Does anyone have experience using the new metro system in Delhi.
I have used the Metro a little bit. I don't know about your specific stations but in general the Delhi metro is quite amazing. It is clean, efficient, uncrowded and when you walk into it, it is like walking into the future.
"...the passengers de-boarding experience an uncontrollable attack by the incoming passengers and there is a stampede-like situation which even security personnel cannot possibly check. The forcible entry and exit of passengers pushing madly in opposite directions can lead to any mishappenning like injuries to passengers or toppling down of old men, women or children."
I don't know if they will ever teach people that if you wait for others to get off, then you can get on easily yourself. But then, that's India!
PS - another reason the metro won't help you with travel to or from the airport, is that you can't take luggage on the metro trains, only smAll bags are allowed.
yeshekathy - I use the Metro whenever i can because it is brilliant. From Defence Colony you can take an autorickshaw to Pragati Maiden station which currently is the closest to there. From there you go to area of choice. Changing of lines takes place at Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place area). By the time of the Commonwealth Games there should be a station at Lajpat Nagar, adjacent to Defence Colony, and the Metro to the Airport.(2010) Work is going on at a rapid pace. The method I suggested is still much cheaper than going all the way by autorickshaw. By using the Metro you eliminate all this ghastly haggling and cheating. If I remember rightly it is only 8 or 9 rupees from Pragati Maiden to Rajiv Chowk. If you want to go to Khan Market from CP, I take the Metro to The Secretariat then the auto from there. Use a good Delhi map with Metro marked on it and then you can work out the best way for you to get around. Don't go out of your way to take the Metro e.g. if you go Khan Market from Defence Colony go direct by autorickshaw!
Sort of cross-posted with Vireya (my connection appallingly slow) Yes, the getting out particularly in rush hour and out to Rajiv Chowk or in there, can be terrible. Try to get to the side of the doors and squeeze out to the side - I find that's the safest and quickest way! I can't stand the way no one will wait for you to get down - it's appalling. But it's not like this all the time so don't be put off. The other thing is that you cannot take heavy luggage on board - I am wondering what will happen when the Airport line opens up?
Interesting. I'm only going by what I was told, but I assumed it was true because of the fact that you have to open your bags completely and have them searched before you can get on, which would cause huge inconvenience especially during peak times if people had suitcases or large backpacks.