Delhi Travel Guide For Wheelchair Users & First Timers
Criss-crossed by wide, leafy boulevards, Delhi, the cultural heart of the country sure is charming. With iconic structures, legendary street food and myriad of shopping options, there’s a lot of things to do in Delhi. Traveling in Delhi truly is like travelling back in time. In addition, the authorities have been taking active steps like making local metro transport and other places more accessible for disabled. There are also places to make short trips close by, Agra being an important one. This Delhi travel guide by Dhruti Asher shares all that a wheelchair user and a first time traveller needs to know. From top places to visit, best things to do in Delhi and wheelchair accessibility, we’ve got it all.
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Top Places To Visit In Delhi:
Tomb Of Humayun:
This mausoleum was built 60 years before the Taj Mahal and is among the first specimens of Mughal and Persian architecture in India. The well-maintained gardens and pathways are wheelchair accessible, although not the actual tomb area.
Red Fort: Built between the periods of 1638–1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan, this magnificent red stone fort has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the must-visit places include Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Moti Masjid, and Chatta Chowk. The good news is the fort complex has been made wheelchair accessible.
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Qutub Minar: Another Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, this towering conical minaret is among India’s most visited attractions. Constructed in 1193, it has five storeys and measures 73 metres in height. This complex is wheelchair accessible.
Raj Ghat: Sitting by the Yamuna River, Raj Ghat is a peaceful spot that marks the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination. His final words – “Hey Ram” are inscribed on the black marble memorial. Didn’t we tell you, travelling in Delhi is like travelling back in time!
Best Things To Do In Delhi
Pay Your Respects At India Gate: India Gate is what characterises Delhi, so one simply cannot leave without a visit to this iconic war memorial. The Rajpath and the massive grounds of India gate are spacious enough for wheelchair users and vision-impaired travellers, so a fun time is guaranteed. Our Delhi travel guide suggests ending the day on a sweet note with some Chuski (local ice cream).
Explore The Garden Of Five Senses: Spread over 20 acres, this is more than just a garden. Impressive sculptures, fountains, a wide variety of plants and flowers, a food court, and amphitheatre make this place perfect for a relaxed evening. Disabled visitors get free entry into the garden.
Shop At The Many Bazaars: Delhi bazaars truly are legendary, so spend time exploring everything from the Sarojini Nagar Market to Janpath and Chandni Chowk. This Delhi travel guide recommends giving the malls a miss and instead putting your bargaining skills to use at local markets where you can buy everything from clothes to home décor.
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When Is The Best Time To Visit Delhi?
For a pleasant stay and sightseeing experience, travel to Delhi between October to March. This is when the raging summer heat has subsided. Moreover, flowers are in full bloom during this period, so there are plenty of beautiful sights all around.
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Where To Stay In Delhi
Delhi, being the important place it is, does not lack in accommodation options for every traveller and budget. If you want a home-like stay experience, choose heritage rooms at The Loft Bed & Breakfast. If 5-star comfort is how you like your vacation accommodation, The Suryaa is a stylish, upscale option that also provides accessible services to wheelchair users and people with mobility issues.
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What To Eat & Drink In Delhi
Anybody who has been to Delhi often argue that the city has the best food in the entire country, and perhaps they are not wrong. From a mind-boggling variety of street food like Chaat to international cuisine, Delhi is a food lover’s paradise.
The cuisine of the city is marked by the many influences of different rulers in history. Punjabi as well as Mughlai foods in addition to tandoori preparations are popular among the local cuisine, with plenty of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Delhi Travel Tips
–For wheelchair users: Keeping a backup battery is important for those who use motorised wheelchairs, in case of emergencies.
–For visually-impaired: Have a photo of your checked-in baggage as your phone screen saver. You can easily show it to people who will help you identify your belongings at the baggage claim belt.
-Delhi can get quite chilly in the winter and extremely hot in summers, so pack according to the season you are travelling in.
-Dress modestly when visiting places of worship, forts or travelling in crowded lanes.
-Drink only bottled water and avoid eating cut fruits and vegetables from roadside vendors.
-Bring on your bargaining skills while shopping, and also keep an eye out for touts who are out to scam naive travellers.
-Do not carry all your cash on you while sightseeing. There are plenty of ATMs around and most places accept cards.
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Is Delhi Wheelchair Accessible?
Recently, there have been initiatives taken to make the railway stations accessible with features like disabled-friendly parking spaces. Although those on wheelchairs may find it a bit tough to navigate crowded, narrow lanes in the older parts of the city, there are plenty of restaurants, hotels, and open spaces that wheelchair users and visually-impaired travellers can explore comfortably. The signage all over the city is also of help to speech-impaired and deaf visitors.
How To Reach Delhi
By air: The Indira Gandhi International Airport in the city is well-connected to the rest of the country as well as many international locations. From there, cab services are available.
By rail: There are three important railway stations in Delhi (Old Delhi, New Delhi, and Hazrat Nizamuddin) that connect the city to places all over India.
By road: Delhi is well-connected by road to different parts of the country with both private and government buses and taxi service providers.
Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of the capital city with our Delhi travel guide. We’ve all heard so much about those iconic landmarks, Delhi ke golgappe and Chandani Chowk, it’s time for you to visit Delhi and witness it all.
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