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First-Timer's Survival Guide to Delhi

By Carlton Leisure - 18/06/2016


Are you visiting Delhi for the first time and don’t know how to cope with the city which is home to no less than 16 million? You will fill comforted to know that the city is most welcoming to the strangers and everything is planned so that even someone new to the city won’t face any problem. Here we give complete survival tips for first timers in Delhi.


Travelers from international location come to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (Del). On arrival you might be looking for local currency that can be obtained from several ATMs and currency exchangers available at the airport. Local SIM cards can also be obtained from there. After getting the essentials you might be looking for a taxi.

How to hire a taxi

Apart from the yellow-black taxis which have become synonymous with airport transfers in Delhi, options have increased manifold with the arrival of App based services. Download the app before going and set the pickup and drop point. A taxi will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel where you can pay by cash or wallet. If you are travelling in a non-app based service then ask driver to run the meter.

Where to stay

Most of the travelers flying to Delhi get their hotel booked in advance to avoid last minute hassles. If you have not booked your hotel yet now it is right time to do it. There are hotels and accommodation of every range and budget. With a large availability of hotels rooms you can also book on arrival. The backpackers should go to Paharganj area where countless budget accommodations are available. In recent decades, homestays have also emerged as popular place to stay so it can also be tried.

Getting around

Getting from one place to another would be very easy given large number of transport options available in the city. There are metro trains that serve most of the locations while its bus transport system serves almost every part of the city. Apart from that autorikshaws and car rentals are also easily available.


Delhi presents an amalgamation of cultures where people from different cultural background live in complete harmony. A visit to the city won’t come as a culture shock to travelers. But it is better to dress in accordance with culture.

What to see

Whether you are visiting the Indian capital for business or leisure you can explore some of the most exciting attractions of the city, if you have luxury of time. Qutab Minar, Humayun Tomb, Jama Masjid, Akshar Dham Temple and India Gate are major places of interest.