Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Delhi

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Delhi each year.
The main ones are listed below:

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

January 26 : Republic Day (national)

Each year, the founding of the Republic of India on this day in 1950 is marked with pomp and pageantry. Celebrations include official ceremonies, a large and colourful military parade down Rajpath and general merry-making, including street theatre and fireworks.

February 12: Vasant Panchami (national)

This one-day Hindu festival celebrates the arrival of spring. In and around Delhi, the day is celebrated with kite flying, singing, dancing and feasting.

May 1: Labour Day (national)

August 15 : Independence Day (national)

The anniversary of India's independence in 1947 is celebrated each year with flag raising and other patriotic ceremonies, military parades and cultural events.

September 17: Ganesh Chaturthi (national)

This festival is dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom and prosperity. For three days, a huge procession, including many dancers and musicians, makes its way to the Chowpatty River carrying clay images and giant statues of the god, which are immersed in the water.

October 2: Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (national)

Commemorated throughout the country, this holiday celebrates the anniversary of Gandhi's birth on this day in 1869. All schools and stores are closed. Numerous religious ceremonies are held to remember independent India's founding father.

November: Diwali (national)

Oil lamps, lanterns and candles illuminate Delhi and all of India during this five-day festival of lights. According to tradition, Diwali celebrates the god Rama's return from 14 years of exile in the forest, when citizens lit his way with oil lamps, after his victory over the demon Ravana. Festivities also include feasting with loved ones, and exchanges of sweets and gifts.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Delhi

Delhi has a humid, subtropical climate. The hot season begins in April and ends with the arrival of the monsoon in June, which brings intense humidity and more rainfall. Winters are usually mild.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 8/46 21/70 19/0.7 Good period to go Good period to go
February 10/50 23/73 20/0.8 Good period to go Good period to go
March 15/59 29/84 15/0.6 Not the best period to go
April 22/72 36/97 21/0.8 Not the best period to go
May 26/79 39/102 25/1.0 Not the best period to go
June 28/82 39/102 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
July 27/81 35/95 237/9.3 Not the best period to go
August 26/79 34/93 235/9.3 Not the best period to go
September 25/77 33/91 113/4.4 Not the best period to go
October 20/68 33/91 17/0.7 Good period to go Good period to go
November 13/55 28/82 9/0.4 Good period to go Good period to go
December 8/46 23/73 9/0.4 Good period to go Good period to go
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Indira-Gandhi International Airport

The Indira-Gandhi International Airport is located about 23 kilometres (14 miles) west of the city centre.

  • Four terminals
    • Terminal 1
    • Terminal 3 (Air France)
    • Hajj Terminal
    • Cargo Terminal

Getting from the airport to Delhi and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
    • Parking facilities are available at each terminal.
    • Several car rental companies have counters outside the customs hall. An international driver's licence is required to rent a vehicle.
  • By rail
    The Airport Express Line of the Delhi Metro connects the airport with the city centre, with trains running daily every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a travel time of about 20 minutes. Fares are INR 10 to 60.
  • By bus
    Shuttle bus services connecting the airport with central parts of the city run every 25 minutes, 24/7. Travel times are between 30 and 45 minutes and the fare is INR 100 each way.
  • By taxi Taxis should be booked at the yellow prepaid taxi booths in the arrivals hall and cost around INR 400 for the trip to the city centre, which takes about 30 minutes.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +91 (0)124 337 6000 / +91 (0)124 4797 3000
  • Website: http://www.newdelhiairport.in

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

GETTING AROUND Delhi

Delhi is a hectic city with very dense, and even chaotic, traffic at all hours of the day and night. At the outset, getting around the city may seem complicated. In fact, Delhi has a public transport system that is both reliable and efficient.

By rail

The Delhi Metro is certainly the best solution for getting around the city. Its 193-kilometre (120-mile) network has six lines, with a total of 160 stations. Tickets are inexpensive (about INR 10) and the system is quick and convenient.

By bus

Delhi has a vast network of bus routes and fares are very inexpensive. However, buses are very often crammed with passengers and many of the routes do not use air-conditioned vehicles at present, which makes this a rather uncomfortable means of transport. Fares range from INR 40 to INR 50 for air-conditioned buses, based on the distance travelled.

By taxi

In Delhi, you will see very few taxis cruising for passengers. Most taxis are reserved by telephone, rather than being hailed in the street. Furthermore, taxi fares are relatively high. Expect to pay about INR 100 for a short ride within the city centre.

By rickshaw

Rickshaws are three-wheeled vehicles. In Delhi, they are without doubt the most popular and practical means of transport, especially for short distances. Rickshaws can be found all over the city and are able to thread their way quite easily through streets blocked by heavy traffic. Fares are generally low, but you should always negotiate the price beforehand. There is no set rate, but generally expect INR 9 per kilometre.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Delhi, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Government of India Tourist Office in Delhi

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

India travel guide

The official travel website maintained by India's Ministry of Tourism provides a wealth of information on Delhi.

Website : http://www.incredibleindia.org

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in the Republic of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).

THB 1 = INR 2.06

INR 1 = THB 0.49

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home. Delhi counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to India. However, booster doses of the following vaccines are strongly recommended for anyone travelling to the Indian subcontinent: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, typhoid, and hepatitis A and B. For longer stays, a rabies vaccination is also recommended.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

It is recommended to drink bottled water.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Administrative formalities

All foreign nationals must apply for visas before travelling to India.

Since Mai 2015, the e-Tourist Visa allowing for visa on arrival issuance has been available in 16 airports including in Delhi. It may be required for short- stays (less than 30 days).

For further information, visit the website of the Indian Bureau of Immigration:
http://boi.gov.in/content/apply-visa-online

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Useful Addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Delhi, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Hindi phrases that will make your stay in Delhi a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening: Namaste

Good-bye: Namaste

Yes:

No: Nahi

Thank you / No, thank you: Dhanyavad

Thank you very much: Bahut bahut shukriya

I don't understand: Main samjha (male speaker) / Main samjhi (female speaker).

Could you repeat that?: Phir kahiye?

Please: Kripaya

What time is it?: Kitne baje hain?

Excuse me: Maf kijiye (to get past, to say sorry) / Suniye (to get attention).

Airport: Havai adda

Train station: Relave steshan

Taxi: Taksi

Hotel: Hotal

Hospital: Aspatal

Bank: Baink

Telephone: Teliphon

I'm (…): Mein (…).

I'm looking for (…): Mein janna chahta hoon.

How much is this?: Iska kya daam hai?

Do you have (…)?: Kya aapke paas (…)?

Where can I find (…)?: Mujhe kahan (…) milega?

Where can I buy (…)?: Mujhe kahan (…) milega?

I'd like (…): Mein chahta hoon (…).

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Good to know

00 91
+ phone number without the (0)
-1 : 30
of time difference with
Bangkok
There is no daylight savings time in India.

Usually open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

And what about tipping?
There are no hard-and-fast rules on tipping in India. Nevertheless, with the influx of tourists it has become increasingly common, especially in large cities like Delhi. The expected tip is usually about 10 percent of the bill. Some Delhi restaurants add a service charge to the bill. When this is the case, no additional tip is necessary. .