a VirtualTourist member asked on May 19, 2014
I am looking at booking my flight to Delhi however it seems that I'm only limited to flights that will see me land at 23:55. I am a solo female traveller - is it not a good idea to land at this time?
I could look at a layover in another country so my landing time in Delhi changes, but obviously this would end up costing more.
One other question - is it not advisable to arrive in Delhi on a Saturday/Sunday? Are many things open on the weekend in Delhi?
Thank-you very much in advance!
I travel frequently (as a solo female) to India
I have arrived at around same time (close to midnight)
There are pre-paid taxis available, which (if you have an exact address) will take you to your accommodation. The pre-oaid taxis are not expensive. Perhaps around IR250-300
The Pre-Paid Taxi office is inside the airport (near exit)
There is no need to change your flight.
Pretty much most things are open on Sundays....................markets and shops\
You might find some tips on my India page here: (scroll down pages for tips)
[original VT link]
[original VT link]
When are you travelling?
You are landing in Delhi at 2355, there isn't any harm & that depend on what u wanna do that time. If you wanna directly head to Hotel, you can take numerous cabs there and head directly to the hotel. Its perfect.
2nd Q- Doesn't matter much. On weekend, there is indeed rush but.
I don't see any problem coming at night in Delhi especially if you have already booked your hotel.
Things are pretty open on weekends here. No need to worry.
Welcome to India :)
Monday is the difficult day for visiting places in Delhi. Most of the museums etc are closed and the Hop on Hop off bus doesn't run.
After a long flight, a guess that the OP would 'wanna' go straight to her accommodation. And I have goven her advice re Taxi
Thank-you all so much for your quick responses!
I will be arriving mid February; I know I probably appear to be planning things very far in advance but I need to secure my flight sooner rather than later.
To be honest I am little anxious about travelling around the country on my own but I think I have enough common sense to keep me out of trouble. It appears from what I have read around this site that there are definitely dangers (as there are in any place), but if I dress and act appropriately then I should be fine.
Thank-you all again for your input and I will look into the links you have posted so I can educate myself a bit more :).
There is absolutely no need to be anxious- just be careful.
I have been to India a number of times on my own, and never had a problem. I have done train journeys on my own- no problems. Just read the links that I sent you
Book hotel in advance like other member saying. not need to worry.
Hi - Most international flights arrive midnight or later. You'll be quite surprised to see how many people are awake and on the streets in India at that time of the night! As mentioned, take a pre-paid taxi to your hotel...perfectly safe.
As a first-timer you might want to read some of my warnings....[original VT link]. You would think common sense, and dressing/acting appropriately would keep you out of trouble but it's important to understand the kinds of situations you might encounter.
I understand booking early - especially to get the hotels you want. As far as the air, prices generally don't change that much from month to month. If you're booking your air now, I'd consider taking insurance. You never know what might happen 9 months from now. I recently got burned by booking too early and having to cancel....
Enjoy India - half of the fun will be in the planning but the more you read/research the more you'll want to see!
There is nothing to worried about it.. You can have prepaid taxi from airport which is pretty safe and airport nearby area is also very safe. In case still you are not sure about this you can stay at airport hotels which is hardly 0.5 kms away from the airport.
As far as weekend markets all the majors markets and shops remain open on weekends till 10.30.
Main markets in Delhi close on a rotational basis. That is, Connaught Place (CP) remains closed on Sundays but Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh are open on that day. These two markets close on Mondays while CP remains open on that day.
Ask your hotel reception for more details regarding this closing and opening of markets in Delhi.
Khan Market is also open on Sundays
@Lynne=Many of the leading shops in Khan Market have started keeping their shutters down on Sundays. I noticed this for the last few months. This may be because of the dwindling footfalls in this market on Sundays.
Oh Poo! I used to love going to Khan Market on Sundays........surely there are still some restuarants & coffee shops open?
Perhaps, you wouldn't want to be seen dead in 'those' joints, Lynne!
I rather enjoy Latitude. The food is delicious. But I get your point
Thank-you all. I am going to be drafting out my itinerary in the next couple of weeks (Uni exams are taking over in the meantime :-/).
I will put up what I have in mind so perhaps I can draw from the experience & expertise of you all :).
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help with your travel plan
Hopefully you will still see this message even though the last activity on this thread was 2 months ago.
My plans have developed somewhat where I will be spending most of my week days in Delhi performing volunteer work and then some stints away to some of the other cities I am keen to visit on weekends/long weekends.
It's not confirmed however it is likely that I will be volunteering with The Salaam Baalak Trust in Delhi. I am also looking to use Airbnb to rent a room nearby in Paharganj.
Some of you may have heard of the Salaam Baalak Trust as they offer the popular walking tour however, can anyone shed some further light on this trust and how they are regarded in terms of their volunteering operations etc? Also, would Paharganj be an okay place to live during my 1 month stint?
I will ask some well connected friends in Delhi re the trust
Paharganj is a very popular area for backpackers in Delhi
Personally I would not stay there, because I trace as a solo female. It can get a bit dodgy at night, so take care.....of yourself and your belongings
Its also a good idea to take along a clean sheet to sleep on, and carry a toilet roll.
When will you be in Delhi?
Thank-you very much Lynne, if you could run it past your friends that would be greatly appreciated!
I chose Paharganj as the organisation that I hope to volunteer for seems to perform most of their duties in this area and I was trying to avoid too much commuting.
The lady who owns/rents the accommodation appears to be a respectable professional working in Delhi and is well-reviewed by past guests on the website.
I believe the accommodation is about a 5 minute walk from Karol Bagh markets & ~4kms from New Delhi station.
I will be in Delhi for the entire month of Feb :)
Max I will keep you up to date
I am sure that its going to be fine though..I looked at that website and it seems to be legit
But......in India, there are many surprises, and things are often not what they seem to be
Between you and Donna and the other great helpers on this site I am fairly well schooled about India and its "processes". I guess the rest awaits me and is all part of the fun!
This may sound rather pathetic, but I am looking forward to finding a couple of outfits i.e Salwar Kameez/Churidaar Kurta when I get there! :p I'm 5"3 so hopefully I shouldn't find it too difficult.
Thanks again Lynne.
At 5'3 you shouldn't have any problems. Many Indian women are shorter than that. :-)
I can't think of anything more rewarding than working with street children. Wish you all the best.
Tailors are dime a dozen in Delhi....you could get one made to measure for very little cost.
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