Nearest metro stations to must-sees in Delhi

#1 Jan 22nd, 2010, 09:59
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Dear All,
I would like to visit the must-sees of Delhi by metro (to avoid all the touts ).
Please kindly advise me the nearest metro stations and the fastest way to reach there. Following are some info I obtained from internet:
- Humayun's Tomb: some says Kendriya Terminal Functional Metro Station, some says Central Secretariat Metro station. Which one is correct? By the way, I don't find Kendriya Terminal Functional Metro Station on the metro map .
- Red Fort: The most scenic way of reaching the fort is to take the Metro to Chawri Bazaar Station and then a cycle-rickshaw through the incredibly packed bazaar to the Fort (price negotiable, aim for 20 rupees).
- Qutub Minar: take the metro to Central Secretariat, and then take a thirty-minute auto ride farther south to reach Qutub Minar.

Please kindly help to advise/ confirm those info.
Thank you so much in advance and look forward to hearing from you.

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Lien_Ta
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#2 Jan 22nd, 2010, 10:14
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Central Secretariat and Kendriya Sachivalaya are the same station in hindi and english! But its miles from Humayuns tomb . . . you'd probably be better off just taking an auto rickshaw to start off with.

The Chawri Bazaar station is awesome though and the rickshaw ride is well worth it, would get off at the Jama masjid though and walk it from there
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Heyy Lien,

I hope you have the Delhi Metro map handy. If not, just follow this link: http://www.delhimetrorail.com/commuters/route_map.html
and refer the Phase I & II map. Work is still in progress for other routes in the map as mentioned.

Its always better to avoid touts in n around New Delhi, and as we now have an advanced metro system, we better make use of it.

Refering to your queries:
1. Humayun's Tomb: There is no direct way to reach this place via metro. You can however take an auto-rickshaw from Mandi House metro station. It would hardly cost you Rs 60-80, not more than that. It'll take you around India Gate and then to Humayun's Tomb. Hardly 6-8 kms.

Moreover, Kendriya Vihar is the Hindi translation for Central Secretariat.

2. Red Fort: You won't find anything of scenic beauty on way to Chawri Bazaar metro. The metro in this area is underground. Once you reach Chawri Bazaar, better walk down to the Red Fort. Its nearby 10-15 mins through a very busy market area. I know you'll be shocked to see this kind of chaos, but it'll be a nice experience for you. Else, you can always take a cycle-rickshaw for 20 bucks.

3. Qutub Minar: Well, work on the metro to Qutub is still on, and you can reach there only by an auto-rickshaw from the Central Sc. Metro Stn. Might cost you not much than a 100 bucks.

Other places of interest.
4. Purana Qila (Old Fort): Its nearby Humayun's Tomb, but no direct route. You need to travel around, but it's not that far away. From Humayun's Tomb, a 20 mins ride costing you around 50-60 bucks.

Hope this helps you.

Enjoy your trip and if you need any further help, do write.

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Originally Posted by zeeru View Post .

2. Red Fort: You won't find anything of scenic beauty on way to Chawri Bazaar metro. The metro in this area is underground. Once you reach Chawri Bazaar, better walk down to the Red Fort. Its nearby 10-15 mins through a very busy market area. I know you'll be shocked to see this kind of chaos, but it'll be a nice experience for you. Else, you can always take a cycle-rickshaw for 20 bucks.
Chawri Bazar Metro Station is almost 2 Kms. away from Red Fort and a cycle rikshaw would cost somewhere between 30-40 Rs + it would take atleast 40-50 Min. by rikshaw (since the whole area is very congested).

I am saying this being a resident of this area.

Cheers...!!!
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Hi Lian_Ta

Below are my answers to your query

- Humayun's Tomb:
The Nearest Metro Stations for Humayun's tomb are Pragati Maidan and Indraprastha Metro Station. Humayun's Tomb is just 10 min. by auto rickshaw from both of these stations since it is almost equal in distance from both of the stns. and it should cost you just 30-40 Rs.I would advice you to just check Google Maps / mapmyindia.com and decide.

You should also visit Dargah (mausoleum) of famous sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nizamuddin_Dargah). But beware and be alert of beggers in this area and dont pay them anything.

- Red Fort:
The Nearest Metro Station to Red Fort is Chandni Chowk Metro Stn. which is 10 min. walking distance. On the way from Chandni Chowk Metro Stn. one can visit Gurudwara Sees Ganj Sahib and the Bullion Market (Dariba Kalan & Kinari Bazaar) you're gonna love these markets.

I live in this area so i know better...

- Qutub Minar: take the metro to Central Secretariat, and then take a thirty-minute auto ride farther south to reach Qutub Minar.

This is the right way of travelling to Qutub Minar. You can also visit Safdarjung's Tomb on the way to Qutub Minar. Check (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safdarjung's_Tomb)for details.

Cheers...!!!

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Here are the tourist destinations nearby Metro stations :

1.Akshardham Temple (World's largest temple complex and Delhi's No.1 tourist destination) - Akshardham metro station - 100 metres

2.Red fort - 200 metres from Chandni Chowk station

3.Jama Masjid - 500 metres from Chandni Chowk station. To eat at Karim's - Delhi's most famous restaurant for Mughlai Food - exit from Gate No.1 of Jama Masjid and walk 10 metres to yummy heaven !!

4. Old Fort/ Purana Qila - 1 km from Pragati Maidan metro station. 99 % of all buses on the road ply between these 2 points. Autos will charge atleast 20 Rs. Humayun's Tomb is about 3 kms from Old Fort.Auto - Rs 20/30.

5. Rashtrapati Bhawan/ Presidential palace/ Parliament House - 100 metres from Central secretariat metro station.If you go in Feb/March , remember to visit the gorgeous and spectacular Mughal Gardens which basically are the Palace Gardens.Also, remember that there is a ceremonial change of guards every Saturday morning (8 to 8.45 am) at the palace. So you can see a bit of pomp and grandeur, military band, presidential guards on horseback and some marching.

6. India gate - 1 km from Central Secretariat station in opposite direction to the Palace on the Rajpath (Delhi's Champs Elysees). Also, reachable from Mandi House metro station - 750 metres.

If you are coming after July/August, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple will also be having their own Metro stations.
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Yes .. like Amalfi said .. you should get down at Chandani Chowk Metro station .. not Chawari Bazaar station for Red Fort. The main Chandani Chowk road leads right upto the Red Fort. It is walking distance from Chandani Chowk station. See the sound & light show in the evenings at the Red Fort.

Then cross the road again and walk some distance ahead to see the Jama Masjid .. maybe take a cycle rickshaw. Go to Gate no. 1 of Jama Masjid (the main gate). Opposite to that is Karim's and Al Jawahar. Awesome food there!

Have a great trip.
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Great info! Thank you.

WOW great info and great website . Actually my trip will be tougher without Indiamike.com .
This is my first and solo travel to India, so I am quite nervous and trying to make my 2 weeks-trip as easy as possible .
Thank you so much for all your kindness and prompt replies. It's not easy to find such kind of info somewhere else.
Nice weekend to everyone!
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A brief little visit

I will reach NDLS at 11:30 am by Sealdah Duronto and will catch Mandore express at 21:15 same day to Jodhpur. Can you please suggest what and how I can visit some of the must-see places in the mean time in Delhi. Last year I did have a same schedule and I ended up only by visiting Lal Quilla for 4 hours.
Thanks in advance
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Option 1 --> Take an auto and ride to places of interest in Delhi. Keep India Gate for evening visit. All other historical sites gets closed by evening [Kutub minar remians open even after sun set also]

Option 2 --> The New Delhi metro station is adjacent to NDLS station. Take Yellow line metro going towards HUDA city center, 1) get down at Rajiv Chowk (next station). This is Connaught Place, the famous Circular shaped market and office area of Delhi. Roam around, eat, shop if you like to.

2) Take same train again from Rajiv Chowk (Yellow line metro going towards HUDA city center) - change the train at Central Secretariet - Take Violet line metro - get down at KALKAJI- Lotus temple is walking distance from there. You can visit Delhi ISCON temple from there.

3) Take the violet line train from Kalkaji station - get down at Central Secretariet - take Yellow line again (going towards HUDA city center) - get down at AIIMS station - visit DELHI HAAT

4) From here take an auto to Kutub Minar.

5) In the evening, visit India Gate and spend some time there. You will love the atmosphere.

6) Get back to NDLS.
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Thanks Apoo Raoming for your prompt reply. I am thinking to go with your Plan B, however on my return journey to Kolkata I again have to spend 10 hours before catching Howrah Duronto at NDLS. So I am thinking of dividing the plan in two halves. A little query as I discovered from map will the INA metro station be closer to Haat than from AIIMS?

Thanks again.
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Oh, correct.... INA will be nearer. I usually catch bus and get down at AIIMS to visit Dilli Haat, so mentioned the same as metro station to you :P

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