Delhi in 2 days?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Aug 5, 2012 10:15 PM Last Post By: mattyboy876
Aug 1, 2012 10:15 PM
Delhi in 2 days?Hi everyone!
I am making a pit stop in Delhi on my way home from Thailand in November.
I will be there only for 2 days, any suggestions on where to go? I want to see as much as I can!
Also, is the Garden of 5 senses worth going to see?
I am a young Western woman and will most likely be a travelling alone for those 2 days, can anyone suggest a safe, moderately priced place to stay or any tips on how to get around the city safely?
Thank you so much!
Aug 1, 2012 10:59 PM
We could advise you better if we know your interests - what do you prefer to see really. Are you into history and monuments?- in which case there is plenty to see in Delhi - the Red Fort, tombs of medieval emperors and mosques. You could also include the National Museum in this list. And then there is Lutyen's Delhi, with the India Gate, the Parliament etc. If you want to watch people, nothing better than Old Delhi - the area around Jama Maszid and the Red Fort. It would also work well if you're a food adventurer, Old Delhi has some really nice 'hole-in-the-wall' places!
There are places around the New Delhi railway station where you can stay for $20 - $30 at night. You will, more likely than not, run into fellow back-packers at these places (I assume you're backpacking).
Public transport in Delhi, sadly, is not as sophisticated or developed. The metro (subway) is your best bet. However, it doesn't run beyond 11:30 at night. If you need transport beyond that time, I would suggest a cab (NOT an auto-rickshaw).
Oh, and as a Delhi-ite, I find Garden of Five Senses very overrated. Lodhi Gardens is so much better!
Hope this helps. PM me if you want any specific info. Safe travels!
Aug 2, 2012 2:31 AM
The Garden of 5 Senses is OK but I think Lodi Gardens and the Deer Park at Huas Kaus are better. Haus Kaus has its advantages as it’s the centre for contemporary art in Delhi.
My suggestion for what to do is grab a Metro Pass (cheap) and just zoom around. There is a special women’s carriage. Maybe the morning up north in Chandi Chowk/Red Fort/Jami Masjid and then an afternoon towards the south. Dilli Hat is great for handicrafts. It is off the Metro but the Railway Museum is rather fun.
A taxi for the day is around $20.
Two good B&Bs are Tikhana in Gulmohor Park and Boutique Residence in Golf Links. BR is a nicer address and is handy to Khan Market and Lodi Gardens whereas Tikhana (my Delhi home) is more social and closer to Haus Kaus. Both are excellent value for Delhi and very nice.
Aug 2, 2012 4:21 AM
3Firstly be wary of lonely males sending you personal messages - ignore them - even report them also beware of touts offering tours etc.
Buy yourself a secondhand LP or, preferably Rough Guide (which is better for desciptions) from Amazon or charity shop - doesn't have to be the latest version.then work out your tour - you'll find likeminded travellers in PaharGanj.
if you want to be around other backpackers then Pahar Gaj is the area to stay - plenty of tips in guidebooks - also PaharGanj is on metrosystem.
Edited by: Grahamapoole
Aug 3, 2012 12:45 AM
4Advice from #2 & #3,seems good...#1,is a tout.Notice,..HE knows everything.Places.,Transport.Gardens.,To Perfect....HE is located in Old Delhi..Not the place for 1st time travelers.Remember,HE asked you to come to Old Delhi
Aug 3, 2012 1:54 AM
5Er, sorry, I'm no tout. I live in Delhi, yes, I was born and brought up here and therefore I know about the places, transport and gardens. I would assume that anyone who lives in a particular city would know a little but about that city, no?
I never asked OP to come to Old Delhi. I SUGGESTED she could visit Old Delhi if she was interested in x, y or z. Frankly, I am a little disapointed, #4, you only needed to check my prior post-history before jumping to a conclusion. Thanks.
Aug 3, 2012 2:17 AM
What's your current advice on hole in the wall food spots? I usually manage to hit prantha walli gulli when in town and there was a great kabab walla in Khan Market early last year but such things change. I will be in Delhi early October and Late November and will be looking to eat. What's happpening?
Aug 3, 2012 2:49 AM
7Paratha wali galli is still going strong and is really nice, I would reccomend a glass of sweet 'lassi' to go along with it. There is a vendor at the left corner of the galli (after you take the first right in). There are quite a few joints in the bylanes of Jama Masjid. You could try Karim's, Farosh or Bade Mian. Mind you, the Bade Mian in Old Delhi is NOT a branch of the legendary Bade Mian kebab shop in Bombay.
Khan Chacha (the kebab-wala in Khan Market) is no longer a hole-in-the-wall place. It has in fact become a nice sit-down restaurant, and has moved to the first floor of an adjacent building. Hasn't affected the prices much, thankfully. In Khan Market, there is another kebab place across the inner Big Chill, if you want the usual 'stand-and-eat' experience. Equally nice.
While not advertised heavily in popular media, there are quite a few nice kebab shops around the Nizamuddin Dargah. These are also the only places which will serve you food at 4 a.m in the morning (other than fancy five-stars). Ghalib Kebab House is my personal favorite.
Cannot vouch for how good or bad these guys are, they seem to have decent reviews on tripadvisor: http://delhifoodtours.com/
Have a nice trip!
Edited by: pionious
Aug 3, 2012 5:04 AM
Aug 5, 2012 4:59 AM
9Yarra, So when you say a taxi is $20 for the day, we get all our sightseeing around Delhi to the places you menttion for that. Do we just tell him we want to keep him all day and drive us to all those places and pay him $20 about 5pm.
Aug 5, 2012 5:54 AM
10My short advice is
1) read yor guidebook and decidenona basic tour
2) check in to a suitable pad in Pahar Gan - spend some time talking to otjer travellers
3) Take taxis/tuktuks between places - use the fast metro initially from Ramakrishna Ashram Marg station at the west End of Pahar Ganj to get you to, say, Qutb, Minar then tuktuk/taxi to Humayunss Tomb, then Jama Masjid and Red Fort,
But get a decent guidebook first - it'll save you a bunch of hassle and money.- then you can make sense of all this conflicting advice, many of the posters do not see the place thru' the eyes of a western tourist and are therefore not speaking from experience, no matter their protestations.
Aug 5, 2012 7:27 AM
The standard deal is 8 hours and up to 80km for around $20. They just wait while you do things and it helps if you get the driver's cell number to call him from car parks and such. I usally pay the extra parking fees and tip Rps100. I know this sounds ridiculously cheap but that's the way it works.
Aug 5, 2012 11:05 AM
12yarra - thats not cheap - 1100Rs for 8 hours.- neither is it fhe fastest.but certainly the easiest - you aint going to see Delhi in 8 hours however & then you have the hassle.The critical item being the city traffic particularly in the morning as Delhi-ites dont start work early. Hence the suggestion to get to the furthest point on the metro then work back.
My partner and I did the #10 solution in Feb and it worked out well and if you want to linger' then tis no problem and can change. We are not in the first flush of youth either, having marked my 70th in June.
Aug 5, 2012 2:57 PM
These days I nearly always use the Metro to get around with a touch of walking for places away from the stations. Very cheap, very easy and lots of fun. But then I know Delhi and speak enough Hindi to find my way around.
For those not in such a position a taxi is a good idea. Particularly if people are going shopping. As for $20 for a taxi for the day not being cheap - well what planet do you come from?
Aug 5, 2012 10:15 PM
14I just spent a few days in Delhi and saw much of the highlights, I'd been in Delhi many times before, but had never bothered to really see it, and I'm really glad I did. Metro is great, watch for busy times though. You can always catch a rickshaw to the place if it's too far to walk from the metro....most places were quite close to a metro stop however.
The places I saw were, Nizamuddin Dargah....this was very atmospheric, but could be quite intimidating for a single girl.
Humuyans tomb - Well worth seeing, and close to Nizamuddin's tomb.
Ghandi Smitri.....I thought this was a great place, make sure to go upstairs to the electronic media display, it's quite amazing...I thought I would give it a miss as they usually are a bit naff, but it's amazing how much thought they put into it.
Lotus temple....it was ok, you can see it at the same time as Humayans tomb as it's on the same metro line.
India gate & minitry buildings/presidents palace...worth seeing.
Old delhi - Definitely worth seeing, but aqain maybe a bit intimidating but you should go and see it, and don't be afraid....Jama Masjid, Red fort, the bazaars around old Delhi, the gates, the British cemetery....it's all got so much history. It's worth at least half a day around old Delhi.
There is quite a good tour you can do now from these guys http://www.wheninindia.com/
They will take you around old Delhi, and even though I'd been quite a few times, I thought the tour was amazing, as they were really good at bringing the place to life. I did the Shah jahan tour. It's a bit expensive, but it should make you feel a lot more confident about walking around the area.
If you have the time, read William Dalrymple's book "City of Djinns", which is a great book and will make the history of old Delhi come alive for you.
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