Riding the Delhi Metro

by Beth Whitman (February 12th, 2007)

Although my new friend from Udaipur, Akhand, taught me that in India there is no system, I actually found one. The Delhi subway.

A relatively new addition to the city (the first line opened about two years ago), the small line of mostly underground railways is extremely efficient, clean, cheap and pollution-free. While it would have taken at least thirty minutes and cost about 50 rupees to ride a rickshaw from North Delhi to the shopping center, Connaught Place, the subway took less than ten minutes and cost 11 rupees. Most importantly, it provides you with a smog-free way to travel around a limited portion of the city. It’s great for making big leaps and then it’s easy enough to take a quick trip by rickshaw to your exact destination.

A couple of locals (including a taxi driver!) had recommended this as a way of getting around. Dubious about its cleanliness and wondering whether it would be safe for me as a woman, I wasn’t completely sold on the idea, until I saw this beautiful system.

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Subway train.

There were rarely crowds and, more often than not, I was able to sit, giving me added protection from any potential pickpockets or gropers. My fears were unfounded and I never felt unsafe.

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The underground station for the Delhi subway system.

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Looking down the cars on the very clean subway.

Now, if only the rest of the city could be as efficient and clean!

Happy Travels!

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    1.
    On February 15th, 2007 at 11:15 pm, Meg Noble Peterson said:

    Hi, Beth,

    This is really good information and you’re the first person who has given it to me. I wonder, however, just where you can get this train. Did you find one in the location of the Tibetan Village where you stayed (Majnu Ka Tilla) or in Paharganj, the trekkers “heaven” near the rr. station…or both? I really appreciate knowing this. Have four days there with my daughter, starting on the 21st, and would love to get away from the noise and pollution. Thanks, Meg

    Oh, I also appreciated the tip on the temple. Went there. Pretty fantastic, and, although new, it’s well laid out and is a nice contrast from all the old temples and sites. M.P.

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    On April 11th, 2007 at 10:15 am, Administrator said:

    You can check with any hotel and they can tell you where the stops are or they can give you a foldout brochure that includes all the stops.

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