Climate – Temperatures in the summer months can touch 45 degrees Celsius with May and June being the hottest months. Rains are spread over a month from early July and humidity levels at this time can cause uneasiness. The winter months October- end and to February-end are cold and dry and the minimum temperatures can go as low as 3 degrees Celsius in late December and January. Heavy woolens are ideal during this time.
Languages spoken – English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu are most commonly spoken.
Dressing – Wear loose, modest and smart clothes.
Smoking – Smoking is banned in public places, public transport and government offices, inside cinema halls and theatres located in the state of Delhi. Most hotels and restaurants have separate smoking zones.
Photography – Photography is not permitted at the airport, military installations, places of worship and other places where such notices are put up. Visitors are not allowed to take photographs in Delhi Metro Stations.
Buying Liquor – Delhi observes dry days on national and even some local holidays and there are a large number of liquor outlets run by the Delhi Government agencies and also private owners. All big hotels serve liquor and so do several restaurants and pubs. Dry days are not applicable to hotels and restaurants.
Food – Connaught Place is a foodies paradise. Aside from Indian, major international cuisines are available in hotels and restaurants. Most of the hotels also serve Continental food. Bars close at 2300 hrs. Though most restaurants stay open till midnight, most of the five star hotels have 24 hrs. coffee shop.
Water and Electricity – Water is a problem in summer, though it is not the case in winter. It is advisable to purchase mineral water available. Electricity is on the 220 volts supply and power shutdowns in the peak of summer are very common.
Banking Hours – Most banks are open from 10 to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and up to 12 noon on Saturdays. Some banks are open from 8 am. to 8 p.m. Some branches of banks are also open on Sundays and many others have the ATM facilities around the city. There are several foreign banks located mostly in and around Connaught Place like American Express, Bank of America, Hong Kong Bank, Bank of Tokyo.
Taxis – Taxis are on call 24 hrs. over the telephone and the local ones are usually black and yellow with electronic meters. Those which do not have such meters carry a fare chart. (Luggage and Night charges 25% extra from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Radio taxis are also available on a fixed kilometer rate basis. To name a few: Easy Cabs – 43434343, Delhi Cabs – 44333222, Meru Cab – 44224422.)
Auto rickshaws – Auto rickshaws are cheaper and more convenient than taxis. They have electronic meters which show tariff as well as distance. Rs.10 is charged for the first km and Rs.4.50 for every subsequent km. Night charges 20% extra 11p.m. – 5 a.m. In case of excessive charging or misbehavior by auto/taxi drivers dial the 24 hour helpline number 23378888 or sms 2222 or write to Transport Department GNCTD, 5/9, Underhill Road, Delhi.
Public Transport – Delhi Transport Corporation runs a large fleet of buses operating in the entire city. Peak time hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. One can find night service buses rom railway station. Delhi Metro Rail is functional rom three points: Dilshad Garden – Tis Hazari – Rithala line, Vishwa Vidalaya Kashmere Gate – Central Secretariat line – Yamuna Line and Indraprastha – Barakhamba Road – Dwarka route.
Rent A car – Several private operators in the city offer this facility. Tourist Office/Guides English speaking guides approved by the Tourism Department are available at all important tourist spots. The tourist Office of the government located at 88, Janpath, Connaught Place (Ph: 23412336 and 23417035) also helps in arranging guides.