Events in Delhi
Delhi’s cultural scene gets active and brimming between October and March. India’s leading artists, painters, musicians and dancers
like to catch the audience in Delhi. During winters, most of the theatre, art, music and dance festivals take place. The Qutab Festivals
is one of the best known here. As the name suggests, it is held against the backdrop of this well lit monument and a star-lit sky.
The impressive Republic Day Parade is held every year on the anniversary of the formation of the Indian Republic and
serves to showcase the country's military might. Marching columns represent the armed forces accompanied by armoured vehicles, military
bands, decorated floats and folk dancers. A highlight is an air display presented by the Indian Air Force.
Delhi puts on a colourful face in March for the light-hearted Festival of Holi, celebrating the triumph of good over evil.
The exuberant spring festival starts on the night of full moon when bonfires are lit on street corners to clear the air of evil spirits.
The next morning sees the streets full of people of all ages chasing each other and throwing pots of bright coloured powder pigment over
each other in uninhibited mischief. The fun ends at noon when everyone retires to wash off the colours and finish the day relaxing.
India's most popular traditional festival, Diwali, with its origins in Hindu mythology, turns the streets of Delhi into a carnival
each year. Traditionally all houses are decorated with earthenware lamps and candles for the occasion, and the letting off of firecrackers
can reach deafening proportions. Neighbourhoods generally bristle with fun rides, food stalls and curio sellers during the festival.
At this time of year, it is customary for people to buy new clothes and household utensils, and exchange sweet gifts.
Delhi, always a colourful city, blooms with the rich hues of hundreds of flowers in February each year when the Garden Tourism Festival
gets underway, providing a visual feast for visitors and an extravaganza for the horticulturally inclined. Delhi tourism also provides a full
programme of cultural performances and entertainment alongside the flower fest.
Getting There & Away to Delhi
Delhi has an extensive network of international and domestic flights.
All the major airlines in the world fly through Delhi and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Domestic
air links cover Delhi from all the major cities in the country.
The Indian Railway with their modern and organized network connects Delhi to major
and minor destination in India. There are three important railway stations in Delhi to all major and minor destinations
in India, namely New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Trains run
from all the parts of the country to Delhi. For nearby places like Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gwalior, Bhopal, Lucknow and
Kanpur, the Shatabdi Express is recommended.
Delhi is well connected by road to all major destinations in North India. The Inter
State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Delhi Transport Corporation and
Road Transport Corporations of the neighboring States provide frequent bus services through Air Conditioned, Deluxe and
Ordinary Coaches. Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh
and Rajasthan are available for getting to Delhi. During summer months, air-conditioned coaches are recommended.
Getting Around in Delhi
City buses, Taxis, Tourist Cars, Auto Rickshaws, Scooters and Tongas are available. While traveling by autos, it is recommended
that you pick up a copy of the fare charts that state the meter readings and the respective fares against them. These can be picked
up at red lights and even at the Transport Authority offices.