Delhi is much more than just the political epicenter of India. This is a place where the past influences present and creates art, architecture, diverse culture, and entertainment. Travelers from all over the world visit Delhi to witness this amazing rendezvous of cultural history, culinary marvels and the colorful environment.
Most of the travelers who visit the city, don’t really know where to start or how to go around exploring it. In fact, even experienced travelers find it difficult to survive in this city on a tight budget. This is justified since Delhi is a sprawling metropolis with crisscrossing old lanes and brand new concrete boulevards, large suburbs, and old settlements. If you’re planning to visit Delhi, this guide should give you an idea of how to make the most out of your trip to Delhi and stay within budget.
The Delhi Location
Delhi is a massive city and includes many popular localities. From upscale localities like Connaught Place and Hauz Khas Village to the charming Chandni Chowk. These localities have a number of hotels catering to all kinds of travelers. But, instead of picking crowded localities, my suggestion is that you find a place which is close to all public transportation hubs. There are a number of guest houses, budget hotels and business hotels near Delhi Junction. If you’re looking for budget-friendly hotels in delhi that don’t compromise on quality, choose any one from the many Treebo Hotels in Delhi the area of your choice.
Delhi has an effective network of metros and buses for local transport. The Metro is the fastest and most affordable mode of transport in the city. So if you are on a budget this should be your mode of transportation. If you are a female solo traveler, this is the safest mode of transportation.
If you’re planning to stay in Delhi and explore its charms, then Delhi’s massive fleet of AC and non-AC buses will be at your service. The fares are low but keep in mind not to travel during rush hours. If nothing works out, go for an auto rickshaw but your negotiation skills have to be at the pro level. The private cab services are also available and an affordable option for those planning to travel on a budget.
A Guide to Defining Delhi
If you are here, ensure that you have time. Because Delhi is not a weekend-only destination. The city demands time to understand its nuances. You’ll need at least three days to get a hang of the city. There are a number of old markets, beautiful heritage sites, parks, legendary university campuses, and restaurants to discover. So, it’s essential that you come up with a solid plan and pick out one aspect of your travel each day. Or plan to cover Old Delhi, South Delhi, and New Delhi on three separate days.
1. Old Delhi Nostalgia
Old Delhi or ‘Purani Dilli’ is all about the past and the remains of the glorious time. From the magnificent Red Fort to spectacular Jama Masjid, the quiet sanctity of Raj Ghat to the commotions in Chandni Chowk there is a lot to explore here. You will be transported to another era once you start exploring the nooks of Purani Dilli. Almost all these places are within your reach and you don’t have to spend a lot to enter these places. Other places that you can explore in Old Delhi are Khari Baoli, Kalan Masjid, and Lal Mandir.
2. New Delhi and New India
New Delhi is where all the action takes place. It is the cultural hub, a place where the youth meets and greets to exchange ideas. Be it the upscale neighborhoods of Connaught Place or the chaotic brilliance of Janpath Market, this city is a shopper’s paradise. Also, monuments like Humayun’s Tomb, Gandhi Samadhi, India Gate, and Agrasen Ki Baoli should be in your must-visit list.
3. South Delhi
South Delhi has economic as well as educational significance. Prestigious educational institutions like IIT Delhi, AIIMS, and Jamia Milia Islamia are all located in South Delhi. Apart from these important landmarks, Hauz Khas Village, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar and Mehrauli Archeological Park are also popular as tourist attractions.
Safety is a Priority
In the light of recent incidents, it is advisable that you should be always be aware of where you are going. Avoid traveling to secluded parts of Delhi after dark and also be on high alert. Keep at least the local police station number with you. If you are a solo female traveler, cover yourself well, since inappropriate dressing might attract unwanted attention. It is better to be prepared always. Keep your mobile phone charged throughout the day and if needed carry a power bank.
This is more or less what you need to keep in mind to explore Delhi on a budget. Ensure that you have all of this and you are good to go.