Do you want to see the favorite sights of Delhi without getting stuck in traffic OR see the city on a budget?? then this article is written just for you. Once you are finished reading this, you will be ready to explore the bustling city of Delhi by its newest (and did I mention cleanest) means of transport….the Delhi Metro
Why Delhi Metro…?
- Fast and Convenient: Delhi is a huge city of 14 million+ people with long distances to cover. There are always enough cars, bikes, buses and cows on the roads to cause traffic jams and delay your plans. Delhi Metro allows you to get to the most traffic congested areas in minimum time and effort. If you happen to be here in Delhi’s famous summer then it is a great place to catch some air-conditioning and cool off while you go from monument to monument.
- Economical: With tickets starting at Rs 8 only and going up to Rs 30(between USD 10-50 cents), it is not only the fastest, but the cheapest way to see the city.
- Eco-Friendly: Needless to say it is the most eco-friendly means of transport as it runs 100 percent on electricity.
- Connectivity: All metro stations are well connected with local buses, Autos/Tuk-Tuk and taxis are also available on almost all stations. Also all monuments and sights are walking distance from the metro stations.
- ‘Ladies Only’: Delhi Metro just might be the only public transport in the world that has a ‘Ladies Only’ compartment on each train, which is the first compartment on the train. Gentlemen beware of getting on, as you not only will have to leave, you can also be fined.
Below are the Top 10 Sights of Delhi you can see by Delhi Metro:
- Qutab Minar (1.7kms): Qutab Minar Metro Station on the Yellow Line. Get out of any exit; go right (if the station is behind you). It’s a 10 minute walk to the Qutab Minar from there or you can Auto rickshaw/tuk-tuk.
- Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Jama Masjid): Chandni Chowk or Chawari Bazaar Station on the Yellow Line. For Chandni Chowk and Red Fort take the Chandni Chowk exit at the station and as you get out you will find yourself behind Chandni Chowk next to the multi-level parking and a Hindu Temple. Follow the straight path between the temple and the parking lot to reach the Fountain Chowk and the Gurudwara Sheeshganj. This big over crowded street is Chandni Chowk. If you are standing facing the Gurudwara then walk about 400mts to your left and you will see the huge red building called the Red Fort. There are 2 major exits at this station one goes to Chandni Chowk and other goes to Delhi Railway station or Old Delhi as it was known before, make sure you take the correct exit otherwise you will find yourself on the absolute opposite side. For Jama Masjid get off at Chawri Bazaar Station and get out from exit no 2 and take the Chawari Bazaar Road towards Jama Masjid. You should be walking on a street with hardware store on both sides first and then handmade paper and wedding invitation shops. There are 2 exits and many alleys going in different directions, so make sure you take the correct road or you will find yourself lost in Chandni Chowk. Another sure shot way is to take a cycle rickshaw, which can be a very interesting experience too
- Connaught Place: Rajiv Chowk Station on the Yellow Line or Blue Line. CP is right above Rajiv Chowk Station, take any exit and you will be in one of the inner circle blocks from A-F. If you are so lucky you might get out of the exit on A block and will be standing right in front of the best bakery in Delhi Wengers.
- Humayun’s Tomb (2kms): JLN (Jawaharlal Nehru) Stadium on the Violet Line. Get out of exit no 1 and take left (if the station is behind you) and walk towards Lodi Road. Once on the Lodi Road, which is a tree covered broad road, take right and walk straight till you get to a big red light with a flyover. Go under it and straight to Humayun’s Tomb.
- India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhavan (1.6kms): Central Secretariat Station on the Yellow Line. Get off at Central Secretarial Station and walk on to Rajpath by exiting from Gate no 4. On your left you will see India Gate in the distance and on your right there is the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Parliament House and North and South Block.
- Lodi Garden (1kms): Jor Bagh Station on the Yellow Line. Get off at Jor Bagh Station on the Yellow Line and exit from Gate no 2. Walk owards the Lodi Road red light and take a right at the red light. Walk along the heavily tree covered Lodi Road and after the second red light you will see Lodi Garden on the left in front of Mausam Bhavan or Meteorological Department Building. After getting out of the Jor Bagh Station, if you are walking on a flyover, you are in the wrong direction. Go back to the station and walk past it towards the Lodi Road Red light and turn right for Lodi Road
- Lotus (Bahai) Temple (1.5mtrs): Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station on the Violet Line. Get off on the Kalkaji Temple Station and as you exit take a right and walk to the Lotus Temple.
- Akshardham Temple: Akshardham Station on the Blue Line.
- Hazrat Nizammudin Darga & Basti: It is right next to Humayun’s Tomb. This mausoleum was built in memoriam to Hazrat Nizammudin Auliya and Thursday evening after 18:30 is the best time of the week to visit to enjoy live Sufi music and local delicacies.
- Gandhi Smriti or Birla House: 5 Tees January Marg (900mtrs): Race Course Metro Station on the Yellow Line. Get off on the Race Course Station on the Yellow Line and walk right (station behind) on the Aurangzeb Road till the Claridges Hotel. On the roundel take the left after Claridges and take the Tees January Marg and it’s the second Bungalow on your left.
Things to remember:
- Can get crowded: Besides its many merits, the only negative is that the Metro too gets very crowded at some hours (8:00-12:00 and 17:00-20:00) of the day and considering Delhiites are still learning their Metro etiquette, it requires a good push to get in and get off the trains sometimes.
- Timing & Tickets: Delhi Metro starts running from 06:00 in the morning till 23:00 in the night. Tickets start from Rs 9 for single stop transfers, but it is best to buy a Metro Card and charge it for Rs 100 or 200/-, as some stations are very busy and have long ques.
- Security Checks: On all stations there are security checks with an X-Ray machines and body frisking. To stay out of necessary trouble, try to follow the rules of an airport security check. Feel free to carry water bottles and other liquids(except liquid explosives:), but the security check is not very kind on knives, scissors or any other objectionable items.
Over to you….What did you think of the post? Have you ever used the Delhi Metro? Did I miss on any important ‘Must see’ sights of Delhi? I would love to hear your take on this, so don’t forget to drop in your comments below.
Note: Distances mentioned are from Metro station mentioned to the monument
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