Delhi was my last stop when I visited India , and as expected, my budget for this backpacking leg was expectedly depleting. I came from Agra, and food , accommodation and fare were a bit pricey there, not to mention the entrances. Given that, I tried to find cheap options for my 3 nights stay in Delhi. Here are some highlights. Was the savings worth the hassle ? Lets find out. =)
Agra to Delhi is around 5 hours train ride , given the short distance, i opt to get the cheapest train seat class ( The sleeper’s class ) for 250 INR ( 4 usd ). It was difficult to personally get tickets at the station, but fortunately, A couchsurfing friend of mine booked my tickets online, which was a huge help ! The ticket booth in Agra was full packed, because it was Friday. and it would be close to impossible for me to get tickets on my own.
The Cheap Train Ride
The train to Delhi arrived 4 hours late, And whats even more hassle is that I actually hopped on the wrong train! Though still heading its way to Delhi , but the train will stop at a southern station. I was a bit scared because the train officer might just shove me off the train at the middle of nowhere . But soon I found out that the officers do not check tickets at the sleeper’s class. Hooray for me!
For Hassle free bookings, ask the hotel receptionist to book your tickets. Better seats at 600 + INR (10 + usd) will be offered to you, nonetheless. And it comes with food water and snacks.
Getting around Delhi is actually easy and inexpensive, thanks to the efficient metro Train embracing all corners of the city.
Where I stayed :
Verdict : Not Recommended . Prepare budget for a better room.
Here are the Iconic spots in delhi that I’ve Visited , without spending much on entrances.
The Ashkadram Hindu Temple. Built during 1990’s , and is probably one of the most intricately made temples I’ve been to. Highly recommended to Visit . This place also has a great vegetarian food court !
Location : 10 minutes walk from Ashkadram Station.
Ideal Time to Visit : Afternoon . allot 3 – 4 hours for the shows. 9:30 am – 7:30 pm , Tuesday to Sunday . (monday closed )
Entrance : Getting in is free of charge , since it is a place for worship! But the show ( Religious Hindu Movie) and other activities require a minimum fee of around 130 INR ( 2.5 USD ).
Lotus Temple : Place for Balai Worship .
Location : around 10 minutes walk from Kalkaji Mandir Train Station. The temple can immediately be seen from the train.
Time to visit : 9:30 am – 5:30 pm , Tuesday to Sunday . (monday closed )
Entrance : Free !
Iskcon Hindu Temple : One of the most Iconic Hindu Temple in Delhi . Here you will meet a lot of westerners do volunteering works in India.
Location : at the back of Lotus Temple . Across the Tree Park
Time to visit : open all days of the week. 4:30 am to 9 pm
Entrance : Free !
Qutub Minar – The Victory Tower of Delhi .
Location : 20 minutes walk from Qutub Minar Metro Station
Entrance : 250 INR ( around 4 usd ) for foreigners
Open all days of the week. 9 – 5 pm
As for the other historical spots like Jama Masjid and the Red Fort near Chandni Chowk, I just passed by them , since blog say the Red fort is very similar to Agra Fort, which I visited Already . And the entrances are expensive !
Here are some snap shots I got While roaming around the streets of Delhi.
Chandi Chowk Market Place
When In Delhi , food allowance of 400 INR/ day (around 7-8 usd) is actually enough if you are on a tight budget, as there are cheap sandwiches and vegetarian set meals (Thali) which is only around 60 – 80 INR ( 1 USD ) . But seriously, you wouldn’t want to deprive yourself all the time, right? Set Aside a better allowance for food and enjoy authentic Indian Cuisine. Being the capital, Delhi is heaven for Indian food trippers , where you can find all cuisines from north to south of India.. Check out my Restaurant Recommendations at this post …
Some snapshots of the Streets in Delhi
New Delhi International Airport – Quite a Luxury !