Thursday, July 22, 2010

Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Visitors Travel Tips

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2010 Commonwealth Games is just round the corner! Is Delhi ready for this mega sporting event? Delhi has undergone massive changes, some for better and some for worse! Construction of flyovers, new Metro lines and the increase in the size of the road are some really good stuff but increase in the price of beer from Rs. 45 a bottle to Rs. 65 is completely insane! Yeah everyone is saying that the increase of price in beer is because of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Anyway, what is done is done, today am not going to rant about anyone instead I’ll write something useful. Something useful for everyone visiting Delhi to be a part of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, sort of a travel tip.

For today’s post, I’ll cover some basic Delhi travel tip on how to stay safe, what to do and what not to do all based on personal experiences and observations:


For women


For women, dress conservatively, though Delhi is crowed with posh malls, high rise buildings and high end cars but the mentality of the locals is still very low. If you don’t want to deal with unwanted attention dressing conservatively is the best and the only option. Don’t travel alone especially after dark. Delhi is one of the most unsafe cities in India for women. It’s not a rare case in Delhi where some guys in motorbikes will approaches a girl asking for directions and then touching her privates and fleeing the scene or in the public bus or in a crowded market where the dude behind you might rub his dong on your back or flying hands just to touch you. If you face such situations, don’t hesitate to raise your voice. People around you will surely help you, there is a 99% chances that you will find a police man nearby. Smiling is good but here in Delhi, think twice before you smile at a guy unless you know that person. You may be just being friendly but the chances are very high that he might take your smile as a sign of you interested in him. For any problem, dial 100.

Transportation

City buses and metro (underground railways) are the cheapest means to travel around the city while the later is the fastest and one of the best means to get around. Auto or also known as tuk tuk in other part of Asia is another cheap and convenient means. Though Delhi government has set a rule for auto drivers to charge passengers only by meter but it’s almost impossible that you will find an auto drive willing to charge you by meter. Always negotiate the fare before boarding the vehicle. But if you are willing to avoid all these hustle and bustle call one of the radio cabs. Easy Cab (contact: 01143434343), Quick Cab (01145333333) and the newly launched ForShe Cabs, especially for the ladies driven by lady chauffeurs (contact: 011 45628200) are some of the best and you will find their rates as equal to Auto rickshaws.

Food and Water:

There is a joke about Indian Cuisine that Indian foods are so spicy that it does not only burn your stomach but also toilet papers and this is the main reason why Indians don’t use toilet paper. Delhiites have a passion for eating out, finding a place to dine is not a problem but finding the right place to dine might be. A great site to find restaurants in Delhi is http://www.restaurantsindelhi.com/. Drinking tap water is a big no. Stick to bottle waters. Delhi streets is full of street hawkers, selling almost everything including bottled waters and buying a bottle of water from is just as same as buying tap water. No matter what, always buy your water from a store. One can also find drinking water taps installed in almost every bus stands, railway stations, markets and commercial areas and these tap waters are safe to drink as these waters are well treated and inspected regularly by the Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Well, I hope these tips will help you. In case if you face any kind of problem while you are in Delhi, Dial 100. If you need any insider advice or tips on Delhi, feel free to ask through the comment section, I’ll try my best to provide with accurate answers.

That’s all for today! Next post will be on Delhi attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife.