There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Delhi each year.
The main ones are listed below.
Each year, the founding of the Republic of India on this day in 1950 is marked with pomp and pageantry. Celebrations include official ceremonies, a large and colourful military parade down Rajpath and general merry-making, including street theatre and fireworks.January/February – Fifth day of the lunar month of Magh in the Hindu calendar : Vasant Panchami (celebrated nationwide)
This one-day Hindu festival celebrates the arrival of spring and also honours Saraswati, the goddess of learning. People dress in shades of yellow, echoing the golden mustard blossoms having begun to open in the fields. In and around Delhi, the day is celebrated with kite flying, singing, dancing and feasting.May 1: Labour Day (national holiday) August 15 : Independence Day (national holiday)
The anniversary of India's independence from British rule in 1947 is celebrated each year with flag raising and other patriotic ceremonies, military parades and cultural events.August/September– Fourth to the fourteenth day of the bright half of Bhadrapad in the Hindu calendar : Ganesh Chaturthi (celebrated nationwide)
UThis festival is dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom and prosperity. The first day of the festival is considered to be the most auspicious of the year. Although western India, and particularly Maharasthtra, are well known for the elaborate manner in which they honour Ganesh, festivities in Delhi are growing stronger each year, as nearly half a million Maharashtrians now make their home in the capital. A huge procession, including many dancers and musicians, makes its way to the Yamuna River carrying clay images and giant statues of the god, which are immersed in the water .October 2: Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (national holiday)
Commemorated throughout the country, this holiday celebrates the anniversary of Gandhi's birth on this day in 1869. All schools and stores are closed. Numerous religious ceremonies are held to remember independent India's founding father.NOctober/November - Fifteenth day of the lunar month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar : Diwali (celebrated nationwide)
Oil lamps, lanterns and candles illuminate Delhi and all of India during this five-day festival of lights. According to tradition, Diwali celebrates the god Rama's return from 14 years of exile in the forest, when citizens lit his way with oil lamps, after his victory over the demon Ravana, as told in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Festivities also include firecrackers and fireworks, feasting with loved ones, and exchanges of sweets and gifts.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||8/46||21/70||19/0.7||Good period to go|
|February||10/50||23/73||20/0.8||Good period to go|
|March||15/59||29/84||15/0.6||Not the best period to go|
|April||22/72||36/97||21/0.8||Not the best period to go|
|May||26/79||39/102||25/1.0||Not the best period to go|
|June||28/82||39/102||70/2.8||Not the best period to go|
|July||27/81||35/95||237/9.3||Not the best period to go|
|August||26/79||34/93||235/9.3||Not the best period to go|
|September||25/77||33/91||113/4.4||Not the best period to go|
|October||20/68||33/91||17/0.7||Good period to go|
|November||13/55||28/82||9/0.4||Good period to go|
|December||8/46 23/73||23/73||9/0.4||Good period to go|
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is located about 23 kilometres (14 miles) west of the city centre.
Delhi is a hectic city with very dense, and even chaotic, traffic at all hours of the day and night. At the outset, getting around the city may seem complicated. In fact, Delhi has a public transport system that is both reliable and efficient.
The Delhi Metro is certainly the best solution for getting around the city. Its 213-kilometre (132-mile) network has six lines, with a total of 160 stations . Tickets are inexpensive (from INR 10 to INR 60, based on the distance travelled ) and the system is quick and convenient. Passes for unlimited travel on the entire network (excluding the Airport Express Line), known as Tourist Cards, are also offered, with a choice of two validity periods: 1 day (INR 150) and 3 days (INR 300), each including a refundable security deposit of INR 50.
Delhi has a vast network of bus routes and fares are very inexpensive. However, buses are very often crammed with passengers and many of the routes do not use air-conditioned vehicles at present, which makes this a rather uncomfortable means of transport. Adult fares range from INR 10 to INR 25 for air-conditioned buses, based on the distance travelled .
In Delhi, you will see very few taxis cruising for passengers. Most taxis are reserved by telephone, rather than being hailed in the street. Furthermore, taxi fares are relatively high. Expect to pay about INR 100 for a short ride within the city centre.
Cycle, auto and e-rickshaws circulate in Delhi. All of these are three-wheeled vehicles. Cycle rickshaws are pedal powered, whereas auto rickshaws have internal combustion engines and e-rickshaws are battery operated. In Delhi, this is without doubt the most popular and practical means of transport, especially for short distances. Rickshaws can be found all over the city and are able to thread their way quite easily through streets blocked by heavy traffic. Fares are generally low, but you should always negotiate the price beforehand. There is no set rate, but INR 5 to INR 15 is a fair price for a cycle rickshaw ride.
Upon your arrival in Delhi, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Government of India Tourist Office in Delhi
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
The official travel website maintained by India's Ministry of Tourism provides a wealth of information on Delhi.
Website : http://www.incredibleindia.org
See your doctor before you travel.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to India. However, booster doses of the following vaccines are strongly recommended for anyone travelling to the Indian subcontinent: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, typhoid, and hepatitis A and B. For longer stays, a rabies vaccination is also recommended.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is not safe to drink in Delhi. Drink only bottled water sold in sealed, tamper-proof containers or water boiled for 30 minutes and then filtered.
All foreign nationals must apply for visas before travelling to India.
For further information, visit the website of the Indian Bureau of Immigration: http://boi.gov.in/content/apply-visa-online
Here are a few basic Hindi phrases that will make your stay in Delhi a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening: Namaste
Thank you / No, thank you: Dhanyavad
Thank you very much: Bahut bahut shukriya
I don't understand: Main samjha (male speaker) / Main samjhi (female speaker).
Could you repeat that: Phir kahiye?
What time is it: Kitne baje hain?
Excuse me: Maf kijiye (to get past, to say sorry) / Suniye (to get attention).
Airport: Havai adda
Train station: Relave steshan
I'm (…): Mein (…).
I'm looking for (…): Mein janna chahta hoon.
How much is this: Iska kya daam hai?
Do you have (…): Kya aapke paas (…)?
Where can I find (…): Mujhe kahan (…) milega?
Where can I buy (…): Mujhe kahan (…) milega?
I'd like (…): Mein chahta hoon (…).
And what about tipping?
There are no hard-and-fast rules on tipping in India. Nevertheless, with the influx of tourists it has become increasingly common, especially in large cities like Delhi. The expected tip is usually about 10 percent of the bill. Some Delhi restaurants add a service charge to the bill. When this is the case, no additional tip is necessary. .