Interestingly, Delhi has got the most number of transportation any Indian city can possibly have. It’s ruled by people and those who commute everyday to offices, business houses, hotels, tourist destinations, college, schools, meeting houses and what not! And so, there are host of commutation services which are used by people of this city.
Travelling here includes taxis, auto-rickshaws, human rickshaws, bus, train, cabs and airplanes. Which mode of transportation one chooses depends entirely on 2 facts – the location one needs to reach and the spending one’s pocket allows! So, let’s check out various modes of transportation in Delhi; beginning with Cabs.
Cabs or Radio Taxis as they are called are one of the easiest and comfortable mode of transportation within city limits as well for nearby border cities of Delhi. Generally one can find their toll – free number painted on their bodies in bold black. That’s something really good for those who do not have any number with them. One can easily look at the number and directly call the Back office of the cab and book a cab. Either way one can surf the internet and dial the number. Things to look for while booking a cab in Delhi or any other Indian city:
Details of the Cab/Taxi Driver
Mobile Number of Taxi as well as 24* 7Call Centre number
Name of the Taxi Company written on the said taxi
Meter installed in the Taxi with rates in INR
A.C. or NON – A.C. pre – fixing facility
Whenever one books a taxi; generally the cab driver calls back before coming to confirm the pick – up and dropping address. Try to call taxis which are registered with Delhi Govt. The names include Meru Cabs, Easy Cabs, Chanson Cabs, Mega Cabs, Yo Cabs and Air Cabs. Recently Ola Cabs too have been allowed to run on the roads of DELHI.
Pre – Paid taxis are generally found in Railway stations, bus stations and government hospitals. One needs to pay in full before hiring a cab. The number of such pre – paid taxis is already registered and so there are no chances of fraud. The name, address and mobile number of the taxi driver too is registered, so one can feel safe with Pre – Paid taxis. Generally, the Pre – Paid taxis running in Delhi are Black in colour with Yellow Single Stripes on them. In any case, one can dial the Emergency number 100 for help!
Auto Rickshaws of Delhi are Green in Colour with yellow stripes on them. Insist on going by Meter already installed in the auto. As per new guidelines of Delhi Government, no auto rickshaw can say NO to a women rider after sunset. This has been issued keeping in view of the safety of women. Always click the auto rickshaw number after hiring it – which is generally the number plate.
Delhi is known for its low – lying buses which are both air – conditioned and non – air conditioned. These are found in three colours – deep red, deep green and orange. One has to just buy a ticket after boarding the bus. Generally, the destination where the bus is going and the bus number is constantly flashed on the running screen of the bus.
Ho Ho Buses have been introduced by Delhi Government for New and Old Delhi Sightseeing. It covers Heritage Monuments of Delhi including some of the most well known buildings like Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar, Humayun’s Tomb and so on. Ho Ho Bus offers Special School Packages, Group bookings, Corporate Tours as well as Family booking. Ticket price ranges from INR 400 to INR 600 per person which is liable to change. Visit http://hohodelhi.com/ for more information.
Metro Rails – equipped with most modern facilities was established in Delhi in the year 1995. Today it covers a whooping network of 193 kilometres with 140 stations along with 6 more stations of AIRPORT EXPRESS LINK. Today it links Delhi to NOIDA and GHAZIABAD in UTTAR PRADESH and GURGAON in HARYANA. More than 100 metro trains are operational today in entire Delhi. One can buy the tickets either by paying cash in INR or by buying pre – paid DELHI METRO CARD. ICICI Bank has collaboration with Delhi Metro.
Indian Railways is the biggest railway network in the world. Thousands travel each day on the coaches of Indian trains. It includes inter – state as well as local EMU trains to transport people from one city to another, one state to another and local people to their office, college, schools, markets, hospitals and even tourist destinations. Indian Railways offer Mobile Ticketing Service, SMS Service, Catering Information, Tatkal Schemes and Availability at Major Stations facility. One can book tickets at the main website of Indian Railways (IRCTC).
Airplanes connect people from Capital of India – Delhi to other A tier and B tier (even some C tier)cities of India. Indira Gandhi International Airport happens to be one of the biggest airports of India. Major fliers include Air India or Indian Airlines and Jet Airways.
If you come from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi is well connected to most of the places by air. What’s more, Delhi has turned world class as the airport authorities offer facilities such as gourmet restaurant, business center, and ample opportunities for shopping and leisure. You can also get exposure to duty-free handicrafts shops and snack bars.