Telephone number of Embassies in New Delhi, India
When travelling to another country its much better to have the contact detail of the embassy/consulate of your native country with you, even have it handy in case you need to contact them for any reason!! Hopefully you wouldn't need it and will leave India with good memories :-) Here is a contact detail of some of them in New Delhi, the information was accurate at the time of posting!!
All numbers in this list are New Delhi area code prefix (011)
If dialing from abroad prefix the number with country code +91-11+Embassy telephone number:
50 C, Niti Marg
Telephone: +91-11-2688 9187 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2688 9187 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2410 3148, 2410 3154
Fax: +91-11-2687 4286
Embassy of the Republic of Hungary
2/50 M, Niti Marg
Telephone: +91-11-2611 4737 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2611 4737 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2611 4738, 2611 4739, 2611 4740
Fax: +91-11-2688 6742
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
50 A, Chanakyapuri
Telephone: +91-11-2611 8642 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2611 8642 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2611 8643, 2611 8644, 2611 8645
Fax: +91-11-2687 4402, 2688 6763, 2688 8279
Telex: 31-72179 KBRI IN, 31-72375 KBRI IN
Embassy of the Islamic Repulic of Iran
5, Barakhamba Road
Telephone: +91-11-2332 9600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2332 9600 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 01, 02
Fax: +91-11-2332 5493
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
B-5/8 Vasant Vihar
Telephone: +91-11-2614 9085 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2614 9085 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2614 9034
Fax: +91-11-2614 9076
Telex: 31-66253 IRAQ IN
Emabssy of Ireland
230, Jor Bagh
Telephone: +91-11-2462 6733 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2462 6733 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2462 6741, 2462 6743
Fax: +91-11-2469 7053
Web: http://www.irelandinindia.com/home/index.aspx?id=52432 (External website that opens in a new window)
Embassy of Israel
3, Aurangzeb Road
Telephone: +91-11-2301 3238 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2301 3238 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: +91-11-304 14555
Web: delhi.mfa.gov.il (External website that opens in a new window)
Embassy of Italy
50 E, Chandragupta Marg
Telephone: +91-11-2611 4355 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-11-2611 4355 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 2611 4359, 2611 4353
Fax: +91-11-2687 3889
Having people follow you...
Having people follow you around trying to sell you anything under the sun can be really, really frustrating - the easiest way to let them know that you're not interested is to AVOID EYE CONTACT... Believe me...it works! (most of the time)
Then, on the other hand you meet some genuine people. The mother of this baby was so pleased when I asked her if I could hold her baby.
I would recommend few things...
I would recommend few things which are distinct and rarely covered by travellers.
1. Punjabi Shaadi: If you can get hold of a Punjabi 'Groom to be' I recommend you attend a wedding. Join the pompous procession in which Dulha (groom) travels on the horseback and his relatives and friends dance on the streets with accompanying Band. You could shake a leg too. Some rich families have even started hiring elephants and horse carriages instead of horse backs as Dulha's vehicle. Then observe the VIP welcome with Garlands and flowers which ladki waale (Bride's family) extend as baraat (Groom's marriage procession) reaches the marrriage venue. The feast that follows is not any less colorful. I hope you get the idea.
Hmm... finding such a friend who can have you invited can be an ordeal! If you are lucky you would see a marriage procession somewhere on the streets or you can write to me and I would see if I could help at that time :)
2. Cheap Shopping: There is a bazaar called as Monastery near ISBT which sells cheap apprels, footwear and other such small items. Designs are all copy of the popular brands, material is quite ok and the stuff comes at a fraction of what the original at a show room would cost.
Then on sundays you have a Chor Bazaar (Thieves market literally) behind the Red Fort. It is said that you get stuff that has been stolen from all over the place of course at a fraction of the cost and the assembly of thousands of people itself is quite a spectacle.
3. Meet a Jat: Most of the Delhi's cops and Bus Conductors belong to the community of Jats. JAT as the junta (hindi for public) here has defined stands for 'Just Avoid Them'. LOL, so meet him it may turn out to be a 'memorable experience'.
Taxi from the airport
We took a taxi from Delhi airport to our hotel. Once you get your bags from the airport, don't go outside right away, but just right after you exit customs, go to the left. There is a stand from Delhi Traffic Police. They sall pre paid taxi coupons. It was about 5 Euros from the airport to Connaught place area. The taxi driver was crazy though and driving at night with him was more like a Six Flags ride without protection. But guess that is India.
We traveled with...
We traveled with BIMAN
Take a rickshaw.
But you should have iron nerves when your driver zigzags between cars, mopeds, cows, other rickshaws, bicycles, ... or any other obstacle.
Before taking a rickshaw, you should bargain about the price. It is some kind of national sport. Never accept the first price.