So you have landed in New Delhi and are wondering how to navigate your way around this crazy, splendid, sometimes chaotic, yet city! It’s such a hub of activity and culture. Don’t worry… we can help guide you on how to travel during your internship in New Delhi.
Discover New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital of India and offers some of the best sights, sounds, tastes and smells in the world. It is a location like no other. So, to guide you on how to travel during your internship in New Delhi, we’ve put together some travel tips.
There are many options for getting around the city, all depending on your destination. Be sure to plan enough time for travelling between places, especially if you are trying to get to work. if i could… Communication and Programme Assistant Vidushi Malhotra guides us through the main forms of transport in New Delhi.
“The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is the cheapest and most practical way of traveling long distances in New Delhi,” says Vidushi. “Don’t be intimidated by the crowd. Approximately 2.7-million commuters travel on the trains daily!”
The first coach of every train is reserved for women only, but you still need to be careful with your belongings during rush hour. You have the option of buying a daily token or a top-up card. So, if you’re going to use it often, we suggest you use the card to avoid long lines and to save money.
There are six main lines that run through different parts of New Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region). They include Noida and Gurgaon. However, the one you will most likely be interested in would be the yellow and the violet line that cuts through popular areas like Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Hauz Khas, Kailash Colony, Saket, Vasant Kunj and more.
Trains run seven days a week with the first leaving around 5:30 am. The last train runs until about 11:15 pm. Ticket prices are cheap and a single journey ride from Point A to point B should cost no more than Rs.20. That equals roughly 30 US cents! So you can commute for less than a dollar a day in Delhi!
And don’t worry if you miss a train, because they run every 60 seconds!
Auto (Motor Tuk Tuk)
These are three-wheeler vehicles that can accommodate just up to three people, but sometimes you will see families of 6 or more travelling in one! “Transport in India is often taken to the extreme!” laughs Vidushi. Autos usually run on meters which start at Rs.25 by default and stay constant for the first km. However, they can go up to Rs.50-Rs.60 for a 4/5km ride.
Ola is a popular cab company similar Uber. It has recently introduced a feature where you can even call for autos using the app and you will only need to pay Rs.10 extra to the auto driver for using this service.
“During the day, they are a convenient form of transport – but we suggest you avoid taking them after 10 pm,” says Vidushi.
Rickshaw (Cycle Tuk Tuk)
“This is New Delhi’s most fun way of traveling short distances,” says Vidushi. Rickshaws are three-wheeled cycles with a seat for usually two or sometimes even four people. The men who ride these cycles have to work really hard to carry the weight of the passengers behind them, and they are much stronger then you think!
The rickshaw is one of the most unique ways to travel during your internship in New Delhi. They offer an amazing way to explore parts of the city that are too far to walk but too close to get a taxi. They are also a great way to enhance your internship in New Delhi.
Rickshaws are found on the inner roads rather than the main roads. A 1-2km rickshaw ride costs between Rs.15 and Rs.20.
Cabs are becoming a popular mode of transport in New Delhi. Ola and Uber are two of the most reputable and affordable cab companies to use in New Delhi. You can call their dispatch or use their app at any time to send a cab your way. Some other cab companies include Meru Cab, Quick Cab, Mega Cab and Easy Cab.
Safety tips when you travel during your internship
- When walking around the city at night, always try and stay in a group. Never venture around on your own unless you are completely sure of the area or your surroundings.
- If you get lost, find your way to the nearest police station. If you are unable to find a police station, stop the first police car or other security patrol car and ask them for assistance.
- Always keep your valuables in your bag unless you need them at that particular moment.
- Never carry large amounts of cash. Rather keep just enough cash on you for things you may need to buy. Carry your bank or credit card with you just in case.
- Always keep a cellphone on you with the emergency numbers for the police, ambulance, hospital and a friend or relative who will be able to help you in case things go wrong.
- Have a city map with you and know your key landmarks and familiarise yourself with the city and the key areas. Some tourist landmarks are a great way to get your bearings and find your way around a map of a city as big as New Delhi.
- Have a written note with your address so you can always show this to a driver or taxi.
- Keep small change with you and make sure you have Rupees and pay with these. Do not try and pay with US Dollars as you could be taken for an expensive ride.
- Ask an Indian woman if you are unsure or need directions.
if i could… is here to help you during your internship in New Delhi. Our programme and transport orientation will make sure you’re well prepared for life in the city. Contact our team to find out more about our New Delhi internship destination. We look forward to hearing from you!