We stayed in a guest house next to Mr.Bashir’s place. It was a simple but neat apartment. We were supposed to CouchSurf at Mr Bashir (whatever it might mean) but the least we thought that we would be given a complete hotel room! There was a girl called Sushma who’s managing the guest house. She’s a very chatty girl and loves to talk to us, and she’s speaking Hindi with us all times as if we understand her :) Ya this is Susma in the picture.
View from our room
The location is in the South Extention II, less than 1km away from AIIMS Metro Station (AIIMS stands for All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, which is located next to the station, also with a hospital.) It’s still very convenient if you want a place near Metro station to get to almost everywhere in Delhi. If you’re too lazy to walk, rickshaws are available everywhere and it’s cheap if you bargain.
The guest house is a tall apartment, I think has around 5-6 floors. It doesnt come with elevator, but not bad as stairs are clean and well kept, only once we had to give emergency call to Mr Bashir as a huge dog was sitting in the middle of stair when we were going down. The room rate as Sushma’s was Rs.1000, as pictured below.
The room doesnt come with attached bathroom, rather in every floor there’s a shared bathroom (looking posh though, with a small fan inside!) and a pantry (with kitchenette) shared by guests in two rooms every floor. So in every floor there are only two rooms (not crowded). I met a guest from Afghanistan staying here for about a month in the room the next door.
The apartment has a balcony, from where we loved stand to get early morning breeze and sunrise, while watching nearby buildings and people passing by the street.
This small car is India’s cheapest card produced, at Rs.100,000 and we get to see alot of them around!
A lovely sunrise in our first morning in Delhi :) We’ll be visiting many places today and tomorrow.
Metro fares: New Delhi Airport to New Delhi station (Rs.80) and New Delhi to Green Park station (Rs.16).
Airtel Prepaid Sim: Rs.700
Autorickshaw from Green Park station to South Extension II: Rs.80
We arrived in New Delhi on 2 April after 6 hours of flight, almost midnight. Didnt take any photos at airport or Metro, but some short clips as you’ve seen in the trailer. After getting a sim card from Airtel counter in the airport (which was quite expensive compared to Malaysian prepaid starter pack), we immediately contacted our CouchSurfing host Mr Bashir. It was almost 11pm and we were suggested to take taxi directly to the address given, but instead, we wanted to take Metro airport line and we were convinced we would reach at least at nearest station to South Extension II area. Relying on Google map and the Metro map, I decided that we have to stop at Green Park station.
Currently in hot Agra, after spending 2 days (+1) in Delhi, 1 day in Amritsar and 5 freezing days in Kashmir. Going home on Sunday,.
Taj Mahal is surely pretty, but Agra isn’t our most favorite place here. The best days we had were in Kashmir. Watching sunset from shikara on majestic Dal Lake, playing snow in Gulmarg, walking in a quiet countryside in Pahalgam, staying in exotic houseboats in Srinagar (please check Butt’s Clermont Houseboat) I will surely be having endless stuff and photos to share. Later.
1) New Delhi – Amritsar 448 km
AC Chair Car (CC) Day trip Rs.1262 (with meal :D)
2) Amritsar – Jammu 206 km
AC 2 Tier (2A) Night trip Rs.910
3) Jammu – New Delhi 577 km
AC 2 Tier (2A) Night trip Rs.1855
4) New Delhi – Agra 195 km
AC 2 Tier (2A) Day trip Rs.930
5) Agra – New Delhi Nizamuddin 187 km
Sleeper (SL) Day trip Rs.305
Thanks to Farah who recommends Cleartip.com for hassle-free Indian train booking, when Az & I were almost giving up with IRCTC website that treats all their visitors as Indian citizens =.= (I mean, filling up Indian address and Indian phone number IS required, and also, what’s with the long list of Indian bank and payment gateways I have to choose when I want to make payment with a foreign credit card?).
Anyway. Cleartip.com has a tiny small charge but almost ignorable. When the standard-comfortable class train fares (2AC) arent very cheap either, I still am amazed that the total railway journey spanning 1613 km only costs Rs.5262 equal RM356 for two!
We’ve been studying Indian trains like its classes and types from several websites and forums, and also from Manu (my old penpal whom we’ll be meeting in Amritsar yeay!) but this is one quick guide if you want to get to know this epic Indian trains :)