Fly To Delhi, India
Along with Jerusalem and Varanasi, Delhi is one of the oldest existing cities in the world. This city is unique as it bridges two different worlds - Old Delhi which was once the Islamic India, and New Delhi which was created by the British Raj. Delhi's streets capture the culture of this city, which is home to many of India's most precious gems.
Why visit Delhi?
- Delhi is one of the most engaging, colourful, spiritual and chaotic cities in India!
- Travel through time and experience a city filled with historical richness, from architectural wonders to the resting place of the legendary Ghandi!
- Treat your taste buds to a food safari; Indulge in the exotic eastern cuisine, from authentic curries to mind blowing desserts!
The official language spoken in Delhi is Hindi, which also happens to be the official language of the Union Government. However, most educated people are fluent in English as well. Punjabi and Urdu are also official languages in Delhi but they are not spoken as frequently as English and Hindi.
The best time to visit Delhi is between the months of October and March, as this is when the weather is at its best. Late October is generally the end of monsoon season and it’s also the time when the flowers start to bloom. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday then you should avoid visiting Delhi during late October, this is the time when the 10 day Diwali festival occurs and the streets get filled with people celebrating till late hours of the night.
If you looking to travel during December and January, be warned the can be slightly cold but it’s the best time to find empty hotel rooms at short notice.
April thorough to May are the hottest months of the year as temperatures tend to reach highs of 40°C.
- Delhi is the largest city in terms of geographical surface area.
- Delhi has a museum that is dedicated to toilets (Sulabh International Museum of Toilets).
- Delhi Ridge puts Delhi on the map as the world's second most bird-rich capital city.
Delhi can become overwhelming as the city is filled with tourists and locals, which can start to feel a bit congested. However, don’t pass judgment upon first glance as Delhi is the keeper of hidden travel gems and often lesser-known corners are the most rewarding.
Learn more about the fascinating Indian culture and the tormented history of this large metropolis by visiting the mosques located in Old Delhi. After completing your first sightseeing tour, spend a few hours in New Delhi, where you can admire new, tall, sumptuous buildings but also Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar- 3 extraordinary World Heritage Sites. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind, valuable crafts, gifts and souvenirs, check out the decorative products sold at the Cottage of Arts and Jewellery, the Friends Oriental Arts and the Curio Palace.
The major sights like Mughal Gardens, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib personifies Delhi’s rich heritage. Other attractions worth placing on your list of things to do include:
- National Zoological Park Delhi,
- The Garden of Five Senses, and
- The Nehru Planetarium.
There is so much diversity in this city which is evident in Doha’s large variety of cuisine on offer. The restaurants of Doha are not only influenced by the Middle Eastern tradition but also specialise in Koren, Indian, Thai, and Italian flavours.
We recommend the following restaurants in Doha as that would satisfy any craving a hungry touris would have:
- The Cellar,
- Ruby Wu's,
Delhi's temperature is known for reaching extreme highs and becoming very dusty, thus travellers visiting for the first time should remain hydrated. This city is disrupted by bad air pollution, we advise travellers to keep up to date with the daily air quality reports. Visitors are also advised to drink only bottled water, this will help avoid any water-related illness.
With regards to safety, many first time travellers do fall victim to petty crime. Delhi is known for having frequent events and travellers need to be alert and aware of their surroundings. Some locals such as taxi drivers try to trick tourists into paying more money. Visitors will soon pick-up on scam related trends and learn to use their judgement.
Delhi reflects the cultural diversity and religious unity that is found throughout India. The most common religions practiced in Delhi are Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity and Jainism. India does not impose any official religion on its people, and even though there are many practiced religions the majority the population follow Hinduism.
When visiting any part of India the culture and heritage of the particular area is very evident. Religion directly restricts and dictates behaviour of locals in India, Tourists are advised to abide by this. For example, women are expected to dress respectably and men are to do the same, regardless of what your religion or belief is. Kissing and embracing are also considered inappropriate behaviour and should not be practiced in public.
When visiting holy monuments dress and behave modestly and respectfully, and remember to remove shoes.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 45|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 22|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 21|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 3|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 45|
- South African passport holders do require a visa for Delhi and India for stays of up to 180 days (6 months).
- South African tourists are issued India Travel Visas free of charge.
- Ensure your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of departure from India and it should contain at least 3 blank pages.
The embassy for South Africa in New Delhi can be contacted via the following channels:
B18 Vasant Marg
New Delhi 110 057
- Telephone: (+91 11) 2614 9411
- Fax: (+91 11) 2614 3605
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indria Gandhi International Airport (Code: DEL) was awarded The Best Airport in Central Asia and the Best Airport Staff in Central Asia at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015.
Food and beverages: The main restaurants that are located within the airport include Cafe Indiana, Grid Bar, Street Food by Punjab Grill, Belgian Fries, and Crunchy Chicken.
Exchange currency: Foreign exchange services are located at various convenient locations across 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.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact The Lost & Found that is located within the airport, or you should go to the information desk that is also located within the airport for more assistance.
Airport hotels: The hotels that are located near the airport include New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel, Lemon tree Premier Delhi Airport, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi, Hotel Alpine Tree,
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Enterprise, Sixt, Europcar, Alamo, Thrifty, National car rental, and Budget.
Airport Hub: Indria Gandhi International Airport (Code: DEL) is a hub for Air India, AirAsia India, Go Air, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and Vistara.
The information on this page is correct as of March 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.