Car Hire in Delhi
This information is correct as of June 2015.
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Where to hire a car in Delhi
Tourists need not to worry on looking for car rentals because there are already seven car rental providers waiting upon your arrival at the New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. These are Car Rentals Delhi, Carzonrent, Savaari, Apex, Delhi Car Rentals, Car on Rent, and Eco India Mobility and Hospitality—all main offices are located at the municipality of New Delhi and have locations across the city of Delhi. Common pick-up and drop-off locations aside from the airport are ports, major landmarks, and hotels. Many of the car rental providers in Delhi offer different types of car for different purposes and number of passengers. They also have 24/7 booking facility and assistance. It would be easier to visit forts and monuments in Delhi such as the Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Safdarjung Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutab Minar with a rental car. You can choose from a self- or chauffeur-driven vehicles offered by most car rental companies. Pre-book to get best deals and discounts in renting a vehicle in Delhi.
What to expect when hiring a car from Delhi
Expect a horrible and congested traffic in Delhi and in most parts of India. Road signage is badly placed; distances are quite long especially for pedestrians. Locals are known for their bad reputation in driving, but if you are careful, navigating around would be easy. Stay away from lanes with fast cars and swerving rickshaws at all cost to avoid accidents.
Secure an international driving licence from the Transport Department in Delhi. It is issued from zonal offices in the city and would be valid for a year. Do not forget to present the requirements asked to avoid delays in applying for it.
Getting to your destination
Many tourists come to Delhi because of the Red Fort. It is a structure built as a ruling palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. Although the fort was not preserved well, the scale still remains, as well as the gardens and some of the major buildings.
From Indira Gandhi International Airport, take Terminal 1C Arrival Road and Terminal 1 Road/Ullan Batar Marg going to the Airport Road. Head straight to Old Delhi and turn right going to Netaji Subhash Marg where Red Fort is. It is near the central business district of Delhi; only 20 minutes away via Firoz Shah Rd, via Rajpath, or via Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Marg.
One of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Humayun’s Tomb serves as a cultural representation for Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. The site is open daily for sunrise to sunset.
An estimated 32-minute drive from the airport, Humayun’s Tomb can be reached by driving via Terminal 1C Arrival Road and Terminal 1 Road/Ullan Batar Marg on Airport Road. Take the Rao Tula Ram Marg and Shantipath to Niti Marg in Chanakyapuri then to Niti Marg to Panchsheel Marg. Drive to Lodhi Road to Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg in Nizamuddin West until you arrive at Humayun’s Tomb. If coming from central Delhi, it will just be 15-20 minutes away via Rajpath, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, and Lodhi Rd.
Structures from the Slave Dynasty (1206-1290) are housed at the Qutub Complex for preservation. It is also listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi.
From the airport, take the IGI Road, Abdul Gaffar Khan Marg and then Anuvrat Marg going to Seth Sarai. Turn left to Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, where the complex is. 30 minutes away from Delhi city centre, you can take Sri Aurobindo Marg, Africa Ave, or Mahatma Gandhi Marg/Ring Rd to get here.