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Delhi experiences very hot summers and very cold winters. The summers are long, extending from early April to October (taking in the monsoon season). Temperatures can hit 45 degrees Celsius. Winter starts around November and temperatures plummet in January. Average temperatures are about 4 degrees. Most of the rain falls between July and September.
When to fly to Delhi
Delhi has a few peak times throughout the year - February-April and August-November.
December-January and mid-summer (May, June and July) are low season times.
Getting around Delhi
Taxis (yellow top) and auto-rickshaws (which seat three passengers) are freely available. Cycle-rickshaws are popular too and used mostly in Old Delhi. Try to negotiate a fare before you set off.
DTC operates the city bus network. There are also pollution-free battery-operated buses that run between Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk and aIong Chandni Chowk.
Delhi insider information
- Eat on the streets. Breakfast will usually consist of idlis (rice cakes), vadas, dosas (crepes), salty pongal, and chapatis with sambar (dhal and vegetables) and coffee. Cost? A couple of dollars. For a snack during the day, try to pick up some stuffed parathas from a stall. Wash them down Jal Jeera, a lime, cumin and mint concoction.
- The legal drinking age in Delhi is 25 and cocktails are what the young, moneyed folk, drink.
- The dargah (mausoleum) of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya is in New Delhi, near Humayun's Tomb. Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya is a famous Sufi saint. A settlement, known as Nizamuddin, has grown around the dargah. The shrine also contains the marble tomb of Amir Khusro, the great Persian poet of Delhi, and a number of fine Mughal buildings. On Thursday evenings Qawal (devotional music) is sung, from about 6-7.30pm.
- To see the city at its most colourful, take cheap flights to Delhi around Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) or Gandhi Jayanti (Gandhi's birthday, October 2). Delhiites celebrate with speeches, military parades and great pomp.
- Paharganj is the busy backpacker district just west of the New Delhi Railway Station. It's a fantastic and frenetic introduction to Delhi. If you have the time to take a guided walk, take the Salaam City Walk during which former street children will share their stories of survival on the streets. The guides will also point out the contact points and shelters that the Salaam Baalak Trust provides.
- There is a light and sound show at the Red Fort most evenings. The show, in English and Hindi, is held after sunset except when it rains.
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- Direct flights to Delhi operate frequently with airlines including Jet Airways, Air India and Kingfisher