Fire service

101

Women abuse

1091 or (011) 2331 7004

 

  • Health:

    Your health during travel in India depends on three things. Precautions taken before arrival, day to day health care and efficiency in tackling emergencies.

    Precautionary medication is the best bet against common ailments like diarrhoea, dysentery and malaria. It is recommended to wear full sleeve clothes or apply mosquito repellent cream to avoid mosquito bites.

    If you aren’t already vaccinated against hepatitis B, get it done before traveling.

    Delhi has many government as well as private hospitals and nursing homes. Although government hospitals have modern medical facilities but due to large patient turnout getting medical assistance may be slow.

 

  • Major Hospitals:

        -All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

         Ph: 011 26588500, 26588900, 26588700

     

        -Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital

         Ph: 011 23365525

     

        -Max Healthcare Institute

         Ph: 011 26515050

         Emergency: 011 40554055

     

        -Fortis Healthcare

         Ph: 011 124 4921021, 4921071, 4921033

     

 

  • Communication

    • Telephone: ISD (international), STD (domestic) and local telephone booths are available all over India. The rates for international are fixed but calls within the country are charged on the basis of pulse rates.
    • Mobile / Cell phone: Prepaid mobile SIM card is the most convenient and affordable calling solution while you travel in India. In order to purchase a prepaid SIM card in India you need these documents

      • A photocopy of the photo/name page of your passport
      • A photocopy of theIndian visa page in your passport
      • A passport sized photograph 
      • Proof of where you are staying in India.

        Most international airports in India have counters where you can buy SIM cards. These counters are usually located right after customs clearance. If you don't get one at the airport, you should be able to get a prepaid SIM card at a local, independent cell phone dealer.
    • Post Offices: Main post offices in large towns provide a wide range of facilities like fax and courier services that operates under the brand name EMS speed post.
  •   Foreign Embassies and High Commissions in Delhi

 A list of all foreign embassies and high commissions in Delhi can be obtained through this link- http://delhichamber.in/Foreign-Embassies-In-India.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay:

 

  • Hotels:

    A wide range of hotel accommodation is available in Delhi. From deluxe five star luxury hotels to semi-luxury hotels and guest houses offering good services and a comfortable stay.

     

    Sl. No.

    Name of Hotel and address

    Category

    Rates

    Contact Person

     

     

    1.

     

    Hotel Ivory 32

    C-32, Greater Kailash-1,

    Near M Block Market,

    New Delhi-110048

     

     

    Boutique Hotel

     

    Single Occupancy :  INR 3350.00

    Double Occupancy  : INR 3850.00

     

    Mr. Manoj Chaudhary

    +91 9871312223

    +91 9871312277

    Phone:011-41087732/41097732/29237732

    Tele-Fax: 011-29247732

    E.Mail:sales@ivory32.com

    www.ivory32.com

     

    2.

    Divine Paradise

    D-14, Kalindi Colony, New Delhi-110065

     

     

    Boutique Hotel

    Single Occupancy  :  INR 3350.00

    Double Occupancy :  INR 3850.00

     

    Mr. Brijesh Kumar

    Sr. Manager- Operations & Sales

    8744909993

    +91 11 40880000-30

    brijesh@divine-paradise.com

     

    3.

    The Metropolitan Hotel

    Bangla Sahib Road, New Delhi-110001, India

     

    4+ Star Hotel

    Single AC Room  :  INR 8000.00

    Double AC Room :  INR 8500.00

     

    Ms. Kakoli Banerjee

    Head-Sales

    Tel: +91 11 42500200, Fax: +91 11 42500300

    Mobile: 9810620417

    E-mail: kakoli@hotelmetdelhi.com

    www.hotelmetdelhi.com

     

    4.

    The Royal Plaza Hotel

    19, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001, India

     

    4+ Star Hotel

    Single Occupancy : INR 8000.00

    Double Occupancy :INR 9000.00

     

    Mr. Vikas Shukla, Assistant Manager-Sales

    Ph.: +91 11 4355 5555

    Fax: +91 11 4355 5535

    Mob.: +91 8826823232

    E-mail : vshukla@hoteltheroyalplaza.com

    Web : www.hoteltheroyalplaza.com

     

     

  • Bed and Breakfast:

    Bed and breakfast is a nice way to experience India in its homes. You will walk into a traditional Indian home and to the friendship of the family and savour delectable home cooked food at economical price. You could choose from an array of home stay facilities subject to space and conveniences.
      
  • Hostels:

    Delhi has a range of tourist hostels, from working women's hostels to international youth hostel, down to service apartments etc.