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And why is that? It's not that Indian cities (except Delhi) are very unsafe at night. And Chandni Chowk, in fact, is one of the safer areas in Delhi. It's perfectly safe to walk around Calcutta/Kolkata or Chennai at night... [[User:Upamanyuwikitravel|Upamanyuwikitravel]] • <small>( [[User_talk:Upamanyuwikitravel|Talk]] )</small> • <small>( [[User:Upamanyuwikitravel/Travel plans|Travel]] ) •</small> 05:39, 26 November 2010 (EST)
 
And why is that? It's not that Indian cities (except Delhi) are very unsafe at night. And Chandni Chowk, in fact, is one of the safer areas in Delhi. It's perfectly safe to walk around Calcutta/Kolkata or Chennai at night... [[User:Upamanyuwikitravel|Upamanyuwikitravel]] • <small>( [[User_talk:Upamanyuwikitravel|Talk]] )</small> • <small>( [[User:Upamanyuwikitravel/Travel plans|Travel]] ) •</small> 05:39, 26 November 2010 (EST)
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To Optimike: Calcutta is certainly NOT more developed or cleaner than Delhi. It is pretty much considered to be the filthiest and most underdeveloped of all the major cities in India. I personally prefer Cal to Delhi, but that's a different matter altogether. And from a tourist's POV, Delhi is probably a much better place to visit than Cal as it has got more historical monuments (including 3 UNESCO sites), has a much better metro system, and is more well connected. [[User:Upamanyuwikitravel|Upamanyuwikitravel]] • <small>( [[User_talk:Upamanyuwikitravel|Talk]] )</small> • <small>( [[User:Upamanyuwikitravel/Travel plans|Travel]] ) •</small> 05:46, 26 November 2010 (EST)

Revision as of 10:50, 26 November 2010

This article was the Collaboration of the week between 31 October and 06 November 2006.


Contents

Modifications in Drinking Section

I'm wondering why my update to the Coffee / Tea section has been twice repealed? I slightly rephrased the section on the coffee chains, and added a small note about independent coffee shops, including a listing for one particularly good one in Paharganj. To my mind, this improved the utility of the section and added information that is in keeping with the style of the rest of the article, and as far as I can tell, I haven't breached any of the guidelines. Could someone (preferably the user who reverted the change) please clarify this? Thanks. Elcapitan510 18:15, 24 December 2008

Airport Update

Just edited the page to change the airport information: Safdarjung is not the main airport. Schizoid 13:48, 24 Feb 2004 (EST)

With the opening of the $3 billion new terminal 3 operating all international and full service domestic flights, Delhi international airport has seen a major face lift. In fact, he international airport (Terminal 3) is now one of the best airport terminals in the world. It has a capacity of handling 34 million passengers per year. So, it is no more the airport with dirty toilets as it used to be. I am going to update the getting-in section with these info. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/07/03/india.delhi.airport/index.html#fbid=fuvxM4g340D&wom=false Ess.Bee 08:25, 8 August 2010 (EDT)

Stay Healthy

Just edited away the last part about the probiotics and other equally doubtful medical advice from the wiki.

While probiotics are helpful in preventing traveler's diarrhoea[1], there should be caution in using them, as not everyone will get the same benefit. In some cases, probiotic use can even promote bowel transit[2]. Thus it is clear that no concensus about the use of probiotics currently exists, nor is it adviceable to use them without consideration[3]


I'm currently not able to rewrite this section due to time limitations. But reliable information about traveling precautions in inda can be found at the WHO site[4][5], and through other verified sources [6] I am amazed not seeing any link to them here, or on any other India related wikitravel page i've visited so far. 1:41, 15 April 2008 (CEST)

Request from "Prasun"

There is a great website on food in delhi. It has the menu of all the restaurants with their ratings and phone nos. But the problem is that its my start up. I tried putting it up before on wekipedia but somebody removed the link and hence its my request if anyone here can go to my website and check it and then post it here if he or she likes it.

i know it will be unfair to spam the wiki and it being my website i am definitely biased towards thinking it as a nice one.

Yeah, this is the wrong place as well. Try Wikitravel Extra. Jpatokal 07:30, 8 April 2008 (EDT)

This article...

...contains a lot of advertising and lacks mode of style at present. Someone ought to do something about it. I'm sorry I'm not doing it myself, don't want to spend precious chilean internet café money on it... Is there anyone out there with some spare time? - Fridday 20:20, 11 July 2006 (EDT)

I agree it needs some care & attention, but do you have anything specific in mind? I'm not sure what "advertising" you're refering to. Majnoona 21:58, 11 July 2006 (EDT)
Sorry about my general and vague accusations. What do you think about this:
Asian Guest House, 14 Scindia House, 2nd. Floor, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001 - Phones: 91-11-23313393 / 23314658 / 23310229 / 23313663. Tariff range From: Single Occupancy non air-conditioned room for INR 400 [USD 9 - AUD 12 - EURO 7.5 - AED 32.5] to Double Occupancy air-conditioned room with cable TV for INR 800* [USD 18 - AUD 24 - EURO 15 - AED 65]. The place to stay while visiting Delhi/ New Delhi in nice clean rooms with homely atmosphere and a helpful staff, besides it being so very centrally located.
I'm also a little concerned with the Sagar- entry under "South Indian" in the Eat secion. -- Fridday 16:31, 14 July 2006 (EDT)
The Asian Guest House listing doesn't seem too ad-ish, maybe a little more detail than needed. I'll go ahead and tighten up that last sentence so it's a little more useful and a little less touting. In general, we are recommending places by including them in the guides so there's something to be said for mentioning specificly what's good about a place. But both your examples can prolly be toned down a little. Lemme know if you have more comments -- or feel free to plunge forward and edit it yourself (it doesn't take any longer than explaining what you want changed on the talk page!). Majnoona 21:12, 14 July 2006 (EDT)
Maybe I was wrong. I had a quick look and it felt like the guesthouse owners had just copied and pasted it from their standard ad, but I guess that might not be the case. I don't want to edit the description of a guesthouse I have never visited and only explained it on the talk-page because I felt I was asked to. I'll concentrate on countries I'm in at present from now on. -- Fridday 13:28, 15 July 2006 (EDT)
Missing the point here 'guesthouse owners had just copied and pasted from their standard ad'... can you please elaborate on it...

Districts

I'm pretty sure this qualifies as a huge city. Anyone want to comment before I try and district-ify it? Majnoona 22:02, 11 July 2006 (EDT)

Stab at districts:

  • North Delhi - around Delhi University, Shah Jahanabad
  • South Delhi - Santushti, Greater Kailash, Sainik Farms, Dilli Haat, Vasant Vihar,
  • East Delhi - Laxmi Nagar, Preet vihar, Ito, Mayur Vihar
  • West Delhi - Rajouri, Punjabi Bagh
  • Central Delhi - Khan Market, Paharganj

Majnoona 22:13, 11 July 2006 (EDT)

You should add Gurgaon and Noida - where good shopping and cheaper lodgements are available
Great initiative! Good luck. Would be conveinient if the list of districts specified in which "Old Delhi" and Connaught place were located. -- Fridday 18:26, 14 July 2006 (EDT)
Err, can you just edit my list and add them? I haven't been to Delhi in a long time... Majnoona 21:15, 14 July 2006 (EDT)
Ehm, I'm sorry, but I don't know where to put them... Haven't been to Delhi in a couple of years myself... I just felt a little confused when confronted with the list and I remember the Old delhi and connaught circus areas as quite important and well known among travellers. Sorry if I implied to know more about Delhi than I actually do. -- Fridday 13:21, 15 July 2006 (EDT)
No problem! Any and all contributions are always appreciated... we'll get there little-by-little! Majnoona 13:34, 15 July 2006 (EDT)
EAST DELHI area is Trans Jamuna, ITO doesnot come in East Delhi
FWIW, Wikipedia has a map of the official nine districts of Delhi -- would this be a useful split? Jpatokal 10:55, 21 October 2006 (EDT)

Yow -- that was a bit too hasty. I'm not very happy with Maj's proposed listing above: where do eg. Connaught Place and Chawri Bazaar go? Would "Old Delhi" and "New Delhi" be a more sensible split than just an amorphous "Central"? But please, let's agree on a district map before we start breaking up the article. Jpatokal 11:01, 24 January 2007 (EST)

Yeah, I kinda threw that out there just to draw out people who would actually know how to do it... At the very least Old Delhi and New Delhi need to be represented. Maj 12:45, 24 January 2007 (EST)
I guess I might have been a bit guilty of plunging forward too soon there! Please excuse my enthusiasm! It will probably be worth getting User:Upamanyuwikitravel involved because he lives in this city, and he should be able to help districtise. We were having a brief chat about it on my talk page, where he suggested the split that I set up in links. On the same subject, I found a .svg thats licensed under ccbysa/gfdl from a guy on Wikipedia which someone can play around with and edit so that we have a decent district map - Image:Delhi districts.svg. I'm afraid that is about the only contribution I can make here, having never been to India! -- Tim 15:39, 25 January 2007 (EST)

Hi, user:upamanyuwikitravel here, I'm not signed in currently. I live in New Delhi and after consulting my classmates at school, this is what I came up with.

  • North Delhi (DU, Rohini....)
  • Southwest Delhi (Dwarka, Najafgarh, Vasant Kunj....)
  • South Delhi (Vasant Vihar, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Mehrauli....)
  • Central Delhi (CP, Vijay Chowk, Janpath....)
  • West Delhi (Uttam Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden.....)
  • Old Delhi (Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Seelampur, Shahdara..)
  • East Delhi (E. bank of Yamuna, Mayur Vihar)

Delhi vs New Delhi?

Should this article be moved to "Delhi", as the article already seems to cover more than just the strictly defined legal capital? I note that LP's guide is also called simply "Delhi". Jpatokal 20:36, 15 July 2006 (EDT)

Bump. I'm going to go ahead and move this in a few days if there are no objections. Jpatokal 10:08, 21 October 2006 (EDT)
Delhi is the name used for the whole metropolitan area, of which New Delhi is just a part. So, the correct and probably most suitable title for this article is, as you state, "Delhi". WindHorse 10:26, 21 October 2006 (EDT)
New Delhi or Luytens Delhi is the area built around 1936 by the Britishers For King Goerge's visit. The walled city is called Old Delhi. If you like more details then these can be provides as I am a resident of Delhi. User:indergi

accomodation contacts

Accommodation contact details can be found here. -- Tim 11:28, 5 November 2006 (EST)

jama masjid picture

there's a nice pic that someone put a link to of the Jama Masjid in the 'religious buildings' section, but I can't get it to show up here... maybe it needs to be moved to shared? Cacahuate 00:14, 6 November 2006 (EST)

Yes. — Ravikiran 05:51, 6 November 2006 (EST)
Hmmm, now the link's gone too... maybe you can move the pic and sort it out Ravi? I'm a little retarded with that... Cacahuate 08:49, 6 November 2006 (EST)
Sure. — Ravikiran 14:41, 6 November 2006 (EST)
Done. Basically, what needed to be done was:
  • Download from German site
  • Upload to shared.
  • Link from here. Now I will leave a message at the German Wikitravel letting them know that they can delete it from there, as it is no longer needed. Then it is up to the administrators on de. — Ravikiran 19:49, 6 November 2006 (EST)
Cool, thanks! Cacahuate 00:06, 7 November 2006 (EST)

history not legend

I have edited the article to remove ahistorical and unproven content. There is no proof except in legend that Delhi existed at all before the 10th century A.D. Further, there is no proof that this is "Indraprastha" of the Mahabharata, except for the fact that a village in Harayana near the borders of Delhi is known by a name which may be a corruption of "Indraprastha" (Inderpath). There is, in fact, no historical proof that "Indraprastha" of the Mahabharata ever existed.

  There is no historical proof that Prithviraj Chauhan ever defeated Muhamad Ghuri. Further, Razia Sultana was not the grand-daughter of Qutb-ud-din Aibak. 

Qutb-ud-din Aibak was followed to the Delhi Sultanate by Iltutmish, who was also born a slave and was not a son of Qutb-ud-din Aibak. Similarily, Razia Sultana was not the daughter of Iltutmish but was once again a slave. Hence the name "Slave" dynasty.

Stations

Delhi is not just served by the 3 stations which are listed, there are 3 more

  • Delhi Shahdara
  • Delhi Sarai Rohilla
  • Delhi Cant.Upamanyuwikitravel 03:53, 25 January 2007 (EST)
Maybe mention that in the article: Something like: there are 3 other stations in the city, but aren't likely to be used by travelers" - true, no? I've been there many times and never heard of these other 3... ::: Cacahuate 05:03, 25 January 2007 (EST)
Most of them are used as yards. Just an example, The Mussoorie Exp leaves Sarai Rohilla and stops at Old Delhi Stn for an hour. So most of the passengers board the train at Old Delhi. If you have any doubts, look up Trains At A Glance or check up ww.irctc.co.in

Yeah, we should include something like... Delhi is also served by x, y, z stations but aren't likely to be used much. user:upamanyuwikitravel

Today Delhi has 3 Main Railway Stations namely: Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Nizammudin Railway Station from where most fast, express trains start or end. The other stations mentioned like Delhi Cantonment, Shahdra, Sarai Rohilla are not in reckoning today. Slower trains maybe stopping but all fast express trains do not halt or if they do it is just for a minute.User:indergi

Metro stations for attractions

Metro stations convenient to attractions should be listed in the attraction listings, not on a separate list somewhere else. After all, most people figure out where they want to go first and then worry about how to get there, not the other way around... and in a few years, Delhi's network will (hopefully!) be so dense that you can get pretty much everywhere by metro. Jpatokal 10:20, 2 February 2007 (EST)

Will it?? Phase 2 was supposed to be completed by the end of Jan, there's still a long way to go Upamanyuwikitravel 06:16, 5 February 2007 (EST)

Phase 1 was supposed to be completed by end-2006, they managed it a few months early. Phase 2 is and has always been scheduled for 2010. Jpatokal 07:23, 5 February 2007 (EST)

BAPS

So, BAPS (see the Talk page) is a big, powerful organization that's gotten into some tussles over its involvement in politics in Gujarat (esp. the whole Ayodhya mess), although fanboy Moksha88 actively censors the Wikipedia article too, so you won't see a hint of anything unseemly there. But I'll just apply Jpatokal's Non-Denominational Pan-Religious Cult Yardstick: does the temple have an 11-foot golden statue of its founder? Check -- they're a cult.

And oh yeah: by Indian standards, the food really is pretty bad. Not that you can complain too loudly at the price, which is why I called it just "mediocre". Jpatokal 05:44, 24 February 2007 (EST)

Fishing for Bengalis

This sentence entirely fails to make sense: But fishes don't just come from the ocean; Delhi gets an excellent supply of frehswater fish because of its large Bengali population. Huh? Jpatokal 12:17, 2 March 2007 (EST)

I think what the wikitraveller who wrote this means is that although Delhi is not located near any ocean and is well inland, it gets a good supply of fish thanks to its Bong (sorry Bengali) population. Bengalis are extremely fond of fish! (Trust me, I'm one myself) Upamanyuwiki(Talk) • 11:05, 4 March 2007 (EST)
A Bengali or a fish? ;) — Ravikiran 11:17, 4 March 2007 (EST)
A Bengali who loves to eat fish provided it is fried! Upamanyuwiki(Talk) • 05:10, 5 March 2007 (EST)
The sentence is messy, but the facts as I know them are that Bengalis prefer freshwater fish. In my limited understanding, not being a Bengali, a fish or a fisheater myself, is that they get their fish from ponds they specially dig to "farm" fish. And from the Hoogly river. So what the sentence was trying to convey is probably that a) Delhi gets freshwater fish from some river (dunno which, the polluted Yamuna is hardly likely to have it.) and b) the demand from Bengalis creates a supply for fish. — Ravikiran 11:17, 4 March 2007 (EST)
You got it. But the fish mostly comes from the east or some nearby ponds, the Yamuna has garbage and animal (even human) poo to offer, nothin' else. Upamanyuwiki(Talk) • 05:10, 5 March 2007 (EST)

Asian Guest House: Stay at your own risk

Agreed, they have a great location. But thats it. They are not going to provide you payment receipts. They will not bother to check if you have been given towels, clean bedsheets, if your bathroom has been cleaned up, if your AC is working, or if you are having hot water. The bathrooms are utterly god-forsaken! the rooms though looking clean at first look are full of dust and mite. The beds creek and the TV remote has no batteries. The Guest House people are good at appeasing the foreign travellers, getting hefty tips and good amount if back-patting for their caninely-affectionate behaviour.

This has been written based upon the stay of 6 different people over 3 different trips from Oct 2006 to March 2007.

The staff is helpful if you are willing to dispense generous amounts of moolah, else you find yourself deciphering the face contortions of a ferociously-paan-chewing 'helpful' man straddling on the bed in one of the cigarette-smoke filled rooms (yes, the room that GUESTS are supposed to stay in) in no mood to even look at you, mutters something and scratches his heels.

the hot water is another myth. for those 15-18 minutes you can get it.... make sure your neighbours are still asleep... or are the dirty types who dont bathe at all, for one faucet on with hot water, makes next door residents prance about in towels wrapped searching for bell-boys who only show up at all odd hours.

Its also not very safe living here. If you are a woman travelling alone be cafreful.

its pathetic. please, please, please dont be stingy, select a good hotel and live in peace. Your health and comfort are more important than the money you could save for a big mac fatty burger, or a fake set of INDIAN artefacts. If you cant afford a good hotel, stay in the YMCA hostel, yatri - nivas indian railways or better in a delhi tourism accomodation. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 61.2.186.78 (talkcontribs)

I would recommend The Imperial for your future stays... it's slightly nicer  :) – cacahuate talk 01:43, 13 March 2007 (EDT)
If it is that bad then it should be removed from the listing. The listing is supposed to be a short list of recommended places. Unless there is specific reason to warn people off. — Ravikiran 02:25, 13 March 2007 (EDT)
It is really so bad that people should be warned about it. I went to make my latest reservation with wikitravels "recommendation". Never again! One night I was *really* surprised to find monkeys living just outside my room, behind the room windows. Check: http://www.damicon.fi/~joha/photo/tmpjoo/asianguesthousen-apinat.jpg - Joha
Wild monkeys are very common in Delhi. The city is a zoo, just be glad it wasn't, say, rats, pigs or elephants. Jpatokal 22:26, 21 April 2007 (EDT)

Ajanta Guesthouse

So have they drastically risen their rates? The most current LP says singles are Rs350 and doubles are Rs450. Having just come back from India, I know that using the LP I can almost always get the price listed in the current book, and sometimes even less, so I find it hard to believe that Ajanta's cheapest room is now Rs 1000, unless they've just remodeled or gone crazy... or thought you were filthy rich and you didn't try to bargain... so can you explain please? For the record when I've quoted prices throughout the India pages I've put what I know the price can be bargained down to, not necessarily the first price they quote... otherwise you're just helping to feed inflation and satisfying the greed of the hotel owners who'll just continue to ask higher and higher prices... Thanks! – cacahuate talk 23:29, 12 April 2007 (EDT)

I dont know about rising prices but I checked the prices for wikitravel from their own website at: http://www.hotelajanta.com/tariff.htm. Please note prices without TAX as usual in Delhi. Joha
Great, thanks for commenting. I changed the price in the article back to "Singles from Rs1000", and moved it to Mid-range. Sounds like they've renovated since LP was last there, the pictures looked pretty nice on their website. Thanks again! – cacahuate talk 17:27, 20 April 2007 (EDT)
Well the building and two rooms I was given didnt look renovated lately. I would say they have triple prices compared to neighbouring similar hotels at the same street. Also Asian Guest House website looks very nice compared to their premises. :-). Joha
I have stayed there like 2 weeks ago (July 2008) and I was able to store my luggage there, they had renovated the hotel and the stuff was actually quite helpful (sometimes a bit confused, but always helpful).

Quila Rai Pithora

The dates are inconsistent. The article puts the building of the city at during the 10th century and then says that it was created by Prithviraj Chauhan, a late 12th century king. I'm not sure which is correct (that the city was built in the 10th century or that it was built by chauhan in the 12th century) but have modified it assuming that Chauhan, not known as a great builder, inheritied the city rather than built it. The original text is:

This dates back to the 10th century A.D. as per available historical records. Also earlier known as Rai Pithora, this city was created by Prithviraj Chauhan, the local hero famous for his resisting, before finally losing to, the marauding invaders from central Asia (Muhammad Ghori in particular). Chauhan's ancestors are said to have captured the city from the Tomar Rajputs who were credited with founding Delhi. Anangpal, a Tomar ruler possibly created the first known regular fort here called 'Lal Kot', which was taken over by Prithviraj and the city extended. Some of the ruins of the fort ramparts are still visible around Qutab Minar and Mehrauli

Someone needs to check the dates.--Wandering 12:01, 8 June 2007 (EDT)

Or one could ignore the question, as not particularly relevant to the traveler. :) - Todd VerBeek 15:12, 8 June 2007 (EDT)

Wisely said. Solomonic. ;-).--Wandering 15:17, 8 June 2007 (EDT)

Akshardham temple.

Seems a bit odd for this to be the first image on the Delhi page. The Red Fort or the Qutab Minar would seem to be more emblematic. Or, is there no 'first photo' policy in wikitravel? Don't want to step on any toes otherwise I'd just add a picture on top (I have some nice ones of the Qutub in my old print library!).--Wandering 16:43, 23 July 2007 (EDT)

Alternate suggestions are welcome. There's quite a few other pics in the article itself below... Jpatokal 21:51, 23 July 2007 (EDT)
I thought the same thing a couple days ago. I almost swapped it with the Lahore Gate pic below, but stopped since it's a little smoggier. But then, that's the reality... a blue sky and puffy white cloud pic of the red fort would be nice, but oh so misleading ;) Anyhow, I vote for a red fort pic – cacahuate talk 00:07, 24 July 2007 (EDT)
I'm going to replace Akshardham with the Lahore Gate pix in the article. With the perfectly centered Indian flag, it seems appropriate.--Wandering 14:24, 4 September 2007 (EDT)
I shoved it in. But, do wander (wonder) if the image can be stretched across the top of the page. Shorter, but wider. Does the wikitravel markup language allow for that or is px the only way to go?--Wandering 14:36, 4 September 2007 (EDT)
Pictures should be no wider than 400px, as the screen sizes of Wikitravel users vary widely. Jpatokal 01:14, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

Turquoise Cottage/The Other Side

TC/TOS have indeed been sealed [7], but Delhi being Delhi, I'm hoping this is only temporary so I'm rescuing the listings here, just in case they reopen again (legally or otherwise...).

  • Turquoise Cottage, 81/3 Adhchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, South Delhi, tel. 011-2685-3896, [8]. True to the name, the decor is turquoise and stylishly rustic, but the food is Thai-Chinese and, while somewhat adapted to Indian tastes, quite tasty. Also check out the popular The Other Side bar downstairs. Reservations recommended. Rs. 500.
  • The Other Side, 81/3 Adhchini (basement of Turquoise Cottage), Sri Aurobindo Marg, tel. 011-2685-396. Smoky brick-walled basement covered with Western memorabilia. Eclectic music with an emphasis on rock (expect anything from Beatles to AC/DC) and a good crowd, especially on Wednesday's media nights. Rs. 500 minimum for drinks and food, couples only.
Looks like they are, so back in they go. Jpatokal 07:32, 8 April 2008 (EDT)

Anand Vihar

Anand Vihar (code ANVR) is Delhi's newest station, located well to the east of the city near Noida. Repeatedly delayed, the station finally opened in December 2009 and will gradually take over all east-bound services. The station can be reached by Delhi Metro Line 3.

Please check, it might be Line 5

This article... (2) =

is full of it. I was in Delhi last week. I am a seasoned traveller, have been to several developing countries in the region and elsewhere, and thought Delhi was a dirty, yucky place. This paragraph:

Take a walk at Connaught Place (CP), the heart of New Delhi. It is now called Rajiv Chowk. The British-designed colonial equivalent of a shopping mall, it's laid 
out in two concentric rings divided into blocks, all bursting with shops and lots of pampered pigeons waddling about. Long neglected, the area received a major 
shot in the arm after the opening of the major Metro junction of Rajiv Chowk under it, and it's going more upmarket by the day. At the centre is a small but 
pleasant park, while on one edge is the notorious Palika Bazaar, an underground den of cheap wares, many pirated or smuggled from overseas. The area is 
surrounded by tall office buildings on nearly all sides. Train fans will want to check out the Metro Museum inside the (Patel Chowk) station, open 10 AM-4 PM
 Tue-Sun (free with valid Metro ticket). Quite simply the best place to hang out! 

Is laughable. I don't know how much of it is "commonwealth games construction", but Connaught Place has huge holes everywhere, falling apart buildings, is dark, dirty, and not a place I'd want to hang out during the night or day.

The main backpacker area, Paharganj, looks like a war zone. The buildings are crumbling, there's no front facade on any of them, the alleys are dark, dirty, filled with cows eating garbage, piles of shit and swarms of flies. The "main bazaar" is not a place to wonder at night, and during the day it's just a useless dirty place. That whole area has little to no visible nightlife, and I wouldn't choose to stay there again. There are maybe 2 viable places to eat in the whole area for people avoiding street food. I don't know what it used to look like, but I know what it looked like in early August 2010, which was like a crumbling war zone.

Chandni Chowk is certainly an experience of twisting alleys and tiny shops, but I'd add it's quite dirty and dangerous looking at night. There's sometimes 3 lanes of traffic in this tiny muddy alley, and I was hit twice by cycle rickshaws, even though I stayed completely on the edge of the road. The message about "great snacks to be found" does not mention that it's unhygienic street food that casual travellers trying to avoid disease would/should not eat.

This whole article is positive and promotional-sounding, whereas I found Delhi to be the worst part of my India trip, and would recommend people not fly into there if it can be avoided. Kolkata was a much more developed city, even though the wikitravel article describes it as a "shock". —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Optimike (talkcontribs)

Meh. Sure, Delhi looks like a shithole, but so does most of India, and I wouldn't walk around any Indian city late at night. Connaught Place is currently (again...) torn to shreds by the Metro construction, but it's scheduled to end this very month (Sep 2010). And yes, Old Delhi and Paharganj look like slums, which is pretty much what they are. For some odd reason Old Delhi isn't really covered at all in this article, but there is an embryonic Footloose in Old Delhi walking tour.
And oh -- it's a wiki. If you think something is inaccurate, plunge forward and change it instead of bitching here! Indian articles, in particular, are regularly sanitized by easily offended locals who think not writing about open sewers, terrible weather or people pissing in public will magically make visitors not notice them on arrival. Jpatokal 08:26, 6 September 2010 (EDT)

I wouldn't walk around any Indian city late at night

And why is that? It's not that Indian cities (except Delhi) are very unsafe at night. And Chandni Chowk, in fact, is one of the safer areas in Delhi. It's perfectly safe to walk around Calcutta/Kolkata or Chennai at night... Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 05:39, 26 November 2010 (EST)

To Optimike: Calcutta is certainly NOT more developed or cleaner than Delhi. It is pretty much considered to be the filthiest and most underdeveloped of all the major cities in India. I personally prefer Cal to Delhi, but that's a different matter altogether. And from a tourist's POV, Delhi is probably a much better place to visit than Cal as it has got more historical monuments (including 3 UNESCO sites), has a much better metro system, and is more well connected. Upamanyuwikitravel( Talk )( Travel ) • 05:46, 26 November 2010 (EST)

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