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To the uninitiated, Delhi may appear to be disorganized, congested, and downright daunting. It is important to remember, however, that first appearances can be deceptive.
Although this ancient city is certainly busy, it is also filled with enough warm citizens, rich culture, and amazing historical value that it has quickly become a spot where tourists come again and again.
Finding cheap flights to Delhi is easy, which is important, as you will want to spend your money on the fantastic cuisine at Bengali Market, the unique wares at Connaught Place, and the cultural delights of the Crafts Museum.
Best time to travel to Delhi
Visitors love the months of November through to March, as this period is pleasantly cool and mild. Considering the climate, this is an excellent time to see one of the many outdoor attractions and celebrations, such as the India Gate and the Iron Pillar, the Lohri festival in January at the Holi festival in March.
The prices of accommodation and flights to Delhi drop in October and September. Tourists thin out during these months, making them great for visiting such popular spots as the Qutub complex, Nehru Park, and Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. These months are also excellent for mingling with other stray tourists and locals at the Aap ki Pasand Tea Shop or Shalom Med Lounge Bar.
Flights are at their cheapest from April to August, as most tourists prefer to stay away from the city in order to avoid the extreme heat. If your itinerary consists of mostly indoor activities, this is a good time to visit, as such attractions as the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Dhyan Foundation are far less crowded.
Delhi Airport and transfer information
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Distance: 16km southwest from city centre in New Delhi
Taxis and car rentals are available, but can be pricey for the budget traveller. Local buses are also available, but can be a bit overwhelming, as they tend to be packed. One option that is both convenient and economical is the Delhi Metro train, which departs every 20 minutes.
Online resources for your travel to Delhi
The official tourism website of Delhi offers handy sightseeing itineraries, plus listings of events and attractions, accommodation and dining.
The Safetravel website gives travel and health warnings, and important local contact details.
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