Welcome to Delhi - contd.

Getting There & Away...

Delhi is India's major gateway for international flights and is a good place to pick up cheap airline tickets. There are domestic flights from Delhi to all major Indian destinations.

The main bus station is the Interstate Bus Terminal at Kashmiri Gate, north of the 'Old' Delhi Railway Station. Popular bus routes head into Rajasthan via Jaipur, and to the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh.

Delhi is an important rail centre and New Delhi Railway Station is an easy place to make bookings. Useful long-distance trains head east across the Ganges Plain to Calcutta via Varanasi, and south to Mumbai (Bombay) via Agra.

Getting Around...

Delhi's bus system is for thrillseekers, anthropologists and those with time on their hands. Buses are generally hopelessly crowded and driven by maniacs. Avoid them altogether during rush hours; otherwise, try boarding or leaving at the beginning or end of a route because there's more chance of a seat and less chance of being trampled!There are some seats reserved for women on the left-hand side of the bus.

There are plenty of metered yellow-and-black taxis, but invariably the meters are out of date, not working or the drivers will simply refuse to use them. Negotiate a fare before you set out.

Auto-rickshaws are generally faster than taxis on short trips and cost half the price. Negotiate a fare before you board and make sure your will is in order. Six-seater motorcycle rickshaws run fixed routes at fixed prices and are good value during rush hours. Cycle rickshaws are banned from New Delhi itself, but can be handy for travelling around 'Old' Delhi. Cycling is an excellent way of getting around, especially in New Delhi, where the roads are wide, in good condition and, by Indian standards, uncrowded. At the large traffic roundabouts just take a deep breath and plunge in!

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